Carbamoylphosphate requirement for synthesis of the active center of [NiFe]-hydrogenases Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • The iron of the binuclear active center of [NiFe]-hydrogenases carries two CN and one CO ligands which are thought to confer to the metal a low oxidation and/or spin state essential for activity. Based on the observation that one of the seven auxiliary proteins required for the synthesis and insertion of the [NiFe] cluster contains a sequence motif characteristic of O-carbamoyl-transferases it was discovered that carbamoyl phosphate is essential for formation of active [NiFe]-hydrogenases in vivo and is specifically required for metal center synthesis suggesting that it is the source of the CO and CN ligands. A chemical path for conversion of a carbamoyl group into cyano and carbonyl moieties is postulated

publication date

  • January 12, 2001