This enzyme belongs to the FAD dependent oxidoreductase family, and acts on the CH-NH2 group of D-amino acid donors with oxygen as acceptor. The enzyme is most active toward neutral D-amino acids, and not active toward acidic D-amino acids.
DAAO is used as a biocatalyst in several biotechnological applications, such as the oxidation of cephalosporin C, the deracemition of racemic D-amino acid solutions and as the biological component in several biosensors for the determination of the content in D-amino acids of biological fluids.
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