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Understanding the choice of copper by heme-copper oxidase using biosynthetic models in myoglobin

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Abstract

Heme-copper oxidases (HCOs) are key metalloenzymes in biosystems, responsible for the reduction of O2 to H2O using a heme-CuB dinuclear center. Meanwhile, the reason behind the choice of copper for the nonheme metal center remains unclear. This article highlights a recent report by Lu and co-workers, which provides strong evidence for the preference of copper over iron for the nonheme metal center, resolving a long-standing question that puzzled researchers for decades.

Graphical abstract: Understanding the choice of copper by heme-copper oxidase using biosynthetic models in myoglobin

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The article was received on 22 Dec 2016, accepted on 10 Apr 2017 and first published on 12 Apr 2017


Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C6QI00603E
Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, Advance Article
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    Understanding the choice of copper by heme-copper oxidase using biosynthetic models in myoglobin

    Y. Lin, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C6QI00603E

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