4-Oxalocrotonate tautomerase (4-OT) catalyzes the isomerization of 4-oxalocrotonate, 1, to 2-oxo-3E-hexenedioate, 3, using a general acid/base mechanism that involves a conserved N-terminal proline residue. The P1A and P1G mutants have been shown to catalyze this isomerization but at reduced rates. Analysis of these mutants by mass spectrometry demonstrated… (More)
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