Characterization of cDNAs encoding putative laccase-like multicopper oxidases and developmental expression in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, and the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae.

@article{Dittmer2004CharacterizationOC,
  title={Characterization of cDNAs encoding putative laccase-like multicopper oxidases and developmental expression in the tobacco hornworm, Manduca sexta, and the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae.},
  author={Neal T. Dittmer and Richard J Suderman and Haobo Jiang and Yu-Cheng Zhu and Maureen J. Gorman and Karl J. Kramer and Michael R. Kanost},
  journal={Insect biochemistry and molecular biology},
  year={2004},
  volume={34 1},
  pages={29-41}
}
Laccase (EC 1.10.3.2) is an enzyme with p-diphenol oxidase activity that is a member of a group of proteins collectively known as multicopper, or blue copper, oxidases. Laccase is hypothesized to play an important role in insect cuticle sclerotization by oxidizing catechols in the cuticle to their corresponding quinones, which then catalyze protein cross-linking reactions. To facilitate studies of the structure, function and regulation of insect laccases, we have cloned two cDNAs for laccases… CONTINUE READING
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