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Biotechnology letters

The substrate binding cavity of particulate methane monooxygenase from Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b expresses high enantioselectivity for n-butane and n-pentane oxidation to 2-alcohol.


PMID 21744144

Abstract

The particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO) of Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b oxidized n-butane and n-pentane and mainly produced (R)-2-butanol and (R)-2-pentanol that comprised 78 and 89% of the product, respectively, indicating that the pro-R hydrogen of the 2-position carbon of n-butane and n-pentane is oriented toward a catalytic site within the substrate binding site of pMMO. The protein cavity adjacent to the catalytic center for pMMO has optimum volume for recognizing n-butane and n-pentane for enantioselective hydroxylation.