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Part I   Reactions of Individual Compounds (A Á/Z)                                      A1
Part II Enzymes and Reactions                                                            1
         1. Reactions involving the formation and degradation of the aromatic
            nucleus                                                                      5
            1.1 Aromatization of 6-membered carbon and heterocyclic rings                5
            1.2 Formation of carbon ring systems                                        10
            1.3 Formation of heterocyclic ring systems                                  12
            1.4 Polymerization reactions                                                17
            1.5 Reactions involving carbon ring fission                                 18
            1.6 Reactions involving heterocyclic ring fission                           25
            1.7 Dearomatization                                                         30
            1.8 Ring expansion                                                          32
         2. Oxidations and reductions involving the aromatic nucleus and
            non-organic substituents                                                    33
            2.1 Hydroxylation of the aromatic nucleus                                   33
                 2.1.1 Hydroxylations associated with physiologically important
                       amino acids and hormones                                         33
                 2.1.2 Hydroxylations of natural products and miscellaneous compounds
                       associated with normal animal physiology                         40
                 2.1.3 Hydroxylation of xenobiotics                                     48
                 2.1.4 Hydroxylation with elimination of substituent                    52
            2.2 Formation of quinones and analogues from catechols, quinols and other
                 precursors                                                             57
                 2.2.1 Tyrosinase and unspecified types                                 57
                 2.2.2 Enzymes classified as laccase and quinol oxidases                59
            2.3 Free radicals from phenols                                              62
            2.4 Oxidation of nuclear amino groups and analogues                         62
            2.5 Oxidation of heterocyclic amines                                        65
            2.6 Reduction of nitro groups and analogues                                 65
            2.7 Oxidation and reduction of sulphur atoms                                69
            2.8 Reduction of quinones and analogues                                     70
            2.9 Halogens and the aromatic nucleus                                       71
            2.10 Epoxide formation and reduction                                        74
            2.11 Deamination of arylamines without hydroxylation                        75
            2.12 Dehydroxylation of phenols                                             75
            2.13 Nitro group addition and removal                                       76


      3. Oxidations and reductions of substituent side chains and non-aromatic
         ring systems (without altering chain length)                              77
         3.1 Hydroxylation of the carbon side-chain                                77
         3.2 Alkyl oxidation to ketone                                             82
         3.3 Oxidations and reductions of alcohols, aldehydes and ketones          82
         3.4 Reductions of acids                                                   92
         3.5 Deamination                                                           93
         3.6 Oxidative removal of substituents on amino groups                    100
         3.7 Oxidations and reductions involving nitrogen atoms                   102
         3.8 O-Dealkylation                                                       104
         3.9 Oxidations and reductions of non-aromatic ring systems               106
         3.10 Sulphur replacement                                                 109
         3.11 Dehydroxylation                                                     110
         3.12 Side chain halogenation                                             110
         3.13 Oxidative rearrangement                                             110
      4. Formation and degradation of side-chains                                 111
         4.1 Side-chain formation                                                 111
         4.2 Decarboxylation reactions of phenolic groups without hydroxylation   114
         4.3 Decarboxylation reactions of side-chains                             115
         4.4 Other reactions involving side-chain shortening and removal          122
         4.5 Chain lengthening reactions                                          127
      5. Conjugation and substitution reactions                                   130
         5.1 Ester formation A. Carboxylate esters                                130
                             B. Sulphate esters                                   135
         5.2 Sulphamate formation                                                 139
         5.3 Glycoside formation                                                  140
         5.4 Conjugation of thiols                                                150
         5.5 Formation of amides and substituted amides                           156
         5.6 Phosphorylation reactions                                            164
         5.7 Ether formation                                                      165
         5.8 N-Alkylation                                                         172
         5.9 Silane anhydrides                                                    174
      6. Elimination of substituents                                              175
         6.1 Ester hydrolysis                                                     175
         6.2 Hydrolysis of glycosides                                             180
         6.3 Hydrolysis of amides                                                 184
         6.4 Hydrolysis of phosphates                                             190
         6.5 Miscellaneous reactions                                              191
      7. Transfer reactions                                                       193
         7.1 Transamination                                                       193
         7.2 Isomerization                                                        199
         7.3 Migrations                                                           201
         7.4 Racemization                                                         201


        8. Formation and reactions of non-aryl double and triple bonds        203
           8.1 Double and triple bond formation                               203
           8.2 Reactions of double bonds                                      205
        9. Hydration of epoxides                                              208
        10. Light-forming reactions                                           211

Bibliography                                                                  213

Index Á/ Part II (enzymes and reactions)                                      567

                                  Author Biography

Brian Goodwin, D.Phil., is retired. He received his M.A. in natural sciences from Cambridge
University, England and his D.Phil., from Oxford University, England. He worked as a researcher in
the pharmaceutical industry (1958 Á/1961), research worker in the Department of the Regius Professor
of Medicine, Oxford University (1961 Á/1967), visiting research worker, Fels Research Institute, Yellow
Springs, Ohio (1967 Á/1969), Principal Biochemist, Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital, London
(1969 Á/1991), Research scientist, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London (1991 Á/1993) and Senior
Research Fellow, King’s College London (1994 Á/1997). He is also a qualified horticulturist and
  Dr Goodwin’s main research interests have been the metabolism of aromatic amino acids and
amines and their connection with disease, the metabolic pathways of aromatics and the development of
potential drugs.
  Dr Goodwin is a Member of the Biochemical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.


Since the earlier work on this subject was published (Goodwin, B.L. [1976] Handbook of Intermediary
Metabolism of Aromatic Compounds, London: Chapman & Hall), which covered research until about
1972, a great deal of new work has been published, mainly on new compounds, and the need of a new
reference work has become apparent, covering research published since then.
   Most of the literature cited is found in journals written in English, as most information finds its way
into such research journals. However, information quoted in Chemical Abstracts is used when non-
English sources are important, for instance Chinese and Japanese literature. In general, reviews and
symposia have been excluded as source material; Federation Proceedings is an exception. Since the
information in Chemical Abstracts is necessarily incomplete, it is inevitable that much important
information is lost when this has been the only available source material.
   The aromatic compounds listed in this work are those that contain at least one aromatic C6 ring,
which may be fused with other ring systems. Other aromatic systems (such as pyridine) are excluded;
quinoline with benzene fused with pyridine is included. Other ring systems with some aromatic
properties with ring systems that do not contain six carbon atoms are also excluded.
   It has not been possible to include structural formulae, pharmacological properties, toxicology or
medicinal use of the compounds listed in this index. Although structures are not always shown in the
original papers, structural formulae of many of the compounds are found in The Merck Index
Whitehouse Station, N.J.: Merck & Co, Inc, and Dictionary of Organic Compounds, 6th edition (1996),
London: Chapman & Hall. Almost all of the remainder can be deciphered with the help of Chemical
   The data are divided into two sections: Part I Reactions of Individual Compounds, and Part II
Enzymes and Reactions, with extensive indexing of Part II. A full bibliography is supplied.
   The structure of each compound entry in Part I is:

    Formed from: Bb
    Formed from C in Rc W321
    Probably formed from: Dd
    0/ Ee
       In: S W123
       T W456
       With H W135f
       See also : W789g
       Contrast (in U) W987h
    0/ Fe
       Probably in: V W234j
       Does not yield G in X W345k
     The name of the compound listed. Most of these are aromatic compounds, but some are closely
related to aromatic compounds that are aromatized by a simple reaction. Acids are named as acids and
not as their salts, although the reactions may occur with the ionized forms.

     Under the entry for compound B a reaction is shown which forms compound A.
     Compound A is formed from compound C in species R; C is usually a simple aliphatic compound,
such as acetic acid that is not listed in its own right. The information is quoted from reference W321
(all the W123-type entries illustrate references found in the bibliography).
     Under the entry for compound D a reaction is shown which forms compound A, but the evidence is
not strong enough to be included under the ‘Formed from’ heading.
     Compound E is formed from compound A.
     This reaction has been reported to occur in species S and T in publications W123 and W456
respectively. There is a corresponding entry under compound E of ‘Formed from: A’. ‘In’ indicates that
the studies have been carried out in whole organisms, tissue extracts or with purified enzymes obtained
from that species. In cases where the source of the enzyme specified has been difficult to establish the
alternative form of entry illustrated by ‘With H W135’ is used, where H is the name of the enzyme. If
the identity of the species and enzyme are both unclear, the species name is replaced by ‘species
     Publication W789 reports evidence supporting this reaction, but is not in itself adequate to be
quoted as definite evidence. The two main reasons for this are that the identity of the starting
compound or the product has not been adequately determined. A second situation is where the
reaction A 0/E is one in a reaction sequence, and either the starting compound studied is not A, or the
product detected is not E, but A 0/E is implicit. This reaction may be one of a network of possible
reactions; parallel reactions in such networks are not usually recorded other than under one of the
possible reactions. Where structural constraints on compound E require that it originates from
compound A, although compound A was not the compound under test, such as benzene 0/phenyl
sulphate where phenol is the necessary intermediate, the published data are counted as definitive
evidence and are not included under this heading. This may also apply where the time of appearance
and disappearance of compounds in a reaction sequence indicates that A0/E is an established
     This heading is rarely used, and is generally reserved for situations where either the reaction is
observed in some species but not in others, or when the validity of the reaction has been challenged,
such as the biotransformation of saccharin, where the observed reaction in early studies may have been
due to the presence of impurities, or where the product has been mis-identified.
     This entry is used with the same force as the entries described under the footnoteg, but where there is
no literature for a fully authenticated reaction. There is a corresponding entry under compound F of
‘Probably formed from: A’.
     This is a rarely used entry, where conversion to G in species X has been sought unsuccessfully.
   The compound name listed has been chosen primarily for utility; it is more important that the
compound can be recognized by the reader than that an accurate systematic name is used. In general,
it has been considered that the Chemical Abstracts names are too unwieldy or too unfamiliar for
routine use. With lead compounds, a systematic name is also listed (except for those that are too long
to be considered useful), as are common alternatives for any compound. In cases where alternatives are
relatively simple or are in regular use they are listed in their own right with a reference to the
compound name where the data are listed. This arrangement has inevitably led to some inconsistencies
of naming. Very occasionally, there is a small discrepancy between the name used ata and the product
entry when there are some ambiguities, particularly between publications, such as stereochemistry. A
similar discrepancy often occurs in the alternative names of compounds listed under trivial names and
those used for metabolites; the former are often based on Chemical Abstracts naming which may differ
from the names used in the publications reporting the metabolism. Because of these variations in
naming in the literature, it is probable that some compounds have been listed under more than one
name, although extensive steps have been taken to prevent duplicate entries.


   In the previous book it was assumed that conjugation in animals was the final stage of a metabolic
sequence prior to excretion, and conjugation reactions were automatically given a definitive reaction
step status; since it is no longer certain that this is so, many references to conjugation are now given no
more than a ‘See also’ status.
   Some compounds are used routinely in probing the status of P450 systems; when they are used just
as probes the literature cited is usually not used unless the data cited in Part 1 are considered to be
otherwise inadequate.
   Mercapturates are listed as N-Acetyl-S-(L-cysteinyl)-.
   ‘Desmethyl’ in a compound name has generally been replaced by ‘Demethyl’; ‘Desethyl’ has been
left unaltered. In many instances ‘Nor’ (when referring to the loss of a methyl group) has been replaced
by ‘Demethyl’; catecholamines and their analogues such as noradrenaline are exceptions.
   ‘Acetamido’ is preferred to ‘Acetylamino’, and ‘Formyl’ is used for many aldehydes.
   Unless otherwise stated, compound moieties such as ‘Phenylpropionic’, ‘Phenyloctane’, ‘Pheny-
loctyl’ are straight chain compounds with a terminal phenyl moiety and any side-chain functional
group at the other terminal. In general the prefix n - is not used for these compounds.
   In general, entries such as Hydroxy-demethyl- are preferred to Demethyl-hydroxy; whereas
Bisnor-tetrahydro- is used rather than Tetrahydro-bisnor-, particularly with cannabinoids.
   Esters may be listed under the name of either the parent acid or parent alcohol.
   Plant glucosides are usually b-glucosides; this information is often omitted from the publications
cited. Such conjugates are generally named as glucoside, glucuronide etc. without stating the full
systematic name.
   Certain classes of compounds are named on the basis of alternative numbering systems. As far as
possible, this has been rationalized, for instance, cannabinoids, but areas of ambiguity may have led to
inadvertent duplication of entries. Stereoisomers are often not listed separately, especially where they
are converted into the same product (possibly at different rates). In some cases the research literature
cites, for instance, optical isomers that yield a named product, but without sufficient information to
identify the stereochemistry. When there is an entry for the product, possibly formed additionally from
some other compound, a blurring of the stereochemistry may have been applied to the entries, to avoid
misleading the reader. This problem is particularly acute when different systems for describing
stereochemistry are used, such as D and L, d and l , (R ) and (S ), / and /, where the information on
their interconversion is often not available, with consequent uncertainties.
   In these entries the species name is usually either a trivial name like Rat, or the Genus name, without
reference to the species name. This is a compromise adopted not only for the sake of consistency and
compactness, but also because many studies, especially with microorganisms, either do not identify the
microorganisms involved at all, or are identified as a genus with, perhaps a reference number but no
species name. In Part 2 the organisms are more fully identified. In work on recombinant organisms,
where possible, the organism from which the original genetic material was obtained is quoted.
   Little effort has been exerted in rationalizing species and genus names, except where duplication in
an entry has become apparent. For instance, Daucus and carrot are used as alternatives, based largely
on the preference of the researchers. In general, the name Pseudomonas has not been replaced by
Burkholderia, but Corn has been replaced by Zea, since this avoids confusion between corn (Zea) and
wheat (Triticum).

               Part 1
Reactions of Individual Compounds
                                    Part 2
                             Enzymes and Reactions

Prior to 1972 many of the key enzyme systems described here were extensively studied, and were
reviewed in my previous volume. Many of these systems have been further studied since 1972, and the
new material is reviewed here. However, in some cases the newly published material is no more than a
tidying-up of loose ends; no attempt has been made to re-introduce material published prior to 1972,
except for enzymes given an E.C. number that would not otherwise be listed; these are listed with
minimal data.
   The policy for reviewing reactions and enzymes has been, not to write exhaustive reviews on each
reaction type, but to give a representative set of data for those that have received extensive
experimental study, and to concentrate relatively more effort on those that have not been extensively
studied or are novel. Where extensive studies have been carried out in several species, the results for
each species (and in some cases, each specific organs in that species) have been grouped together in a
single paragraph; occasionally results are grouped according to substrate.
   The molecular weights quoted are in Daltons, and temperature in degrees Celsius; the units are not
mentioned in the text.

P450 Enzymes

Many microsomal reactions are catalyzed by enzymes of the P450 group (E.C., particularly
where xenobiotics are involved. Although most P450 studies have been carried out with liver
microsomes, P450-containing microsomes are obtained from many tissues, and also from plants. The
name P450 refers to Pigment with maximal optical absorption at 450 nm, observed with the carbon
monoxide complex formed from the reduced enzyme; this binding inhibits the enzyme. The haem
moiety binds molecular oxygen, which hydroxylates the substrate with the additional formation of
water. Electron transport into the system is usually mediated by the flavin moiety of NADPH:
cytochrome P450 reductase.
   In this review no attempt has been made to rationalize isozyme names; over the years numerous
isozymes have been detected and improved methods have been developed for distinguishing between
isozymes, resulting in improved systems of naming (see below).
   Some compounds have been found to be specific substrates for individual isozymes, and these have
been used as probes for their identification. Studies for isozyme identification have been so repetitive
that in general they have not been reported in the compound section of this book.

Some commonly used P450 probes

Isozyme       Probe                                                            Reaction
CYP1A2        Phenacetin                                                       de-ethylation
              7-Ethoxyresorufin                                                de-ethylation
CYP1A/12      7-Ethoxyresorufin                                                de-ethylation

P450 Enzymes

Table (Continued )

Isozyme       Probe                                                             Reaction
CYP2A6        Coumarin                                                          7-hydroxylation
CYP2B6        Bupropion                                                         t -butyl hydroxylation
              (S )-Mephenytoin                                                  N-demethylation
              7-Ethoxy-4-trifluoromethylcoumarin                                de-ethylation
CYP2C8        Taxol                                                             6a -hydroxylation
CYP2C9        Tolbutamide                                                       methyl hydroxylation
              Diclofenac                                                        4?-hydroxylation
CYP2C18       2-(2,3-Dichloro-4-(4-hydroxybutoxy)benzoyl)thiophene              5-hydroxylation
CYP2C19       (S )-Mephenytoin                                                  4?-hydroxylation
CYP2D6        Dextromethorphan                                                  demethylation
              Bufuralol                                                         1?-hydroxylation
CYP2E1        p -Nitrophenol                                                    o -hydroxylation
              Chlorzoxazone                                                     6-hydroxylation
CYP3A4        Testosterone                                                      6b -hydroxylation
              Medazolam                                                         a -hydroxylation
CYP3A5        Testosterone                                                      6b -hydroxylation
CYP4A9        Lauric acid                                                       12-hydroxylation
CYP 4A11      Lauric acid                                                       12-hydroxylation

   Monoclonal antibody studies are also used for the identification of several isozymes, for instance,
CYP2C8, CYP3A5 and CYP4A11.
   The major isozymes are 1A2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6 and 3A4. Structural variants have been detected in
these groups, such as 2C9 with a difference involving an arginyl/cysteinyl residue and 2D6 with a
methionyl/valyl difference.
   The reactions carried out by P450 enzymes are listed under the relevant reactions in the Reactions
section of this book. However, the following publications are illustrative, particularly of earlier naming
   A naming system for rabbit liver microsomal isozymes was introduced with LM designations,
followed by a subscript numbering scheme. LM1, molecular weight 47 000 and LM7, molecular weight
60 000, were not induced by phenobarbital or by b-naphthoflavone. LM2, molecular weight 50 000,
was induced by phenobarbital, and LM4 by b-naphthoflavone. The substrates studied showed
relatively poor discrimination between isozymes [A2147]. The isozymes show quantitatively different
reaction rates for the formation of 4 tetrahydrotetraols formed from trans -benzpyrene-7,8-dihydrodiol,
via the two corresponding 9, 10-oxides. The P450 types were then (1978) designated LM1, LM2, LM3b,
LM4(BNF), LM4(PB) and LM7 [A3605]. This redundant system was also used with monohydroxylation
of benzpyrene [A2327].
   Rat microsomal enzyme is induced by phenobarbital and 3-methylcholanthrene; the induced
enzymes differ slightly in the absorption maxima of the carbon monoxide adducts (450 and 448 nm
respectively) [A734]. Multiple forms with molecular weights of about 50 000 were separated [A3028]. In
one study (1978) with solubilized enzyme from male rat, four fractions were obtained by an initial
separation, each of which could be separated into eight haem-containing bands [A3447]. Another
study detected 21 fractions. Benzpyrene hydroxylase was associated with P448 isozymes, pI 6.83, 6.55
and 6.36; the second of these fractions also exhibited 7-ethoxycoumarin de-ethylase activity [D740].
One publication designated two of these as P-448MC and P-448HCB; they catalyse hydroxylation at
different positions on 2-acetamidofluorene [D269]. Isozymes designated as A, B and D N-hydroxylate
2-acetamidofluorene [D142]. The primary structures of male rat isozymes f, g and h, molecular weights

                                                                                       P450 Enzymes

51 000, 50 000 and 51 000 respectively differ from one another and from isozymes a-e, and this is
confirmed by antibody studies. Isozymes f and g showed a low activity towards all the substrates
tested; h N-demethylated benzphetamine and hydroxylated zoxazolamine and 17b-oestradiol [D39].
These naming systems are also redundant.
   Liver microsomes from phenobarbital-treated mice yield 4 P450 fractions with marginally different
absorption spectra [A1699].
   A monkey liver P450, molecular weight 50 000, catalyzes oxidations on a series of substrates, in the
presence of a hydrogen transport system [D510].
   Guinea pig isozymes, designated as the IIB family, molecular weight 52 000, hydroxylate
D9-tetrahydrocannabinol and aniline, and demethylate p -nitroanisole [F819].
   A mathematical analysis based on potential energy profiles during the reaction, based on arene
oxide ring opening, gave a close approximation to the extent that the NIH shift (the migration of a
substituent to a position ortho to its original position at the hydroxylation site) was observed for para
hydroxylation, in agreement with the hypothesis that there is a p -quinoid intermediate. The data also
support the hypothesis that there may be a pathway involving initial formation of a tetrahedral
intermediate in the absence of epoxide formation [E284].
   A full assessment of P450 enzymes is found in David Lewis ‘‘Guide to Cytochromes P450’’,
Taylor & Francis, London (2001).

1. Reactions involving the formation and degradation of
                  the aromatic nucleus

1.1 Aromatization of 6-membered carbon and              weight 52 000, may be identical with prephenate
heterocyclic rings.                                     dehydrogenase [B290].
                                                           Nicotiana silvestris enzyme is inhibited by
                                                        L-tyrosine and substituted tyrosines [C501].
Prephenate dehydrogenase (E.C.                   Corynebacterium glutamicum and
                                                        Brevibacterium flavum enzymes have molecular
  Prephenate 0 p-hydroxyphenylpyruvate                  weights of 158 000, and B. ammoniagenes 68 000.
                                                        They are not inhibited by tyrosine, and
The amino acid composition of A. aerogenes
                                                        p -chloromercuribenzoate inhibition is reversed
enzyme, molecular weight 76 000, has been
                                                        by thiols. Contrary to some earlier reports, these
determined; it is involved in the biosynthesis of
                                                        organisms lack the p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate
tyrosine [K873].
                                                        pathway for the formation of tyrosine [B47].
                                                           Actinoplanes missouriensis enzyme, molecular
                                                        weight 68 000, has an optimum at pH 9.5 [F277].
Prephenate dehydrogenase (NADP )                          Streptomyces phaeochromogenes enzyme is a
(E.C.                                         dimer with subunit molecular weight 28 100 and
                                                        pI 4.45 [D880].
The mung bean (Vigna radiata) enzyme, mole-                This reaction has also been observed in
cular weight 52 000, requires NADPH; it may be          Microtetraspora glauca [F222], Claviceps [E234],
identical with pretyrosine dehydrogenase [B290]         Streptomycetes [C695] and Flavobacterium
                                                        devorans [C115].

Prephenate dehydratase (E.C.
                                                        Phenylalanine formation from arogenate
Salmonella typhimurium enzyme, optimum pH
                                                        This reaction has been detected in Claviceps
8.5, is part of a complex with chorismate
mutase (E.C. The reaction product,
phenylpyruvate, is further converted into
phenylalanine [K859].
                                                        Anthranilate synthase; (E.C.

                                                          Chorismate ' glutamine or NH3 0
Arogenate (pretyrosine) dehydrogenase                       anthranilate
                                                        Saccharomyces cerevisiae enzyme is dimeric,
                                                        molecular weight 130 000, and subunit molecular
  Arogenate'NAD(P) 0
                                                        weight 64 000 [D512]. Enterobacter liquefaciens
                                                        and Erwinia carotavora enzymes have molecular
Vigna radiata (mung bean) enzyme, molecular             weights of 140 000, and Aeromonas formicans

p-Aminobenzoate formation from chorismate

220 000 [A1481]. Claviceps enzyme has an                  Phenylalanine formation from shikimate
optimum pH of 7.8 or 8.6 using glutamine as
co-substrate. It requires Mg2', partly replaceable        Phenylalanine and tyrosine are formed from
by Mn2' or Co2', is stimulated by K', Na '                shikimate in Reseda lutea, R. odorata and Iris.
or NH3 and is inhibited by tryptophan,                    Previous publications indicate an involvement of
chanoclavine, elymoclavine, indoleacrylate and            prephenate [A1601].
prephenate [A2552].
  Shikimate forms phenazine-1-carboxylate in
Pseudomonas aureofaciens [A958]; earlier                  3-Carboxyphenylalanines formed from shikimate
publications suggest that the pathway is via
chorismate and anthranilate.                              3-Carboxyphenylalanine and 3-carboxytyrosine
                                                          are formed from shikimate in Reseda lutea,
                                                          R. odorata and Iris, as well as phenylalanine and
p -Aminobenzoate formation from chorismate                tyrosine. The carboxyl group arises from
                                                          shikimate; it is not considered that carboxylation
Streptomyces coelicolor catalyzes this                    of the parent amino acid is involved [A1601].
reaction, but isochorismate is not a substrate;
however, both compounds are precursors of
p -aminobenzoate in S. aminophilus and                    Phenazine-1-carboxylate and iodinin formation
Enterobacter aerogenes; isochorismate may                 from shikimate
initially be converted into chorismate [F111].
S. griseus enzyme, molecular weight 50 000 uses           These reactions involve the formation of a
ammonia or glutamine as the source of the amino           phenazine ring system, apparently incorporating
group [D734].                                             two shikimate molecules, probably with
                                                          anthranilate as an early intermediate.
                                                            The formation of phenazine-1-carboxylate has
p -Aminophenylalanine formation from chorismate           been observed in Pseudomonas aureofaciens
In Streptomyces this reaction is an initial step in         The formation of iodinin has been observed in
the formation of chloamphenicol. Its formation is         Brevibacterium/Chromobacterium iodinum
considered to be a four-stage biosynthesis                [A958, A2941].
including a transamination, and the reaction is
stimulated by an aminotransferase from the crude
extract, as well as by several other enzymes              Menaquinone MK-9(II-H2) formation from
present [A2461, B158].                                    shikimate

                                                          This reaction, which involves the formation of a
Benzoate formation from shikimate                         naphthoquinone, has been observed in
                                                          Mycobacterium phlei [A691].
This reaction has been observed in rat [A2706].

                                                          Catechol formation from shikimate and
p -Hydroxybenzoate formation from shikimate               dehydroshikimate

This reaction occurs in Lithospermum                      The first reaction has been observed in rat,
erythrorhizon as an early step in the formation           [A2706] and the second in E. coli, where it is a
of the naphthoquinone shikonin and                        major pathway for the anaerobic utilization of
g-glutaminyl-4-hydroxybenzene [A3763, B810].              glucose [G366].

                                              o-Succinylbenzoate formation from isochorismate

o -Succinylbenzoate formation from isochorismate         cis -biphenyl-2,3-dihydrodiol dehydrogenase both
                                                         oxidize cis -naphthalene-1,2-dihydrodiol and
E. coli and Aerobacter aerogenes enzymes                 cis -biphenyl-2,3-dihydrodiol as well as
catalyze this reaction, with a-oxoglutarate as           cis -2,2?,5,5?-tetrachlorobiphenyl-3,4-dihydrodiol.
co-substrate. It appears that earlier claims that        They both require NAD ' [K196].
chorismate is the substrate were incorrect. The             Pseudomonas cis- chlorobenzene dihydrodiol
enzyme, optimum pH 8.3, requires thiamine                dehydrogenase acts on cis -(1R ,2S )-indan-1,2-
pyrophosphate as coenzyme, and it may be a               diol, but not on cis -(1S,2R )-indan-1,2-diol. Some
Mn2'-containing enzyme [D682, E430, E457].               enantiomeric selectivity is observed with
The reaction product is the starting point for the       p -halotoluene-2,3-dihydrodiols, cis -1,2-
formation of a range of substituted naphthalene          dihydroxytetralin and cis -naphthalene-1,2-
natural products.                                        dihydrodiol [K348].
                                                            Xanthobacter flavus enzyme is a
                                                         homotetramer, monomeric molecular weight
3-Amino-5-hydroxybenzoate formation from                 26 500 and pI 5.4. It requires NADP ' (NAD ' is
5-deoxy-5-amino-3-dehydroshikimate                       less effective) and acts on cis -3,6-
                                                         dichlorobenzene-1,2-dihydrodiol and
This reaction has been detected in Amycolatopsis         benzene-1,2-dihydrodiol [J186].
mediterranei. The enzyme, which contains                    Bacillus enzyme is a homohexamer, monomeric
bound pyridoxal phosphate, catalyzes both an             molecular weight 29 500, pI 6.4 and optimum pH
a,b-dehydration and a stereospecific                     9.8. It oxidizes cis -toluene-2,3-dihydrodiol, and is
1,4-enolisation during the reaction sequence. The        stable up to 808 [E368].
product is a key intermediate in the formation of
rifamycin [J643].
                                                         trans -Dihydrobenzene-1,2-diol dehydrogenase;
cis -Dihydrobenzene-1,2-diol dehydrogenase;
(E.C.                                             trans-1; 2-Dihydroxycyclohexa-3; 5-diene 0
  cis-1; 2-Dihydroxycyclohexa-3; 5-diene 0
                                                         This and similar enzymes aromatize
                                                         trans -dihydrodiols formed from benzene and a
Mouse kidney contains four soluble (three minor)         range of analogues formed from polynuclear
isozymes. Two minor ones are immunologically             hydrocarbons, including those that are
identical with aldehyde reductase (E.C. 1.2.1            carcinogenic. This reaction is one step in the
class) and 3a-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase               potential degradation of these hydrocarbons; the
(E.C. The other two, molecular weight        catechols so formed could undergo ring fission, at
39 000, require NAD(P) ' as coenzyme. Both cis           least in microorganisms.
and trans isomers are substrates, as well as other          An enzyme in pig lens oxidizes this and other
dihydrodiols; p -nitrobenzaldehyde and quinones          similar substrates, utilising NADP'. Quinones
are also reduced [F377].                                 and nitrobenzaldehydes are also substrates for the
   An enzyme in Bacterium acts only on                   reverse reaction [F389].
cis -isomers [B871]. Pseudomonas putida                     Monkey liver cytosol contains four isozymes,
enzyme, a homotetramer, molecular weight                 molecular weights in the range 36 000 Á/39 000,
102 000, acts on a range of aromatic hydrocarbon         each with a similar range of specificities, and
cis- dihydrodiols except those substituted on            optima at pH 5.8, 6.2, 7.9 and 8.7. One isozyme
K-regions [A1298, A1591].                                was formerly known as indanol dehydrogenase
   Pseudomonas putida cis -naphthalene-1,2-              (E.C. [F388]. One at least is a dimer
dihydrodiol dehydrogenase (E.C. and            that is inactive towards cis - isomers [F391].

1,6-Dihydroxycyclohexa-2,4-diene-1-carboxylate dehydrogenase

  Hamster liver cytosol contains five isozymes           2,3-Dihydro-2,3-dihydroxybenzoate
with a broad specificity, molecular weight about         dehydrogenase; (E.C.
35 000 [F153].
  Guinea pig liver contains four major and four          Aerobacter aerogenes and E. coli enzymes require
minor isozymes, molecular weights about 34 000,          NAD' as co-substrate [K876].
except for two minor ones, molecular weights
26 500 and 14 500. The specificity is broad [E67].
  Rat liver cytosolic enzyme requires NADP as            o -Succinylbenzoate synthase
co-substrate, and acts on trans -naphthalene-1,2-
dihydrodiol and trans -benzpyrene-7,8-                   Amycolaptosis enzyme acts on 2-hydroxy-6-
dihydrodiol [E583].                                      succcinyl-2,5-cyclohexadienecarboxylate as
  Mouse liver enzyme has been separated into             substrate [K68].
four isozymes that require NADP. Two are
monomers, molecular weights 30 000 and 34 000,
and two dimers, molecular weights 64 000 and             Kynurenate-7.8-dihydrodiol dehydrogenase
65 000, pI 8.1, 6.2, 5.5 and 5.4, respectively           (E.C.
[C712]. Another study found two cytosolic forms
that were identified as 17b-hydroxysteroid               Pseudomonas fluorescens enzyme requires
dehydrogenase (major; E.C. and        NAD' for the formation of 7,8-
and aldehyde reductase. The major one also               dihydroxykynurenate [K874].
oxidizes a range of alcohols and reduces a range
of aldehydes and ketones [E821].
  Beef liver cytosolic enzyme contains three             trans -Acenaphthene-1,2-dihydrodiol
enzymes that are active towards trans -benzene           dehydrogenase (E.C.
dihydrodiol. One is 3a-hydroxysteroid
dehydrogenase and a second is a high Km                  Rat liver cytosolic enzyme acts on the ((),/

aldehyde reductase. The third also acts on other         but not on the ('/) isomer (an inhibitor), with
dihydrodiols including trans -naphthalene                NADP' as co-substrate, whereas NAD '
dihydrodiol; it is a distinctly different activity       is inactive. A further substrate is
[G750].                                                  (()-1-phenylethanol. Activity is also found in

                                                         mouse, guinea pig, rabbit, hamster, dog, cat and
                                                         pig liver. Some of these can accept NAD ' as co-
                                                         substrate; it has been suggested that more than
1,6-Dihydroxycyclohexa-2,4-diene-1-carboxylate           one enzyme may be involved [K817].
dehydrogenase (E.C.

