Tomasz Borowski

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Post-translational histone modification has a fundamental role in chromatin biology and is proposed to constitute a 'histone code' in epigenetic regulation. Differential methylation of histone H3 and H4 lysyl residues regulates processes including heterochromatin formation, X-chromosome inactivation, genome imprinting, DNA repair and transcriptional(More)
The mechanism of the catalytic reaction of protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase (3,4-PCD), a representative intradiol dioxygenase, was studied with the hybrid density functional method B3LYP. First, a smaller model involving only the iron first-shell ligands (His460, His462, and Tyr408) and the substrates (catechol and dioxygen) was used to probe various a(More)
The enantioselectivity of reactions catalyzed by ethylbenzene dehydrogenase, a molybdenum enzyme that catalyzes the oxygen-independent hydroxylation of many alkylaromatic and alkylheterocyclic compounds to secondary alcohols, was studied by chiral chromatography and theoretical modeling. Chromatographic analyses of 22 substrates revealed that this enzyme(More)
Density functional calculations using the B3LYP functional has been used to study the reaction mechanism of 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase. The first part of the catalytic reaction, dioxygen activation, is found to have the same mechanism as in alpha-ketoglutarate-dependent enzymes; the ternary enzyme-substrate-dioxygen complex is first decarboxylated(More)
The reaction catalyzed by the plant enzyme 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid oxidase (ACCO) was investigated by using hybrid density functional theory. ACCO belongs to the non-heme iron(II) enzyme superfamily and carries out the bicarbonate-dependent two-electron oxidation of its substrate ACC (1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid) concomitant with the(More)
The reaction mechanism for dioxygen activation in 2-oxoglutarate-dependent enzymes has been studied by means of hybrid density functional theory. The results reported here support a mechanism in which all chemical transformations take place on a quintet potential-energy surface. More specifically, the activated dioxygen species attacks the carbonyl group of(More)
The mechanism of the oxidative cleavage catalyzed by apocarotenoid oxygenase (ACO) was studied by using a quantum chemical (DFT: B3 LYP) method. Based on the available crystal structure, relatively large models of the unusual active-site region, in which a ferrous ion is coordinated by four histidines and no negatively charged ligand, were selected and used(More)
ing a hydrogen atom from substrates with relatively weak X−H bonds (Figure 56). Such a situation was found in the catalytic cycle of ACCO, where cleavage of the N−H bond is facilitated by the ferrous ion capable of (partly) reducing the resulting N-based radical to an anion. In the catalytic cycle of HEPD and in the reaction of HppE with an enantiomer of(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)
Density functional theory with the B3LYP hybrid functional has been used to study the mechanisms for dioxygen activation by four families of mononuclear non-heme iron enzymes: alpha-ketoacid-dependent dioxygenases, tetrahydrobiopterin-dependent hydroxylases, extradiol dioxygenases, and Rieske dioxygenases. These enzymes have a common active site with a(More)