• Paluri S Rao

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    • Naphthalene oxygenase fromCorynebacterium renale: Characterisation and mechanism of oxygenation

      Paluri S Rao Meera Srinivasan

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      The formation ofcis-l,2,-dihydroxy-l,2,-dihydronaphthalene from naphthalene by naphthalene oxygenase, purified fromCorynebacterium renale ATCC 15075, was demonstrated to involve oxidation of a mol NADH and consumption of one mol oxygen. The enzyme contains one g-atom Fe2+ and one FAD. Catalase inhibited product formation and H2O2 could substitute for NADH in the reaction. Superoxide dismutase inhibited enzyme activity when either NADH or H2O2 was present; the generation of superoxide anion on addition of NADH to the enzyme, in the absence of naphthalene, was detected by the nitro blue tetrazolium reduction method. Hydroxyl radical scavengers, ethanol, mannitol and sodium benzoate, inhibited product formation when either NADH or H2O2 was present. Electron spin resonance studies, under aerobic conditions, indicated that iron of the enzyme underwent valence changes during the course of the reaction

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