Alcaligenes eutropus enzyme, molecular weight            Aromatization of dihydropyridines
95 000 and optimum pH 8.0 may be a
homotetramer. It forms catechol and CO2, and             Nilvadipine, a 1,4-dihydro-4-phenylpyridine is
requires NAD '; NADP ' is ineffective, and no            aromatized in rat liver microsomes, and utilises
other cofactors are required [K944].                     NADPH. The reaction is inhibited by P450
                                                         inhibitors [E847]. Many metabolic studies on
                                                         calcium channel blockers with similar structures
cis -1,2-dihydroxycyclohexa-3,5-diene-1-                 to nilvadipine have demonstrated that a major
carboxylate dehydrogenase (E.C.                proportion of each drug is similarly aromatized.
                                                           A large number of studies with the neurotoxin
Pseudomonas putida and Acinetobacter                     1,2,3,6-tetrahydro-1-methyl-4-phenylpyridine
calcoaceticus enzymes, molecular weight 28 000           (MPTP), which causes a drug-induced parkin-
form catechol from the substrate [K763].                 sonism, have demonstrated that the proximal

                                                            Tetrahydroprotoberberine aromatization

toxin is 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP ').               Coptis japonica (S )-tetrahydroberberine
Metabolic studies have detected the formation of         oxidase (E.C. is a dimer, molecular
MPP ' in mouse, monkey, rat, man and beef (e.g.          weight 58 000, and requires oxygen and Fe; it is
[E3, D222, D141, E3, F458] respectively). The            highly specific. It aromatizes one of the hetero-
formation of 2,3-dihydro-1-methyl-4-                     cyclic rings [E678, E732].
phenylpyridinium has also been observed, and                Berberis aggregata aromatizes
this in turn is converted into MPP ', at least in        tetrahydroberberine, tetrahydrocolumbamine
mouse [E684]. A major study with human                   and tetrahydropalmatine, with the formation
placental MAOA and beef liver MAOB found                 of a quaternary amino moiety [K947].
that a large range of MPTP analogues, particu-
larly those with substituents on the aryl moiety
are substrates. Although the products were not           Aromatization of dihydromacarpine
identified, it was assumed that they were MPP '
analogues [F395].                                        Eschscholtzia californica enzyme, molecular
                                                         weight 56 000, pI 8.8 and optimum pH 7.0,
                                                         requires oxygen to oxidize dihydromacarpine to
Tetrahydroprotoberberine aromatization
                                                         macarpine. This completes the aromatization of
                                                         the ring system, including the formation of a
Berberis wilsonae enzyme is a flavoprotein,
                                                         quaternary nitrogen [E604].
molecular weight 100 000 and optimum pH 8.9.
Tetrahydroprotoberberine yields protoberberine,
presumably via the 7,14-dehydroberbinium
analogue; canadine and tetrahydrojatrorrhizine           Dihydrobenzophenanthridine oxidase
are also substrates. The reaction requires oxygen        (E.C.
and forms peroxide as the second product. The
enzyme is specific for (S )- isomers [D145].             Sanguinaria canadensis enzyme is composed of
   Corydalis cava bulb protoberberine reductase,         three isozymes, molecular weights 77 000, 67 000
optimum pH 7.5, requires NADH for the                    and 59 000 and optimum pH 7.0. It converts
reduction of protoberberines to (14R )-                  dihydrosanguinarine into sanguinarine and
tetrahydroberberines, apparently in two stages.          dihydrochelerythrine into chelerythrine,
For instance, both berberine and 7,8-                    aromatizing the heterocyclic ring [G723].
dihydroberberine are reduced to canadine. The            Eschscholtzia californica enzyme, molecular
reaction, which dearomatizes the heterocyclic            weight 56 000, pI 8.8 and optimum pH 7.0,
ring, is reversible; both 7,8-dihydroberberine           requires oxygen to convert dihydromacarpine
and (R )-canadine are oxidized to berberine,             into macarpine [E604]. In all of these a
with NADP ' as coenzyme. Palmatine,                      quaternary base is formed.
dehydrosinactine, coptisine, columbamine,                   Many plant alkaloids contain an aromatic
jatrorrhizine and dehydroscoulerine are also             heterocyclic ring moiety. There may be an
substrates [G136].                                       aromatizing step similar to this one, but in
                                                         most cases the enzymology has not been studied.

Tetrahydroberberine (canadine) aromatization
                                                         D-Dopachrome   tautomerase
Thalictrum minus tetrahydroberberine oxidase is
composed of 3 isozymes, two of which are                 Human enzyme is found in erythrocytes and
specific. All have an optimum at pH 9.0. The             other blood cells, but not in plasma, with
molecular weight of one of the specific enzymes is       5,6-dihydroxyindole as the product [H872].
more than 200 000, and the other, a trimer, is             The enzyme that enolizes indole-3-pyruvate
145 000 [H401].                                          and p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate converts

L-Dopachrome     tautomerase

D-dopachrome into 5,6-dihydroxyindole. The                 1,4-dihydroxy-2-naphthoate. In crude extracts,
enzyme source is not clear from Chemical                   the addition of farnesyl pyrophosphate results in
Abstracts; it is claimed to be a rat enzyme, but it        the formation of menaquinone-3 at the expense
may be the same as that described in another               of 1,4-dihydroxy-2-naphthoate [A2774]. Studies
publication, found in human lymphocytes. The               with Mycobacterium phlei, E. coli and Galium
latter is a macrophage migration inhibition factor         mollugo have found that o -succinylbenzoyl CoA
in addition to its tautomerase activity                    is formed as an intermediate [C337, E594]. M.
[J475, J514].                                              phlei enzyme has a molecular weight of 44 000
                                                           and optimum pH 6.9. The succinyl carboxyl
                                                           is retained as the carboxyl group in
L-Dopachrome   tautomerase (E.C.                 1,4-dihydroxy-2-naphthoate [A2943].

Mouse melanoma enzyme forms 5,6-                           b. Phylloquinone formation
dihydroxyindole-2-carboxylate as the initial
product. The apoenzyme is activated by Zn2',               In Zea mays phylloquinone is formed from o -
but not by Fe2' or Cu2' [H338].                            succinylbenzoate, retaining its structural integrity
  Locusta migratoria enzyme, dopachrome                    [A175, A3973].
conversion factor, (dopachrome D-isomerase,
E.C., molecular weight 85 000, forms             c. 1,4-Naphthoquinone formation
5,6-dihydroxyindole from L-dopachrome; it also
acts on L-dopachrome methyl ester and                      Juglans regia catalyzes the formation of
methyldopachrome, but not on their D-isomers or            1,4-naphthoquinone and juglone (5-hydroxy-1,4-
dopaminechrome [J842].                                     naphthoquinone) [A3470]. 1,4-Dihydroxy-2-
  Bombyx mori dopa quinone imine conversion                naphthoate is an intermediate in juglone
factor, optimum pH 7.5 Á/9, forms 5,6-                     formation as well as in lawsone (2-hydroxy-1,4-
dihydroxyindole from L- (but not D-)                       naphthoquinone) formation [A1639].
dopachrome [H429].

                                                           Cannabidiolate synthetase
Aromatization of lindane
                                                           Cannabis sativa enzyme, molecular weight 74 000
Lindane (the isomer used is not clear, but is              and pI 6.1, catalyzes the ring closure of
presumed to be the active g-isomer) is converted           cannabigerolate and cannabinerolate into
into 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene in bean, and into              cannabidiolate. The enzyme is not an oxygenase
1,2,3- and 1,2,4-trichlorobenzene in Zea mays              or peroxidase; presumably it is a dehydrogenase,
[A766].                                                    which forms a cyclohexene ring system [J205].

1.2 Formation of carbon ring systems                       Pinosylvin (3,5-dihydroxystilbene) synthase

Naphthalene derivatives formed from                        Pine (Pinus sylvestris) enzyme catalyzes the
o -succinylbenzoate                                        condensation of cinnamoyl CoA with malonyl
                                                           CoA to form a second aromatic ring. With
a. Naphthoate synthetase (E.C.                   p -coumaroyl CoA the hydroxylated analogue,
                                                           resveratrol is formed [B313].
E. coli enzyme, molecular weight 45 000, requires             Dioscorea shows similar metabolic reactions
acetyl CoA, ATP and Mg2' to form                           with cinnamoyl CoA, m -hydroxyphenylpropionyl

                                                                                       Bibenzyl synthase

CoA and analogues; the products, such as                      Dianthus caryophyllus enzyme exhibits pH
resveratrol and pinosylvin are intermediates in            optima of 8.0 and 7.0 with p -coumaroyl CoA and
the formation of hircinol and batatasins [D136].           caffeoyl CoA, respectively [C392].
  This reaction occurs poorly in Barlia long-                 Glycine max enzyme, molecular weight 75 000,
ibracteata with cinnamoyl CoA, m -coumaroyl                is composed of three isozymes, pI 5.45 (main),
CoA and p -coumaroyl CoA as substrates. The                5.35 and 5.5, and pH optima of 7.5 and 6.5 with
corresponding dihydro substrates form the                  p -coumaroyl CoA and caffeoyl CoA, respectively
analogous bibenzyls, but more effectively [C734].          [E579]. A reductase is involved in the reaction
  Epipactis palustris enzyme, molecular weight             sequence [E661].
85 000, shows a similar specificity and co-                   Glycyrriza echinata enzyme acts on
substrate requirement to those for the above               p- coumaroyl CoA, malonyl CoA and NADPH
enzymes [G138].                                            [E619].
                                                              Parsley enzyme, molecular weight 77 000
                                                           appears to be a dimer (monomeric molecular
Bibenzyl synthase                                          weight 42 000) with p -coumaroyl CoA and
                                                           malonyl CoA as substrates [B352, K808].
Barlia longibracteata enzyme acts on CoA                      Phaseolus vulgaris enzyme, molecular weight
conjugates of 3-phenylpropionic acid; the m - and          77 000 and optimum pH 8.0, acts on malonyl
p -hydroxy analogues also form the corresponding           CoA and p -coumaroyl CoA [C813].
bibenzyls [C734].                                             Rye enzyme requires malonyl CoA as
   Bletilla striata enzyme is a dimer, monomeric           co-substrate, and acts on p -coumaroyl CoA
molecular weight 46 000, which condenses                   (optimum pH 8) and caffeoyl CoA (optimum pH
m -hydroxyphenylpropionyl CoA with malonyl                 6.5) to form 2?,4,4?,6-tetrahydroxy- and
CoA to form 3,3?,5-trihydroxybibenzyl [H101].              2?,3,4,4?,6?-pentahydroxychalcones (precursors of
   Epipactis palustris enzyme, molecular weight            naringenin and eriodictyol), respectively [E662].
85 000 acts on m -hydroxyphenylpropionyl CoA; a               Spinach enzyme is composed of two isozymes,
good additional substrate is phenylpropionyl               pH optimum 7.5 Á/8, with p -coumaroyl CoA,
CoA, which yields dihydropinosylvin, but the               feruloyl CoA and caffeoyl CoA as substrates
corresponding cinnamoyl CoAs are poor sub-                 [D596].
strates [G138]. This distinguishes the enzyme                 A tulip anther enzyme, molecular weight
from stilbene synthase, which it closely resembles.        55 000 and optimum pH 8.0 acts on p -coumaroyl
                                                           CoA, feruloyl CoA and caffeoyl CoA to form
                                                           naringenin, homoeriodictyol and eriodictyol
Chalcone synthase (E.C.                          respectively; it is inhibited by CoA, flavanones
                                                           and thiols. The preparation was claimed to be
This reaction is the first step in the reaction            free from chalcone-flavanone isomerase activity;
sequence that leads to the formation of polycyclic         the expected chalcone intermediates were not
flavonoid plant pigments from cinnamates,                  detected [A3792]. A similar enzyme found in
forming a second aromatic ring.                            Haplopappus gracilis, optimum pH about 8 for
   Buckwheat enzyme is a homodimer, molecular              p -coumaroyl CoA, and 6.5 Á/7 for caffeoyl CoA
weight 83 000, pI 5.2 and optimum pH 8.0. It               was called flavanone synthase. The reaction was
condenses malonyl CoA with p -coumaroyl CoA,               not stoichiometric, with small amounts of
feruloyl CoA and caffeoyl CoA [E180].                      by-products such as benzalacetones being formed
   Cephalocereus enzyme converts cinnamoyl                 [A3362]; a similar series of reactions was found
CoA into 2?,4?,6?-trihydroxychalcone [H633].               in Petroselinum crispum [A2618]. These
   Daucus carota enzyme exhibits optima at pH              publications all come from early studies on the
7.9 and 6.8 with p -coumaroyl CoA and caffeoyl             enzyme system, and despite the claims that
CoA, respectively [D698].                                  chalcone-flavanone isomerase activity was

Benzophenone synthase

absent, there must be a suspicion that the               becomes the benzoate carboxyl, and the 3, 4, 5
preparations were all contaminated with this             and 6-substituents on the pyrone become the 2, 3,
enzyme.                                                  4 and 5-substituents on the benzoate [E766].

Benzophenone synthase (E.C.
                                                         Purpurogallin formation
Centaurium erythraea enzyme, optimum pH 7.5,
                                                           Pyrogallol 0 purpurogallin
acts on m -hydroxybenzoyl CoA and malonyl
CoA to form 2,3?,4,6-tetrahydroxybenzophenone            This reaction is catalyzed by peroxidases
[J35].                                                   (E.C. from peanut, with peroxide as
                                                         co-substrate. Four isozymes are found with pH
                                                         optima at 6, 6.4, 8 and 8 [A2519].
Norsolorinate synthase

Aspergillus parasiticus converts hexanoate or
                                                         Salutaridine synthase (E.C.
pentanoate into norsolorinate, a polyphenolic
anthraquinone, which is a postulated precursor of
                                                         Papaver somniferum enzyme, probably a P450
aflatoxin B1. With pentanoate, an additional
                                                         that requires oxygen and NADPH, is found in
reaction product with a 5-oxopentane side-chain,
                                                         root, shoot and capsules, but not in latex. The
instead of a 6-oxohexane side-chain, has been
                                                         enzyme acts on (R )- (but not (S )-) reticuline, and
detected; if 6-fluorhexanoate is used,
                                                         the reaction involves the formation of a
6?-fluoronorsolorinate is formed [H675].
                                                         6-membered carbon ring by linkage between the
                                                         two aromatic nuclei, one of which is converted
Phloroisovalerophenone synthase                          into a cyclohexadienone system [K759].

Humulus lupulus enzyme, found in cone gland-
ular hairs, is a homodimer, monomeric molecular          4,5-Methylenechrysene formation
weight 45 000 and pI 6.1; the amino acid sequence
has been determined. It utilizes one mol of              This reaction has been detected in rat liver
isovaleryl CoA, and three mol of malonyl CoA to          cytosol, with 5-methychrysene as substrate
form the aromatic nucleus. Replacement of the            [G118].
former with isobutyryl CoA yields the corre-
sponding isobutyrophenone [K175].

                                                         1.3 Formation of heterocyclic ring systems
6-Methylsalicylate synthase

Penicillium patulum enzyme is a tetramer,                Indole-3-glycerol-phosphate synthase;
molecular weight 750 000. It condenses acetyl            (E.C.
CoA, and requires NADPH [G751].
                                                              deoxyribulose-5-phosphate 0
Benzoates from pyrones
Macrophoma commelinae converts a series of                 The Bacillus subtilis enzyme, molecular weight
2-pyrones into the corresponding benzoates,              23 500, differs from N-(5?-phosphoribosyl)
usually in good yield. The carbonyl group                anthranilate isomerase (E.C. [B97].

                                                                                    Hordenine cyclization

Hordenine cyclization                                     identical, polypeptide chains of a different type
                                                          [B315]. Further studies on the larger molecule
Mushroom tyrosinase, with peroxide, acts on               have shown that it is a complex of an icosahedral
hordenine with an optimum at pH 6.7 to form a             capsid of 60 b units surrounding a core of three
compound whose spectra indicates that the                 a units. The b units catalyze the first reaction, and
product is N,N-dimethylindoliumolate, presum-             the a units the second reaction. In the
ably via a quinone [K374].                                first reaction the natural (S )-butanone can be
                                                          replaced by the (R )-isomer; the latter reacts at
                                                          1/6 of the rate for the (R )-isomer. The second
Chalcone-flavanone isomerase (chalcone                    reaction involves a dismutation, which forms
isomerase; E.C.                                  both riboflavin and the substrate for the first
                                                          reaction [H398].
Grapefruit enzyme acts on chalcone-4?-
neohesperosides with a free, unhindered
4-hydroxyl group. Other structural features               Formyltetrafolate cyclo-ligase (E.C.
required for substrate activity are the presence
of either 2,6-dihydroxy or 2-hydroxy-4-methoxy            Sheep liver enzyme, optimum pH about 4.8,
groups. It is reversibly inhibited by cyanide             forms N5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate with
but not by azide, EDTA, Hg2' or                           hydrolysis of the ATP co-substrate to ADP.
p -chloromercuribenzoate [A2518]. Tulipa                  It is inhibited by thiol-binding reagents [K826].
petal enzyme is cytosolic [A2523].
   There are many publications on chalcone
synthase in which this activity is part of the            5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase
reaction system, and its requirement is implicit          (E.C.; formerly
in the formation of all flavonoids.
                                                          E. coli enzyme, optimum pH 6.3 Á/6.4, requires
                                                          FADH2 to form 5-methyltetrahydrofolate [K851].
Riboflavin formation

This involves two enzymes in the later part of the        Methylenetetrafolate dehydrogenase (NADP )
reaction sequence, 6,7-dimethyl-8-ribityllumazine         (E.C.
synthase and riboflavin synthase (E.C.
                                                          Calf thymus enzyme, optimum pH 6.5 is very
  5-Amino-6-ribitylamino-                                 unstable, and it is protected by thiols and
    2; 4(1H; 3H)-pyrimidinedione                          glycerol. The reaction is reversible, forming
                                                          N5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate preferentially
    '(3S)-3; 4-dihydroxy-2-
    butanone-4-phosphate 0
    6; 7-dimethyl-8-ribityllumazine

  6; 7-Dimethyl-8-ribityllumazine 0                       Methylenetetrafolate dehydrogenase (NAD )
      riboflavin'5-amino-6-ribitylamino-                  (E.C.
      2; 4(1H; 3H)-pyrimidinedione
                                                          Clostridium formicoaceticum enzyme is a
   Two synthases in Bacillus subtilis have mole-          homodimer, molecular weight 60 000 and Stokes
cular weights of 70 000 and 1 000 000. The smaller        radius 3.32nm. The reaction forms 5,10-
(more active) molecule appears to be a homo-              methenyltetrahodrofolate, activation energy 8.5
trimer; the larger molecule is composed of one of         kcal/mol; NADP' is not an alternative
the above molecules as well as about 60, possibly         co-substrate [K928].

Formiminotetrafolate cyclodeaminase

Formiminotetrafolate cyclodeaminase                           Eschscholtzia tenuifolia (S )-norlaudanosoline
(E.C.                                             synthase ((S )-norcoclaurine synthase,
                                                           E.C., molecular weight 15 500 and
Pig liver enzyme forms 5,10-methenyltetrahydro-            optimum pH 7.5 or 7.8, is composed of four
folate and ammonia as reaction products [K937].            isozymes, with dopamine and 3,4-
                                                           dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde as substrates; the
                                                           latter can be replaced by other phenylacetalde-
Tetrahydroisoquinoline and tetrahydro-b-carboline          hydes, but not by pyruvates. The product is the
formation                                                       )
                                                           L-((/ compound. Berberis regeliana, Corydalis
                                                           sempervireus (misprint for sempervirens?),
A large number of plant alkaloids contain a ring           Dicentra spectabilis, E. pulchella, Fumaria
system based on the formation of 1,2,3,4-                  officinalis, Glaucium rubrum, Meconopsis
tetrahydroisoquinolines (THIQ). This reaction              cambrica, Papaver somniferum, Ranunculus
can occur spontaneously (Pictet-Spengler reac-             flammula and Thalictrum tuberosum also show
tion); for instance, under physiological conditions        this activity [B919, C859].
dopamine condenses with acetaldehyde to form                  Berberis stolonifera also contains
salsolinol (6,7-dihydroxy) and small amounts of            (S )-norlaudanosoline (norcoclaurine)
its isomer isosalsolinol (7,8-dihydroxy). In               synthase (E.C. [K932, K933].
principle, any aldehyde or ketone may react with
any phenethylamine analogue activated in the
meta position. The small amounts of salsolinol
found in man are probably formed mainly
spontaneously.                                             Strictosidine synthase (E.C.
   In rat brain, a mitochondrial enzyme
catalyzes the formation of 1-methylTHIQ from               Rauwolfia serpentina enzyme, which is
phenethylamine and pyruvate [J360]. Tryptamine             monomeric, molecular weight 30 000, pI 4.5 and
forms 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-b-carboline [A2285].              optimum pH 6.5, contains 5.3% carbohydrate. It
The enzyme requires 5-methyltetrahydrofolate as            catalyzes the ring closure of tryptamine with the
methyl donor; it also acts on N-methyltryptamine           aldehyde group of secologanin, to form the
to form 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-2-methyl-b-carboline.           tetrahydro-b-carboline strictosidine as the
It is inhibited by dopac and by other                      product [F63].
catecholamine and indoleamine metabolites                     Catharanthus roseus enzyme, molecular weight
[A104]. In brain stem, serotonin and acetaldehyde          38 000, pI 4.6 and optimum pH 5.0 Á/7.5 (or 6.8)
form 1-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-6-hydroxy-b-              forms strictosidine, but none of its epimer
carboline [A908].                                          vincoside [B71, B265].
   Rat brain and rabbit lung form 1,2,3,4-tetra-
hydro-b-carboline from tryptamine, 1,2,3,4-
tetrahydro-2-methyl-b-carboline from
N-methyltryptamine, 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-6-
                                                           Chanoclavine 1 cyclase
hydroxy-b-carboline from serotonin and 1,2,3,4-
tetrahydro-6-hydroxy-2-methyl-b-carboline from
                                                           Claviceps enzyme, which forms agroclavine,
N-methylserotonin [A111].
                                                           requires ATP and NAD(P) ', but not FAD or
   In pig liver, 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate
                                                           oxygen. An aldehyde appears to be an
reductase oxidizes N5-methyltetrahydrofolate to
                                                           intermediate. The enzyme develops rapidly in the
5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate, which
(presumably non-enzymatically) forms                       transition from trophophase to idiophase, and
norsalsolinol from dopamine with formaldehyde              decreases sharply after 9 Á/10 days fermentation
from 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate [A2346].               [A893].

                                                                              Berberine bridge formation

Berberine bridge formation ((S)-Reticuline                 3-hydroxy-4-methylanthranilate to form
oxidoreductase E.C.                               actinocin; this is a key reaction in the formation
                                                           of actinomycin [E676]. A Drosophila
Berberis beaniana enzyme, molecular weight                 melanogaster phenoxazine synthase appears to
49 000 or 52 000, pI 4.9 and optimum pH 8.9                act by preventing the formation of an inhibitor
converts (S )-reticuline into (S )-scoulerine,             rather than by directly catalyzing the formation
involving ring closure with the N-methyl group.            of cinnabarinate (or xanthommatin from
The reaction requires oxygen, and peroxide is the          3-hydroxykynurenine). It requires Mn2' [A2574].
second product. (S )-Protosinomenine and (S )-
laudanosoline also undergo a similar reaction. It
is inhibited by o -phenanthroline and by reducing          Formation of esculetin
agents [D615, D878].
   Eschscholtzia californica enzyme contains one           Mushroom tyrosinase oxidizes cis -caffeic acid
mol of FAD, but no metal. The substrates are               to esculetin [D598].
1-benzyl-N-methyltetrahydroisoquinolines, with
closure of the ortho position in the benzyl moiety
to the N-methyl ring; several compounds with               Dehydrodicinnamic acid dilactone formation
this structure are substrates [H680]. The putative
                                                           Inonotus (a mushroom) enzyme, molecular
molecular weight, based on gene sequence is
                                                           weight 39 000, optimum pH about 6 and stable up
57 352 (excluding carbohydrate) [K705].
                                                           to about 608, forms dehydrodicaffeic acid
   Macleaya microcarpa enzyme has an optimum
                                                           dilactone from caffeate. The reaction involves
pH of 7.5 Á/8.2 [A1565].
                                                           hydroxylation of caffeate at the b-position and
   This reaction has been observed in rat liver
                                                           dimer formation (with loss of the double bond) at
microsomes [B478] and in Papaver somniferum
                                                           the a-position and lactonization between the side
                                                           chains. It is stimulated by a range of divalent
                                                           cations, and inhibited or inactivated by cyanide,
                                                           diethyldithiocarbamate and several physiological
Cinnabarinate synthesis (phenoxazinone synthase,
                                                           reducing agents. The reaction is also catalysed by
formerly E.C.
                                                           peroxidase and peroxide, or by o -diphenol
                                                           oxidase (E.C. [A3016, A3019].
  3-Hydroxyanthranilate'O2 0 cinnabarinate
                                                              Sorghum bicolor enzyme, called ferulic
In mouse, one enzyme appears to be catalase                dimerase, acts on ferulate [A1641].
(E.C., based on results from animals
with an inborn metabolic error in which catalase
is absent. The catalase and haemoglobin-                   Protoaphin dehydratase (cyclizing) (E.C.
catalysed reactions both require Cu2' or Mn2'
[A3587]. Baboon and beef liver synthases require           Woolly aphid (Eriosoma lanigerum) protoaphin
Mn2', these also appear to be catalase [A3083].            dehydratase (E.C., molecular weight
   Goat bladder cinnabarinate synthase, molecu-            120 000 is a glycoprotein, which acts on
lar weight about 55 000 and optimum pH 7.2, is             protoaphin aglycone to form xanthoaphin.
inhibited by divalent cations (except Mn2') and            The enzyme is inhibited by naphthoresorcinol
by chelating agents. The activation energy at 208          [A3112].
is 12.36 kcal/mol [K279].
   Two Streptomyces antibioticus enzymes,
molecular weights 900 000 and 200 000, appear to           Pummerer’s ketone formation
be monomeric and dimeric. They are not
interconverted; the monomers are considered to             Pisum sativum ascorbate peroxidase
be different [B924]. S. antibioticus enzyme acts on        (E.C. acts on p -cresol to form

Dihydrovindoline ether formation

Pummerer’s ketone, a tetrahydrodibenzofuran               Pterocarpin synthase (E.C.
                                                          Cicer arietinum culture enzyme, optimum pH 6.0,
                                                          which requires NADPH (NADH is poor) acts on
                                                          vestitone, forming a cyclic ether by reduction
Dihydrovindoline ether formation
Streptomyces griseus catalyzes the formation of
an internal ether bond in vindoline between an
existing hydroxyl group and a double bonded               Dioxin formation
carbon, with loss of the double bond [A2984].
                                                          Horseradish peroxidase catalyzes the oxidation of
                                                          pentachlorophenol to form octachloro-p -dioxin
Methylenedioxy ring formation

Berberis stolonifera berberine synthase (colum-           Dihydrogeodin oxidase
bamine oxidase, E.C., molecular weight
32 000 and optimum pH 8.9, is a Fe2'-containing           Aspergillus terreus enzyme, an intensely blue
enzyme which forms berberine from columba-                protein, molecular weight 153 000, is a homo-
mine, by ring closure between adjacent hydroxyl           dimer containing eight Cu/subunit. It is inhibited
and methoxy groups. Tetrahydrocolumbamine is              by azide and ethylxanthate, but not by cyanide or
not a substrate [D536].                                   diethyldithiocarbamate. It forms geodin, with the
   Thalictrum tuberosum microsomal (S )-                  formation of an internal ether bond, and the
canadine synthase (E.C., a P450),                oxidation of one of the aryl rings to a 4-oxo-2,5-
optimum pH 8.5 requires NADPH, forming a                  diene ring to form a spiro -compound [E300].
methylenedioxy bridge in (S )-tetrahydrocolum-            Although it is highly specific, it has some
bamine to form (S )-canadine. The enzyme shows            activity towards sulochrin and griseophenone B
high selectivity [H301].                                  [C556].
   Eschscholtzia californica microsomes contain
(S )-cheilanthifoline synthase (E.C.,
optimum pH 7.9 and activation energy 54 kj/mol,           Catechol oxidase (dimerising) (E.C.
and (S )-stylopine synthase (E.C.,
optimum pH 8.0 and activation energy 25 kj/mol.           This spinach leaf enzyme, optimum pH 7.4, forms
Both are inducible P450 enzymes requiring                 diphenylenedioxide-2,3-quinone with oxygen
oxygen and NADPH (NADH is inactive), but                  (1.5 mol) as co-substrate. It is activated by FAD,
addition of NADH activates the reaction. Both             and inhibited by cyanide; it is not a copper-
are highly specific; the former acts on (S )-             containing polyphenol oxidase [K880].
scoulerine and the latter on (S )-cheilanthifoline
                                                          Rifamycin B oxidase (E.C.

                                                          Monocillium oxidizes rifamycin B to rifamycin O.
6b-Hydroxyhyoscyamine epoxidase                           The reaction involves the oxidation of a phenolic
(E.C.                                         ring to a gem -diol monoether quinone analogue,
                                                          followed by ring closure of the acetoxy group to
Hyoscyamus niger enzyme requires                          form a gem -diol ester. Other substrates are
a-oxoglutarate, ascorbate and Fe2' in the                 rifamycin SV and simple catechols and quinols. In
formation of scopolamine [K887].                          contrast, Pleurotus laccase scarcely acts on

                                                                           Phenanthridinone formation

rifamycin B [C519]. The same reaction is                  Aflatoxin B1 formation
observed in Humicola [D922].
                                                          Aspergillus flavus enzyme, molecular weight
                                                          64 000 Á/70 000 (by two methods) and optimum
                                                          pH 8 forms aflatoxin B1 from sterigmatocystin;
Phenanthridinone formation
                                                          the enzyme(s) is activated by Zn2', Co2' and
                                                          Mn2' . The reaction involves the conversion of
Rat liver converts fluorenone oxime into
                                                          two 6-membered fused rings, one aromatic, into
phenanthridinone. The enzyme appears to be
                                                          two fused 5-membered rings, one of which is a
both mitochondrial and microsomal. It requires
                                                          lactone. It has been suggested that
NADPH, but not oxygen; it is not inhibited by
                                                          O-methylsterigmatocystin is an intermediate;
carbon monoxide. The reaction involves ring
                                                          presumably a number of other compounds are
expansion, with the oxime moiety being con-
                                                          also intermediates. Dihydrosterigmatocystin
verted into a heterocyclic nitrogen, apparently
                                                          yields dihydroaflatoxin B1 [E691, G154].
with migration of the hydroxyl group to the
                                                             Aspergillus parasiticus enzyme has an
carbon adjacent to the nitrogen [A3230].
                                                          optimum at pH 7.5 Á/7.8 [A2594].

Stilbene oxidase
                                                          1.4 Polymerization reactions
Botrytis cinerea enzyme is laccase-like
(E.C., molecular weight 32 000, with
two isozymes, pI 4.3 and 4.35. Pterostilbene,             Formation of biphenyl compounds and oligomers
4,4?-dihydroxystilbene and resveratrol are
substrates, the latter forming o-viniferin. The           L-Tyrosine, a-methyl-L-tyrosine and morphine are

reaction involves dimerization, with the forma-           dimerized by rat gut peroxidase [G617]. Horse-
tion of a benzofuran ring system [J823].                  radish peroxidase dimerizes tyrosine [J401] and a
                                                          range of tyrosine-containing peptides. With N-
                                                          acetyltyrosine and some peptides the products
                                                          include trimers and tetramers [J327]. The site of
Strictosidine conversion into 10-deoxysarpagine           reaction appears to be ortho to the hydroxyl
                                                          group, forming a carbon-carbon bond.
Rauwolfia serpentina P450 catalyzes this reac-               Lactoperoxidase oxidizes guaiacol to
tion; it utilizes NADPH and oxygen. The reaction          4,4?-dihydroxy-3,3?-dimethoxybiphenyl and
involves a C Á/C ring closure [H676].                     3,3?-dimethoxy-4,4?-biphenylquinone, and a
                                                          mixture of guaiacol and catechol forms
                                                          2?,3?,4-trihydroxy-3-methoxybiphenyl [J352].
Phthalide formation                                          Human neutrophil myeloperoxidase and
                                                          horseradish peroxidase convert phenol into
Pseudomonas putida and Aspergillus niger                  4,4?-dihydroxybiphenyl [E297]. Horseradish
oxidize 2-ethylbenzoate to (S )-3-methylphthalide.        peroxidase also converts phenol into 2,2?-
2-n -Pentyl- and 2-n -nonylbenzoates similarly            dihydroxybiphenyl and polymers [C468, D433].
form the corresponding butyl and octyl                       Silkmoth larva and locust convert a mixture of
phthalides [J486].                                        4-substituted catechols and resorcinols into
   Geotrichum candidum converts methyl                    biphenyls. For instance, N-acetyldopamine and
o -acetylbenzoate into 3-methylphthalide; this            4-ethylresorcinol form 6?-acetamidoethyl-3-ethyl-
reaction is also observed in Mucor javanicus,             3?,4,4?,6-tetrahydroxybiphenyl [G346].
M. heimalis, Endomyces magnusii, E. resii and                Pisum sativum ascorbate peroxidase forms a
Saccharomyces [J486].                                     biphenyl from p -cresol [K404].

