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Dioxygen activation in the Cu–amyloid β complex

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We investigate, by means of density-functional theory, the binding of dioxygen to Cu(I)–amyloid β (Aβ), one of the first steps in the oxidation of ascorbate by dioxygen. Cu, Aβ, ascorbate and dioxygen are all present in the synapse during neurodegeneration, when the above species can trigger an irreversible oxidative stress inducing the eventual death of neurons. The binding of dioxygen to Cu(I) is possible and its role in dioxygen activation of Cu ligands and of residues in the first coordination sphere is described in atomic detail. Dioxygen is activated when a micro-environment suitable for a square-planar Cu2+ coordination is present and a negatively charged group like Asp 1 carboxylate takes part in the Cu coordination anti to O2.

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The article was received on 10 Jul 2015, accepted on 21 Sep 2015 and first published on 22 Sep 2015

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C5CP04025F
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Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015,17, 27270-27274

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    Dioxygen activation in the Cu–amyloid β complex

    A. Mirats, J. Alí-Torres, L. Rodríguez-Santiago, M. Sodupe and G. La Penna, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2015, 17, 27270
    DOI: 10.1039/C5CP04025F

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