Substrate specificity of a nitroalkane-oxidizing enzyme

Giovanni Gadda, Paul F. Fitzpatrick

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The flavoprotein nitroalkane oxidase from Fusarium oxysporum catalyzes the oxidation of nitroalkanes to aldehydes with production of hydrogen peroxide and nitrite. The substrate specificity of the FAD-containing enzyme has been determined as a probe of the active site structure. Nitroalkane oxidase is active on primary and secondary nitroalkanes, with a marked preference for unbranched primary nitroalkanes. The V/K values for primary nitroalkanes increase with increasing length of the alkyl chain, reaching a maximum with 1-nitrobutane, suggesting a hydrophobic binding site sufficient to accommodate a four carbon chain. Each methylene group of the substrate contributes ~2.6 kcal mol-1 in binding energy. The V/K values for substrates containing a hydroxyl group are two orders of magnitude smaller than those of the corresponding nitroalkanes, also consistent with a hydrophobic binding site. 3-Nitro-1-propionate is a competitive inhibitor with a K(is) value of 3.1 ± 0.2 mM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-313
Number of pages5
JournalArchives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 15 1999


  • Active site
  • Flavoprotein
  • Oxidase
  • Steady-state kinetics
  • Substrate specificity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology


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