Formation of higher polyphenols

   A laccase-like copper-containing phenol                Berbabamunine synthase (E.C.
oxidase in Rhizoctonia praticola, optimum pH
6.7 Á/6.9 and molecular weight 78 000, converts           Berberis stolonifera enzyme is a P450, molecular
2,6-dimethoxyphenol into 3,3?,5,5?-                       weight 46 000, pI 6.05 and optimum pH 8 Á/8.5
tetramethoxybiphenoquinone [A3836].                       or 7.2 Á/7.5, depending on conditions. Substrates
                                                          include (R )- and (S )-N-methylcoclaurine, and
                                                          (S )-coclaurine, which are dimerized by stereo-
                                                          specific oxidative phenol coupling, without
Formation of higher polyphenols                           transfer of activated oxygen to the substrate
                                                          molecules [G736].
Bjerkandera adusta manganese peroxidase
(E.C. converts guaiacol into a mixture
of polymers, molecular weights up to about 3200.
                                                          Vindoline dimerisation
A range of other phenols, syringic acid and
o -anisidine are also substrates [K565].
                                                          Streptomyces griseus catalyzes the formation of a
                                                          complex dimer from vindoline, probably via
                                                          dihydrovindoline ether that involves a head-to-
Trimerisation of indole                                   head C-C bond formation adjacent to the non-
                                                          indole nitrogen [A2984].
Oak, horse chestnut and Rhus oxidize indole to
2,2?-bis(3-indolyl)indoxyl [A3125].

                                                          1.5 Reactions involving carbon ring fission

Pterostilbene dimerisation
                                                          Catechol 1,2-dioxygenase (pyrocatechase;
Botrytis cinerea laccase-like stilbene oxidase            E.C.
converts pterostilbene into a dimer (3-(3,5-
dimethoxyphenyl)-5-(2-(3,5-dimethoxyphenyl)                 Catechol 0cis; cis-muconate
ethenyl)-2-(p -hydroxyphenyl)benzofuran) [K147].
                                                          Rhodococcus rhodochrous enzyme, a homodimer
                                                          with optimum pH 9, acts on catechol, 3- and
                                                          4-methylcatechol. The molecular weight of the
Coniferyl alcohol dehydrogenase (E.C.          monomer, based on mass spectrometry and
                                                          genetic coding is 31 558 or 31 539, respectively
Prunus strobus, Abies balsama, Laryx laricina,            [J703]. R. erythropolis enzyme, monomeric
Picea rubens and Pinus banksiana enzymes act on           molecular weight 36 000 Á/37 000 contains 1.3 mol
coniferyl alcohol to form dehydrodiconiferyl              Fe/mol. Pyrogallol, as well as catechol, 3-
alcohol and pinoresinol. The reactions involve            and 4-methylcatechol are substrates, but
condensation of the side chain to the aryl nucleus        protocatechuate is not. It is inactivated at 508.
to form dehydrodiconiferyl alcohol, and between           Its amino acid composition has been determined
two side chains of coniferyl alcohol to form              [D247].
pinoresinol. Several isozymes are involved, which            Acinetobacter radioresistens enzyme is a
are glycoproteins [G745].                                 homodimer, molecular weight 78 000. It is
   Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis) xylem contains         unusual in that it dissociates into an active
two glycoprotein isozymes, molecular weights              monomer in 0.5M sodium sulphate. It contains
62 000 or 80 000 (depending on method; the                0.96 mol Fe3'/subunit. It is more highly specific
higher value may be a methodological artifact); it        than Rhodococcus rhodochrous enzyme; 3- and
is not a peroxidase [J820].                               4-methylcatechol are poor substrates [J390].

                                                                                 Catechol 2,3-dioxygenase

A. calcoaceticus enzyme, molecular weight                   and 4-methylcatechol, 4-chlorocatechol and
81 000Á/85 000 (using different measuring techni-           2,3-dihydroxybiphenyl, ranging from good
ques), is composed of two monomers and con-                 activity for most of these substrates to good
tains two mol Fe/mol. Additional substrates                 activity for only 2,3-dihydroxybiphenyl [H272].
(poor) are 3- and 4-methylcatechol and 3-iso-               One Pseudomonas enzyme is a homotetramer,
propylcatechol, but a number of other catechols             with apparent molecular weight for monomer
are not substrates. It has a broad optimum at pH            and tetramer of 33 000 and 110 000, respectively.
7 Á/9, which coincides with its stability range. Its        Its optimum pH is 8Á/8.5 and is stable up to 708.
amino acid composition has been determined;                 It acts on catechol, 3- and 4-methylcatechol;
methionine is the amino terminal residue                    3-fluorocatechol, and 4-chlorocatechol are poor
[A2640].                                                    substrates [J649]. Another study by the same
   Rhizobium leguminosarum enzyme is a                      research team confirmed many of these results,
homodimer, molecular weight 70 000 and opti-                but gave a tetrameric molecular weight of 120 000
mum pH 9 Á/9.5, which contains one mol Fe/mol               [G355]. P. putida enzyme is probably a homo-
[F647]. R. trifolii enzyme is also a dimer, mole-           tetramer with subunit molecular weight 34 000
cular weight 107 000, containing 1 mol Fe3'/mol             [K204].
monomer [D672].                                                P. arvilla enzyme oxidizes pyrogallol to
   Candida tropicalis enzyme, optimum pH                    a-hydroxymuconic acid [B547] and is inhibited
7.6 Á/8.0, acts on catechol, 4-methylcatechol,              competitively by o -nitrophenol or
3-and 4-chlorocatechol but not on other catechols           m -phenanthroline relative to catechol, but non-
[E204].                                                     competitively relative to oxygen [A1031]. It is not
   Trichosporon cutaneum enzyme has molecular               inhibited by superoxide dismutase (E.C.,
weight 105 000 and 35 000 for holoenzyme and                hence, superoxide is not the oxidizing species, nor
monomer respectively. Its specificity is broad,             by compounds capable of trapping singlet oxygen
acting on catechol, 4-methylcatechol, pyrogallol            [A1047]. P. aeruginosa enzyme is inhibited by
and hydroxyquinol [C84].                                    ATP and Mg2' [A2832].
   Pseudomonas pyrocatechase II acts on                        Bacillus thermoleovorans enzyme is a homo-
catechols substituted at positions 3 and 4                  tetramer, subunit molecular weight 34 700, pI 4.8,
with methyl, chloro or fluoro groups [B754].                optimum pH 7.2, and contains one Fe/monomer.
P. arvilla enzyme converts pyrogallol into both             It is inactivated rapidly at 708 [K228].
a-hydroxymuconic acid and 2-pyrone-6-                          Enzyme from a thermophilic Bacillus is inac-
carboxylic acid; the latter is formed by ring               tivated by high concentrations of oxygen [J834].
closure of the ring fission product, possibly
without prior release from the enzyme [B547].
   Brevibacterium enzyme contains Fe3',
apparently sulphur-bound [A1231].
                                                            Hydroxyquinol 1,2-dioxygenase (E.C.
   Enzyme from an unspecified bacterium has an
optimum between pH 7 and 10 [B525].
                                                            Burkholderia cepacia enzyme is a dimer, mole-
                                                            cular weight 68 000. It is highly specific, forming
                                                            maleylacetate [J251].
Catechol 2,3-dioxygenase (metapyrocatechase;
                                                               Azotobacter enzyme is a dimer, monomeric
                                                            molecular weight 34 000, which is activated by
                                                            Fe2'. An additional substrate is 6-chloro-1,2,4-
  Catechol 0 2-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde
                                                            trihydroxybenzene [H602].
A study carried out on extradiol dioxygenases                  Phanerochaete chrysosporium enzyme is a
from a series of 7 Pseudomonas strains                      dimer, molecular weight 90 000. It incorporates
demonstrated that each enzyme has its own                   molecular oxygen into the product. It is highly
quantitative specificity towards catechol, 3-               specific, but also oxidizes catechol [H284].

2,4,5-Trihydroxytoluene oxygenase

  This reaction has also been observed in               4-Methylcatechol 2,3-dioxygenase
Pseudomonas [A2697], Sporotrichum [B124],
Trichosporon [B368, D232], Arthrobacter [H270],           4-Methylcatechol 0 2-hydroxy-5-methyl-
Aspergillus [H236], Bradyrhizobium [J484] and               cis; cis-muconic semialdehyde
Streptomyces [H347].
                                                        Bacillus stearothermophilus catalyses this
                                                        reaction [A2397], and many reports suggest
                                                        that this reaction may be common in other
2,4,5-Trihydroxytoluene oxygenase

Burkholderia enzyme is apparently a dimer; the
molecular weight was found to be 67 000 or              4-Methylcatechol 3,4-dioxygenase
78 000 by different methods. It contains two
Fe/mol and is stimulated by Fe2' and ascorbate.           4-Methylcatechol 0 3-methyl-
The product is 2,4-dihydroxy-5-methyl-cis, cis -            cis; cis-muconate
muconic semialdehyde. Other catechols are also          This reaction has been observed with
substrates [J903].                                      protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase from
                                                        Hydrogenophaga palleronii [J218], and catechol
                                                        1,2-dioxygenases from Pseudomonas, Alcaligenes
                                                        eutrophus, Trichosporon cutaneum, Rhizobium
3-Methylcatechol 1,2-dioxygenase                        trifolii, Aspergillus niger, Candida tropicalis,
                                                        Rhodococcus rhodochrous and R. erythropolis
  3-Methylcatechol 0 2-methyl-                          [A3769, B754, C84, C342, D247, D672, E204,
    cis; cis-muconate                                   G647, J703].
This reaction has been observed with
protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase (E.C.
from Hydrogenophaga palleroni [J218], catechol          4-Methylcatechol 4,5-dioxygenase
1,2-dioxygenases (E.C. from
Pseudomonas, Alcaligenes eutrophus,                       4-Methylcatechol 0 2-hydroxy-4-methyl-
Trichosporon cutaneum, Rhodococcus                          cis; cis-muconic semialdehyde
rhodochrous and R. erythropolis, as well as by
                                                        Candida tropicalis catalyzes this reaction [A943],
activated sludge microorganisms [A3769, B754,
                                                        and many reports suggest that this reaction may
C84, D247, E31, J703].
                                                        be common in microorganisms.

3-Methylcatechol 2,3-dioxygenase                        2,3-Dihydroxybiphenyl 1,2-dioxygenase
  3-Methylcatechol 0 2-hydroxy-6-methyl-
                                                        Pseudomonas enzyme is an octamer, monomeric
    cis; cis-muconic semialdehyde
                                                        molecular weight 33 200. The product is
This reaction has been observed in several sub-         2-hydroxy-6-oxo-6-phenylhexa-2,4-dienoate.
species of Pseudomonas putida, in Burkholderia          Catechol, 3- and 4-methylcatechol are poor sub-
cepacia, Sphingomonas and Bacillus                      strates [G771]. P. pseudoalcaligenes and
stearothermophilus, in activated sludge microor-        P. aeruginosa enzymes, molecular weights 250 000
ganisms [A2397, E31, J654, K5], as well as being        and monomeric molecular weights 31 000, con-
catalysed by chlorocatechol 2,3-dioxygenase and         tain Fe2'. They are specific for the 1,2-position
1,2-dihydroxynaphthalene oxygenase (see below).         of 2,3-dihydroxybiphenyl [E329].

                                                                       Pyrocatechuate 2,3-dioxygenase

Pyrocatechuate 2,3-dioxygenase (E.C.             Acinetobacter calcoaceticus enzyme (electro-
                                                          phoretically homogeneous) is inhibited by many
Tecoma stans enzyme is found both in the                  substrate analogues that do not undergo oxida-
lamellar structure of chloroplasts and in the             tion. Its optimum pH is 8.5 Á/9, and is inactivated
cytosol. The properties of both enzymes are               at 608. Amino acid analyses demonstrate a quite
similar, except that the particulate enzyme is            different composition from Pseudomonas enzyme
somewhat more stable. Copper-chelating reagents           [A2407].
are inhibitory, especially diethyldithiocarbamate.           Azotobacter vinelandii enzyme, molecular
A range of heavy metal ions at mM concentration           weight variously estimated as 480 000 and
are inhibitory, with some quantitive differences          510 000, is composed of monomers, molecular
between chloroplast and cytosolic enzymes; in             weight 23 300 and 25 250. The native enzyme
particular, the former is totally inhibited by            contains 10 mol of iron [B262].
Cd2', whereas the latter is unaffected [A202].               Brevibacterium fuscum enzyme, molecular
It is very labile. Additional substrates include          weight 315 000 may be a pentamer, and is
2,3-dihydroxy-4-isopropylbenzoate and                     composed of subunits, molecular weights 40 000
2,3-dihydroxy-4-methylbenzoate, but not a range           and 22 500. It contains essential Fe3'. Amino
of other catechols. Thiols and thiol-binding              acid and spectral analyses have been carried out
reagents are inhibitory. Pre-incubation with              [D86].
substrate does not prevent this inhibition,                  Hydrogenophaga palleronii enzyme not only
although it protects against thermal inactivation         acts on protocatechuate, but also on dopac,
[A2241].                                                  caffeate and some neutral catechols as well as
                                                          4-sulphocatechol. Its molecular weight is 97 000
                                                          and is composed of monomers, molecular weights
2,3-Dihydroxybenzoate 3,4-dioxygenase                     23 000 and 28 500. The specificity of
(E.C.                                         Agrobacterium radiobacter is similar, except that
                                                          4-sulphocatechol is not a substrate [J218].
Pseudomonas fluorescens enzyme requires                      Moraxella isozymes have molecular weights of
oxygen, and forms a-hydroxymuconic                        220 000 and 158 000. These both appear to be
semialdehyde and CO2; other catechols,                    polymers of structure (ab)3 and (ab)4 [F62].
including catechol, are not substrates [K945].               Pseudomonas fluorescens enzyme is wine red in
                                                          colour, molecular weight 409 000. Its amino acid
                                                          composition has been determined [C729]. It is
Protocatechuate 2,3-dioxygenase                           also found in P. aeruginosa [B547]. 3-Fluoro-4-
                                                          hydroxybenzoate is strongly inhibitory [A1958].
Bacillus macerans acts on protocatechuate to              The latter enzyme is thought to utilize superoxide
form 5-carboxy-2-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde              as oxidant [B299]. It contains non-haem Fe3',
[A3887].                                                  removable by reduction and chelation [A152].
                                                          Protocatechualdehyde inhibits competitively
                                                          relative to protocatechuate, and non-competi-
Protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase; (E.C.         tively relative to oxygen [A1031].
                                                             Rhizobium leguminosarum enzyme is induced
  Protocatechuate 0 b-carboxymethyl-                      by protocatechuate [F224].
    cis; cis-muconate
Tecoma stans enzyme, molecular weight 150 000
and optimum pH 5.2, requires Fe2'. It is highly           Protocatechuate 4,5-dioxygenase; (E.C.
specific, and is not a monophenol monooxygen-
ase. Thiol-binding reagents are inhibitory, and             Protocatechuate 0
this is partially reversed by thiols [B223].                  g-carboxy-a-hydroxymuconic semialdehyde

Gentisate 1,2-dioxygenase

Rhizobium leguminosarum enzyme is a dimer,                  Homogentisicase (homogentisate
molecular weight 120 000 and optimum pH 9.5                 1,2-dioxygenase; E.C.
                                                              Homogentisate'O2 0 maleylacetoacetate
                                                            Rat liver enzyme shows a diurnal rhythm, with
                                                            a sharp decrease in activity at 1800 Á/2100,
Gentisate 1,2-dioxygenase; (E.C. 1.13. 11.4)                immediately after light is withdrawn. This
                                                            coincides with maximal activity in the diurnal
  Gentisate 0 6-carboxy-4-hydroxy-cis; cis-                 rhythm for tyrosine transaminase (E.C.
     muconic semialdehyde (maleylpyruvate)                     Mouse liver enzyme appears to be a homo-
Pseudomonas acidovorans and P. testosteroni                 trimer, molecular weight 149 000, optimum pH
enzymes differ in molecular weight (164 000 and             6.1 and pI about 8. It has an absolute require-
158 000, respectively) and amino acid composi-              ment for Fe2'; ascorbate is required, probably to
tion. They are similar in requiring Fe2', and               keep Fe in the reduced form [H436].
show a broad specificity toward substituted                    Rabbit liver enzyme is a heterodimer mono-
                                                            meric molecular weight 230 000 and 200 000, and
gentisates; 1,4-dihydroxy-2-naphthoate, an ana-
                                                            an optimum at about pH 5. It is also found in
logue of gentisate with a fused ring system, is also
                                                            human embryo [H768].
a substrate for the P. acidovorans enzyme [F649].
                                                               A homogentisicase has been found in
P. alcaligenes enzyme is a tetramer, molecular
                                                            Drosophyllum lusitanicum [A1149].
weight 154 000, optimum pH 8 and pI 4.8 Á/5.0.
                                                               Aspergillus enzyme requires Fe2'; other
P. putida enzyme is a dimer, molecular weight
                                                            cations such as Fe3', Cu2' , Co2' and Mn2'
82 000, optimum pH 8 and pI 4.6 Á/4.8.
                                                            cannot substitute for Fe2' . This enzyme is very
Enzymes from both species are activated by
                                                            labile in the presence of oxygen [B848]. Another
Fe2' [K4].
                                                            study found that A. nidulans enzyme is ‘rather
   Klebsiella pneumoniae enzyme is a tetramer,
                                                            stable’ and highly specific [H900].
molecular weight 159 000, optimum pH 8 Á/9 and
pI 4.7 [J246]. Bacillus stearothermophilis enzyme
appears to be a hexamer, monomeric molecular
weight 40 000 that requires Fe2' [H893].                    3,4-Dihydroxyphenylacetate 2,3-dioxygenase
Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme, a                          (E.C.
homooctamer, molecular weight 328 000, is
activated by Fe2'. Other substrates are gentisates            3; 4-Dihydroxyphenylacetate 0
substituted with methyl or halogen [H441].                        d-carboxymethyl-a-hydroxy-
                                                                  cis; cis-muconic semialdehyde
                                                            Bacillus brevis enzyme is a tetramer, molecular
                                                            weight 140 000, with monomeric molecular
2,3-Dihydroxy-p -cumate 3,4-dioxygenase                     weight 36 000. It is not activated by Fe2' or
                                                            inhibited by CN ( (atypical for this type of
Bacillus enzyme has an optimum pH of 8.2.                   enzyme, which is usually activated by Fe2'),
The reaction product is 3-carboxy-2-hydroxy-7-              peroxide or diethyldithiocarbamate. It contains
methyl-6-oxoocta-2,4-dienoate. Other substrates             two mol of Mn/mol, probably as Mn2'; it is
include pyrocatechuate, 3-methylcatechol, 3-iso-            claimed to be the first Mn-containing oxygen-
propylcatechol and 2,3-dihydroxy-p -toluate, but            activating enzyme described [B947]. It may utilize
not catechol or 4-substituted catechols. This               superoxide as co-substrate [B299].
distinguishes the enzyme from catechol 2,3-                    Bacillus stearothermophilus enzyme is a
dioxygenase [G766, G768].                                   globular protein, molecular weight 106 000,

                                                              3-Carboxyethylcatechol 2,3-dioxygenase

composed of monomers, molecular weight                    nic semialdehyde formed is an intermediate in the
33 000Á/35 000, and is stable up to 558. It               formation of betalamic acid. Other catechols are
acts on 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetate,                       also substrates [G119].
3,4-dihydroxymandelate and dihydrocaffeate
with a similar Vmax; protocatechuate is a poorer
substrate. Catechol, 4-methylcatechol, L-dopa
and dopamine are not substrates, indicating a             Questin monooxygenase (E.C.
narrower specificity than for enzyme from
Pseudomonas ovalis. It shows a broad optimum              Aspergillus terreus enzyme is composed of two
about pH 8.4 Á/8.7. Its amino acid composition            proteins, optimum pH 7.5, requires oxygen and
has been determined [A2827].                              NADPH and is very unstable. The reaction
   Pseudomonas ovalis enzyme (colourless), is             involves opening the quinone ring to form a
apparently a homopolymer, molecular weight                carboxylic acid [K701].
140 000 and monomeric molecular weight 35 000.
It contains 4 Á/5 mol of non-haem iron (Fe2'). Its
amino acid composition has been determined,               3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine: oxygen
and the carbonyl terminal amino acid is leucine.          2,3-oxidoreductase (recyclizing) (stizolobinate
Many catechols are substrates, but often with a           synthase, E.C.
very low oxidation rate. It is inactivated by
oxygen or by other oxidizing agents; reactivation         Stizolobium hassjoo seedling enzyme, optimum
is brought about by Fe2' or reducing agents,              pH 7.6 is highly specific. It requires Zn2' , is
suggesting that inactivation involves oxidation           unstable especially in air and is inhibited by
to Fe3' [A1090, A1230].                                   thiol-binding compounds [K706, K708].
   Klebsiella pneumoniae enzyme, a homotetra-
mer, molecular weight 102 000, requires four mol
of Mg2' /mol [H232].
   Arthrobacter synephrinum enzyme,                       3,4-Dihydroxyphenylalanine: oxygen
molecular weight 282 000, additionally acts               4,5-oxidoreductase (recyclizing) (stizolobate
on 3,4-dihydroxymandelate and dihydrocaffeate             synthase, E.C.
                                                          Stizolobium hassjoo seedling enzyme, optimum
                                                          pH 7.4 is highly specific. It requires Zn2' , is
3-Carboxyethylcatechol 2,3-dioxygenase                    unstable especially in air and is inhibited by
(E.C.                                         thiol-binding compounds [K706, K708].

Achromobacter enzyme requires Fe2' [K819].

                                                          1,2-Dihydroxynaphthalene oxygenase
Caffeate 3,4-dioxygenase (E.C.
                                                          Pseudomonas putida enzyme, molecular weight
This reaction in Hydrogenophaga palleronii is             in excess of 275 000, and subunit molecular
catalyzed by protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase              weight 19 000, yields 2-hydroxychromene-2-
(see above) [J218].                                       carboxylate, presumably a secondary product
                                                          from cis -4-(o -hydroxyphenyl)-2-oxobut-3-enoate,
                                                          the fission product. It requires Fe2'; iron-
L-Dopa   4,5-dioxygenase                                  binding compounds are inhibitory, and this is
                                                          reversed by Fe2'. 3-Methylcatechol is also a
Amanita muscaria enzyme is a heteropolymer,               substrate, but most other catechols are not
monomeric molecular weight 22 000. The muco-              [B527].

1-Hydroxy-2-naphthoate 1,2-dioxygenase

1-Hydroxy-2-naphthoate 1,2-dioxygenase                    weight, optimum pH 7.4 Á/7.6. It requires Fe2'
(E.C.                                         for activity [A2280] as do the vervet monkey and
                                                          rat liver enzymes [A912, E114]. The latter enzyme
Nocardioides enzyme, monomeric molecular                  exists as several isozymes. Beef kidney enzyme
weight 45 000 and native molecular weight                 has a molecular weight of 34 000, and readily
270 000, contains one mol Fe2'/mol, which is              polymerizes to an inactive form [A2430].
essential for activity. The product is
4-(o -carboxyphenyl)-2-oxobutyrate [J598].
  Coccus enzyme requires oxygen and is
activated by Fe2' [E730].
                                                          4-Sulphocatechol 3,4-dioxygenase

                                                          Hydrogenophaga palleronii protocatechuate 3,4-
Diphenyl ether fission
                                                          dioxygenase acts on 4-sulphocatechol as well as
Rat liver converts thyroxine into diiodotyrosine;         on protocatechuate, dopac, caffeate and some
the reaction requires oxygen [C809]. It is also           neutral catechols. Its molecular weight is 97 000
catalyzed by human thyroid peroxidase [D553].             and is composed of monomers, molecular weights
  Pseudomonas cruciviae degrades diphenyl                 23 000 and 28 500. The product is 3-
ether to phenol, probably with 2-phenoxymuco-             sulphomuconate [J218].
nate as an intermediate [E41].

o -Aminophenol 1,6-dioxygenase                            Chlorocatechol 2,3-dioxygenase (catechol
Pseudomonas arvilla pyrocatechase oxidizes the
substrate to 2-aminomuconic semialdehyde                    3-Chlorocatechol 0 2-hydroxymuconic acid
[A3636]. P. pseudoalcaligenes enzyme, molecular
weight 140 000 and monomeric molecular weights            Pseudomonas putida enzyme is a tetramer,
35 000 and 39 000, requires oxygen , with an              monomeric molecular weight 33 400 and pI 7.1.
apparent requirement for Fe2'. It also acts on            Other substrates include catechol, and catechols
catechol, 6-amino-3-methylphenol, 2-amino-3-              substituted with methyl or halogen. Although
methylphenol and 2-amino-4-chlorophenol, but              the product formed from 3-chlorocatechol is
other catechols and quinols are not substrates            2-hydroxymuconic acid indicating the formation
[J255, J329].                                             of the acid chloride by proximal fission, the
   A bacterial enzyme, molecular weight 140 000           product formed from 3,5-dichlorocatechol indi-
and optimum pH 7.5 is stable between pH 7.5               cates distal (1,6) fission. This enzyme is atypical
and 9 [H915].                                             for extradiol dioxygenases in that it is rapidly
                                                          inactivated above 408 [J515].

3-Hydroxyanthranilate 3,4-dioxygenase
                                                          Chlordiazon catechol dioxygenase
  3-Hydroxyanthranilate'O2 0
    a-amino-b-carboxymuconic semialdehyde
The rat brain and liver enzymes, molecular                Phenylobacterium immobilis enzyme, pI 4.5,
weight 37 000 Á/38 000, appear to be identical. It        contains one Fe/subunit, and has been crystal-
has a broad optimum at about pH 6 Á/5 [E472].             lized. The product is a hydroxymuconic
Baboon liver enzyme has a similar molecular               semialdehyde [C332].

                                                                               Cyclopropane ring fission

Cyclopropane ring fission                                both enzyme quantity and total enzyme activity.
                                                         This is caused by an increase in the half-life of the
Rat liver microsomes act on 1,1-dichloro-cis -           enzyme from 2.3 to 3.9 h. [A2059]. In contrast,
diphenylcyclopropane to form several products            treatment with sucrose or ethanol for two days
such as 2-chloro-3-oxo-1,3-diphenyl-1-propene.           resulted in no change in the amount of ‘holoen-
This involves an unusual type of ring fission            zyme’, but a 30 per cent decrease in ‘total
which is considered to form 2,3-dichloro-1,3-            enzyme’. The effect of cortisol in conjunction
diphenyl-1-propene as the initial product [F573].        with sucrose appears to result entirely from
  Methylococcus capsulatus soluble methane               decreased ‘holoenzyme’, but with no effect on
monooxygenase (E.C. converts                 ‘total enzyme’. On its own, cortisol markedly
cyclopropylbenzene into benzyl alcohol.                  increases both enzyme forms and eliminates the
3-Phenylprop-2-en-1-ol is also formed, and this          effects of ethanol. In this study it appears that the
may be an intermediate [F278].                           two forms were distinguished by measuring
                                                         activity with and without added haematin
                                                         [A2062]. Rat cerebral activity is increased by
                                                         administration of L-tryptophan [A1289].
1.6 Reactions involving heterocyclic ring fission           Drosophila melanogaster eye enzyme is mainly
                                                         cytosolic, but a small proportion is insoluble
D-Tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase (D-tryptophan
                                                            Wheat germ enzyme acts on both D- and
pyrrolase)                                               L-tryptophan, and on a range of tryptophan
                                                         containing peptides, as well as on tryptophan
  d-Tryptophan'O2 0d-kynurenine                          analogues substituted on both ionic groups or the
The properties of rat liver enzyme are very              5- position, all with similar activity. The enzyme
similar to those of L-tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase,        is found as three molecular forms [C559, E24].
and it is readily induced by cortisone, D- or               Bacillus brevis (a thermophile) enzyme is a
L-tryptophan. An intestinal mucosal enzyme that          haemoprotein, which appears to be a homo-
is less readily induced acts on both isomers of          tetramer, molecular weight 110 000. The enzyme
tryptophan [A598].                                       is stabilized by L-tryptophan [F737]. Pseudomo-
   Wheat germ enzyme acts on both D- and                 nas acidovorans enzyme is a tetramer, containing
L-tryptophan, and substituted analogues. The             two moles both of haem and copper (Cu ' is the
enzyme is found as 3 molecular forms [E24].              active form) per mole. Tryptophan interacts with
                                                         both haem and copper, and molecular oxygen
                                                         binds to the enzyme-tryptophan complex, possi-
L-Tryptophan  2,3-dioxygenase (L-tryptophan              bly to the copper. Studies with chelating agents
pyrrolase; E.C.                              demonstrate that although Cu2'-binding agents
                                                         do not inhibit, Cu' -binding agents are inhibi-
  l-Tryptophan'O2 0l-formylkynurenine                    tory. After oxidation diethyldithiocarbamate
  This enzyme in vertebrates is the first in the         prevents reactivation by ascorbate [A792, A1426].
sequence for the oxidation of dietary tryptophan         P. fluorescens enzyme does not contain copper;
ingested in excess of requirements for protein           inhibition by copper-binding reagents appears to
synthesis and hormone formation.                         be by other mechanisms [A1096]. Streptomyces
  The enzyme is found (in decreasing order of            parvulis enzyme (optimum pH 8.3) requires
activity) in mammalian liver, lung and brain from        ascorbate, and can utilize 5-methyl-, 5-fluoro-
rat, gerbil and mouse. In rabbit, lung shows the         and a-methyl-L-tryptophan as additional sub-
highest activity [J830].                                 strates; D- isomers are not substrates. It is
  Rats receiving an I.P. dose of ethanol four            probably a haemoprotein, molecular weight
hours prior to death showed a twofold increase in        88 000 [E588, E589].

