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The Fe- and Mn-containing superoxide dismutases catalize the same reaction and have almost superimposable active sites. Therefore, the details of their mechanisms have been assumed to be similar. However, we now show that the pH dependence of Escherichia coli MnSOD activity reflects a different active site proton equilibrium in (oxidized) Mn(3+)SOD than the(More)
The active-site structures of the oxidized and reduced forms of manganese-substituted iron superoxide dismutase (Mn(Fe)SOD) are examined, for the first time, using a combination of spectroscopic and computational methods. On the basis of electronic absorption, circular dichroism (CD), magnetic CD (MCD), and variable-temperature variable-field MCD data(More)
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