Stopped-Flow Studies on the Mechanism of Oxidation of N-Methyl-4-phenyltetrahydropyridine by Bovine Liver Monoamine Oxidase B

Rona R. Ramsay*, Steven C. Koerber, Thomas P. Singer, Thomas P. Singer

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Abstract

The kinetic mechanism of monoamine oxidase B involves either a binary or a ternary complex, depending on the substrate. In this study, stopped-flow kinetic data provide direct evidence for ternary complexes not only of reduced enzyme, oxygen, and product but also of reduced enzyme, oxygen, and substrate, both for benzylamine and for the tertiary amine l-methyl-4-phenyl-l,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP). However, the mechanism for a given substrate is not exclusive but, rather, is determined by competition between the alternate pathways as a result of different rate constants for the oxidation of the reduced enzyme, the reduced enzyme-product complex, and the reduced enzyme-substrate complex, as well as the different dissociation constants for the complexes. Comparison of the rate constants obtained from the stopped-flow studies with steady-state data indicates that the overall rate of reaction for the oxidation of MPTP by monoamine oxidase is dominated by the reductive step, but for benzylamine the steady-state rate is determined by a complex function of the rates of both the reductive and oxidative half-reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3045-3050
Number of pages6
JournalBiochemistry
Volume26
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987

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