Peptide tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase

Peptide tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase                         Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (E.C.
                                                           Mouse liver indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase is
Wheat germ (optimum pH about 8) and rat liver              totally different from rat liver tryptophan
enzymes act on tryptophan residues in polypep-             2,3-dioxygenase, although tryptophan is the
tides such as pepsin and trypsin, converting them          substrate. It is induced by lipopolysaccharide
into kynurenine residues [K823].                           (which suppresses tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase)
                                                           and is found in almost all tissues examined,
                                                           except trachea, bladder and spleen. In most
                                                           tissues the activity is low, but good activity is
Indole 2,3-dioxygenase; (E.C.                  found in lung, colon, liver, caecum, seminal
                                                           vesicle and especially in epididymis [E30].
  Indole'O2 0 anthranilate
In rat, indole is converted into N-
formylanthranilate, which is the expected initial          2,3-Dihydroxyindole 2,3-dioxygenase
product of indole ring fission, as well as                 (E.C.
anthranilate [D158].
   Jasminum grandiflorum leaf enzyme,                      A microorganism enzyme, optimum pH 8.0 and
optimum pH 4.8, forms anthranilate from the                stable at pH 7 Á/9, requires oxygen. Analogues of
substrate. Other substrates are 5-hydroxy- and             the substrate are not oxidized [K821].
5-bromoindole. FAD is co-substrate and Cu2' is
also required; Cu2'-chelating reagents are inhi-
bitory [B70].
                                                           Quinaldate 4-oxidoreductase (E.C.
   Tecoma stans leaf enzyme, optimum pH 5.2,
utilizes two molecules of oxygen. Other substrates
                                                           Alcaligenes enzyme, molecular weight 155 000,
are 5-hydroxyindole, 5-bromoindole and
                                                           requires oxygen and NADH, and is activated by
5-methylindole. It is not inhibited by thiols or by
                                                           Fe2'. The reaction product is kynurenate [J32].
thiol-binding reagents, copper or non-haem
                                                              Pseudomonas enzyme, optimum pH 8.0, pI 4.6
iron chelators, nor by atebrin, which suggests that
                                                           and molecular weight 300 000, is composed of
it is not a flavoprotein. It is inactivated by
                                                           subunits, molecular weights 90 000, 34 000 and
dialysis, but the cofactor has not been identified
                                                           20 000 (consistent with a a2b2g2 structure), con-
                                                           tains molybdenum, iron, acid labile sulphur and
   Zea mays leaf enzyme, molecular weight
                                                           FAD. It forms kynurenic acid from quinaldate.
98 000, exhibits an optimum at pH 5.0. The initial
                                                           Heavy metals are inhibitory [K768].
product appears to be 2-formamidobenzaldehyde,
                                                              Serratia marcescens enzyme (inducible), mole-
although the products detected are anthranil and
                                                           cular weight 95 000 Á/100 000 is a heterodimer,
anthranilate; their formation requires four oxygen
                                                           monomeric molecular weights 75 000 Á/80 000 and
atoms. Copper-binding reagents are inhibitors,
                                                           18 000 Á/19 000; it contains Fe and Mo [K770].
reversible by Cu2', which also activates dialyzed
enzyme [D334].
   Aspergillus niger forms both
N-formylanthranilate and anthranilate, and                 7,8-Dihydroxykynurenate 8,8a-dioxygenase
enzymes for both reactions were found [F417].              (E.C.
   A similar reaction occurs in wheat seedling,
converting skatole into o -formamidoacetophe-              This reaction forms 5-(3-carboxy-3-
none. The enzyme, which is composed of two                 oxopropenyl)-4,6-dihydroxypyridine-2-
isozymes, is different from tryptophan 2,3-                carboxylate. The enzyme (source unstated)
dioxygenase [C559].                                        requires oxygen and NAD(P)H [K853].

                                                                                    Coumarin 3,4-oxide fission

Coumarin 3,4-oxide fission                                     65 000, 55 000 and 33 000. It is a copper-
                                                               containing glycoprotein composed of about 50
This compound rapidly degrades to                              per cent N-linked oligomannose-type glycan
o -hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde in aqueous solu-                  chains. The products from quercetin are carbon
tion; it is postulated that this is an integral step in        monoxide and protocatechuoylphloroglucinol-
the route by which coumarin is degraded by                     carboxylate. It is potently inhibited by
mouse liver microsomes [H807].                                 ethylxanthate, which specifically reduces Cu2'. It
                                                               is inhibited by diethyldithiocarbamate without
                                                               loss of copper [K214].
Quercetin 2,3-dioxygenase (E.C.

Aspergillus flavus enzyme contains copper but
not iron. The products are 2-
protocatechuoylphloroglucinolcarboxylic acid                   (/)-Pinoresinol/(/)-lariciresinol reductase
and carbon monoxide [K820].
                                                               Forsythia intermedia enzyme is composed of two
                                                               isozymes, molecular weight 35 000, separable by
Catechin oxygenase                                             anion-exchange chromatography. The reaction
                                                               involves the successive fission of both ether
Chaetomium cupreum enzyme, molecular weight                    rings in pinoresinol to larisiresinol and
40 000, optimum pH 7.0 and pI 9.1, is a                        (()-secoisolarisiresinol [H883].

glycoprotein and is specific for catechin. The
reaction products are catechol, protocatechuate
and phloroglucinolcarboxylate [G814].
                                                               Usnic acid dehydrogenases ((S )-usnate reductase,
2-Hydroxychromene-2-carboxylate isomerase
                                                               Evernia prunastri enzyme, molecular weight
Pseudomonas enzyme, molecular weight                           450 000, requires NADH for the reduction of
25 000Á/27 000 and optimum pH about 8, is stable               L-usnic acid. D-Usnic acid dehydrogenase is
at pH 3 Á/10. Glutathione appears to be both                   composed of two isozymes. The reaction results
cofactor and stabiliser (at 508). The reaction                 in the opening of the ether ring [B774, E126].
product is o -hydroxybenzylidenepyruvate, and
lies on the degradation pathway of Tobias acid to
salicylate [J711].

                                                               Phosphoribosyl isomerisation
Maackiain fission
                                                               Phosphoribosylanthranilate isomerase cleaves the
Stemphylium botryosum reductively opens the                    ribosyl ether bond to form
furan ring to form 2?,7-dihydroxy-4?,5?-                       o -carboxyphenylaminodeoxyribulose-5-
methylenedioxyisoflavan [A2283].                               phosphate. The molecular weight of the enzymes
                                                               from Enterobacter hafniae, Aeromonas
                                                               formicans and Proteus is 67 000. This is a key
Flavonol 2,4-dioxygenase                                       reaction step in the formation of tryptophan; the
                                                               next step is the formation of indole-3-glycerol
Aspergillus niger enzyme grown on rutin is a                   phosphate, which either forms tryptophan
trimer, molecular weight 130 000 Á/170 000 (clearly            directly, or forms indole as an intermediate
a mixture), monomeric molecular weights about                  [A1481].

()-Epigallocatechin ether fission

(()-Epigallocatechin ether fission
  /                                                        it a different enzyme from others listed under this
                                                           heading [F869].
Musa accuminata forms 2-hydroxy-3-(2,4,6-
propanone from (()-epigallocatechin; this pre-
                   /                                       5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase
sumably is an oxidative fission [K423].                    (E.C.

                                                             5; 10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate l
3,4-Dihydroxyquinoline 2,4-dioxygenase                           5-methyltetrahydrofolate:
(E.C.                                              Pig liver enzyme, molecular weight 77 300,
                                                           contains one mol of FAD [C85].
Arthrobacter and Pseudomonas putida enzymes                   Rat liver and brain enzymes are cytosolic,
form N-acetyl- and N-formylanthranilic acids,              optimum pH 6.6 [A1586, A2502]. The reverse
respectively, from 1H -3,4-dihydroxyquinaldine             reaction requires FAD as hydrogen acceptor. An
and 1H -3,4-dihydroxyquinoline, respectively,              additional substrate for the reverse reaction is
with release of carbon monoxide. Two oxygen                5-methyltetrahydropteroylpentaglutamate
atoms are incorporated, indicating oxygenolytic            [A2502].
attack at C-2 and C-4 of both substrates [K774].              Human platelet enzyme releases formaldehyde
                                                           from 5-methyltetrahydrofolate [A2446].
                                                              Clostridium formicoaceticum enzyme is an
5,10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase               octomer composed of two different monomers,
(E.C. and; NADP ' and                     molecular weights 26 000 and 35 000, and
NAD '-requiring, respectively)                             contains iron and zinc, acid-labile sulphur and
                                                           FAD. It is inactivated by oxygen. For the
  5; 10-Methylenetetrahydrofolate 0                        reverse reaction, methylene blue, menadione,
                                                           benzyl viologen or FAD can be used as oxidant
  Pig liver enzyme appears to be a complex with               Peptostreptococcus productus enzyme is a
5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate cyclohydrolase               dimer, molecular weight 66 000 [F869].
and 10-formyltetrahydrofolate synthetase
(E.C. [A2844].
  In dihydrofolate-deficient immature domestic             5,10-Methenyltetrafolate cyclohydrolase
poultry chicks, activity is reduced by 25 per cent         (E.C.
by folate or oestradiol, and these effects are
additive [A1680].                                          Pisum sativum enzyme, molecular weight 38 500,
  Pisum sativum enzyme appears to be                       which requires NADP, could not be separated
identical with 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate               from 5,10-methylenetetrafolate dehydrogenase
cyclohydrolase, but is separable from 10-                  (E.C. and It is inhibited by
formyltetrahydrofolate synthetase. Its molecular           dihydrofolates [H619].
weight is 38 500, and it requires NADP [H619],                Pig liver enzyme is associated with a complex
with optimum pH 7.8 [A1429].                               of enzymes that are involved with folate reactions
  Saccharomyces cerevisiae enzyme is composed              [A2844].
of two cytosolic isozymes; one requires NADPH
and the other NADH [H794].
  Peptostreptococcus productus 5,10-                       Hydantoin hydrolysis (c.f. E.C.
methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase, mole-
cular weight 66 000 is a dimer. The product is said        Flavobacterium reversibly hydrolyzes a range of
to be 5,10-methenyltetrahydrofolate, which makes           5-aralkylhydantoins to N-carbamoylamino acids

                                          Methyl tetrahydroprotoberberine 1,4-monooxygenase

(the corresponding L-amino acids are released by             Human serum arylesterase (see paraoxonase)
a further enzymatic hydrolysis). Both D- and               hydrolyzes the lactone analogue 4-((5-methyl-2-
L-N-carbamoylamino acids are formed with most              oxo-1,3-dioxol-4-yl)methylthio)benzenesulpho-
substrates (DL mixtures), but the L-isomer is              nate [G892].
preferred. The optimum pH is about 8.6                       Acinetobacter calcoaceticus lactonohydrolase,
[F938, F940].                                              molecular weight 30 000 and optimum pH 7, is
   Pseudomonas is also effective in catalyzing the         specific for 3,4-dihydrocoumarin; its amino acid
reaction with 5-(p -hydroxyphenyl)hydantoin,               sequence has been determined. It also shows
both isomers of which yield D-p -hydroxyphenyl-            bromoperoxidase activity towards monochloro-
glycine, but Achromobacter delicatulus is much             dimedon with peroxide in the presence of an
less effective than Pseudomonas. The optimum               organic acid; this is due to the formation of a
pH for the Pseudomonas enzyme is 8.0 for a                 low-molecular weight brominating species
range of aryl-substituted hydantoins. A                    [K429].
racemization step accompanied by asymmetric
hydrolysis has been suggested [E391, E450, F943].

                                                           Dioxin fission
Methyl tetrahydroprotoberberine
                                                           Phanerochaete sordida acts on 2,3,7,8-
1,4-monooxygenase (E.C.
                                                           tetrachlorodibenzo-p -dioxin and
Corydalis vaginans enzyme fissions the                     octachlorodibenzo-p -dioxin to form 4,5-
heterocyclic ring system of (S )-N-methylcanadine          dichlorocatechol and tetrachlorocatechol respec-
and N-methylstylopine to form an                           tively [H911].
oxo-azadecane ring system with both aromatic
moieties unchanged [E577].
                                                           Methylenedioxy ring fission

Morpholine and piperazine ring fission                     Rat liver microsomes oxidize 3,4-
                                                           methylenedioxymethamphetamine to 3,4-
Many studies have shown that these ring systems            dihydroxymethamphetamine; the ('/)-isomer is
are subject to fission reactions. For instance, in         the preferred substrate. 3,4-Methylenedioxyam-
rat the morpholino ring of doxapram is                     phetamine is also a substrate. It appears to be
oxidized to bis(2-hydroxyethyl)amino and                   mediated by a NADH-dependent P450 enzyme
2-hydroxyethylamino groups [A1389]. In rat                 [A1570, F805]. A range of other
trifluoperazine, fluphenazine, prochlorperazine,           methylenedioxybenzenes are substrates, with the
perazine and chlorcyclizine are oxidized to                methylenedioxy carbonyl being oxidized to
phenylenediamines [A576].                                  carbon monoxide, which then inhibits the reac-
                                                           tion; the enzyme is a phenobarbital-induced
                                                           P450. The optimum pH is 7.4 [A3947].
Lactone hydrolysis                                            Rabbit liver P450IIB4 and probably other P450
                                                           isozymes oxidize methylenedioxybenzene,
Human serum Type Q and Type R hydrolases act               methylenedioxyamphetamine and methylene-
on the lactones 2-coumaranone,                             dioxymethamphetamine. It requires NADPH,
dihydrocoumarin and homogentisic lactone as                and is inhibited by carbon monoxide [F761].
well as on many aliphatic lactones to release the             Pseudomonas converts piperonylate into
free acids. The hydrolysis rate is not as great as         vanillate and protocatechuate. The authors
for phenyl acetate, but it is much greater than for        suggested (probably erroneously) that vanillate is
paraoxon [K327].                                           the initial product [A2449].

Dibenzothiophene sulphone monooxygenase

Dibenzothiophene sulphone monooxygenase                 Toluene 2,3-dioxygenase (E.C.

Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme, which has              Pseudomonas putida enzyme, molecular weight
been crystallized, is a homodimer, molecular            151 000, is composed of subunits, molecular
weight 97 000, monomeric molecular weight               weights 52 500 and 20 800. It requires NADH,
50 000 and optimum pH about 7.5. It converts the        Fe2', NADH cytochrome c reductase (E.C.
above compound into 2?-hydroxybiphenyl-2-      and a Fe-S enzyme (ferredoxin TOL).
sulphonate; dibenz[c ,e ][1,2]oxathiin-6,6-             The product is toluene-2,3-dihydrodiol [B291].
dioxide is a second substrate. The terminal             This enzyme (initially the product was mis-
amino acid sequence has been determined.                identified as toluene-1,2-dihydrodiol) can utilise
8-Hydroxyquinoline, a,a-bipyridyl, Mn2' and             Fe3', Mg2', Ca2' and Cu2' (in decreasing
Ni2'are inhibitory. This enzyme is the second           order of effectiveness) in place of Fe2' [A3184].
in a sequence that desulphurises thiophenes;
further steps desulphinate the reaction product
                                                        Naphthalene 1,2-dioxygenase (E.C.

                                                          Naphthalene 0 cis-1; 2-dihydro-1; 2-
1.7 Dearomatization                                          dihydroxynaphthalene

                                                        Pseudomonas enzyme, which yields the ('/)-
Benzene 1,2-dioxygenase; (E.C.               dihydrodiol, is a three-protein system, and utilizes
                                                        NAD(P)H and oxygen stoichiometrically [C144].
  Benzene 0 cis-1; 2-dihydroxycyclohexa-                P. putida has been identified as one species
    3; 5-diene (cis-1; 2-dihydro-1; 2-                  exhibiting this activity [A1591].
    dihydroxybenzene)                                      Corynebacterium renale enzyme, a heterodi-
                                                        mer, molecular weight 99 000, monomeric mole-
   Mammalia and other vertebrates differ from
                                                        cular weight 43 000 and 56 000, is not a P450. The
microorganisms in that the latter form cis -
                                                        reaction is stoichiometric, with an optimum at
dihydrodiols instead of trans - analogues (which
                                                        pH 6.5. The enzyme contains one FAD and one
arise from aryl epoxides) from benzene and
                                                        Fe2'/mol, and requires NADH, which can be
polynuclear hydrocarbons.
                                                        replaced by peroxide. Catalase, superoxide
   Pseudomonas putida enzyme has a broad
                                                        dismutase and hydroxyl radical scavengers are
specificity for monosubstituted benzenes, with
                                                        inhibitory. Hydroxyl radical is considered to be
oxidation adjacent to the substituent group
                                                        the oxidizing species, forming a
[J656]. It is composed of a dioxygenase, molecu-
                                                        dihydrohydroxynaphthalene radical. A hydroxyl
lar weight 215 300, and an electron transport
                                                        ion then adds, to form a cis -1,2-dihydrodiol
protein, molecular weight 12 300. Both are iron-
                                                        [B949, C714].
sulphur proteins, the first with two 2Fe-2S
clusters and the second with one such cluster
[B45]. A further publication claims that the
molecular weights are 186 000 and 21 000
respectively, with a third component, a                 Biphenyl dioxygenase
flavoprotein, molecular weight 60 000. The
system requires Fe2' and NADH                           Burkholderia enzyme forms cis- biphenyl-2,3-
[A1611].                                                dihydrodiol from biphenyl. A number of
   The reaction has also been observed in               polychlorinated biphenols are also substrates
Moraxella [A638] and Rhodococcus [H873].                [K547].

                                                                                Benzoate 1,2-dioxygenase

Benzoate 1,2-dioxygenase (E.C.                  activity is enhanced by Fe2'; it contains 2Fe-2S
                                                            units. The specificity is narrow, but 1,4-dicar-
Pseudomonas arvilla enzyme is composed of                   boxynaphthalene is a second substrate [H396].
NADH-cytochrome c reductase and the
oxygenase. The latter, molecular weight
270 000 Á/280 000 (depending on method), pI 4.5             Kynurenate 7,8-hydroxylase (E.C.
and Stokes radius 5.6 nm, contains 10 mol of Fe,
and about eight of labile sulphur/mol, but no               This Pseudomonas fluorescens enzyme
haem or flavin. The product is benzoate-1,2-                (incorrectly named kynurenine 7,8-hydroxylase in
dihydrodiol. A range of benzoates monosubsti-               the E.C. list) forms kynurenate-7,8-dihydrodiol
tuted with halide, methyl, methoxy, amino or                [K874].
hydroxyl groups in o -, m - and p -positions are
substrates, although some of these are essentially
inactive [B465].
                                                            Benzoyl CoA reductase (E.C.

                                                            Thauera aromatica enzyme, molecular weight
Phthalate oxygenase                                         160 000 Á/170 000; is a heterotetramer, which con-
                                                            tains FAD and ferredoxin. The product is 3,4-
Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme, optimum pH                 dihydrobenzoyl CoA [J527]. The subunit mole-
6.5, is a tetramer, monomeric molecular weight              cular weights are 48 000, 45 000, 38 000 and
56 000. The reaction product is phthalate-3,4-              32 000, and it contains 11 mol of Fe and acid-
dihydrodiol. Oxygen and NADH are required                   labile sulphur. It is greenish-brown with an
[H89].                                                      absorption band typical of Fe-S. The reaction
                                                            requires Mg2' and ATP; Mn2', Fe2' and (less
                                                            effective) Co2' can replace Mg2'. It requires a
Phthalate 4,5-dioxygenase (E.C.                  strong reducing agent such as Ti(III) for activity,
                                                            and oxygen inactivates. Several analogues of the
Pseudomonas cepacia enzyme is a two-compo-                  substrate, with a single substituent on the nucleus
nent system, composed of a Fe-S-protein, mole-              are also reduced [J175].
cular weight 34 000, with NADH-dependent
oxidoreductase activity; its function is to keep the
oxygenase (the second component) in a reduced               Anthraniloyl CoA monooxygenase
form. The oxygenase is a nonhaem iron protein,              (E.C.
molecular weight 217 000, monomeric molecular
weight 48 000. The reaction is stoichiometric,              Pseudomonas enzyme, a homodimer, molecular
requiring oxygen and NADH. 4-Chlorophthalate                weight 170 000 and pI 5.3, requires NADH
is also a substrate [K922].                                 and oxygen. Three products are formed, 5-
                                                            hydroxyanthraniloyl CoA, 2-amino-5-
                                                            hydroxycyclohex-1-enecarboxyl CoA and
Terephthalate 1,2-dioxygenase (E.C.              2-amino-5-oxocyclohex-1-enecarboxyl CoA, the
                                                            latter being the main product. The aromatic and
Comamonas testosteroni enzyme, molecular                    reduced ring systems are considered to be formed
weight 126 000, appears to be a tetramer with               by separate routes [F463, F465, K949].
monomers, molecular weight 49 000 and 18 000;                  Azoarcus evansii 2-aminobenzoyl CoA
the N-terminals have been identified. The product           monooxygenase/reductase is a flavoprotein that
is (1R ,2S )-dihydroxy-3,5-cyclohexadiene-1,4-              requires oxygen. It is postulated that 5-
dicarboxylic acid. The enzyme requires a second             hydroxylation with migration of the hydrogen to
protein fraction, oxygen and NADH, and its                  position 6 is followed by a NADH-dependent

Hydroxyquinol reductase

reduction at the same catalytic locus to form 2-          trihydroxy-1-tetralone) and 1,3,8-
amino-5-oxocyclohex-1-enecarboxyl CoA [K215].             trihydroxynaphthalene to vermelone [K703].
                                                             Magnaporthe grisea enzyme (vermelone for-
                                                          mation) requires NADPH as co-substrate, and is
Hydroxyquinol reductase                                   inhibited by tricyclazole. It is an essential step in
                                                          the formation of a melanin that is required for the
Desulphovibrio inopinatus enzyme forms,                   initiation of blast disease in rice [K704].
probably, 1,2,4-trihydroxycyclohexa-1,3-diene
from hydroxyquinol [K483].

Phloroglucinol reductase                                  Anhydrotetracycline oxygenase (E.C.

Eubacterium oxidoreducens enzyme, molecular               Streptomyces aureofaciens enzyme, monomeric
weight 78 000, monomeric molecular weight                 molecular weight 57 500 is a dimer, which
33 000, and optimum pH 7.8, requires NADPH;               hydroxylates one of the aromatic rings of
NADH is ineffective. It is not a metalloenzyme or         anhydrotetracycline at the 6 position (already
a flavoprotein. The reaction, which is reversible,        substituted with a methyl group); in effect a
forms dihydrophloroglucinol [F75].                        hydration of a double bond. It requires NADPH
   Penicillium simplissimum forms                         and oxygen to form 12-dehydrotetracycline
dihydrophloroglucinol; the enzyme requires                [K900, K938].
NADPH, but NADH is inactive [F639].                         Other reactions that involve dearomatization
   Coprococcus enzyme, molecular weight                   are found in sections 1.8, 2.2 and 2.9.2
130 000 and optimum pH 7.4, requires NADPH.
The reaction is reversible, but only slowly. It is
inactivated at 538 [C99].

                                                          1.8 Ring expansion
Tetrahydroxynaphthalene reductase
                                                          Alicyclobacillus converts phenylacetate into
Pyricularia oryzae enzyme reduces 1,3,6,8-                cycloheptanecarboxylate. There is a similar
tetrahydroxynaphthalene to scytalone (3,6,8-              reaction with L-phenylalanine [H832].

   2. Oxidations and reductions involving the aromatic
          nucleus and non-organic substituents

2.1 Hydroxylation of the aromatic nucleus                 yield 3-methyltyrosine and 4-hydroxymethyl-
                                                          phenylalanine. Isotope studies demonstrate that
                                                          the hydroxyl groups originate from molecular
2.1.1 Hydroxylations associated with                      oxygen and not from water. Kinetic studies with
physiologically important amino acids and                 substrate labelled with different hydrogen
hormones                                                  isotopes suggest that the two products are formed
                                                          by different mechanisms. In consequence, the
                                                          authors question the generally accepted hypoth-
                                                          esis that the formation of epoxide intermediates is
Phenylalanine hydroxylase (phenylalanine                  obligatory in all aromatic hydroxylations [G150].
4-monooxygenase; E.C.                          Purified enzyme is found as 2 forms, molecular
                                                          weights 240 000 and 51 000; the former, pI 5.6,
  l-Phenylalanine 0l-tyrosine                             may be a tetramer. Analyses found 0.6 mol of Fe
This vertebrate enzyme degrades dietary                   and 0.3 mol of phosphate per subunit. The amino
phenylalanine in excess of requirements for               acid composition has been determined [B19].
protein and hormone formation. In a group of              Another study indicated the presence of three
closely associated inherited diseases in man (e.g.        isozymes in liver, pI 5.2, 5.3 and 5.6, one kidney
phenylketonuria, hyperphenylalaninaemia) that             isozyme, pI 5.35 and a hepatoma enzyme, pI 5.2
result in moderate to severe mental retardation,          [A1736].
this enzyme is either inactive or has a very low             Chromobacterium violaceum enzyme is a
activity, or, rarely, the enzyme for the formation        monomer, molecular weight 32 000 and pI 4.5.
of the tetrahydropteridine cofactor is inactive.          The amino acid composition has been
The mental retardation is caused by grossly               determined. It does not contain Fe, but
elevated concentrations of phenylalanine in body          (in line with other enzymes of this type)
fluids, especially during brain development in the        requires a tetrahydropteridine cofactor
first few years of life.                                  [A3884].
   One study on human liver enzyme demon-                    Studies with Pseudomonas enzyme and
strated a molecular weight of 54 000 and                  phenylalanine labelled with D or T at the
pI 5.0 Á/5.2 [F826]. Another study indicated a
                                                          p - position showed a 10-fold isotope effect
molecular weight of 165 000, apparently a trimer.
                                                          between H and D labelled substrate and
It is not a phosphorylated enzyme, nor is it
                                                          2.8-fold between D and T labelled substrate, with
activated by phosphorylation; attempted
                                                          migration of the substituent to the meta position.
phosphorylation does not incorporate
phosphate into the enzyme molecule [D14]. Its             This ‘NIH Shift’ has been interpreted as
activity increases twofold from foetus to adult           indicative of an epoxide intermediate (but see
[A3020].                                                  above) [A757]. Enzyme found in a Pseudomonas
   Rat liver enzyme, which is activated by                species has a molecular weight less than 30 000
lysolecithin, acts on 4-methylphenylalanine to            [A55].

Phenylalanine hydroxylation by xanthine oxidase

Phenylalanine hydroxylation by xanthine oxidase           the small and large forms are found in substantia
(E.C.                                           nigra. These forms, which may be polymeric with
                                                          nucleotides being involved in the polymerisation,
The product of this reaction, using enzyme from           respond differently to tyrosine hydroxylase anti-
cow’s milk with hypoxanthine as co-substrate, is a        bodies [A45]. Another study on rat enzyme claims
roughly equimolar mixture of o- , m - and                 that phosphorylation increases Vmax without
p -tyrosines. The reaction is prevented by                affecting Km [A3687]. Striatal enzyme has an
superoxide dismutase (E.C. and catalase         optimum at pH 6.0 [A3442]. Administration of
(E.C.; hydroxyl radical scavengers also         the phenylalanine hydroxylase inhibitor
prevent the reaction. Hence, hydroxyl radicals are        p -chlorophenylalanine to rats increases the
considered to be the oxidizing species [D524].            formation of the subsidiary products o - and
                                                          m -tyrosine, whereas a-methyltyrosine, an
                                                          inhibitor of tyrosine hydroxylase decreases the
Tyrosine 3-monooxygenase (tyrosine hydroxylase,
                                                          formation of these isomers, suggesting that they
                                                          are formed by tyrosine hydroxylase [E69]. Brain
                                                          synaptosomal enzyme is activated by lysolecithin
  l-Tyrosine'O2 0
                                                          and phosphatidylserine [A1698]. Apomorphine
     3; 4-dihydroxy-l-phenylalanine
                                                          administration to rats leads to a 100 per cent
This enzyme catalyzes a key reaction in the               increase in the activity of the enzyme in adrenal
formation of the neurotransmitters dopamine,              over a period of three days. This appears to be
noradrenaline and adrenaline.                             due to an increase in the absolute amount of
   Human medulla enzyme contains four                     enzyme [A1614]. It is not present in rat stomach
isozymes [G190]. Brain enzyme is found mainly in          tissues [H620].
the caudate and the substantia nigra, with smaller           Cultured rat phaeochromocytoma enzyme
but significant amounts in the pons, mid-brain,           requires tetrahydrobiopterin as co-substrate.
mammillary body, amygdala, hypothalamus and               Peroxide, rather than being a substrate is inhibi-
nucleus accumbens [A3609] as well as in gastric           tory. The enzyme appears to be identical with that
mucosa and duodenum [J464].                               from other tissues, and contains one
   As anticipated from the known disease process,         Fe2'/ subunit. The cofactor is converted into a
post-mortem parkinsonian brain activity is
                                                          carbinolamine during hydroxylation; the authors
decreased about five fold in caudate nucleus,
                                                          in a different study suggest that a peroxytetra-
putamen and substantia nigra, but not in other
                                                          hydropterin is the hydroxylating species, which
brain areas [A381].
                                                          can be replaced by peroxide [G290, G290a].
   Phosphorylation of human neuroblastoma
                                                             As well as L-tyrosine, beef and adrenal
enzyme activates by reducing the Km for cofactor
                                                          chromaffin enzymes hydroxylate L-phenylalanine,
[A3687]. Human phaeochromocytoma enzyme
has an optimum at pH 7.8 [A3442].                         forming a little m -tyrosine as well as
                                                          L-tyrosine, both of which are converted into
   Rat striatal enzyme has a molecular weight of
61 300. Enzymatic phosphorylation using ATP               3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine [F623]. Cytosolic
and cAMP-dependent protein kinase incorpo-                adrenal medulla enzyme, molecular weight
rates one mol of phosphate/mol of hydroxylase.            280 000, appears to be a homotetramer, pI 6.0
This form has a lower Km for biopterin cofactor           and optimum pH 6.8. Its amino acid composition
than the non-phosphorylated form. It is unstable,         and terminal amino acids have been determined
but inactivation does not involve phosphate               [A3442, C799]. Particulate adrenal enzyme can be
removal [D733]. The molecular weight of caudate           solubilised with a-chymotrypsin to yield an
nucleus enzyme is 65 000, 130 000 in sympathetic          enzyme, molecular weight 34 000 that contains
ganglia and more than 200 000 in locus                    Fe. Only the unsolubilized enzyme can be acti-
coeruleus, hypothalamus and adrenal, and both             vated by phosphorylation or by phospholipids in

                                                 Hydroxylation by monophenol monooxygenase

a manner similar to beef brain enzyme (see                   Kinetic studies indicate a sequential reaction,
below) [A3017].                                            and not a ping-pong mechanism for the reaction
   Beef corpus striatum enzyme (molecular                  [A1904].
weight about 60 000) is activated by incubation              Helix pomatia enzyme is mainly soluble. Its
with ATP and cyclic AMP-dependent protein                  optimum pH is 6.5, requires a tetrahydropteridine
kinase, which yields a phosphorylated                      cofactor and is stimulated by Fe2' and
hydroxylase containing one mol of phosphate                catalase. Inhibitors include dopamine,
[B413]. Caudate nucleus enzyme is activated by             6-hydroxydopamine, serotonin, noradrenaline
phosphatidylserine and other polyanions, which             and dodecyl sulphate [A1349]. Planorbis (water
reduce Km for the pterin cofactor.                         snail) enzyme shows very similar properties
Phosphatidylserine raises the optimum pH                   [A2055].
(from about 6) by 1 unit, whereas the effect of
heparin is marginal. The enzyme is strongly
inhibited by tyrosine at concentrations higher
                                                           Hydroxylation by monophenol monooxygenase
than 0.05 mM. Phenylalanine as a substrate has             (tyrosinase; E.C.
the same Vmax as tyrosine, but high reaction rates
only occur at high concentrations relative to              This type of reaction usually forms catechols
physiological levels [A383].                               from phenols. Its physiological importance in
   In rabbit the enzyme is uniformly distributed           vertebrates is the formation of L-dopa from
between the white and grey matter in spinal cord           L-tyrosine by tyrosinase, usually in skin; L-dopa is
[A2462].                                                   the precursor of melanin. The presence of unu-
   Enzyme in neonatal mouse superior ganglia               sually high urinary concentrations of intermedi-
cultured cells is induced 30 Á/40 per cent by              ate metabolites associated with melanin
actinomycin D or 80 per cent by K '; their effects         formation is observed (in man) both after ex-
are additive. It is postulated that the effect of          posure to sunlight, and in patients with mela-
actinomycin D is to inhibit the formation of a             noma without exposure to the sun. These
substance that represses transcription of mRNA             metabolites can be used as a marker in the
[A3].                                                      diagnosis of melanoma. In mouse pups devoid of
   Sulphate or heparin increase Vmax for dog               tyrosine hydroxylase tyrosinase appears to be
hypothalamus enzyme; heparin also decreases Km             responsible for the appearance of significant
for cofactor [A2064].                                      amounts of neural catecholamines [K89].
   Guinea pig atrial enzyme is inhibited by                   Sea anemone tentacle enzyme is particulate,
3,4-dihydroxyphenylglycol and by noradrenaline             and oxidizes tyrosine and dopa; the latter reacts
at 10(5 Á/10 (6 M. Both compounds compete                  further to form 5-hydroxydopa. It is inhibited by
with cofactor, but 4-hydroxy-                              diethyldithiocarbamate [D245].
3-methoxymandelate, 3,4-dihydroxymandelate                    Avocado enzyme hydroxylates D- and
and 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenylglycol are poor               L-tyrosine and tyramine as well as p -cresol, but
inhibitors [A2060]. Vas deferens enzyme is acti-           much more slowly than the oxidation of D- and
vated by 10 (6M Ca2'; it decreases Km for both             L-dopa and other catechols to quinones. The
substrate and cofactor [A44].                              initial time-lag in the reaction is eliminated by
   Other studies on mammalian enzymes                      ascorbate or L-dopa [A3975]. (The time-lag
(including some in which the species is not stated)        reported in early studies on tyrosinase was caused
confirm activation by phosphorylation                      by the time required for the build-up in dopa
[A3442, A3686].                                            concentrations; dopa, as well as other catechols,
   Chicken embryo brain enzyme is not detected             acts as co-substrate which is oxidized to a
at 10 days incubation, but is found in all regions         quinone).
at 14 days, and increases rapidly over the next 4             Banana pulp enzyme is found in both soluble
days [A1413].                                              and particulate fractions. It oxidizes both D- and

Tyramine 3-hydroxylase

L-tyrosine, and also L-dopa. Ascorbate activates,           molecular weight 122 500, has a Stokes radius
and diethyldithiocarbamate is inhibitory [A541].            stated to be 42.75)/10 (8 cm2 sec (1 (units meant
   Berberis stolonifera phenoloxidase, molecular            to be cm?) [B489]. It is not affected by
weight 60 000 and optimum pH 6.0, oxidizes both             superoxide dismutase or by superoxide scavengers
L-tyrosine and tyramine, as well as some phenolic           [D2].
tetrahydroisoquinoline natural products. Both                  Aspergillus oryzae enzyme is activated at pH
ascorbate and oxygen are required for activity              2 Á/5, and the resultant tyrosinase activity has an
[F855].                                                     optimum at pH 6.0 [A1131].
   Horseradish peroxidase and peroxide act on                  Vibrio tyrosinaticus is composed of two
mixtures of dopa and phenols; the phenols                   tyrosinases, molecular weights 41 000 and 38 500;
accelerate the oxidation of dopa, although when             it does not cross-react with antiserum to hamster
the phenol used is tyrosine there is no indication          melanoma tyrosinase. It acts on L-tyrosine and
of tyrosine hydroxylation. Peroxidase forms dopa            slightly on the D- isomer and m -tyrosine, but
from tyrosine in the presence of oxygen and                 catechol and L-phenylalanine are not substrates.
dihydrofumarate, however [A2458].                           It is inactivated by diethyldithiocarbamate, and
   Enzyme from Mucuna pruriens, in which one                this is reversed by Cu2', Mn2' , Cd2' or Fe2'
of the highest naturally-occurring concentrations           [A141].
of L-dopa is found (rendering its fruit toxic) acts
on a range of phenols including L-tyrosine,
generating catechols [E769]. This is the basis of a         Tyramine 3-hydroxylase
synthetic process for making L-dopa.
   Papaver somniferum tyrosinase acts on                    This reaction has been detected in nematode,
tyrosine [A171].                                            locust, Thalictrum, avocado, Mucuna and
   Of the 17 phenoloxidase isozymes detected in             mushroom [A2572, A2804, A3975, B765, E769,
potato, five act on tyrosine as well as L-dopa              F112, F855, H242, H907]. At least in some
[A3190].                                                    instances, the reaction is probably catalysed by
   Portulaca grandiflora tyrosinase, molecular              the same enzyme that forms L-dopa from
weight 53 000 and optimum pH 5.7, acts on
L-tyrosine, but D-tyrosine is a poor although
significant substrate. The dopa formed is further
oxidized via dopaquinone to cyclo -dopa, an                 p -Hydroxyphenylpyruvate oxidase;
intermediate in the formation of betanidin [K93].           (4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase,
   In wheat the enzyme that hydroxylates tyrosine           E.C.
can be separated electrophoretically from the
enzyme that forms dopaquinone from L-dopa                     p-Hydroxyphenylpyruvate'O2 0
[A176], suggesting that it is a different class of              CO2 'homogentisate
enzyme from most tyrosinases, which catalyse                This is a key vertebrate enzyme, and is involved
these reactions sequentially with a single enzyme.          the catabolism of tyrosine. Tyrosine is a major
   Agoricus (presumably a misprint for Agaricus)            dietary amino acid, and it is also formed from
bisporus tyrosinase oxidizes N-acetyltyramine               dietary phenylalanine, quantitatively greatly in
with a lag period (typical for phenols), but the lag        excess of amounts required for the formation of
for hordenine is indefinitely long. The lag is              protein and hormones, and a mechanism is
eliminated by the addition of a trace of a                  required for its disposal. A deficiency of activity
catechol. The normal lag period is terminated by            is found in premature infants and in the inherited
the autocatalytic oxidation of phenol to catechol.          diseases classified as Tyrosinosis. In man
N,N-Dipropyldopamine oxidation yields as final              mutations in the gene controlling this enzyme
product N,N-dipropylindoliumolate [J460].                   lead to tyrosinaemia type III and hawkinsinuria
Mushroom (presumably A. bisporus) tyrosinase,               [K665].

