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Compound Q is finally deciphered

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Methane monooxygenases (MMOs) activate the high energy C–H bond of methane and convert it to methanol with high selectivity and under physiological conditions. Despite decades of efforts focusing on elucidating the structure, function and mechanism of soluble MMOs, the structure of a key intermediate (called compound Q) remains unknown. This article highlights a recent report by Banerjee et al. which not only firmly establishes the core-structure of Q, but also provides significant insight into its formation, reaction with methane and eventual decay.

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The article was received on 07 Jul 2015, accepted on 27 Jul 2015 and first published on 28 Jul 2015

Article type: Highlight
DOI: 10.1039/C5QI00117J
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Citation: Inorg. Chem. Front., 2015,2, 824-826

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    Compound Q is finally deciphered

    A. Bhagi-Damodaran and Y. Lu, Inorg. Chem. Front., 2015, 2, 824
    DOI: 10.1039/C5QI00117J

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