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Multifrequency EPR Studies on the Mn(II) Centers of Oxalate Decarboxylase

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posted on 17.05.2007, 00:00 by Alexander Angerhofer, Ellen W. Moomaw, Inés García-Rubio, Andrew Ozarowski, J. Krzystek, Ralph T. Weber, Nigel G. J. Richards
Oxalate decarboxylase from Bacillus subtilis is composed of two cupin domains, each of which contains a Mn(II) ion coordinated by four identical conserved residues. The similarity between the two Mn(II) sites has precluded previous attempts to distinguish them spectroscopically and complicated efforts to understand the catalytic mechanism. A multifrequency cw-EPR approach has now enabled us to show that the two Mn ions can be distinguished on the basis of their differing fine structure parameters and to observe that acetate and formate bind to Mn(II) in only one of the two sites. The EPR evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that this Mn-binding site is located in the N-terminal domain, in agreement with predictions based on a recent X-ray structure of the enzyme.