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Biochimica et biophysica acta

The reaction of chicken liver sulfite oxidase with dimethylsulfite.


PMID 8519792

Abstract

We have undertaken a steady-state and rapid kinetic study of the reaction of enzyme with sulfite and dimethylsulfite. Methylation of sulfite results in a significant increase in Km and Kd for the substrate in the course of steady-state and rapid reaction kinetics, respectively, but kcat and the limiting rate constant for enzyme reduction (kred) are essentially unchanged. This indicates that while substrate oxyanion groups are effective in stabilizing the Eox.S complex, the breakdown of this complex proceeds at the same rate even in their absence. The critical element of the substrate required for reactivity is a suitable lone-pair available to undertake nucleophilic attack on a Mo = O group of the active site.

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