                                                                                Tryptophan 5-hydroxylase

   Mechanistic studies using beef liver enzyme              90 per cent in the adult [A771]. The molecular
and substrate specifically labelled with deuterium          weight is 45 085 by mass spectrometry (theoreti-
in the methylene group indicate that side-chain             cal value 45 082). It also shows a-oxoisocaproate
migration occurs with retention of configuration            dioxygenase activity. At the C-terminal a 14
at the methylene group [B904]. Studies using an             amino acid sequence is essential for activity; a
enzyme with unspecified origin, but presumably              mutant with a deletion of these amino acids
mammalian, have shown that the phenolic                     produces an inactive protein [J235].
hydroxyl group is not exchanged during the                     Bamboo enzyme is highly specific, molecular
reaction. This indicates that, although still               weight about 10 000. It is stoichiometric, and no
possible, an intermediate with a peroxide 1,4-              intermediate has been detected [B238]. Zea mays
bridge is most unlikely [A844]. 1-Carboxymethyl-            enzyme, molecular weight 43 000 and optimum
1-hydroxy-4-oxocyclohexa-2,5-diene is not an                pH 7.3, requires a reducing system or ascorbate
intermediate [A346].                                        and catalase [J247]. Its presence has also been
   Human enzyme is a dimer, molecular weight                reported in Drosophyllum lusitanicum [A1149].
87 000. It acts on the keto isomer with optima at              Enzyme from Pseudomonas strain PJ874 is
pH 4.5 and 7.8. It is activated by reducing agents          blue and contains both iron and zinc. It catalyzes
such as ascorbate and is very sensitive to inacti-          a stoichiometric reaction involving the keto
vation by peroxide. Iron- and copper-chelating              isomer of the substrate, with an optimum and
reagents are inhibitory, and reactivation by                maximal stability at pH 7.9. It appears to act by a
dialysis indicates that the chelators do not remove         mono-iso-ordered bi-bi mechanism, in which
the metal from the enzyme molecule. It exists in            Fe3' is reduced [C365, C728]. Another publica-
three forms with different pI between 6.5 and 7.5.          tion claims that enzyme from strain PJ874 is a
These appear to be dimers of two monomeric                  tetramer, monomeric molecular weight 36 000,
forms [A3128, A3129].                                       optimum pH 7 and pI 4.8, and contains both Fe
   A genetic defect in mice leads to a deficiency of        and Cu. The Fe content parallels activity during
this enzyme [G216].                                         purification and the ratio of activity towards
   Pig enzyme is inhibited by pentafluorophenyl-            p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate and phenylpyruvate
pyruvate and thiophenyl oxalate. It is inactivated          remains constant [A3106].
by tetrafluoro-4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate and by
2- and 3-thienylpyruvate [H382]. The enzyme is
stable only after purification. During storage it
                                                            Tryptophan 5-hydroxylase; (tryptophan
polymerizes, and this is reversed by thiols. The
                                                            5-monooxygenase, E.C.
molecular weight is 89 000 by ultracentrifugation,
and 52 000 and 44 000, respectively, by gel filtra-
tion and electrophoresis. It contains Cu and Fe
(not stoichiometric). The temperature coefficient                  'O2 0 5-hydroxy-l-tryptophan
was found to be unusually high, about five (even            This reaction is a key step in the formation of the
higher than that reported by Goodwin, B.L.                  neurotransmitter serotonin, as well as the
(1972) Tyrosine Catabolism, Clarendon Press,                hormone melatonin, which responds to light and
Oxford). The activity is stimulated by some                 dark periods and is associated with the biological
hydrophilic solvents, including alcohols and                clock in vertebrates.
ethers [C208].                                                 Activity in brain (presumably human) median
   Rat liver enzyme, molecular weight 63 000 and            and dorsal raphe nuclei is 50 Á/100 times greater
pI 5.85, is inactivated by dialysis and other               than in caudate nucleus and hippocampus
processes that remove small molecules, and is               [A1690].
reactivated by Fe2' and dichlorophenolindo-                    Mouse gut mucosal enzyme is probably of
phenol [A2702]. At birth, about 25 per cent of the          enterochromaffin origin [E503]. Brain enzyme is
enzyme is in an active form, and this increases to          activated by phosphorylation and inactivated by

Tryptamine 5-hydroxylation

phosphatase [A3813]. Mouse mastocytoma                        Sedum morgaianum enzyme has an optimum
enzyme, pI 6.0, has a molecular weight of                  at pH 7.5 [D41].
270 000, and despite a monomeric molecular                    Chromobacterium violaceum enzyme,
weight of 53 000 it is claimed to be a tetramer.           optimum pH 7, is inducible by tryptophan and
L-Phenylalanine and (marginally) L-tyrosine are            (better) phenylalanine. D-Tryptophan is also a
also substrates [C216].                                    substrate, but phenylalanine is not. It requires
   Rat brain stem enzyme, which is stimulated by           oxygen, reduced pteridine cofactor and a thiol.
Fe2', is composed of two isozymes, one of which            Both phenylalanine and p -chlorophenylalanine
has a molecular weight of 300 000. Despite a               are inhibitory [A1597].
monomeric molecular weight of 59 000 it is also
claimed to be a tetramer. L-Phenylalanine is a
                                                           Tryptamine 5-hydroxylation
substrate, but not L-tyrosine [C113]. Influences in
vivo that reduce brain tryptophan concentration
                                                           Peganum harmala enzyme acts on tryptamine,
cause the enzyme activity to increase, apparently
                                                           a-methyl-, N-methyl- and 6-fluorotryptamine
by an increase in Vmax [A1920], an effect that
                                                           [A1330, F9, G906].
should sustain brain serotonin levels in face of
alterations in tryptophan availability. Liver
enzyme (that also acts on phenylalanine) is                Kynurenine 3-hydroxylase; (kynurenine
stimulated by 5-fluorotryptophan and                       3-monooxygenase; E.C.
7-azatryptophan by up to 20-fold, and at higher
                                                             l-Kynurenine 0 3-hydroxy-l-kynurenine
cofactor concentrations by phenylalanine and
thienylalanine [A791]. Pineal enzyme shows a               Studies on rabbit, rat, gerbil and mouse
diurnal rhythm with raised activities at night, and        demonstrate that activity is found in liver, lung
this is eliminated in constant light. Cycloheximide        and brain, in decreasing order [J830].
but not actinomycin D causes a rapid loss in                  Rat liver enzyme is associated with the
activity, which suggests that enzyme activity is           mitochondrial outer membrane. When
controlled at the translation step. Sulphydryl             solubilized it can be separated into two fractions
compounds protect the enzyme from inactivation             by chromatography; the major one has a
at 08 but not at higher temperatures, and                  molecular weight of 200 000, optimum pH 8 and
dithiothreitol reactivates the inactivated enzyme.         pI 5.4. It contains dissociable FAD (one mol/mol)
Rapid in vivo inactivation is caused by                    that cannot be replaced by FMN or riboflavin. It
p -chlorophenylalanine, and this is reversed within        is activated by FAD, dithiothreitol and
                                                           phosphatidylcholine, and maximal activity occurs
24h [A3237]. Presumably this diurnal rhythm is
                                                           in 10 mM KCl. Inhibition is brought about by
associated with the diurnal rhythm of melatonin
                                                           p -chloromercuribenzoate and
                                                           bathocuproinsulphonate [A2270, A2293, A2482].
   Pig brain stem enzyme, molecular weight
                                                              Honeybee eye enzyme, which requires
55 000Á/60 000, is not stimulated by Fe2' or by
                                                           NADPH, has an optimum at pH 7.25 [A1064].
chelating agents and is unstable during storage
                                                           Drosophila melanogaster eye enzyme appears to
[A1306].                                                   be mitochondrial [A1194].
   The activity of chick brain enzyme, optimum
pH 7.8 Á/8.0 [A3236], increases about 10-fold just
before and after hatching [A3130].                         Anthranilate 3-hydroxylase; (anthranilate
   Enzyme from yellowfin tuna resembles                    3-monooxygenase; E.C.
mammalian enzyme. It is a trimer, molecular
weight 280 000 [H910]. Skipjack liver enzyme is a            Anthranilate 0 3-hydroxyanthranilate
homotrimer, molecular weight 288 000 and                   Aspergillus niger enzyme, molecular weight
optimum pH 8.0 [H394].                                     43 000 Á/45 000, optimum pH 8.2 and pI 5.36,

                                                                                  Anthranilate 5-hydroxylase

requires FAD. Purified enzyme also catalyzes the              that in liver. Other organs show negligible
formation of pyrocatechuate, which suggests                   activity. Activity is reduced by castration, and in
that it also shows anthranilate 2,3-hydroxylase               hyperthyroid and euthyroid rats the activity is
(deaminating) activity (E.C.; it is               lower than in control animals [A3944]. A further
claimed that both activities reside on the same               study on brain enzyme suggested that it is
molecule. Cu2' and p -chloromercuribenzoate                   probably P450, and that the enzyme also acts on
are inhibitory [D231].                                        17a-ethynyloestradiol, stilboestrol and oestrone
   This reaction is also observed in rat liver and            to yield catechols [A3295]. 17b-Oestradiol-17-
brain [A3653, F676].                                          sulphate is a substrate, undergoing both reac-
                                                              tions, with lower activity for 4-hydroxylation.
                                                              Again, highest activity is observed in liver, and
Anthranilate 5-hydroxylase                                    much lower in kidney, brain, heart, lung, testis,
                                                              ovary and uterus. At least in liver, there is no
This reaction is observed in rat liver                        constant ratio between the two activities
[A3653, D296].                                                suggesting enzyme heterogeneity [E465]. Kidney
                                                              enzyme is microsomal and lung enzyme is
                                                              mitochondtial [B681].
Indole hydroxylases                                              Pig ovary enzyme catalyses 2-hydroxylation in
                                                              particular, optimum pH 7.8; the enzyme requires
Indole 4-hydroxylase is found in pumpkin                      NAD(P)H [E78].
[A3530]. A similar reaction occurs in the                        Rabbit hypothalamus enzyme appears to be a
mycological formation of psilocine, but the                   soluble peroxidase with an optimum at pH 6 and
reaction does not appear to have been studied                 pI about 7.7. It is stimulated by cumene
at an enzyme level.                                           hydroperoxide and yields similar amounts of
   Indole 5-hydroxylase is also present in                    2- and 4-hydroxy-17b-oestradiol [E144].
pumpkin [A3530]. Both 5- and 6-hydroxylases                      Horse oestrogen 2-hydroxylase, a P450, is
are present in Tradescantia, Zebrina and                      associated with testosterone aromatase [H891].
Seterasia [A3538], and in rat [D158].
                                                              b. 3-Hydroxylase

Oestradiol hydroxylases (and analogues)                       Oestradiol is formed from 2-hydroxy-
                                                              3-deoxyoestradiol by a P450 enzyme found in
a. 2- And 4-hydroxylase                                       liver microsomes. This is possibly the same
                                                              enzyme that 2-hydroxylates 17b-oestradiol [B1].
Rat anterior pituitary enzyme catalyzes these
reactions, in particular 4-hydroxylation. The                 c. 6a-Hydroxylase
latter is considered to be NADPH-dependent,
whereas 2-hydroxylation may be peroxidase-                    A human enzyme hydroxylates 17b-oestradiol at
dependent [F42]. Rat liver microsomes catalyze                the 6a-position [A2465, K621]. The same reac-
these reactions by 3 P450s, P450VT-A, P450PCN-E               tion is observed in rat [A1487, A2192, E525].
and P450ISF-G. The first two are constitutive,                Oestrone is a substrate in rat and hamster
male-specific and are induced by testosterone                 [A2408, C896, G625].
[E40]. A report on 2-hydroxylation suggested that
P450 is not involved, at least in the brain of male           d. 6b-Hydroxylase (E.C.
rats. This activity is greater in male rats than in
female, and is found (in decreasing order of                  Rat liver and brain micromes hydroxylate
activity) in liver, brain, kidney, testis, adrenal and        17b-oestradiol at the 6b-position [A1487, A2192,
lung, with activity in the lung about 1 per cent of           H342, E525]. The same reaction is observed in

Phenol 2-monooxygenase

man [A2465]. Oestrone is a substrate in rat and            microsomes [H342] as well as in a number of
hamster [A2408, C896, G625].                               other mammalian species.

e. 7a-Hydroxylase                                          l. 16b-Hydroxylase

A human enzyme hydroxylates 17b-oestradiol at              In man 17b-oestradiol is converted into
the 7a-position [A2465]. The same reaction is              16-epioestriol by hydroxylation at the 16b-
observed in rat [A1487, A2192]. Oestrone is a              position [A2309]. The same reaction is observed
substrate in rat and hamster [A2408, C896,                 in guinea pig [A2868], monkey [A491, A3294] and
G625].                                                     rat [A2583].

f. 7b-Hydroxylase                                          2.1.2 Hydroxylations of natural products and
                                                           miscellaneous compounds associated with normal
A human enzyme hydroxylates 17b-oestradiol at              animal physiology
the 7b-position [A2465].
                                                           Phenol 2-monooxygenase (E.C.
g. 11b-Hydroxylase
                                                             Phenol 0 catechol
This activity is found in Neurospora, with
17b-oestradiol as substrate [A944].                        Trichosporon cutaneum enzyme acts on
                                                           resorcinol and m -cresol to yield hydroxyquinol
h. 14a-Hydroxylase                                         and 4-methylcatechol respectively, as well as on
                                                           phenol [G196]. Its molecular weight is 148 000, it
Rat liver micromes hydroxylate 17b-oestradiol              contains one mol/mol of FAD and requires
and oestriol at the 14a-position [H342].                   NADPH. The optimum pH is 7.2 Á/7.6. Bleaching
                                                           by dithionite, which inactivates the enzyme is
i. 15a-Hydroxylase                                         readily reversible. It is also inactivated by heavy
                                                           metals and p -chloromercuribenzoate, the latter
A human enzyme hydroxylates 17b-oestradiol                 being reversed by dithiothreitol. The specificity is
at the 15a-position [K621]. The same                       broad, with substrates not being limited to
reaction is observed in baboon, rat and pig                monophenols; catechol, for instance, yields
[A545, E525, F511]. Oestrone is a substrate in             pyrogallol. Activity towards hydroxylated benzyl
man [A1588].                                               alcohols, aldehydes and benzoic acids is negligible
j. 15b-Hydroxylase                                            Bacillus stearothermophilus enzyme requires
                                                           NADH for activity [F47].
This activity has been detected in kidney and liver           Comamonas testosteroni contains a phenol
microsomes from hamster and rat, with oestrone             hydroxylase [K362].
as substrate [G625].

k. 16a-Hydroxylase                                         Hydroquinone hydroxylase

Human foetal liver enzyme hydroxylates                     Candida parapsilosus enzyme is a homodimer,
17b-oestradiol (to oestriol) and oestrone at the           monomeric molecular weight 76 000 containing
16a-position, but these are poor substrates,               dissociable FAD. It catalyses ortho hydroxylation
whereas their 3-sulphate esters are readily                of a range of phenols [K653].
hydroxylated. The optimum pH is 7 [E132].                    Rhodococcus enzyme has an optimum at
The same reaction is observed in rat liver                 pH 7.9 and requires NADPH. Its specificity for

                                                                        Phloroglucinol 2-monooxygenase

monophenols is broad, but catechol, nitrophenols             Benzoate 2-hydroxylase
and protocatechuate are not substrates [E565].
                                                               Benzoate 0 salicylate
                                                             Benzoate is hydroxylated in all three positions by
Phloroglucinol 2-monooxygenase                               human blood granulocytes. It is postulated that
                                                             the reaction is mediated by hydroxyl radical
Rhodococcus enzyme, molecular weight                         [E65].
155 000 and optimum pH forms 1,2,3,5-                           Nicotiana tabacum enzyme is a soluble P450,
tetrahydroxybenzene from phloroglucinol [H121].              molecular weight 160 000. It is specific for the
                                                             formation of salicylate [H681].
                                                                This reaction has been observed in potato leaf
Orcinol 2-monooxygenase; (E.C.                    [J691], rice [H593], Bacillus [A2217], Aspergillus
                                                             niger and Cuninghamella bainieri [A1218].
   Orcinol'O2 0 2; 3; 5-trihydroxytoluene
Pseudomonas putida enzyme, molecular weight
63 000Á/68 000 or 70 000, contains 1 mol of                  Benzoate 3-hydroxylase
dissociable FAD. It utilizes one mol of oxygen
and NAD(P)H; the latter can be replaced par-                 This reaction has been observed in man [E65],
tially by FMN. Without orcinol, O2 reacts with               Flavobacterium [E355] and Pseudomonas [D771].
NADH and water to yield hydrogen peroxide,
and at 608 the reaction with orcinol uncouples by
about 50 per cent with resultant peroxide                    Benzoate 4-hydroxylase (E.C.
formation. Other substrates include resorcinol,
4-bromo- and 4-methylresorcinol, whereas non-                  Benzoate'O2 0 p-hydroxybenzoate
phenolic substrate analogues accelerate peroxide             Rhodotorula graminis enzyme is membrane-
formation. Resorcinol hydroxylase is very similar            bound with optimum pH of 7.6. It requires
to this enzyme, but is distinguished by, for                 NADPH and is stimulated by FAD. It differs
instance, absorption spectra, amino acid compo-              from enzyme found in filamentous fungi, which
sition, stability to oxygen, specificity and reaction        requires a pteridine cofactor [D620].
with antisera. For instance, m -hydroxybenzyl                   Pseudomonas enzyme, molecular weight
alcohol and a range of phenols are substrates for            120 000 and optimum pH 7.2, requires a
orcinol hydroxylase but not for resorcinol                   tetrahydropteridine and oxygen, and is activated
hydroxylase, whereas resorcinol hydroxylase acts             by Fe2'. The reaction is not stoichiometric; a
on m -ethylphenol, but orcinol hydroxylase does              slight excess of oxygen is utilized [A2799].
not [A2172, A2391, A2696].                                      Aspergillus niger enzyme, optimum pH 6.2, is
                                                             specific for benzoate, requires a
                                                             tetrahydropteridine and Fe2', and uses
Resorcinol hydroxylase                                       equimolar amounts of oxygen and NADPH.
                                                             Thiol groups in the enzyme are required for
   Resorcinol'O2 0 hydroxyquinol                             activity [A1606].
This Pseudomonas putida activity is very similar
to that of orcinol hydroxylase (see above), with
some distinctive differences. Its molecular weight           Benzoyl CoA 3-monooxygenase (E.C.
is 68 000 Á/70 000; it could not be distinguished
from orcinol hydroxylase on the basis of many                Pseudomonas enzyme, a monomeric flavoprotein,
parameters, however [A2391, A2696]. Rhodo-                   molecular weight 65 000, requires FAD or FMN,
coccus enzyme has an optimum at pH 7.0 [G893].               and NADPH [H397].

m-Hydroxybenzyl alcohol 6-hydroxylase

m -Hydroxybenzyl alcohol 6-hydroxylase                     optimum pH 7.2, requires NADPH and is
                                                           inhibited by superoxide dismutase. Other sub-
Penicilliun patulum microsomal enzyme,                     strates include 3-hydroxyanthranilate, pyroca-
optimum pH 7.5, requires NADPH in the                      techuate, 3,5-dihydroxybenzoate and 3-hydroxy-
formation of gentisyl alcohol. It is suggested that        5-methoxybenzoate. It is also inhibited by heavy
the enzyme is m -cresol 2-hydroxylase [A2314].             metals, o -phenanthroline, salicylaldoxime,
                                                           m -aminobenzoate, diethyldithiocarbamate and
Salicylate 3-hydroxylase                                   sulphydryl-binding reagents [A1130, A3526].
                                                              Comamonas (Pseudomonas) testosteroni
  Salicylate 0                                             enzyme, molecular weight 71 000, optimum pH
     2; 3-dihydroxybenzoate (pyrocatechuate)               in the range 6 Á/7.5 (buffer-dependent), contains
                                                           FAD and is activated by FAD and NADPH; the
Rat liver enzyme is considered to act via a free
                                                           latter cannot be replaced by NADH. Other
radical that non-specifically causes hydroxylation
                                                           substrates include gentisate, pyrocatechuate and
of salicylate rather than by the action of a
                                                           several other acids with a m -hydroxyl group, but
hydroxylase [J754].
                                                           not other analogues, which may be inhibitory
                                                           [A1229, J519]. There is up to 70 per cent
Salicylate 5-hydroxylase
                                                           uncoupling of the oxygenation, when peroxide is
                                                           formed, depending on substrate [A327].
  Salicylate 0 gentisate
Rat liver enzyme is considered to act via a free
radical that non-specifically causes hydroxylation         3-Hydroxybenzoate 6-hydroxylase
of salicylate rather than by the action of a               (E.C.
hydroxylase [J754].
  Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme, a                         m-Hydroxybenzoate 0 gentisate
homotetramer containing FAD, molecular weight
                                                           Klebsiella pneumoniae enzyme is monomeric,
205 000, optimum pH 7.9 and pI 6.3, requires
                                                           molecular weight 42 000. It contains FAD and
NADH, but NADPH is ineffective. Other
                                                           requires NAD(P)H. Inactivation is rapid at 458
substrates are 2,3- and 2,4-dihydroxybenzoates
                                                           [G199, H399].
                                                              Pseudomonas aeruginosa enzyme requires
  Lignobacter enzyme requires NAD(P)H. Other
                                                           oxygen and NAD(P)H, with a range of
(poor) substrates include p -hydroxybenzoate,
                                                           3-hydroxybenzoates as substrates; there is 0 Á/30
2,3-, 2,4-, 2,6- and 3,4-dihydroxybenzoates
                                                           per cent decoupling of hydroxylation, depending
                                                           on substrate [A236].
                                                              Pseudomonas cepacia enzyme, molecular
3-Hydroxybenzoate 2-monooxygenase                          weight 44 000 and optimum pH 8, contains one
(E.C.                                          mol/mol of FAD with a requirement for
                                                           NAD(P)H, and is inducible [E287]. The reaction
An enzyme in a Pseudomonas testosteroni
                                                           mechanism has been suggested to involve random
mutant is induced by benzoate [K748].
                                                           binding of substrate and NADH to the oxidized
                                                           enzyme followed by reduction of the enzyme and
                                                           release of NAD '. Oxygen then binds, followed
m -Hydroxybenzoate 4-hydroxylase;
                                                           by release of water and gentisate from the now
(3-hydroxybenzoate 4-monooxygenase,
                                                           oxidised holoenzyme [E289].
E.C., formerly E.C.
                                                              Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme is a
                                                           homotetramer, molecular weight 196 000, opti-
  m-Hydroxybenzoate'O2 0 protocatechuate
                                                           mum pH 8.6 and pI 6.7. It contains FAD and
Aspergillus niger enzyme is a flavoprotein,                requires NADH, but NADPH is ineffective. A

                                                                      p-Hydroxybenzoate 1-hydroxylase

second substrate is 2,3-dihydroxybenzoate                  4-Hydroxy-3-methylbenzoate hydroxylase
                                                             4-Hydroxy-3-methylbenzoate 0
p -Hydroxybenzoate 1-hydroxylase                           Pseudomonas putida enzyme, which is composed
                                                           of two proteins, requires oxygen and NAD(P)H.
  p-Hydroxybenzoate 0 gentisate                            The proteins involved appear to be a hydroxylase
Klebsiella pneumoniae enzyme requires                      and an electron-transferring protein acting on
NAD(P)H; the activity is rapidly destroyed at 458          NADH; this makes it an unusual type of
[G199]. It is also found in Bacillus and Bacterium         mixed-function oxidase [F223, F624].
[A489, B161].

                                                           3-Hydroxybenzoyl CoA 6-hydroxylase
p -Hydroxybenzoate 3-hydroxylases
                                                           Pseudomonas enzyme requires NAD(P)H to
(4-hydroxybenzoate 3-monooxygenase,
                                                           form gentisoyl CoA [H397].
E.C. and

  p-Hydroxybenzoate'O2 0 protocatechuate
                                                           Anthraniloyl CoA monooxygenase
Corynebacterium cyclohexanicum enzyme is a                 (E.C.
monomer, molecular weight 47 000, and contains
FAD. It requires Mg2' and NADH or NADPH,                   This activity is described in Section 1.7.
and is specific for p -hydroxybenzoate [D554].
   Moraxella enzyme is a dimer, molecular weight
85 000 and pI 6.55. It is specific for                     Phenylacetate 2-hydroxylase
p -hydroxybenzoate [G793].
   Pseudomonas fluorescens enzyme is mainly a                Phenylacetate 0 o-hydroxyphenylacetate
dimer, molecular weight 70 000 Á/75 000 and
                                                           Aspergillus niger microsomal enzyme, optimum
pI 5.8; it also exists as higher polymers. An amino
                                                           pH 7.8, requires NADPH and oxygen. It is
acid analysis has been performed [B249]; Ser 212
                                                           stimulated by thiols, and inhibited by thiol-
is an important binding site [K109]. The reaction
                                                           binding reagents and by CO; it therefore appears
mechanism is complex, where the initial step
                                                           to be a P450. It is highly specific [B133].
appears to be oxidation of the FAD moiety to
                                                              This activity has been demonstrated in bacteria
peroxyflavin. Other substrates include
                                                           [B950], Aspergillus fumigatus [C484], A. sojae
p -aminobenzoate and 2,4-dihydroxybenzoate; the
                                                           [A2345], Trichosporon cutaneum [E332],
latter yields 2,3,4- and 2,4,5-trihydroxybenzoates
                                                           Brevibacterium linens [D623], Pseudomonas
[A2554, K109]. Anions, such as Cl(, Br (, I(,
                                                           fluorescens [C532] and Nocardia salmonicolor
F( and CNS( compete with NADPH cofactor,
quenching the fluorescence [A1082]. P. cephacia
enzyme is inducible [E287].
   Rhizobium leguminosarum enzyme is induced
                                                           Phenylacetate 3-hydroxylase
by 4-hydroxybenzoate [F224]
   Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme is a
                                                             Phenylacetate 0 m-hydroxyphenylacetate
homotetramer, molecular weight 196 000,
optimum pH 8.4 and pI 6.7, and contains FAD.               Rhizoctonia solani enzyme, optimum pH 5 Á/6,
It requires NADH, but NADPH is ineffective.                requires NAD(P)H and tetrahydrofolate.
A second substrate is 2,4-dihydroxybenzoate                Benzoate, cinnamate, phenylpropionate and
[H438].                                                    aryloxyacetates are not substrates.

