Copper-promoted overall transformation of 4-tert-butylphenol to its para-hydroxyquinonic derivative, 2-hydroxy-5-tert-butyl-1,4-benzoquinone. Biomimetic studies on the generation of topaquinone in copper amine oxidases.

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Topaquinone (TPQ) is a cofactor present at the active site of copper amine oxidases, derived from a Tyr residue inserted in the polypeptide chain through a copper-dependent but otherwise largely unknown mechanism. A simple model system was developed that permits to obtain the overall transformation of 4-tert-butylphenol, chosen as a model for Tyr, into a… (More)

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