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DOI 10.1021/ja103448u
Title (Primary) Reversible biological Birch reduction at an extremely low redox potential
Author Kung, J.W.; Baumann, S.; von Bergen, M.; Müller, M.; Hagedoorn, P.-L.; Hagen, W.R.; Boll, M.
Source Titel Journal of the American Chemical Society
Year 2010
Department PROTEOM
Volume 132
Issue 28
Page From 9850
Page To 9856
Language englisch
Abstract The Birch reduction of aromatic rings to cyclohexadiene compounds is widely used in chemical synthesis and requires solvated electrons, the most potent reductants known in organic chemistry. Benzoyl-coenzyme A (CoA) reductases (BCR) are key enzymes in the anaerobic bacterial degradation of aromatic compounds and catalyze an analogous reaction under physiological conditions. Class I BCRs are FeS enzymes and couple the reductive dearomatization of benzoyl-CoA to cyclohexa-1,5-diene-1-carboxyl-CoA (dienoyl-CoA) to a stoichiometric ATP hydrolysis. Here, we report on a tungsten-containing class II BCR from Geobacter metallireducens that catalyzed the fully reversible, ATP-independent dearomatization of benzoyl-CoA to dienoyl-CoA. BCR additionally catalyzed the disproportionation of dienoyl-CoA to benzoyl-CoA/monoenoyl-CoA and the four- and six-electron reduction of benzoyl-CoA in the presence of a reduced low-potential bridged 2,2'-bipyridyl redox dye. Reversible redox titration experiments in the presence of this redox dye revealed a midpoint potential of E0'= -622 mV for the benzoyl-CoA/dienoyl-CoA couple, which is far below the values of other known reversible substrate/product redox couples in enzymology. This work demonstrates the efficiency of reversible metalloenzyme catalysis, which in chemical synthesis can only be achieved under essentially irreversible conditions.
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Kung, J.W., Baumann, S., von Bergen, M., Müller, M., Hagedoorn, P.-L., Hagen, W.R., Boll, M. (2010):
Reversible biological Birch reduction at an extremely low redox potential
J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (28), 9850 - 9856 10.1021/ja103448u