Phenylacetate 4-hydroxylase

Diethyldithiocarbamate and a,a-dipyridyl are               3-Hydroxyphenylacetate 6-hydroxylase
inhibitors [A203].                                         (E.C.
  This activity has been demonstrated in bacteria
[B950], Aspergillus niger [A3787], A. fumigatus              m-Hydroxyphenylacetate 0 homogentisate
[C484], Brevibacterium linens [D623] and
                                                           Flavobacterium enzyme, which is mainly dimeric
Trichosporon cutaneum [E332].
                                                           with one FAD/subunit and optimum pH 8.3,
                                                           requires NAD(P)H as co-substrate; the amino
                                                           acid composition and N-terminal sequence have
Phenylacetate 4-hydroxylase                                been determined. It is stable between pH 5 and 9.
                                                           Inactivation by thiol-binding reagents is reversed
  Phenylacetate 0 p-hydroxyphenylacetate                   by dithiothreitol. Other substrates (less good) are
This activity has been demonstrated in bacteria            3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetate and p -
[B950], Brevibacterium linens [D623],                      hydroxyphenylacetate, with hydroxylation
Trichosporon cutaneum [E332] and Aspergillus               exclusively at position 6 [K779].
niger [A329].                                                Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme, molecular
                                                           weight 45 000, contains FAD and requires
                                                           NADH for activity [J23]. Flavobacterium
                                                           enzyme, optimum pH 8.3, requires NAD(P)H.
Mandelate 4-monooxygenase (E.C.                 Poorer substrates include 3,4-
                                                           dihydroxyphenylacetate and p -
  l-Mandelate 0 p-hydroxymandelate                         hydroxyphenylacetate, whereas homogentisate is
Pseudomonas convexa enzyme, molecular weight               not a substrate [G404].
91 000 and optimum pH 5.4, is inducible. It
requires a tetrahydropteridine, NADPH, Fe2'
and oxygen, and is highly specific for mandelate.          p -Hydroxyphenylacetate 1-hydroxylase
The activity is inhibited by thiol-binding reagents        (E.C.
                                                             p-Hydroxyphenylacetate 0 homogentisate
                                                           In this reaction the side chain migrates during the
o -Hydroxyphenylacetate 5-hydroxylase
                                                           hydroxylation (‘NIH shift’).
                                                              Bacterium enzyme, optimum pH about 7.5, is
  o-Hydroxyphenylacetate 0 homogentisate
                                                           stoichiometric for oxygen and NAD(P)H, and is
Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme, molecular                 slightly stimulated by Mg2'; its stability range is
weight 45 000, contains FAD and requires                   pH 6 Á/9. Other substrates include p -hydroxy-
NADH for activity [J23].                                   phenylpyruvate, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetate,
                                                           p -hydroxyphenylpropionate and (poor)
                                                           p -hydroxybenzoate. It is inhibited by iodoacetate,
                                                           iodoacetanilide, p -chloromercuribenzoate,
m -Hydroxyphenylacetate 4-hydroxylase
                                                           iodosobenzoate, N-ethylmaleimide, Hg2' and
                                                           EDTA [A489].
                                                              Pseudomonas acidovorans enzyme requires
  m-Hydroxyphenylacetate 0
                                                           FAD, Mg2' and NAD(P)H, and is inhibited by
    3; 4-dihydroxyphenylacetate
                                                           KCl. It is unstable when purified. Substrate
Klebsiella pneumoniae requires NADH or                     substituted with deuterium in the ortho position
NADPH [G214]. The reaction has also been                   shows 50 per cent label retention, consistent with
observed in Escherichia [B517], Trichosporon               no NIH shift. Other substrates include dopac,
[E332], and possibly other microorganisms.                 homovanillate, p -hydroxyphenoxyacetate,

                                                            p-Hydroxyphenylacetate 2-hydroxylase

p -hydroxyphenylacetate, p -hydroxyphenylpro-          trans -Cinnamate 4-monooxygenase
pionate, 4-hydroxy-2-methylphenylacetate and           (E.C.
p -hydroxyhydratropate [A1480].
   Rhodococcus erythropolis enzyme, molecular            Cinnamate'O2 0 p-coumarate
weight 45 000, contains FAD and requires
NADH for activity. This enzyme is not identical        Capsicum annuum enzyme, optimum pH 8,
with o -hydroxyphenylacetate 5-hydroxylase or          requires oxygen and NADPH. It is microsomal,
m -hydroxyphenylacetate 6-hydroxylase; these           possibly a P450 [F689].
enzymes are all different [J23].                          Gherkin enzyme, optimum pH 7.5, is found in
                                                       endoplasmic reticulum and requires NADPH;
                                                       NADH is inactive. Inhibition by 2-
                                                       mercaptoethanol and carbon monoxide is
p -Hydroxyphenylacetate 2-hydroxylase
                                                       consistent with it being a P450 [A3146].
                                                          Petroselinum crispum enzyme is specific for
This activity is associated with Flavobacterium
                                                       trans -cinnamate; cis- is inhibitory. Reduction of
3-hydroxyphenylacetate 6-hydroxylase [K779].
                                                       the double bond prevents hydroxylation [A2820].
                                                          Enzyme from roots of Quercus pedunculata is
                                                       microsomal [A622].
p -Hydroxyphenylacetate 3-hydroxylase                     Sorghum etiolated seedling enzyme, a
(E.C. and                         microsomal P450, requires oxygen and NADPH
  p-Hydroxyphenylacetate 0                                Swede enzyme is also microsomal, requiring
    3; 4-dihydroxyphenylacetate                        NADPH. It is inhibited by FMN, FAD, KCl and
Studies on the reaction mechanism of                   slightly by caffeate. Carbon monoxide inhibition
Pseudomonas putida enzyme demonstrate the              is partially reversed by light [A198].
formation of three flavin-oxygen intermediates
[H206]. Klebsiella pneumoniae enzyme requires
NADH but not NADPH, which indicates that
the enzyme is different from                           Melilotate hydroxylase (melilotate
m -hydroxyphenylacetate 4-hydroxylase [G214].          3-monooxygenase, E.C.

                                                         Melilotate 0 2; 3-dihydroxyphenylpropionate
trans -Cinnamate 2-monooxygenase
                                                       Enzyme from a Bacterium (probably a
                                                       Pseudomonad) is a tetramer, molecular weight
                                                       250 000 and contains four mol/mol of FAD. Its
Melilotus alba enzyme, optimum pH 7.0, is found
in chloroplasts, attached largely to lamellar          amino acid composition has been determined
membranes. It is activated by glucose-6-               [A861]. A reaction mechanism has been proposed
phosphate or by light [A145].                          which includes binding of NADH [A863].

trans -Cinnamate 3-monooxygenase
                                                       o -Coumarate hydroxylase
  Cinnamate'O2 0 m-coumarate
                                                         o-Coumarate'O2 0 2; 3-dihydroxycinnamate
This reaction may be involved in orchinol for-
mation from L-phenylalanine in Orchis species          This activity has been found in Pseudomonas
[C734].                                                [A934].

m-Coumarate hydroxylase

m -Coumarate hydroxylase                                   5-O-(4-Coumaroyl)-D-quinate 3?-monooxygenase
  m-Coumarate'O2 0 caffeate
                                                           Daucus carota enzyme, which requires oxygen,
Mouse liver enzyme requires oxygen and
                                                           ascorbate and NADPH but not NADH, is highly
NADPH [A2871].
                                                           specific. The product is chlorogenate [E536].

p -Coumarate 3-monooxygenase (E.C.

  p-Coumarate'O2 0 caffeate                                p -Coumaroyl CoA 4-hydroxylase

Mytilus edulis hydroxyindole oxidase (which                Parsley enzyme is cytosolic, with a sharp opti-
forms pigments from indoles) contains copper               mum at pH 6.5. It requires ascorbate (a specific
and haem iron (1:1 ratio) and catalyzes the above          requirement) and Zn2' or Ca2'. The product is
reaction. It appears to require peroxide, but not a        caffeoyl CoA [F66].
reduced pyridine nucleotide [B314].
   In Helianthus annuus, label is incorporated
from 18O2 into the reaction product [A178].
   Ipomoea batatas root enzyme is monomeric,
molecular weight 33 000, optimum pH 7.0 and                Coumarin 3-hydroxylase
pI 8.3. It hydroxylates p -coumarate,
                                                           This activity has been found in mammalia,
p -coumaroyl-b-D-glucose and p -cresol, but not a
                                                           including beef, gerbil, hamster, man, mouse
range of other phenols. Dopa and caffeate are
                                                           rabbit and rat [A5, G73, G604, H154, J913].
also oxidized, presumably to quinones [F842].
   Mung bean enzyme, optimum pH 5.0, (not a
polyphenol oxidase) is specific for p -coumarate.
It requires oxygen and NAD(P)H, ascorbate or
5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-6,7-dimethylpterin [F45].               Coumarin 7-hydroxylase
   Potato tuber enzyme requires FAD (or FMN)
and NAD(P)H [D964].                                          Coumarin 0 umbelliferone
   Sorghum bicolor leaf enzyme, optimum pH
about 6, requires ascorbate or a reduced pyridine          Cumene hydroperoxide can act as the oxidant for
nucleotide as electron donor. Activity is far              rat and rabbit microsomal enzyme (considered to
higher for catechols than for p -coumarate, but            be P450) [A335]. Another study indicated that the
shows no activity towards tyrosine. It exists as           enzyme is present in liver from man (very active),
many interconvertible polymers, molecular                  mouse, rabbit and guinea pig (less active), but
weights 60 000 Á/1 500 000 [A2433].                        absent from rat liver [D559]. In mouse liver it is
   The reaction is also carried out by mushroom            found in microsomes and mitochondria [F8], the
tyrosinase [H907], Mucuna pruriens                         microsomal enzyme being IIP45015a [F100].
phenoloxidase [E769] and Alnus rubra [A3343].

Ferulate 5-hydroxylase                                     Isoflavone 2?-hydroxylase

Poplar stem enzyme is a P450 enzyme that                   Cicer arietinum microsomal enzyme acts on
requires NADPH; NADH is ineffective. It is                 biochanin A and formononetin with oxygen and
different from cinnamate 4-hydroxylase                     NADPH as co-substrates; NADH is poorly
(E.C. [D179].                                  active [K751].

                                                                                Flavanone 3?-hydroxylase

Flavanone 3?-hydroxylase (flavonoid                        Isoflavone 6- and 8-hydroxylases
3?-monooxygenase, E.C.
                                                           Aspergillus saitoi converts genistein into
Horseradish peroxidase oxidizes naringenin to              8-hydroxygenistein and daidzein into
many products including eriodictyol [A3777].               8-hydroxydaidzein, probably with hydroxylation
  Matthiola incana enzyme is microsomal and                of the aglycones [K155].
requires NADPH. It oxidizes naringenin and                    A partly characterized bacterium converts
dihydrokaempferol [B679].                                  genistein into 4?,5,6,7- and 4?5,7,8-
  Petunia hybrida enzyme (flavonoid 3?,5?-                 tetrahydroxyisoflavones, and biochanin A into
hydroxylase) is found in flower microsomes, and            5,6,7-trihydroxy-4?-methoxyisoflavone [J627].
requires oxygen and NADPH, but not NADH. It
oxidizes naringenin to eriodictyol, and eriodictyol
to 3?,4?,5,5?,7-pentahydroxyflavanone [H310].
  Zea mays enzyme, optimum pH 8.5, is found in             Taxifolin 8-monooxygenase (E.C.
seedling microsomes. It requires oxygen and
NADPH, and oxidizes kaempferol, naringenin                 Pseudomonas enzyme, which forms
and apigenin [D947].                                       dihydrogossypetin is a flavoprotein requiring
  This reaction has also been observed in                  oxygen and NAD(P)H [K917].
Sinningia cardinalis [E570], Verbena hybrida
[D471], parsley [C772], Dianthus caryophyllus
[C392] and in rat liver microsomes [J300].
                                                           Juglone 3-monooxygenase (E.C.

                                                           Pseudomonas putida enzyme is composed of
Isoflavone 3?-hydroxylase (E.C.                two dimeric isozymes, which require oxygen,
                                                           molecular weights 56 000 and 59 000, one of
Cicer arietinum microsomal enzyme acts on                  which is induced by juglone. Further substrates
biochanin A and formononetin to form calycosin             include naphthazarin, 1,4-naphthoquinone and
and pratensein respectively, with oxygen and               2-chloro-1,4-naphthoquinone [K897].
NADPH as co-substrates; NADH is poorly
active. Genistein and daidzein are extremely poor
substrates [K751].
                                                           Cyclopenine 3?-hydroxylase

                                                           Penicillium cyclopium enzyme requires oxygen
Flavanone 4?-hydroxylase
                                                           and a hydrogen donor, e.g. NAD(P)H, ascorbate
This activity has been observed in rat, Absidia,           or tetrahydropteridine to form cyclopenol. It is
Gibberella and Streptomyces [A1512, B222,                  inhibited by cyanide or thiocyanate, but not by
F673, G14].                                                carbon monoxide. It also hydroxylates a number
                                                           of analogues [A1633].

Flavonol 6-hydroxylase
                                                           Dihydrosanguinarine 10-monooxygenase
Chrysosplenium americanum enzyme, molecular                (E.C.
weight 42 000 Á/45 000, requires Fe2' and
a-oxoglutarate. Substrates are 3,4?,7-tri-O-               Eschscholtzia californica enzyme is a microsomal
methylquercetin and 3,4?,7-tri-O-                          P450, specific for position 10. It requires oxygen,
methylquercetagetin [K658].                                not replaceable by peroxide or superoxide [K777].

Dihydrochelirubine 12-monooxygenase

Dihydrochelirubine 12-monooxygenase                        This reaction has been detected in Apocynum,
(E.C.                                          Catharanthus and Conium [A2619].
                                                             Aniline 0 p-aminophenol
Thalictrum bulgaricum enzyme, optimum pH 8.5,
is a microsomal P450, specific for position 12.            Species in which activity has been found in liver
It requires oxygen and NAD(P)H [K776].                     microsomes include bandicoot, beef, bettong,
                                                           kangaroo, man, monkey, mouse, pig, possum,
                                                           quokka, rat, shrew, tree shrew, rainbow trout,
2.1.3 Hydroxylations of xenobiotics                        Boophilus, Cunninghamella and Nephila [A1218,
                                                           A1795, A1997, A2420, A3460, B145, D532, E60,
                                                           J639]. In mammalia the reaction requires three
                                                           factors for maximal activity: cytochrome P450 or
Benzene hydroxylation                                      P448, a reductase and a lipid component
                                                           [A627, A735]. Cumene hydroperoxide can act as
Rat liver mitochondrial enzyme, which requires             the oxidant [A335]. The activity of aniline-4-
NADPH, has a molecular weight of 52 000                    hydroxylase is not detectable in rat before birth.
[F686].                                                    After birth, activity increases 30-fold to a
  Methylococcus capsulatus methane                         maximum at weaning, and then declines until at
monooxygenase (E.C. hydroxylates               six months it has decreased by 90 per cent [A71].
benzene and halobenzenes by a NIH shift                    At birth, the activity is five times greater in
mechanism (products not stated) [F278].                    female than in male rats, with higher activity at
  Many other studies have also detected this               10 than at five weeks age. The development
reaction.                                                  pattern only follows the activity of P450 in broad
                                                           outline [A736].
                                                              Besides P450, catalase, haemoglobin and
m -Cresol hydroxylase                                      myoglobin can catalyse this reaction [B940, D43,
                                                           H614]. Human and sheep erythrocytes oxidize
Penicillium patulum enzyme acts on m -cresol to            aniline to p -aminophenol, with NADPH as co-
form methylquinol, as well as to form                      substrate; the enzyme appears to be oxyhaemo-
m -hydroxybenzyl alcohol. The enzyme, optimum              globin [B64]. Human foetal haemoglobin is more
pH 7.5, is a P450, which requires oxygen and               active than adult haemoglobin [B145]. Other
NADPH, and is inhibited by carbon monoxide                 substrates hydroxylated are o - and
and cytochrome c. m -Cresol is a precursor of the          m -toluidine and N-methylaniline, and associated
antibiotic patulin, the formation of which                 reactions involve N- and O-demethylation
requires both ring hydoxylation and side chain             [D135]. Ferrihaemoglobin a-chains are less active
oxidation as well as ring fission and lactonisation        than b-chains [D283]. Methaemoglobin is also
[A1468].                                                   active [D43]. In haemoglobin and
                                                           methaemoglobin hydroxylation of aniline,
                                                           ascorbate and dihydrofumarate can replace
Aniline hydroxylations                                     NADH as electron donor [D557].

  Aniline 0 o-aminophenol
This reaction has been detected in beef, mouse,
pig, rat, sheep, rainbow trout, Boophilus and              Chlorobenzene hydroxylation
Nephila [A1795, A2788, A3460, D532, E60,
J582].                                                     Rat liver forms all three chlorophenols from
                                                           chlorobenzene. Pre-treatment with
  Aniline 0 m-aminophenol                                  3-methylcholanthrene induces o -hydroxylation,

                                                                          Chlorophenol 4-monoxygenase

whereas phenobarbital induces the formation of             5-Hydroxyisophthalate 4-hydroxylase
all three phenols [A2320].
   Methylococcus capsulatus soluble methane                Bacterium enzyme, which is highly specific, is a
monooxygenase (E.C. hydroxylates               flavoprotein containing FAD that cannot be
chlorobenzene and a number of analogues by a               replaced by FMN; it requires NAD(P)H [A2985].
NIH shift mechanism [F278].

                                                           Hydroxylation of phenoxyacetate
Chlorophenol 4-monoxygenase
                                                           Aspergillus niger hydroxylates phenoxyacetate in
Burkholderia cepacia chlorophenol                          o - and p -positions; oat and pea hydroxylate in
4-monooxygenase not only catalyzes the forma-              the p -position. Arene oxides are postulated
tion of benzoates from benzaldehydes, but also             intermediates [A2849].
the formation of o -hydroxybenzaldehydes, for
instance with syringaldehyde as substrate. The
reaction involves a NIH shift of the formyl group
                                                           Biphenyl hydroxylations
                                                              Biphenyl 0 2-; 3- and 4-hydroxybiphenyl;
                                                                and dihydroxybiphenyls
2,4-Dichlorophenol hydroxylase (E.C.
                                                           Hamster liver enzyme is a mixture of P450 and
                                                           P448; 2-hydroxylation is induced preferentially by
Acinetobacter enzyme is a homotetramer, mole-
                                                           phenobarbital, and 3-methylcholanthrene in-
cular weight 240 000 and optimum pH 7.6; it
                                                           duces 2- and 4- monohydroxylations [A323].
requires FAD and NADPH, but NADH is not so
                                                           Carbon monoxide, SKF 525A and NADH
effective; FMN and riboflavin are inactive. It also
                                                           inhibit 4-hydroxylation [A11].
acts on p -chlorophenol and 4-chloro-2-
                                                              Rat liver 2-hydroxylation (but not 3- and
methylphenol, but some non-substrate
                                                           4-hydroxylation) is induced by corticosteroids,
chlorophenols induce the reduction of oxygen to
                                                           especially by betamethasone. 4-Hydroxylation is,
peroxide [C232].
                                                           quantitatively, most important, and
   Proteobacteria enzyme, molecular weight
                                                           3-hydroxylation the least [A3680]. All three
256 000, subunit molecular weight 65 000, pI 5.2
                                                           monohydroxylations are induced by
and optimum pH 8.0, requires NAD(P)H; the
                                                           3-methylcholanthrene [B195, A3680], and 3- and
product is 3,5-dichlorocatechol. It has a broad
                                                           4-hydroxylation by phenobarbital [A2371,
specificity, but not for compounds in which both
                                                           A3680]. The reaction system involves P450,
ortho positions are blocked [J466].
                                                           NADPH and NADPH-cytochrome c reductase;
   Pseudomonas cepacia enzyme is a
                                                           NADPH and reductase can be replaced by
homotetrameric flavoprotein, monomeric mole-
                                                           cumene hydroperoxide [A2371].
cular weight 69 000 that requires FAD and
                                                              Rabbit intestinal and liver microsomal enzyme
NADPH; NADH is not so effective [G221].
                                                           activity increases two- to four-fold from nine days
                                                           after birth to the adult level [A1980].
                                                              Avocado mesocarp 2-hydroxylase is found in
4-Nitrophenol 2-monooxygenase (E.C.            both microsomal and cytosolic fractions;
                                                           microsomal activity is increased by pre-
Nocardia enzyme, optimum pH 7.3, is soluble,               incubation with safrole or 3,4-benzpyrene.
requires oxygen, NAD(P)H and FAD. It is                    Activity in both fractions is only slightly inhibited
inducible, inactivated on dialysis and is somewhat         by classical P450 inhibitors such as carbon
unstable, even when frozen [D182].                         monoxide or SKF 525A [A11].

Benzpyrene hydroxylases

Benzpyrene hydroxylases                                     females, but there are only small sex differences in
                                                            man, rabbit and guinea pig [A313]. Rat liver
The intense interest in this and related enzyme             microsomal enzyme activity is reduced by
activities is consequential to the central role that        extraction with organic solvents [A331].
3,4-benzpyrene plays in the aetiology of human                In rabbit, the liver enzyme activity remains low
lung cancer.                                                up to 16 days after birth, and then increases to or
   Several publications have briefly reported on            above the adult level at about 30 days [A1980].
benzpyrene hydroxylase without specifying the
site of hydroxylation. Many publications (see
                                                            2-Hydroxybiphenyl 3-monooxygenase
3,4-Benzpyrene) report on 3-hydroxylation, but a
significant number additionally report
hydroxylation at positions 1 (rat, man and sole,
                                                            Pseudomonas azelaica enzyme, pI 6.3, is a
e.g [A458, C473, J94]), 4 (rat [C204]), 7 (rat, man,        homotetramer, molecular weight 256 000 and
mouse and scup, e.g. [A458, B122, D965, G445]),             monomeric molecular weight 60 000, each
8 (rainbow trout [A1424]) and 9 (rat, monkey,               monomer containing one mol of unbound FAD.
hamster, rabbit, mouse, man and Saccharomyces,              It requires NADH and oxygen; the latter is
e.g. [A458, A2327, A2379, A2814, A3326, A3412,              incorporated into the substrate. Other
A3681]). 3-Hydroxylation (E.C. occurs            2-hydroxybiphenyls and substituted phenols are
in a large range of species, including man, rat             also substrates. Uncoupling of the reaction
[A13], monkey [A1869], tree shrew, pig [A1997],             results in the formation of peroxide [E960, J392].
rabbit [A2729], camel [H103], quokka, kangaroo,
bandicoot, [A2420], mouse [A3681], guinea pig
[B82], pigeon, crow, kite, egret [C307], trout              D-Amphetamine    hydroxylation
[A2145], goldfish, bullhead [D465], bluegill
[E480], scup [D965], sole [G374], killifish [B259],         Rat liver activity is mainly microsomal, but some
mullet [C141], barnacle [B744], Saccharomyces               is mitochondrial. Microsomal activity requires
[A3326] and Candida [B775].                                 NADPH, with a fairly sharp optimum at pH 7.0
   Studies on monohydroxylation of benzpyrene               [A77].
and other polynuclear hydrocarbons is compli-
cated by the ready dehydration of dihydrodiols
under acid conditions to monophenols; the for-              Indole-3-butyrate 4-hydroxylation
mer are metabolic products formed by hydration
of epoxides generated in metabolism of                      Bupleurum and Phytolacca enzymes, molecular
polynuclear hydrocarbons. In rat, it has been               weights 10 000 Á/12 000 (both native and
suggested that at least some 3-hydroxybenzpyrene            denatured) and optimum pH 5 Á/6, hydroxylate
is formed by a spontaneous rearrangement of                 the indole nucleus [J838].
benzpyrene-2,3-oxide [A3277].
   In man, 3-hydroxylation has been described in
bronchus [A13], placenta, [A114], lung [A1644],             Carbostyril formation from quinolines
liver [A2379], blood [B122], hair follicle [B350],
bladder [C138], hepatoma [E480], melanocyte                 Rat and guinea pig liver aldehyde oxidase
[G360] and P450 isozymes [H10]. Placental                   (E.C. oxidize several N-
enzyme is largely microsomal [A985].                        alkylquinoliniums and analogues. N-Methyl-
   In man and rat, liver enzyme is primarily                and N-phenylquinolinium both form the
microsomal, and is activated by low molecular               corresponding carbostyrils and 4-quinolones,
weight cofactors. In man, the activity is twice as          and a similar reaction has been observed with
high in smokers compared with non-smokers. In               N-methylphenanthridinium and N-methyl-5,6-
rat, activity is three times higher in males than in        benzoquinolinium [D147].

                                                                          Quinaldine 4-oxidoreductase

   Comamonas testosteroni quinoline                      molecular weights 85 000, 35 000 and 21 000. It
2-oxidoreductase, molecular weight 360 000, is           contains eight mol of Fe, two Mo, and two FAD;
composed of subunits, molecular weights 87 000,          molybdopterin cytosine dinucleotide is required
32 000 and 22 000, and contains molybdenum,              for activity. Carbostyrils are formed from
iron, acid labile sulphur, FAD and molybdopterin         quinoline, 4-carboxyquinoline, 4-chloroquinoline
cytosine dinucleotide [K769].                            and 4-methylquinoline [G778].
   Pseudomonas putida quinoline
oxidoreductase, molecular weight 300 000 is
composed of subunits, molecular weights 85 000,
                                                         4-Hydroxyquinoline 3-monooxygenase
30 000 and 20 000. It contains eight Fe and two
FAD/mol as well as molybdopterin cytosine
dinucleotide. Other substrates are 5-, 6-, 7- and
                                                         Pseudomonas putida enzyme is a trimer, mole-
8-hydroxyquinoline, and 8-chloroquinoline; the
                                                         cular weight 126 000. It requires oxygen and
product from quinoline is carbostyril [F856,
                                                         NADH, and it is specific for 1H -4-oxoquinoline
G151, K766].
   Rhodococcus quinoline 2-oxidoreductase
(E.C., optimum pH 9.5, molecular
weight 300 000, monomeric molecular weights
82 000, 32 000 and 18 000, contains molybdenum,          2-Hydroxyquinoline 8-monooxygenase
iron, acid labile sulphur, FAD and molybdopterin         (E.C.
cytosine dinucleotide. Further substrates include
quinolines substituted with hydroxyl, methyl and         Pseudomonas putida enzyme is a highly specific
chloro groups [K767].                                    two-component system. One is a yellow reduc-
   This reaction has also been detected in               tase, molecular weight 38 000 which contains
Nocardia [E694] and Desulfobacterium [H917].             FAD and [2 Fe-2 S] units. It transfers electrons to
                                                         an oxygenase, a homohexamer, monomeric
                                                         molecular weight 55 000, and contains about six
Quinaldine 4-oxidoreductase                              [2 Fe-2 S] units and additional Fe. The oxygenase
                                                         requires the reductase, oxygen and NADH for
Rat and guinea pig liver aldehyde oxidase forms          activity, and activity is enhanced by polyethylene
4-quinolones (see Carbostyril formation, above)          glycol and Fe2' [K778].
   Arthrobacter enzyme, molecular weight
340 000 and monomeric molecular weights                  Isoquinoline 1-oxidoreductase (E.C.
82 000, 35 000 and 22 000, contains molybdenum,
iron and FAD. Molybdenum is present as                   Pseudomonas diminuta enzyme is dimeric,
molybdopterin cytosine dinucleotide. It forms            monomeric molecular weight 16 000 and 80 000,
4(1H )-quinolones from several quinolines,               and pI in the range 6.2 Á/6.8. It contains
and isoquinolines and analogues form the                 molybdenum, iron, acid labile sulphur, phosphate
corresponding 1(2H )-oxo compounds. Aldehydes            and cytosine monophosphate (probably as
are also substrates [G803, J33].                         molybdopterin cytosine dinucleotide), but no
                                                         FAD. It requires an electron acceptor, but not
                                                         oxygen or NAD, and acts on isoquinoline and
Quinoline-4-carboxylate 2-oxidoreductase                 quinazoline (to form 1- and 4-oxo compounds,
(E.C.                                         respectively) as well as analogues; quinolines are
                                                         not substrates [K765]. DNA sequencing indicates
An enzyme in Agrobacterium species, molecular            monomeric molecular weights of 16 399 and
weight 320 000, is composed of subunits,                 84 249 for the monomers [K764].

Debrisoquine 4-hydroxylase

Debrisoquine 4-hydroxylase                                 hydroxyquinol with the release of carbon dioxide
Human enzyme is microsomal, requiring
NADPH. It is not found in all human subjects
[C324].                                                    Salicylate 1-monooxygenase (E.C.
  Rat liver microsomal enzyme has been purified
as a specific P450. It also N- and O-dealkylates             e:g: Salicylate 0 catechol'CO2
other compounds [D98].
                                                           Pseudomonas putida enzyme is a monomer,
                                                           molecular weight 54 000. The amino acid com-
Hydroxylation with internal hydroxyl transfer              position and the terminal amino acids have been
                                                           determined [A1216]. Another study using a
Horse liver alcohol dehydrogenase (E.C.           different strain found a molecular weight of
acts on 2-hydroxylaminofluorene to form                    45 000, with a different amino acid composition
2-amino-1- and 3-hydroxyfluorene [H291].                   [F658]. The reaction requires oxygen and NADH,
  Comamonas enzyme reduces 1-chloro-                       with carbon dioxide as the second product.
4-nitrobenzene anaerobically to 2-amino-                   Salicylaldehyde is also a substrate, and this
5-chlorophenol, suggesting that there is an initial        releases formate [B751]. By using specifically
reduction to the hydroxylamine, followed by a              ring-labelled salicylate it has been found that
Bamberger rearrangement, with hydroxyl                     decarboxylation and hydroxylation with
migration to form the final product [K80].                 P. cepacia enzyme occur at the same carbon atom
                                                           [B883]. It is an inducible enzyme [E287]. A
                                                           Pseudomonas enzyme also acts on 3- and
2.1.4 Hydroxylation with elimination of substituent        5-chlorosalicylate and 3,5-dichlorosalicylate
4-Hydroxybenzoate 1-hydroxylase                               Trichosporon cutaneum enzyme, molecular
(decarboxylating) (E.C.                        weight 45 300 and optimum pH 7.5, contains
                                                           FAD. It also acts on salicylates substituted with a
Candida parapsilosis enzyme is a monomer,                  hydroxyl group at positions 3, 4, 5 and 6, an
molecular weight 50 000 and optimum pH 8                   amino or chloro group at 4 or 5, a methyl at 4, or
containing FAD, which requires oxygen and                  a methoxy or fluoro at 5 [D232].
NAD(P)H. Quinol is formed, with molecular                     This reaction has been found to occur non-
oxygen incorporated into the new hydroxyl group.           enzymatically in rat, catalysed by free radicals
It also acts on a range of ring-substituted                formed by the parkinsonism-inducing ion MPP'
4-hydroxybenzoates [J461].                                 [J681]. In rat liver the formation of catechol and
   This reaction has also been found in                    other products from salicylate is catalysed by the
Pycnoporus cinnabarinus [D569].                            action of hydroxyl free radicals rather than by the
                                                           direct action of a decarboxylating hydroxylase
Gentisate 1-hydroxylase (decarboxylating)

Trichosporon cutaneum acts on gentisate to form
                                                           Vanillate 1-hydroxylase (decarboxylating)
hydroxyquinol [B368].
                                                           Sporotrichum pulverulentum enzyme acts on
3,4-Dihydroxybenzoate 1-hydroxylase                        vanillate, protocatechuate, gallate, 2,4-
(decarboxylating)                                          dihydroxybenzoate and p -hydroxybenzoate.
                                                           Homovanillate and 2,3,4-trihydroxybenzoate are
Trichosporon cutaneum enzyme is highly specific.           less effective as substrates, whereas gentisate,
It requires oxygen and NADH, and forms                     syringate, ferulate, veratrate and p -methoxy-

                                                                   4-Hydroxyisophthalate hydroxylase

benzoate are poor substrates, and benzoate and            some conditions 3-hydroxyanthranilate is also
m -methoxybenzoate are not substrates. The pro-           formed; this requires a reducing agent that acts
duct from vanillate is methoxyquinol [B73]. The           on imines [C393, E270].
enzyme has a molecular weight of 65 000 and                 Aspergillus niger, molecular weight 44 000,
requires NADPH and FAD for maximal activity.              pI 5.36 and optimum pH 8.2, requires FAD and
Tiron, Cu2', Ag', Hg2' and p -chloromercuri-              Fe2'. It is inhibited by Cu2', o -phenanthroline
benzoate are inhibitory, whereas EDTA,                    and p -chloromercuribenzoate. Another activity
diethyldithiocarbamate and Fe3' are not.                  associated with this enzyme is anthranilate
Further substrates are 3,4-dihydroxy-5-                   3-hydroxylation [A778, B327, D231].
methoxybenzoate and 2,4,6-trihydroxybenzoate                This reaction has also been observed in
[C57].                                                    Aspergillus soyae [A1299].
  Phanerochaete chrysosporium enzyme,
optimum pH 7.5 Á/8.5, requires NAD(P)H and
oxygen, and is cytosolic [B312].
                                                          Anthranilate hydroxylase (with deamination and
                                                          decarboxylation; E.C.
4-Hydroxyisophthalate hydroxylase
                                                          Pseudomonas cepacia 2-halobenzoate
Pseudomonas enzyme, which is different from               1,2-dioxygenase acts on anthranilate and other
p -hydroxybenzoate hydroxylase, is a homodimer,           benzoates with a considerable range of
molecular weight 103 000, containing one mol of           substituents [G434].
FAD, with protocatechuate as the reaction pro-              Trichosporon cutaneum enzyme, molecular
duct. It also acts on 5-sulphosalicylate at a much        weight 94 000 and optimum pH 7.7, appears to be
lower rate; other compounds are not substrates.           a dimer. Substrates are anthranilate and
It is inhibited by substrate analogues and                N-methylanthranilate; some benzoates are
thiol-binding compounds, and is stabilized by             non-substrate effectors, with the formation of
thiols [A3066].                                           peroxide from oxygen [C393].
                                                            This reaction has been observed in
                                                          Micrococcus, Aspergillus soyae and
Aniline oxidation to catechol                             Pseudomonas pyrrocinia [A1299, C120, D56].

