Maria G. Mason

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Actinomycetes secrete into their surroundings a suite of enzymes involved in the biodegradation of plant lignocellulose; these have been reported to include both hydrolytic and oxidative enzymes, including peroxidases. Reports of secreted peroxidases have been based upon observations of peroxidase-like activity associated with fractions that exhibit optical(More)
We re-determined the near infrared (NIR) spectral signatures (650-980nm) of the different cytochrome c oxidase redox centres, in the process separating them into their component species. We confirm that the primary contributor to the oxidase NIR spectrum between 700 and 980nm is cupric CuA, which in the beef heart enzyme has a maximum at 835nm. The 655nm(More)
The steady-state behaviour of isolated mammalian cytochrome c oxidase was examined by increasing the rate of reduction of cytochrome c. Under these conditions the enzyme's 605 (haem a), 655 (haem a3/CuB) and 830 (CuA) nm spectral features behaved as if they were at near equilibrium with cytochrome c (550 nm). This has implications for non-invasive tissue(More)
Cryptochromes (crys) are flavoprotein photoreceptors present throughout the biological kingdom that play important roles in plant development and entrainment of the circadian clock in several organisms. Crys non-covalently bind flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) which undergoes photoreduction from the oxidised state to a radical form suggested to be active(More)
We previously reported that high micromolar concentrations of nitric oxide were able to oxidize mitochondrial cytochrome c at physiological pH, producing nitroxyl anion (Sharpe and Cooper, 1998 Biochem. J. 332, 9-19). However, the subsequent re-evaluation of the redox potential of the NO/NO(-) couple suggests that this reaction is thermodynamically(More)
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