Malgorzata Witko

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Ethylbenzene dehydrogenase (EBDH) from the denitrifying bacterium Azoarcus sp. strain EbN1 (to be renamed Aromatoleum aromaticum) catalyzes the oxygen-independent, stereospecific hydroxylation of ethylbenzene to (S)-1-phenylethanol, the first known example of direct anaerobic oxidation of a nonactivated hydrocarbon. The enzyme is a trimeric(More)
Artificial neural networks (ANNs) are used for classification and prediction of enzymatic activity of ethylbenzene dehydrogenase from EbN1 Azoarcus sp. bacterium. Ethylbenzene dehydrogenase (EBDH) catalyzes stereo-specific oxidation of ethylbenzene and its derivates to alcohols, which find its application as building blocks in pharmaceutical industry. ANN(More)
We present ab-initio density functional theory studies on the interactions of small biologically active molecules, namely NO, CO, O(2), H(2)O, and NO(2) (-) with the full-size heme group. Our results show that the small molecule-iron bond is the strongest in carbonyl and the weakest in nitrite system. Trans influence induced by NO binding to the(More)
Density functional theory calculations were performed to study the mechanism of ethylbenzene oxidation by ethylbenzene dehydrogenase (EBDH). EBDH is a bacterial molybdopterin enzyme capable of stereospecific anaerobic hydroxylation of alkylaromatic compounds to secondary alcohols. It is a key biocatalyst in the metabolism of ethylbenzene-degrading bacteria(More)
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