Nocardia carries out this reaction, with the
incorporation of molecular oxygen; a cyclic
peroxide intermediate has been suggested                  4-Aminobenzoate hydroxylase (E.C.
                                                            4-Aminobenzoate 0 p-aminophenol'CO2
                                                          Agaricus bisporus enzyme, molecular weight
Anthranilate 3-monooxygenase (deaminating)
                                                          49 000, pI 6.0 and optimum pH 6 Á/8 (partly
(E.C.; formerly E.C.
                                                          dependent on cofactor), contains about one mol
                                                          of FAD. It requires oxygen and NAD(P)H. Other
  Anthranilate 0 pyrocatechuate
                                                          substrates include aminobenzoates and
Trichosporon cutaneum enzyme, molecular                   p -hydroxybenzoate. Unlike 4-aminobenzoate,
weight 95 000 and monomeric molecular weight              these substrates also form peroxide
50 000, contains two mol of FAD and exhibits a            non-stoichiometrically, whereas peroxide is
sharp optimum pH at 7.7. The oxygen in position           formed stoichiometrically relative to cofactor
2 comes from water, and in position 3 from                oxidation in the presence of other benzoates that
molecular oxygen. Other substrates are                    are not substrates. Neither FMN nor riboflavin
N-methyl- and N,N-dimethylanthranilate. Under             can replace FAD [D770, E162].

2-Aminobenzenesulphonate 2,3-dioxygenase

2-Aminobenzenesulphonate 2,3-dioxygenase                 Dechlorination with concomitant hydroxylation by
(E.C.                                        microorganisms

Alcaligenes enzyme is monomeric, molecular               a. 4-Chlorobenzoate dehalogenase (E.C.
weight 42 000, and requires two oxygen molecules
                                                           p-Halobenzoate 0 p-hydroxybenzoate
to form 2,3-dihydroxybenzenesulphonate.
Maximal activity is found near the end of the            Studies have found that this reaction occurs in
exponential growth phase [H239, K775].                   three stages: conjugation with CoA
   Alcaligenes enzyme, molecular weight 134 000          (E.C. followed by dehalogenation
according to another study, is composed of two           (E.C. and hydrolysis (E.C.
pairs of monomers, monomeric molecular                   [K191]; detailed information is found under these
weights 45 000 and 16 000, with one [2Fe-2S]             headings.
centre associated with each of the larger chains.           An Arthrobacter enzyme, optimum pH 6.8, is
Inhibition by o -phenanthroline indicates the            activated by Mn2' and inhibited by peroxide.
presence of another Fe-binding site. The                 Other substrates are p -fluoro- and
N-terminal sequences have been determined. The           p -bromobenzoates [D544]. Another study claims
product formed from 2-aminobenzenesulphonate             that although p -iodobenzoate is a substrate
is 2,3-dihydroxybenzenesulphonamide. Other               p -fluorobenzoate is not, nor are
substrates are benzenesulphonate, and benzene-           p -chlorophenylacetate or p -chlorocinnamate. The
sulphonates substituted with nitro, amino, chloro        molecular weight is about 45 000 and the
and hydroxyl groups; the reaction products from          optimum pH 7 Á/7.5. Unlike all other similar
these compounds were not identified [K293].              dehydrogenases reported at the time it is not
                                                         inhibited by EDTA or activated by Mn2' [E752].
                                                            A Pseudomonas dehalogenase requires ATP,
                                                         CoA and Mg2' [G205]. The incorporated oxygen
4-Sulphobenzoate 3,4-dioxygenase                         comes entirely from water, indicating that mole-
(E.C.                                         cular oxygen is not involved [D473] (but see b.
                                                         below). This enzyme, optimum pH 7 Á/7.5, is
Comamonas testosteroni contains two isozymes.            activated by Mn2' or Co2' , and is inhibited by
One is a red dimer, monomeric molecular weight           EDTA. It acts on chloro-, bromo- and
50 000, and the other a yellow monomer, mole-            iodobenzoates, but not on p -fluorobenzoate
cular weight 36 000, with NADH and Fe2' as               [E359].
cofactors. The enzyme is highly specific, forming
sulphite and protocatechuate. The reaction does          b. p-Chlorobenzoyl CoA dehalogenase
not appear to involve two steps or to involve an         (E.C.
intermediate dihydrodiol [G244].
   Pseudomonas putida oxidizes benzenesulpho-              p-Chlorobenzoyl CoA 0
nate to catechol and p -toluenesulphonate to                  p-hydroxybenzoyl CoA
4-methylcatechol [J657]. The same reaction is
observed in Alcaligenes [H297].                          This is the second step in the reaction sequence
                                                         leading to the oxidative dehalogenation of
                                                         p -chlorobenzoate.
                                                            Pseudomonas 4-chlorobenzoyl CoA
Salicylaldehyde hydroxylation                            dehalogenase also acts on the bromo- and
                                                         iodo- analogues, but not on the fluoro- analogue
Pig liver microsomal flavin-containing                   [G920, H645]. About 75 per cent of the
monooxygenase-1 forms catechol and formate in            incorporated oxygen comes from molecular
equimolecular amounts from salicylaldehyde               oxygen, and the remainder from water [H216].
[H482].                                                  It is a homotetramer with high temperature

                                                               Dechlorination with catechol formation

stability, molecular weight 120 000, pI 6.7 and           This Pseudomonas activity involves a two-
optimum pH 10 [H645, K191].                               component, intensely red-brown enzyme system.
   Acinetobacter enzyme also acts on                      One of the enzymes is a homotrimer, molecular
bromo-analogues [G896].                                   weight 140 000 and pI 5.0. In the reaction two
   Arthrobacter enzyme is a tetramer, monomeric           oxygen atoms are incorporated from molecular
molecular weight 33 000, pI 6.1 and optimum               oxygen [E163].
pH 8, with a stability range pH 6.5 Á/10. It also
acts on the fluoro-, bromo- and iodo- analogues,          d. 2,4,6-Trichlorophenol 4-monooxygenase
but not on o - and m - chloro analogues [H279].
                                                          Azotobacter enzyme is a homotetramer,
c. Chlorophenol 4-monooxygenase                           molecular weight 240 000, which forms 2,6-
                                                          dichloroquinol from 2,4,6-trichlorophenol. It
Burkholderia enzyme is a two-component system.            requires FAD, and utilizes one mol of oxygen and
One is a reductase, molecular weight 22 000 that          two mol of NADH. Other substrates include a
contains FAD, and the other has a molecular               range of para -chlorinated or brominated phenols;
weight of 58 000. The reaction requires oxygen            o -chlorophenol is a poor substrate [H884].
and NADH. 2,4,5-Trichlorophenol is oxidized
to 2,5-dichloroquinol and then to 5-
chloro-2-hydroxyquinol. Other substrates are              Pentachlorophenol monooxygenase
2,3,5,6-tetrachlorophenol, 2,4,6-trichlorophenol          (E.C.
and 2,5-dichlorophenol [J177].
                                                          Arthrobacter enzyme, optimum pH 7.5, is
Dechlorination with catechol formation                    stimulated by EDTA and requires NADPH and
                                                          oxygen, with formation of tetrachloroquinol.
a. 2-Chlorobenzoate 1,2-dioxygenase                       Other substrates include 2,3,4- 2,4,5-, and
(E.C.                                         2,4,6-trichlorophenol, and 2,3,4,5-tetrachloro-
                                                          phenol, but other analogues are not substrates
Pseudomonas cepacia forms pyrocatechuate from             [K750].
2-chlorobenzoate [F401].                                     A Flavobacterium enzyme, molecular weight
b. 2-Halobenzoate 1,2-dioxygenase                         63 000, pI 4.3 and optimum pH 7.5 Á/8.5, can exist
                                                          as polymeric forms. The monomer is a
  o-Halobenzoate 0 catechol
                                                          flavoprotein containing one mol of FAD, and the
Pseudomonas cepacia enzyme is composed of                 reaction requires two mol of NADPH. It
two protein fractions, and acts on a range of             hydroxylates pentachlorophenol to
o -halobenzoates as well as other o -substituted          tetrachloroquinol [G272].
benzoates. In many instances the products have               Sphingomonas pentachlorophenol
not been identified, but benzoate, o -toluate,            4-monooxygenase, which requires NADPH, is a
m -hydroxybenzoate and p -hydroxybenzoate form            flavoprotein, molecular weight predicted to be
benzoate-1,2-dihydrodiol, o -cresol, gentisate and        59 993 with 538 amino acid residues by DNA
quinol respectively; in none of these compounds           studies. Other substrates include 4-nitrocatechol
is there a readily displaceable ortho substituent,        and p -nitrophenol [K73].
which drives the reaction in a different direction
                                                          Quinol formation from para substituted phenols
c. 4-Chlorophenylacetate 3,4-dioxygenase
(E.C.                                          Rat liver microsomes form quinol from phenols
                                                          substituted in the para position with nitro, cyano,
  p-Chlorophenylacetate 0                                 hydroxymethyl, acetyl, benzoyl or halide groups.
     3; 4-dihydroxyphenylacetate                          Results from experiments using 18O2 suggest that

Defluorination with catechol formation

the initial reaction is the formation of a                heat inactivation, but is stabilized by substrate.
4-hydroxy-1-oxo-2,5-diene, involving oxygen               It also acts on a range of other o -nitrophenols,
transport by the Fe in the enzyme. This inter-            but not all o -nitrophenols are substrates [E607,
mediate may then either form quinol directly, by          H65, K898].
elimination of the substituent (as a positively
charged ion) from the 4-position, or the forma-
tion of p -quinone, with the substituent forming a        2,4-Dinitrotoluene 3,4-dioxygenase
negatively charged ion. Trapping experiments
suggest that both mechanisms may occur,                     2; 4-Dinitrotoluene'O2 0
depending on the identity of the substituent. In                4-methyl-5-nitrocatechol'nitrite
the case of p -cresol the side chain is not
eliminated; instead there is a NIH shift to form          A Pseudomonas enzyme catalyzes this reaction
toluquinol [J81].                                         [G407, J524].

Defluorination with catechol formation                    p -Nitrophenol hydroxylation

Pseudomonas converts 3-fluorinated compounds                p-Nitrophenol'O2 0 quinol'nitrite
into the corresponding 2,3-dihydroxy analogues.
                                                          Penicillium chrysogenum enzyme is found in a
Although fluorobenzene is not a substrate,
                                                          membrane fraction. It requires oxygen and
toluene, anisole, fluorobenzene, chlorobenzene,
                                                          NAD(P)H, and is stimulated by FAD; the oxygen
bromobenzene, iodobenzene, benzonitrile and
                                                          atom is incorporated from molecular oxygen
benzyl alcohol fluorinated at position 3 are
substrates [F76].
                                                             Moraxella forms quinol and nitrite from
                                                          p -nitrophenol [G153].
2-Nitrotoluene 2,3-dioxygenase

  2-Nitrotoluene'O2 0 3-methylcatechol                    4-Nitrocatechol hydroxylation
                                                          Sphingomonas pentachlorophenol
Pseudomonas enzyme is a three-component                   4-monooxygenase (see above) oxidizes
system which forms 3-methylcatechol as well as            4-nitrocatechol to hydroxyquinol, and
o -nitrobenzyl alcohol from 2-nitrotoluene (the           p -nitrophenol (poorly) to quinol, with the
best substrate). A series of other nitrotoluenes          release of nitrite [K73].
and nitrobenzene are also catechol-forming sub-              Bacillus sphaericus and Arthrobacter enzymes
strates. Both oxygen atoms are incorporated from          form hydroxyquinol with the release of nitrite
molecular oxygen [H344, J524].                            [H270, J679].

2-Nitrophenol 2-monooxygenase (E.C.
                                                          6-Nitrobenzo[a ]pyrene hydroxylation
  o-Nitrophenol'O2 0 catechol'nitrite
Pseudomonas forms catechol and nitrite from               Rat lung and liver catalyse the conversion of
o -nitrophenol [E726]. P. putida enzyme, molecu-          6-nitrobenzo[a ]pyrene into
lar weight 58 000 Á/65 000, optimal activity and          6-hydroxybenzo[a ]pyrene, also with the
optimum stability at pH 7.5 Á/8.0, requires               formation of a trace of benzpyrene [E467]. The
NADPH and oxygen. It is activated by Mg2' or              same reaction has been observed in mouse
Mn2', but not by flavins. It is very sensitive to         [E971].

                                                                            Monophenol monooxygenase

2.2 Formation of quinones and analogues from                2.2.1. Tyrosinase and unspecified types.
catechols, quinols and other precursors
                                                            a. Plant and fungal enzymes
Monophenol monooxygenase (E.C.
                                                            Apple enzyme is composed of isozymes, molecu-
Tyrosinase (classically from mushroom or skin               lar weights 46 000, 120 000, 460 000 and 800 000.
melanocytes), polyphenol oxidase (from potato)              They are considered to be polymers of a common
and laccase (E.C.; originally from the             monomer [A1133].
lacquer tree) are old classifications for enzymes              Amasya apple enzyme contains three isozymes,
that are now grouped together under the heading             with optima at pH 6.6 Á/9.0, dependent on the
of Monophenol Monooxygenase, although these                 substrate; substrates are catechol,
classifications are still commonly found in the             4-methylcatechol, pyrogallol and L-dopa [H567].
literature. In the current section, this classifica-           Four Arachis peroxidase isozymes, which
tion (except polyphenol oxidase) has been used              additionally exhibit polyphenol oxidase activity
because it is still in such common use. They are            towards L-dopa, have optima at pH 7.6, 8.0, 8.0
all copper-containing enzymes, but they                     and 8.0 [A2519].
differ in specificity; laccases preferentially                 Artichoke enzyme, molecular weight 116 000,
oxidize p -phenylenediamine relative to oxidation           pI 4.5, and broad optimum pH 5 Á/8 is activated
of catechols to quinones, but they differ from              by Cu2' and Fe3' . Substrates include catechol,
tyrosinase in that they do not oxidize tyrosine to          caffeate and 5-O-caffeoylquinate [F664].
dopa. However, the distinctions between these                  Avocado cultivars show different isozyme
classes of enzyme are not clear-cut.                        patterns. Two cultivars each contain six major
   One study with o - and p -diphenol oxidases              isozymes and probably some trace components,
(considered to be catecholases and laccases                 and a third cultivar contains a smaller number of
respectively) from apple, banana, Agaricus,                 isozymes. It would appear that some isozymes are
Glomerella, Sclerotina (o -oxidases), peach,                cultivar-specific. They oxidize L-dopa and other
spruce, Botrytis, Coriolus, Trametes, Glomerella            catechols [A1636].
and Rhus (p -oxidases) distinguishes between the               Banana fruit pulp contains a soluble enzyme
activites on the basis of the following parameters:         that acts on catechol, but with rapid inactivation.
                                                            Denaturation above 708 has an activation energy
Some distinguishing features between catechol               of 85 000 cal/mol; at lower temperatures a slower
oxidase and laccase                                         inactivation occurs, activation energy 18 000
                                                            cal/mol [A212]. More detailed studies have
Test                   Catechol        Laccase
                                                            demonstrated nine isozymes separable by
                                                            electrophoresis in the inner pulp, eight in the
Catechols           Oxidized           Oxidized             outer pulp and 10 in the skin. They all act on
Quinols             Zero or poor       Oxidized             catechol, but each has its own pattern of
                    oxidation                               specificity towards 4-methylcatechol, dopamine,
p -Phenylenediamine Zero or poor       Oxidized             pyrogallol, d -catechin, caffeate and DL-dopa.
p -Cresol           Orange-red         Á/                   Two in the inner pulp, and one in the outer pulp
                    pigment*                                act on L-tyrosine. Inhibitors include
1-Naphthol          Á/               Purple                 diethyldithiocarbamate, cyanide, metabisulphite,
                                     colour*                mercaptoethanol, propane-1,2-dithiol and
Cinnamates             Inhibitory    No inhibition          mercaptoethanol [A218].
PVP                    Inhibitory    No inhibition             Cabbage phloroglucinol oxidase, molecular
Cationic detergents    No inhibition Inhibitory
Dodecyl sulphate       Activates     No action              weight 39 000Á/40 000, which oxidizes
                                                            phloroglucinol and phloroglucinolcarboxylate
* with whole microorganisms [A3974].                        (the reaction products are unclear) additionally

Monophenol monooxygenase

shows peroxidase properties towards guaiacol,                found. Only high molecular weight forms exhibit
with optimum pH 7.6 and 6.4 for these reactions              monophenol oxidase activity [A2997, A3190].
respectively. Catechols are not substrates for the              A spinach phenoloxidase is a monomer, mole-
oxidase activity. It is moderately stable at 1008            cular weight 36 000. It dimerizes in the presence
[H412].                                                      of 5 mM pyrocatechualdehyde without loss of
   Helianthus (sunflower) enzyme exhibits optima             activity; other aldehydes are ineffective. On
at pH 5.3, 5.8, 6.0 and 6.5, with best stability             freezing, it polymerizes [A1735]. Root enzyme
between pH 5.5 and 7 [A2152, A2153].                         develops after germination and differs from two
   Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato) enzyme is                  chloroplast oxidases [A1730].
composed of 12 isozymes, optimum pH 6 Á/6.5                     Sugar cane enzyme is composed of two
[F208].                                                      fractions, molecular weight 32 000 and 130 000,
   Longan (Dimocarpus longan) fruit peel                     both with broad optima between pH 4.5 and 7.5.
enzyme, optimum pH 6.5, acts on pyrogallol,                  It acts on chlorogenate, a better substrate than
catechol and 4-methylcatechol, but not on                    caffeate or L-dopa. Thiols, especially
chlorogenate, p -cresol, resorcinol or tyrosine.             thioglycollate, inhibit non-competitively [A180].
It is inhibited by glutathione, cysteine, thiourea,             Tea catechol oxidase, optimum pH 5.7 and
Fe2', Sn2', and is activated by Mn2' and Cu2'                pI 4.1, acts on catechol, pyrogallol and a series of
[K96].                                                       catecholic flavonoids. Flavonoid gallate esters
   Green olive enzyme, molecular weight 42 000,              undergo oxidative degallation. A flavanol gallate
has been separated into seven to nine bands of               oxidase exhibits pI 9.6 [A972] and contains Fe2'
activity by isoelectric focussing, with pI 5, 5.6 and        [A1004]. In another study six isozymes were
7 for the main bands, and pI 4.8 Á/5.6 for the               detected, optimum pH 6.2 Á/6.6 [A1128].
remainder. They act on catechols including                      Vitis vinifera (grape) enzyme is devoid of
DL-dopa, dopamine and catechol, but                          laccase activity. Substrates include
monophenols are not substrates. Inhibition                   4-methylcatechol, ('/)-catechin, caffeate,
(in decreasing order, at 10 (3 Á/10 (5 M) is                 chlorogenate, and caffeoyltartrate. p- Coumarate
brought about by diethyldithiocarbamate,                     and p -coumaroyltartrate, but not quinol are
2-mercaptoethanol, bisulphite, thiourea and                  substrates [E458]. It exists as multiple forms,
8-hydroxyquinoline. Halides inhibit at higher                eight having been detected [A1038], and
concentration, and chloride inhibition is strongly           pI 4.7, 4.9 and 5.2 [A208]. Kinetic studies indicate
pH-dependent [A2360].                                        random binding of 4-methylcatechol and oxygen
   Pear enzyme (Bartlett) contains two isozymes              followed by release of quinone, then a second
that act on chlorogenate with an optimum at pH               catechol molecule binds and is oxidized to
4 [A1007].                                                   quinone [A1631].
   Enzymes from two species of Phoenix exhibit a                Wheat contains an enzyme that acts on L-dopa
molecular weight of 17 000 Á/17 500, optimum pH              [A176].
about 6 and maximal stability about 7. Substrates               A study on o -diphenol oxidases has detected
include catechol and other diphenols, but not                activity in apple, banana, Agaricus, Sclerotina
monophenols or meta -diphenols [F151].                       and Glomerella. 4-Methylcatechol is substrate in
   Potato enzyme is a complex mixture, with 17               all these species, and chlorogenate in some.
isozymes separable by electrophoresis with                   Inhibition is caused by cinnamate, p -coumarate,
L-dopa as substrate. Only five of these act on               ferulate, usually competitively, and by
L-tyrosine, a pattern of specificities that is               polyvinylpyrrolidine. They are activated by
repeated by other catechols and monophenols.                 dodecyl sulphate [A3974].
Isoelectric focussing shows multiple peaks in the               Agaricus bisporus enzyme is composed of three
range of pH 4.0 Á/4.7 and 5.1 Á/5.4. The mono-               dimeric isozymes, pI 5.12, 5.41 and 6.25, formed
meric molecular weight is 36 000, and monomer,               from combinations of two different subunits.
dimer, tetramer, octamer and polymeric forms are             L-Dopa and catechol are substrates; only one

                                                                           Monophenol monooxygenase

hydroxylates tyrosine effectively [A3135]. It is              Fleshfly enzyme, obtained from the anterior
inhibited competitively by thiambutosine                   end of the third instar, molecular weight 400 000,
[A2185]. 4-tert -Butylcatechol is oxidized to              appears to be a lipoprotein. It acts on dopa,
4-tert -butyl-o -quinone, with ethyl hydroperoxide         methylcatechol and p -cresol, but tyrosine is not a
as 2-electron acceptor [A1495].                            substrate [A7]. Probably at least five isozymes
   Mushroom (Xerocomus) enzyme is inhibited                oxidize L-dopa [A27].
by lamprene [A2185].                                          Studies on the oxidation of L-dopa by frog
   Portabella mushroom tyrosinase has a mole-              epidermis enzyme suggests a uni-uni-bi-bi
cular weight of 48 000 Á/50 000 and pI 5.1 Á/5.3           ping-pong mechanism [D15]. It is present as a
[K101].                                                    pro-enzyme whose amino acid composition has
   Mushroom tyrosinase acts on                             been determined, and is activated by peptidases.
3,4-dihydroxybenzyl cyanide to form the                    It appears to exist as monomeric (molecular
corresponding o -quinone. The time sequence                weight 50 000) and tetrameric forms, each
indicates the initial formation of a semiquinone           monomer containing one copper atom. Both
radical from a single electron oxidation, followed         tyrosine and dopa are substrates [A1208].
by dismutation. The quinone rapidly forms the                 Gerbil eye enzyme, which is involved in
corresponding quinone methide [K834]. It also
                                                           melanogenesis utilizes both L-tyrosine and
oxidizes poly(p -hydroxystyrene) to the
                                                           L-dopa; the latter is the cofactor in the oxidation
corresponding quinone, but only a small
                                                           of the former [H687].
proportion of the phenolic groups are
                                                              The sea squirt Halocynthia roretzi polyphenol
oxidized [K285].
                                                           oxidase is a heterotetramer, molecular weight
   Streptomyces glaucescens tyrosinase,
                                                           170 000, monomeric molecular weights 55 000
molecular weight 29 100, optimum pH 6.8,
                                                           and 30 000. It acts on L-tyrosine, DL-dopa and
pI 6.95 and maximal stability at pH 8.0, acts
                                                           catechol with an optimum at pH 6.4 [J313].
on both L-tyrosine methyl ester and L-dopa; it
                                                              Mytilus edulis byssus enzyme is polymeric,
contains one mol of Cu'. Km increases as
pH decreases below 8, due to a change of                   monomeric molecular weight 120 000 and
ionisation at the active centre; Km is also                optimum pH 8 Á/8.5. 4-Methylcatechol is
strongly dependent on oxygen concentration for             substrate, and it requires sodium chloride
the oxidation of catechols but not monophenols             concentrations of 0.5 Á/0.6 M [D726].
[A749].                                                       Squid tyrosinase, which oxidizes L-dopa,
                                                           exhibits three precipitin lines [A883].
b. Animal enzymes                                             Caeruloplasmin oxidizes D- and L-dopa,
                                                           dopamine and p -phenylenediamine; the catechol
Beef uterus enzyme has been separated into two             substrates inhibit each other, but not the diamine
components, one with molecular weight 80 000.              oxidation. This suggests two separate oxidation
Substrates are catecholamines and analogues; for           sites on the molecule [A677].
instance, oxidation of adrenaline is the first step
in the formation of adrenochrome. No activity
was observed with monophenols or                           2.2.2. Enzymes classified as laccase and quinol
m -diphenols [A624].                                       oxidases
   Calliphora erythrocepha (blowfly) enzyme is
found as a pro-enzyme, molecular weight 115 000            Sarcophaga bullata laccase, optimum pH 4.5, acts
[A900].                                                    on quinol and a range of catechols including
   Corcyra cephalonica enzyme, which is found in           L-dopa and N-acetyldopamine. It is inhibited by
larval and pupal haemolymph, oxidizes a series of          azide [E407].
catechols related to L-dopa and catecholamines,              Silkworm laccase, optimum pH 5.5, acts on
including N-acetyldopamine [A2556].                        quinol and L-dopa [A702].

4-Methyl-5-nitrocatechol oxygenase

   Arum maculatum quinol oxidase, a                          and are inhibited by copper chelators, reducing
mitochondrial enzyme that oxidizes menadiol, is              agents and N-bromosuccinimide, but not by
very unstable after solubilization [E87].                    carbon monoxide [K106].
   Lentinus edodes laccase, molecular weight                    A study has detected p -diphenol oxidase in
74 000, pI 3.42, and optimum 4 Á/4.2, has a                  peach, spruce, Rhus, Botrytis, Coriolus, Trametes
carbohydrate content of 7.5 per cent. Its                    and Glomerella. Substrates include quinol,
absorption spectrum is indicative of a                       p -phenylenediamine and 4-methylcatechol in all
copper-containing protein. [H834].                           species, whereas catechol and chlorogenate are
   Mangifera (mango) laccase oxidizes quinol as              substrates in some species. Inhibition is not
well as 4-methylcatechol, but p -cresol is not a             brought about by cinnamate, dodecyl sulphate or
substrate. A similar enzyme is found in Schinus,             polyvinylpyrrolidine [A3974].
Pistacia and Pleiogynium [A3138].
   Peach laccase, molecular weight 73 500,
                                                             4-Methyl-5-nitrocatechol oxygenase
contains two Cu/mol; its amino acid composition
has been determined. It is inhibited by
                                                             Burkholderia enzyme, molecular weight 60 000 Á/
diethyldithiocarbamate [A186].
                                                             65 000, contains one mol of FAD, and requires
   Shinus molle enzyme, molecular weight 105 000
                                                             oxygen and NAD(P)H. The product is
and optimum pH 6.2, acts on quinol. It contains
                                                             2-hydroxy-5-methyl-p -quinone. 4-Nitrocatechol
three to four mol/mol copper and is about 50 per
                                                             is also a substrate, but other catechols are not
cent polysaccharide composed of a variety of
saccharide residues. Its amino acid composition
has been determined [B491].
   Botrytis cinerea laccase, a blue enzyme, acts on
                                                             Chlorogenate oxidase
quinol, a range of catechols, monophenols and
phenylenediamines at a similar rate, whereas                 Ipomoea batatas enzyme is composed of two
tyrosine is oxidized at a considerably slower                isozymes, molecular weights 39 000 and 40 000
rate [A1930, E458]. Optimum pH is substrate-                 [J822].
dependent, between pH 3.5 and 5; it is stable
down to pH 2.5, its pI, but is inactivated above
pH 7. It is rapidly inactivated above 408. Slight            Tyrosylprotein oxidation
inhibition is caused by cyanide and EDTA
[A1930].                                                     Arthrobacter globiformis oxidizes a tyrosyl
   Coriolus hirsutus laccase is a glycoprotein               residue in the active centre of phenylethylamine
molecular weight 73 000, optimum pH 2.5 Á/4.0                oxidase to a topaquinone residue. The reaction
(substrate dependent) and pI 7.4, with three                 requires two molecules of oxygen, and one mol of
copper-containing centres. The N-terminal                    peroxide is formed. The stoichiometry suggests
sequence shows low homology with other                       that a trihydroxyphenylalanyl residue is an
Basidiomycetes laccases. Oxidation of 2,2?-                  intermediate [J905].
acid) forms a cation radical. Many phenols and
p -phenylenediamine are substrates [K677].                   Phloroglucinol oxidation
   Trametes polyphenol oxidase is composed of
two isozymes considered to be laccases, molecular            Brassica oleracea contains three isozymes, two of
weights 61 000 and 90 000, and pI 3.4 and 2.7                which have molecular weights 43 000 and 32 000,
respectively, with optimum pH 4.5 Á/5.0. The                 and optimum pH 8.0 and 7.4 respectively,
larger molecule is stable up to 508, whereas the             which oxidize phloroglucinol and
smaller is stable up to 608, at neutral to acidic pH.        phloroglucinolcarboxylate but not other phenols;
They act on ('/)-catechin, but not on tyrosine,              they are polyphenol oxidases which are activated

                                                                Naphthohydroquinone dehydrogenase

by Mn2'. The products are possibly quinones. At           out in rats, but these reactions have also been
lower pH these enzymes show peroxidase activity,          observed in man, mouse, monkey, rabbit, trout,
inhibited by Mn2' [H878].                                 catfish, goldfish, bullhead, sea anemone, starfish,
                                                          Petroselinum, Glycine max, Pycnoporus,
                                                          Phanerochaete and Cunninghamella.
Naphthohydroquinone dehydrogenase                            In man, the reaction is catalyzed by P450 [H10]
                                                          and in melanocyte [G360].
Human enzyme is found in an inactive form in                 In rat the reaction occurs in liver nucleus
saliva, and is activated by gastric juice. It is a        [A3164, A3782], liver microsomes [G445], and is
metalloenzyme that requires oxygen, but no                also catalyzed by cytosolic lipoxygenase
cofactors, oxidizing rifampicin to its quinone;           (E.C. [G101]. With liver microsomes
quinol is not a substrate. It is inhibited by             benzpyrene metabolism is slower with peroxide as
sulphide, cysteine, cyanide and citrate [A3399].          oxidant than with oxygen, which has suggested a
                                                          peroxide-dependent oxidation as a second
                                                          pathway [B656]; it is possible that peroxide may
trans -Dihydrodiols as quinone precursors                 have released oxygen spontaneously or by the
                                                          action of traces of catalase, however. A liver
Rat liver cytosol 3-hydroxysteroid dihydiol               microsomal P450 designated P450MC catalyzes
dehydrogenase converts trans -dihydrodiols into           these reactions [E226].
o -quinones. Substrates are benzene dihydrodiol              In mouse the reaction occurs in liver
and 3,4-dihydrodiols of benzanthracene,                   microsomes [G445].
7-methylbenzanthracene, 12-methylbenzanthra-                 In rabbit the reaction occurs in lung [A2394].
cene and 7,12-dimethylbenzanthracene [E740].                 In trout and catfish the reaction occurs in
Enzyme from rat lens, optimum pH 9.0, oxidizes            hepatocytes [J311].
naphthalene-1,2-dihydrodiol to the correspond-               The activity in goldfish and bullhead liver is an
ing 1,2-dione. It has been identified as aldol            order of magnitude lower than in rat [D465].
reductase [J552].                                            In sea anemone, the reaction is catalyzed by
   It is claimed that benzpyrene 3,6-quinone              microsomes [J503].
formation and reduction in rat liver microsomes              Pycnoporus cinnabarinus enzyme is a laccase
are catalyzed by different enzymes [A3637].               [J907].
                                                             Crinipellis, Marasmius and Marasmiellus
                                                          (fungi) act on pyrene-1,6- and 1,8-diols to form
                                                          the corresponding quinines [H879].
Polynuclear hydrocarbon quinone formation

Because of their key role in carcinogenesis by
xenobiotics, polynuclear hydrocarbons have been           Phaseollin oxidation
the subject of a large number of metabolic
studies, which have demonstrated that they can be         Fusarium solani oxidizes phaseollin to
oxidized to quinones. Most of the studies have            1a-hydroxyphaseollone, with the oxidation of one
been carried out solely by examining the identity         of the aryl rings to a 4-oxo-2,5-diene ring [A209].
of metabolic end-products. Benzpyrene
(benzo[a ]pyrene) illustrates these findings;
trans -dihydrodiols are probable intermediates            Lipoxygenase as peroxidase
(see above).
   Studies with benzpyrene have shown that                Glycine max lipoxygenase and peroxide oxidize
1,6-, 3,6- and 6,12-quinones are formed, the oxo          5-(S-cysteinyl)-L-dopa and 5-S-cysteinyldopa-
groups of which are conjugated through the                mine. Both substrates form two types of
aromatic nucleus. Most studies have been carried          phaeomelanin [J252].

