Use of perfluorocarboxylic acids to trick cytochrome P450BM3 into initiating the hydroxylation of gaseous alkanes

Norifumi Kawakami, Osami Shoji, Yoshihito Watanabe

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Abstract

It has long been believed that the fatty acid hydroxylase wild-type P450BM3 is unable to oxidize gaseous alkanes. However, the simple addition of a perfluorocarboxylic acid as a dummy substrate to initiate the P450BM3 catalytic cycle enabled the efficient hydroxylation of butane and propane (see picture).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5315-5318
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie - International Edition
Volume50
Issue number23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May 27
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cytochromes
  • enzyme catalysis
  • gaseous alkanes
  • hydroxylation
  • perfluorocarboxylic acids

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)

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