Tobias Werther

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The three-component toluene dioxygenase system consists of an FAD-containing reductase, a Rieske-type [2Fe-2S] ferredoxin, and a Rieske-type dioxygenase. The task of the FAD-containing reductase is to shuttle electrons from NADH to the ferredoxin, a reaction the enzyme has to catalyze in the presence of dioxygen. We investigated the kinetics of the(More)
Xenobiotic reductase A (XenA) from Pseudomonas putida 86 catalyzes the NAD(P)H-dependent reduction of various α,β-unsaturated carbonyl compounds and is a member of the old yellow enzyme family. The reaction of XenA follows a ping-pong mechanism, implying that its active site has to accommodate and correctly position the various substrates to be oxidized(More)
Background: Toluene dioxygenase reductase converts the redox equivalents of NADH under oxic conditions. Results: Reduced reductase forms a stable complex with NAD that shows slower electron transfer to dioxygen. Conclusions: Charge-transfer complex formation regulates the reactivity of the reductase. Significance: Charge-transfer complexes between flavins(More)
B12-dependent proteins are involved in methyl transfer reactions ranging from the biosynthesis of methionine in humans to the formation of acetyl-CoA in anaerobic bacteria. During their catalytic cycle, they undergo large conformational changes to interact with various proteins. Recently, the crystal structure of the B12-containing corrinoid iron-sulfur(More)
How an enzyme activates its substrate for turnover is fundamental for catalysis but incompletely understood on a structural level. With redox enzymes one typically analyses structures of enzyme–substrate complexes in the unreactive oxidation state of the cofactor, assuming that the interaction between enzyme and substrate is independent of the cofactors(More)
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