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Metallo-enzyme catalysis

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All organisms depend upon metallo-enzymes. The dependence arises from the inability of individual organic side-chains of proteins to activate molecules such as H2, N2, CH4 and CO and their weakness in hydrolysing many simple compounds such as many peptides, phosphates, even urea . The metal ion sites have been found to be ‘designed’ for selective uptake and catalytic activity. In this article a few examples will be used to illustrate these points. For more details of all the examples see the reference at the end of this article to Messerschmidt et al. (2001).

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The article was first published on 22 Apr 2003

Article type: Focus
DOI: 10.1039/B211281G
Chem. Commun., 2003, 1109-1113

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    Metallo-enzyme catalysis

    R. J. P. Williams, Chem. Commun., 2003, 1109
    DOI: 10.1039/B211281G

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