oxygenase is any enzyme that oxidizes a substrate by transferring the oxygen from molecular oxygen O 2 (as in air) to it. The oxygenases form a class of oxidoreductases; their EC number is EC 1.13 or EC 1.14.
Oxygenases were discovered in 1955 simultaneously by two groups,
Osamu Hayaishi from Japan [1 ] [2 ] and Howard S. Mason from the US. [3 ] [4 ] Hayaishi was awarded the 1986 [5 ] Wolf Prize in Medicine "for the discovery of the oxygenase enzymes and elucidation of their structure and biological importance." [6 ]
There are two types of oxygenases:
Among the most important monooxygenases are the
cytochrome P450 oxidases, responsible for breaking down numerous chemicals in the body.
References [ edit ]
^ Hayaishi et al. (1955) Mechanism of the pyrocatechase reaction, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 77 (1955) 5450-5451
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^ Mason HS, Fowlks WK, and Peterson E. (1955) Oxygen transfer and electron transport by the phenolase complex. J. Am. Chem. Soc.; 77(10) pp 2914 - 2915
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^ "The Medicine Prize Committee unanimously decided that the Wolf Prize in Medicine for 1986 be awarded to Osamu Hayaishi". Wolf Foundation . Retrieved May 12, 2014.
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