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Cytochrome P450: The Active Oxidant and Its Spectrum

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posted on 2010-04-19, 00:00 authored by Jonathan Rittle, Jarod M. Younker, Michael T. Green
This Forum focuses on the nature of the elusive oxidizing intermediate in P450 catalysis. The identity of this species has reemerged as a topic of contentious debate. It was recently reported that laser flash photolysis (LFP) can be used to generate P450 compound I (P450-I) quantitatively. Kinetic analyses of the reaction of the LFP-generated intermediate with substrates have been suggested to indicate that compound I is not the active oxidant in P450 catalysis. We evaluate these claims via an analysis of the UV/visible spectrum of the LFP-generated intermediate. The techniques of singular value decomposition and target testing are used to obtain the spectrum of P450-I in a model-independent manner from stopped-flow data of the reaction of P450 with m-chloroperbenzoic acid. It is shown that the LFP-generated spectrum bears no similarity to the P450-I spectrum. One may conclude that the LFP-generated intermediate is not P450-I.