Guaiacol peroxidase

Guaiacol peroxidase                                        Sarcophaga bullata 4-alkyl-o -quinone:
                                                        2-hydroxy-p -quinonemethide isomerase, molecu-
Spruce needle chloroplast enzyme, a tetramer,           lar weight 98 000 and optimum pH 6.0, is found
monomeric molecular weight 41 000, pI 4.4 and           in larval haemolymph. It acts on quinones of
optimum pH 5 Á/6.8, may be a glycoprotein. The          3,4-dihydroxyphenylethanol, N-(b-alanyl)dopa-
reaction it catalyzes is not stated in Chemical         mine and N-acetyldopamine. A further attack on
Abstracts, but it may yield o -quinone [J318].          the quinones formed from these products form in
   Arachis peroxidase isozymes have optima at           turn the corresponding a-oxo products
pH 4.4, 5.2, 5.6 and 6.4 [A2519].                       [F792, F793].
   Chloroperoxidase (E.C. in                    Mushroom tyrosinase converts 3,4-dihydroxy-
Caldariomyces fumago is composed of two                 mandelic acid into 3,4-dihydroxybenzaldehyde,
isozymes, molecular weights 46 000 and 40 000.          possibly with a quinone methide intermediate
They produce a brown pigment from guaiacol              [E963].

2-Amino-4-nitrotoluene oxidation
                                                        2.3 Free radicals from phenols
Phanerochaete chrysosporium manganese perox-
idase (E.C. oxidizes this compound to        Hydroxybenzpyrenes
4-nitro-o -quinone, with the release of methanol
[G436].                                                 Rat liver oxidizes 1-, 2-, 4-, 5-, 6-, 7-, 8-, 9-,
                                                        10- and 11-hydroxybenzpyrene to free radicals.
                                                        The formation of radicals from 1-, 4-, 9- and
Catechol formation with desulphonation                  11-hydroxybenzpyrene requires NADPH [B476].
Both Alcaligenes and Pseudomonas putida
desulphonate benzenesulphonate and
toluene-p -sulphonate, forming catechol and
                                                        2.4 Oxidation of nuclear amino groups and
4-methylcatechol respectively [H297, J657].

Quinone methide formation
                                                        Formation of substituted hydroxylamines
Sarcophaga bullata forms quinone methides from
                                                          R1 R2 NH'O2 0 R1 R2 NOH
4-alkylcatechols, (including 4-methylcatechol),
3,4-dihydroxyphenylethanol, 3,4-dihydroxyphe-           Dibenzylamine is substrate for liver microsomal
nylacetic acid and N-acetyldopamine, with               enzyme in guinea pig, rabbit, hamster, mouse and
quinones as intermediates [C692, G184]. The             chick, but it is virtually absent from cat liver. In
quinone methides are unstable and further               rabbit the optimum pH is 6.9 with NADPH as
products are formed by attack at the a-carbon,          cofactor, and 7.7 with NADH as cofactor.
to form a-hydroxy-3,4-catechols; in aqueous             Inhibitors for one or both systems include
methanol some of the methoxy analogue is                cyanide, p -chloromercuribenzoate, FMN and to
formed, suggesting that water, rather than a            a lesser extent cysteine, N-ethylmaleimide,
hydroxyl ion may be the other reactant                  l,10-phenanthroline, azide, imidazole and SKF
[C692, F793]. In Sarcophaga bullata, Manduca            525-A [A1737].
sexta and Periplaneta americana                            Mouse and pig liver enzymes contain FAD,
N-acetylnoradrenaline is formed from                    require NAD(P)H, with an optimum at about pH
N-acetyldopamine by this pathway [F68].                 9 [D446]. Substrates include N-methyl- and

                                                                                        N-Oxide formation

N-ethylaniline and various secondary aliphatic             systems, one a haemoprotein and the other a
amines, with oxygen as oxidizing agent. It is              flavoprotein oxidase. The flavoprotein is more
solubilized from microsomes with Triton X-45               stable at 378 and pH 7.4 than the P450, which,
and Triton X-102 [Kl60].                                   after solubilization is separable into two
   Aniline is substrate for a rabbit liver micro-          fractions, one of which is far less stable than the
somal enzyme. Inhibition by acylation using                other. Both the P450 and the flavoprotein systems
diethyl pyrocarbonate is partially reversed by             have similar activity [A3161, B230]. Lung activity,
hydroxylamine, and is prevented by pyridine.               optimum pH 8.9, is three times greater than in
Photo-inactivation occurs in the pH range 6 Á/8            liver. Lung enzyme is stimulated by Mg2' and,
with rose bengal as photon acceptor [A1746].               surprisingly, by low concentrations of Hg2',
   Maize microsomes N-hydroxylate                          whereas both these ions inhibit liver enzyme.
2-hydroxy-1,4-benzoxazin-3-one, with optimum               Both are activated by 1 mM Ni2' and inhibited
pH 7.5. The enzyme appears to be a NADPH-                  by 10 mM Ni2' [A1144].
requiring P450 [G245].                                        Mouse liver dimethylaniline-oxidizing activity
   There are many publications dealing with                increases threefold just after birth, and then only
N-hydroxylation of primary amines of polynuc-              slightly until 15 days post-partum. In males it is
lear hydrocarbons and their amides, in particular          then near the adult level. In females it increases
carcinogens, such as 1- and 2-aminonaphthalene,            by a further 50% to the adult level by 25 days
4-biphenylamine and 2-aminofluorene. Few                   post-partum [A2498].
studies have been carried out at an enzyme level              Mouse and pig liver microsomal enzymes,
beyond determining that hydroxylation of                   optimum pH about 9, contain FAD and require
2-aminonaphthalene by pig liver microsomes                 NAD(P)H. Substrates include N,N-dimethyl- and
requires oxygen and NADPH [A1791]. In addi-                N,N-diethylaniline, and imipramine [D446]. Pig
tion, this reaction type has been observed in beef,        liver enzymes appears to be the same as
dog, monkey, guinea pig, man, mouse and                    alkylhydrazine N-oxidase [A1041].
hamster; and bladder is a further organ in which
it occurs [A880, B172, B179, C397, C727, D738].
                                                           Oxidation of p -phenylenediamines
N-Oxide formation (dimethylaniline
                                                           This type of reaction has been extensively
monooxygenase (N-oxide-forming);
                                                           studied, but few have studied the reaction
                                                           products. A free radical is likely to be the initial
                                                           product, but in lieu of further information the
  R1 R2 R3 N 0 R1 R2 R3 NO
                                                           product is recorded as a quinone in the
Human foetal liver N,N-dimethylaniline-                    compounds section for the sake of completeness,
oxidizing activity requires NADPH. It is not               although this may be incorrect.
inhibited by CO, which indicates that it is not a             Beef lactoperoxidase acts on N,N-dimethyl-p-
P450 enzyme [A1143].                                       anisidine with ethyl hydroperoxide as oxidant in
   N,N-Dimethylaniline is substrate for a rabbit           the presence of bromide. The product is
liver microsomal enzyme. Inhibition using diethyl          p -quinone. It is considered that the peroxidase
pyrocarbonate is partially reversed by                     releases bromine, which is the oxidizing species
hydroxylamine and is prevented by pyridine.                [F500].
Photo-inactivation occurs in the pH range 6 Á/8               Nitrosomonas europaea enzyme, molecular
with rose bengal as photon acceptor [A 1746].              weight 127 500, subunit molecular weight 40 100,
The enzyme system is composed of P448,                     and pI 4.63 contains copper. It utilizes oxygen in
NADPH-cytochrome c reductase and a lipid                   the oxidation of p -phenylenediamine, presumably
cofactor. The authors of this work postulate the           to a free radical [D564]. Caeruloplasmin shows
existence of two N-oxide forming microsomal                similar activity [A677]. Peach, spruce, Botrytis,

Oxidation of o-dianisidine

Trametes, and Coriolus versicolor laccases oxi-             The reaction is claimed to be a peroxidase type
dize p -phenylenediamine [A1930, A3974, E369].              [C879].
                                                               Rat liver microsomes oxidize dapsone to
                                                            4-amino-4?-nitrodiphenylsulphone, and rat and
Oxidation of o -dianisidine                                 chicken liver microsomes oxidize 4-amino-
                                                            4?-ureidodiphenylsulphone to 4-nitro-4?-
Peroxidases from Arachis oxidize o -dianisidine;            ureidodiphenylsulphone [A970].
the identity of the product is uncertain. Four                 Nitrosomonas oxidizes aniline to nitrobenzene
isozymes are found with pH optima at 4, 4.4, 6,             [H219].
and 6.4 [A2519].                                               Serratia marcescens chloroperoxidase oxidizes
                                                            2- and 4-aminophenol, 2-, 3- and 4-chlorophenol,
                                                            p -toluidine and p -aminobenzoate to the corre-
                                                            sponding nitro compounds in high yield [K143].
p -Benzoquinone imine formation
                                                               Pseudomonas putida bromoperoxidase acts on
                                                            aniline and peroxide to form azobenzene,
Human P450 oxidizes paracetamol to an active
                                                            azoxybenzene and nitrobenzene; it is suggested
intermediate. Trapping with glutathione indicates
                                                            that this is the reaction sequence [H12].
that it is N-acetyl-p -benzoquinone imine [K330].

Oxidation of amino to nitroso groups                        Oxidation of hydroxylamines to nitro groups

Human haemoglobin oxidizes p -chloroaniline                 Rat and rabbit liver oxidize N-hydroxyphenter-
and 3,4-dichloroaniline to nitrosobenzenes and              mine to 2-nitro-1-phenylpropane. It appears that
nitrobenzene [C879].                                        superoxide is the oxidizing species; superoxide
   Rat liver microsomes oxidize p -toluidine to             dismutase is inhibitory, and peroxide is not
4-methylnitrosobenzene [G580].                              involved. It is thought that the reaction may be
   Pea seed microsomes oxidize p -chloroaniline to          non-enzymatic [B654]. Rat liver microsomal
p -chlorophenylhydroxylamine and p -chloroni-               enzyme is inhibited by haemoglobin, catalase or
trosobenzene, as well as to p -chloronitrobenzene;          carbon monoxide [A3671].
it was demonstrated that this represented a                   Rabbit liver acts on N-hydroxyamphetamine
stepwise oxidation sequence. Nitrosobenzenes                [A3621].
were also formed from aniline, p -toluidine,
p -bromobenzene and 3,4-dichloroaniline [C797].
   Chloroperoxidase, with peroxide, oxidizes                Oxidation of hydroxylamino to nitroso groups
p -chloroaniline to p -chloronitrosobenzene with
optimum pH 4.4 [A3838]. A similar reaction is               Rat haemoglobin oxidizes 4-hydroxylamino-
observed with a series of para -substituted anilines        biphenyl to 4-nitrosobiphenyl [G5].
[A3579].                                                       Chloroperoxidase, with peroxide, oxidizes
                                                            p -chlorophenylhydroxylamine to p -chloro-
                                                            nitrosobenzene; the reaction is more rapid than
Oxidation of amino to nitro groups                          with p -chloroaniline as substrate [A3838].

  R:NH2 0 R:NO2
Human oxyhaemoglobin oxidizes p -chloroaniline              Oxidation of hydroxylamino to nitro groups
to p -chloronitrobenzene, apparently with
p -chloronitrosobenzene as intermediate; the same           Ram seminal vesicle oxidizes 2-hydroxylamino-
reaction was observed with 3,4-dichloroaniline.             fluorene to 2-nitrofluorene [C754].

                                                                  Oxidation of nitroso to nitro groups

Oxidation of nitroso to nitro groups                      2?,4?-dichlorobenzanilide and 2?,6?-
                                                          dichlorobenzanilide [G951].
Ram seminal vesicle oxidizes 2-nitrosofluorene to
2-nitrofluorene [C754].
  Mouse oxidizes 1-nitrosopyrene to                       Nitroxide radical formation
1-nitropyrene [E721].
                                                            R:NH2 0 R:NHÃO
                                                          Rabbit liver microsomes oxidize a range of
Aniline conversion into azobenzenes                       carcinogenic amines including 2-aminofluorene,
                                                          2-aminonaphthalene, 2-aminoanthracene,
Horseradish peroxidase and Geotrichum
                                                          4-aminostilbene, 4-aminoazobenzene and
candidum aniline oxidase both oxidize aniline
                                                          benzidine as well as aniline, N-methylaniline and
and a range of substituted anilines, particularly
                                                          phenacetin to the corresponding nitroxide radi-
those substituted with halogens. These are
                                                          cals. The reaction requires the participation of
converted into azobenzenes [A661]. Geotrichum
                                                          NADPH [B184].
candidum aniline oxidase and peroxidase both
oxidize aniline to azobenzene, optimum 5.0 (with
oxygen) and pH 4.5 (with peroxide) respectively
[A690].                                                   2.5 Oxidation of heterocyclic amines
   Pseudomonas putida bromoperoxidase acts on
aniline and peroxide to form azobenzene [H12].
   Human placenta and Glycine max                         Hydroxyindole oxidase
lipoxygenases act on 4-aminobiphenyl and
linoleate to form 4,4?-azobis(biphenyl). A radical        An enzyme in Mytilus edulis oxidizes indoles
reaction appears to be involved [J95].                    such as serotonin, 5-hydroxytryptophan, psilocin
   Ram seminal vesicle and horseradish                    and 5-hydroxyindole, presumably to pigments.
peroxidase both oxidize 2-aminofluorene to                Mono- and diphenols, such as adrenaline,
2,2?-azobisfluorene [C754].                               L-dopa, tyrosine and p -coumarate are also
                                                          substrates. The enzyme contains Cu and haem in
                                                          a 1:1 ratio, and appears to require peroxide, but
Oxidation of azo to azoxy compounds                       not a pyridine nucleotide. It is inhibited by
                                                          copper-chelators [B314].
Azobenzene N-oxidase is found in (in reducing
order) hamster, guinea pig, mouse, rabbit and rat.
The reaction has been observed in liver, lung,
heart and kidney and the activity in hamster liver        2.6 Reduction of nitro groups and analogues
is mainly microsomal. Substrates (in reducing
order) are v,v?-azotoluene, v-(phenylazo)toluene
and azobenzene [G258, G259].                              Reduction of nitro compounds to anilines

                                                            R:NO2 0 R:NH2
Nitrone formation                                         This reaction often, if not always, involves the
                                                          formation of intermediate nitroxides and
Hamster liver microsomes catalyze the formation           hydroxylamines, although in many studies these
of nitrones from some but not all benzanilides.           intermediates were not detectable.
These include benzanilide, 4-chlorobenzanilide,              Human placenta reduces p -nitrobenzoate to
4-methylbenzanilide, 2,4,6-trimethylbenzanilide,          p -aminobenzoate. Fractionation indicates that

Reduction of nitro compounds to anilines

the active enzymes are haemoglobin or methae-                 requires NADH, a low molecular weight thiol
moglobin. Studies with pure proteins found that               such as glutathione and a divalent cation such as
the reaction can be catalyzed by haem-containing              Mn2' or Cu2'; NADPH is not a cofactor
proteins such as methaemoglobin, metmyoglobin                 [A349]. Its molecular weight is about 130 000. A
and cytochrome c, with NADPH as reducing                      large range of nitrobenzenes and analogues are
agent. Placental reduction and the haem-model                 reduced to the corresponding anilines, and no
system (haematin, NADPH, FMN and                              intermediates are detected. This activity could
p -nitrobenzoate) are inhibited by carbon                     not be separated from azoreductase by
monoxide [A621].                                              ammonium sulphate fractionation [A304].
   Formation of p -aminobenzoate from                            Mouse and sheep liver, Ascaris suum and
p -nitrobenzoate is observed in conventional rats,            Moniezia expansa enzymes require NADH and
but is, relatively, very low in germ-free animals.            GSH for the reduction of disophenol, nitroxynil
Studies with microorganisms have found reduc-                 and nitrodan [A3694]. The same species (except
tion by the gut flora Lactobacillus plantarum,                A. lumbricoides) reduce a range of
Bacteroides fragilis, Peptostreptococcus                      nitrobenzanilides, all at about 10 per cent of
productus, Clostridium, Proteus mirabilis,                    the rate for p -nitrobenzoate [A2037].
 S. faecalis and E. coli [A124]. The reduction rate              Moniezia expansa enzyme acts on nitroben-
in rat gut wall and contents is reduced by                    zene and a range of substituted nitrobenzenes,
treatment with oral antibiotics, whereas liver                with optimum pH 6.4 Á/6.7; the preparation was
activity is unaffected [A3480].                               free from xanthine and aldehyde oxidase activ-
   Rat liver microsomal reduction of                          ities. It was stimulated by hypoxanthine, and
p -nitrobenzoate is inhibited by carbon monoxide              inhibited by FAD, FMN, riboflavin, allopurinol,
and oxygen; presumably the enzyme is a P450.                  dicoumarol, 5-nitro-2-furaldehyde, azide and
The reaction is enhanced four-fold by                         cyanide [A1785]. The enzyme, molecular weight
haemoglobin (boiled or native) and haemin. In                 125 000, is cytosolic, requires NADH (NADPH
contrast, azoreductase acting on neoprontosil is              is not so good), and glutathione or cysteine. It is
not activated in this manner [A3049].                         not inhibited by oxygen, carbon monoxide,
   Rabbit liver microsomal P450 reduces                       EDTA or by azide [A1741]; the properties are
1-nitropyrene and 2-nitrofluorene; the reaction               so similar to those of azoreductase that they may
requires NADPH (NADH is a poor cofactor).                     be the same enzyme. M. expansa (pI 4.50)
A cytosolic reductase has been identified as                  and Ascaris lumbricoides (pI 4.75) azo and
aldehyde oxidase, with electron-donating                      nitroreductases could not be separated by
co-substrates. N?-Methylnicotinamide is best, but             isoelectric focussing [A1792].
methotrexate, 2-hydroxypyrimidine and a series                   Bacteroides fragilis contains four isozymes
of aldehydes can also be used, but not NAD(P)H                that reduce 1-nitropyrene to 1-aminopyrene.
[C702]. Liver aldehyde oxidase (E.C. also            Isozyme I, molecular weight 52 000 and optimum
reduces 1-nitropyrene and 3-nitrofluoranthrene.               pH 7.5, requires NADH for activity. The
FMN and FAD are alternative cofactors; oxygen                 corresponding parameters, respectively, for
is inhibitory. The intermediate nitroso and                   isozyme II are 320 000, 6.3 and NADPH, for
hydroxylamino analogues have been detected                    isozyme III 180 000, 7 Á/8 and NADPH, and
[G361].                                                       for isozyme IV 680 000, 5 Á/9 and NADPH
   p -Nitrobenzoate is reduced in the nematode                [C791].
Ascaris lumbricoides. Activity is found in the                   E. coli contains four isozymes that reduce
intestinal brush border but not in other tissues.             1-nitropyrene to 1-aminopyrene, with NAD(P)H
The enzyme is cytosolic, it has a stability range of          as co-substrate. Additionally, they appear to
pH 4 Á/7 (it rapidly loses activity at 08 outside this        reduce FAD, and three of the isozymes reduce
range), and has a sharp optimum at pH 6.5. It                 nitrofurazone [D217].

                                            Reduction of nitro compounds to hydroxylamines

Reduction of nitro compounds to hydroxylamines            Dog and human liver microsomes
                                                        reduce N-hydroxysulphamethoxazole to
Spinach leaf ferredoxin: NADP oxidoreductase            sulphamethoxazole with NADH as co-substrate;
(E.C. reduces nitrobenzene stoichiome-        NADPH is not so good. The enzymes from both
trically to phenylhydroxylamine [J501].                 species appear to have both low and high affinity
   Rat nitroquinoline-N-oxide reductase                 components. They are not inhibited by oxygen,
(E.C., optimum pH 6.4, is highly              carbon monoxide, azide, or by other P450
specific. Supernatant enzyme (found in many             inhibitors [K338].
tissues) requires NAD(P)H, and the minor,                 Phenylhydroxylamine is reduced to aniline in
microsomal enzyme requires NADH, and utilizes           rat and quail [B174, B175].
two mol of co-substrate [K903].

Reduction of nitroso compounds to hydroxylamines        Reduction of hydroxylamides to amides
and amines
                                                        Rat liver microsomal reductase, which acts on
Human erythrocytes condense nitrosobenzene              N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene to form
with glutathione to form glutathione sulphinani-        2-acetamidofluorene, requires NADPH. It is
lide, a reaction that is probably non-enzymatic.        inhibited by oxygen and carbon monoxide;
This compound is reduced by two mol of                  inhibition and induction studies suggest that it
NADPH to form aniline, as well as glutathione           belongs to the P450 group, probably a P448.
and glutathione sulphinate [B177, B228].                Activity is also found in lung, kidney and small
   Rat liver reduces nitrosobenzene to                  intestine, and in decreasing order in hamster,
phenylhydroxylamine and aniline [B174]                  guinea pig, rabbit, rat and mouse [A3965].
and 1-nitrosonaphthalene to                                Horseradish peroxidase and horse cytochrome
1-naphthylhydroxylamine [A2173].                        c catalyze a complex series of reactions with
   Horse liver alcohol dehydrogenase reduces            N-hydroxy-2- and 3-acetamidofluorenes as
2-nitrosofluorene to 2-hydroxylaminofluorene            substrates. It is postulated that a free radical
and 2-aminofluorene, and p -nitrosophenol to            (apparently a nitroxyl radical, with the acetyl
p -aminophenol [H291].                                  moiety still in situ ) formed by the action of
   Mouse reduces 1-nitrosopyrene to                     peroxide undergoes dismutation to form the
1-aminopyrene [E721].                                   corresponding nitroso, acetamido and
                                                        N-acetoxyacetamidofluorenes [D32]. A similar
                                                        series of complex reactions is found in rat and
Reduction of hydroxylamines to amines                   rabbit with N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene,
Mouse liver enzyme reduces 4-hydroxylamino-             N-hydroxyphenacetin and N-hydroxy-4-
quinoline-1-oxide to 4-aminoquinoline-1-oxide.          chloroacetanilide as substrates [B178].
The activity is increased by administering                 Rabbit blood reduces both N-hydroxy-2-
molybdenum salts, and reduced by tungsten salts.        acetamidofluorene and N-hydroxyphenacetin to
It is suggested that, as with the other molybde-        the parent amines, using NAD(P)H and FAD,
num-containing enzymes, xanthine oxidase and            and the reaction is inhibited by oxygen and
sulphite oxidase, tungsten slowly reduces the           carbon monoxide. Haemoglobin and catalase
body load of molybdenum, thereby reducing the           (native or boiled) catalyse the reaction; it is
availability of molybdenum for the enzyme               postulated that the reduction is a direct action
[A3227].                                                of the haem moiety [K111].

N-Oxide reduction

N-Oxide reduction                                             Rabbit liver cytosol aldehyde oxidase
                                                           (E.C. acts as an azoreductase towards
Rat liver cytosolic 4-(N,N-dimethylamino)azo-              methyl red, amaranth, methyl orange and
benzene-N-oxide reductase is a tetramer,                   p -dimethylaminoazobenzene, with an electron
molecular weight 370 000 and requires NADPH                donor such as acetaldehyde as second substrate
for oxygen removal; other N-oxides tested were             [C884].
not substrates. Lower activities are found in other           In perfused rat liver neoprontosil is reduced to
tissues [E187].                                            sulphanilamide. It requires a pO2 less than 200
   A rat liver mitochondrial enzyme, bound to the          mm for maximal activity, and above 400 mm the
inner membrane, requires NAD(P)H and reduces               enzyme is inactive. This may explain previously
dimethylaniline-N-oxide as well as aliphatic               reported low activities in liver [A3048].
N-oxides. The activity is also found in                       Methyl red azoreductase is present in liver
microsomes, but the relative reaction rates for            cytosol from rat, guinea pig, rabbit and hamster,
the substrates are different from those in                 but the activity in mouse and sheep liver is much
mitochondria. It is inhibited by oxygen, and               lower. Microsomal enzyme activity is similar to
partially by carbon monoxide [A1913].                      that in cytosol, but is less variable between
   Rat liver microsomal enzyme, apparently a               species. Particularly in rat, but less so in mouse,
P450, reduces dimethylaniline-N-oxide. It                  3-methylcholanthrene induces both cytosolic and
requires NADH, and is inhibited by                         microsomal enzymes [B187].
oxygen or carbon monoxide. It also reduces                    Moniezia expansa enzyme acts on azobenzene
imipramine-N-oxide [A1847].                                and a range of substituted azobenzenes, with
   A cytochrome c reduces dimethylaniline-                 optimum pH 6.4 Á/6.7; the preparation was free
N-oxide [B185].                                            from xanthine and aldehyde oxidase activities. It
                                                           is stimulated by hypoxanthine, and inhibited by
                                                           FAD, FMN, riboflavin, allopurinol, dicoumarol,
Reduction of N-nitroso compounds                           5-nitro-2-furaldehyde, azide and cyanide [A1785].
                                                           The enzyme, molecular weight 125 000, is
Rabbit liver converts N-nitrosodibenzylamine               cytosolic, requires NADH (NADPH is not so
into bibenzyl, which is thought to be a                    good), and glutathione or cysteine. It is not
breakdown product of an unstable 1-hydroxy-2,              inhibited by oxygen, carbon monoxide, EDTA or
2-dibenzylhydrazine [A3868].                               azide [A1741]; the properties are so similar to
                                                           those of nitroreductase that they may be the same
                                                           enzyme. M. expansa (pI 4.50) and Ascaris
Azobenzene reductase (E.C.                        lumbricoides (pI 4.75) azo and nitroreductases
                                                           could not be separated by isoelectric focussing
  ArÃNÄNÃAr? 0 ArNH2 'Ar?NH2                               [A304, A1792].
Rat microsomal enzyme reduces a range of                      A Pseudomonas enzyme, molecular weight in
substituted azobenzenes, including methyl red,             the range 20 000 Á/22 000 and optimum pH
p -methyl red and methyl orange [G511]. A liver            6.2 Á/6.8 depending on the substrate, requires
enzyme that acts on methyl red but not on                  NAD(P)H. Studies with 1-naphthols substituted
analogues lacking an o -carboxyl group is                  at the 4-position with the azo moiety found that
probably dimeric, monomeric molecular weight               absence of the 1-hydroxyl or the presence of a
30 000, and contains two mol FAD/mol [B28].                hydroxyl in another position may reduce the
A reductase has been detected with an optimum              activity to zero. Phenolic analogues are also
at pH 6.2 [A2351]. Liver DT diaphorase                     inactive [D180].
(E.C., molecular weight 30 000, reduces              Cautobacter subvibrioides enzyme has a
methyl red but not butter yellow [A2730].                  molecular weight of about 30 000 [K314].

                                                                                            Azide reduction

   Shigella dysenteriae contains two                       2.7 Oxidation and reduction of sulphur atoms
azoreductases. One is a dimer, molecular weight
28 000, and the other a monomer, molecular
weight 11 000. Both require NAD(P)H and are                Few of the reactions in this section have been
flavoproteins containing one mol FMN/mol.                  studied at an enzyme level. The examples quoted
Substrates are Ponceau SX, Tartrazine,                     for each reaction are purely illustrative.
Amaranth and Orange II [G767].

                                                           Oxidation of thioethers to sulphoxides

Azide reduction

In man, the azo group in azidomorphine is
reduced to an amino group [A3050].                         A soluble enzyme that oxidizes chlorpromazine is
  Mouse reduces m -azidopyrimethamine to the               found in guinea pig liver and serum, but only in
m -amino analogue [F319].                                  small amounts in kidney, spleen and pancreas; it
                                                           is not a P450. The molecular weight is 85 000,
                                                           with an optimum at pH 7.4. It is rapidly
                                                           inactivated at 508 [A1353].
                                                              In mouse liver, Ascaris suum and Moniezia
Substituted hydroxamates from nitroso compounds
                                                           expansa fenbendazole, albendazole, bithionol and
In this reaction nitrosobenzenes are converted             phenothiazine are oxidized to sulphoxides,
into N-substituted hydroxamates; the oxo group             optimum pH 7.0 Á/7.2 [A3849].
is reduced to a hydroxyl, with N-conjugation.                 Mouse and pig liver microsomal FAD-
   Rat liver enzyme is associated with an organelle        containing monooxygenases, optimum pH about
larger than microsomes (mitochondria?), and                9, require NAD(P)H, and oxidize nitrogen and
requires glucose-6-phosphate as the energy                 sulphur atoms. Substrates include thioanisole,
source. 4-Chloronitrosobenzene forms                       benzyl methyl sulphide, diphenyl sulphide, benzyl
N-(4-chlorophenyl)glycollhydroxamate [B130].               disulphide, benzyl mercaptan,
A similar reaction occurs with aryl-substituted            2-mercaptobenzimidazole, phenylthiocarbamide
nitrosobenzenes and several 2-oxoacids such as             and thiocarbanilide [D446].
pyruvate, with elimination of the carboxyl                    Rabbit (the enzyme source may be liver)
group and the formation of N-aryl-N-                       flavin-containing monooxygenase acts on p -tolyl
hydroxyacylamides. For instance, 2-                        and 2-naphthyl thioethers with methyl or ethyl
oxoisocaproate and nitrosobenzene form                     thio substituents. The reaction rate rapidly falls as
N-hydroxy-N-phenylisobutyramide [J429].                    the length of the alkyl group increases [H484].
   In Chlorella both nitrosobenzene and                       Rat liver microsomal albendazole
phenylhydroxylamine are substrates, but it                 monooxygenase (E.C. contains FAD;
appears that phenylhydroxylamine conversion                it is not a P450 [K749]
to nitrosobenzene occurs first. Both                          An enzyme (source unclear) converts
N-phenylacetohydroxamate and N-phenylgly-                  promazine and chlorpromazine into cation
collhydroxamate are formed. It is postulated that          radicals which disproportionate, with
‘active acetaldehyde’ and ‘active glycollaldehyde’         sulphoxides as one product [K386].
(presumably bound to thiamine) are involved as                Horseradish peroxidase forms sulphoxides
co-substrates [A3531].                                     from thioanisole and para substituted
   Yeast enzyme appears to be a pyruvate                   thioanisoles, with peroxide as co-substrate. The
decarboxylase (E.C., with                         substituents were methyl, chloro, acetamido,
a-hydroxyethylthiamine as coenzyme [A2344].                acetoxy, nitrile and nitro groups [E403].

Oxidation of sulphoxides to sulphones

Oxidation of sulphoxides to sulphones                      methylthiofluorene, with N-acetylmethionine as
                                                           co-substrate. The first reaction appears to be:
Many sulphur-containing drugs are oxidized to
the corresponding sulphones, and the intermedi-
ate sulphoxides are sometimes detected.
   In rat and dog liver butaperazine is oxidized to
the sulphone, a sulphoxide is the presumed                 The product then reacts with N-acetylmethionine
intermediate [A295].                                       to form a sulphonium condensate, with the
   In mouse liver, Ascaris suum and Moniezia               sulphur atom bound to position 3 of the fluorene
expansa, albendazole sulphoxide is further                 moiety, which then, by fission of the SÃ/C bond in
oxidized to the sulphone [A3849].                          the methionine moiety forms 2-amino-
                                                           3-methylthiofluorene. A similar reaction is
                                                           observed with N-hydroxy-4-acetamidobiphenyl
Dimerization of thiophenol (thiol oxidase;                 as substrate [A729].

  ArSH 0 ArSSAr
Horseradish peroxidase and mushroom                        2.8 Reduction of quinones and analogues
tyrosinase oxidize thiophenol to diphenyl
disulphide [J593].
                                                           Quinone reductases (NAD(P)H: quinone
                                                           oxidoreductase, E.C., and
Reduction of sulphoxides
                                                             Quinone l quinol
Many sulphinyl analogues of drugs and
xenobiotics, unlike sulphones, are reduced to the          Human erythrocyte NAD(P)H dehydrogenases
parent thio compound, for instance N-                      reduce p -quinone, but rather poorly [B260].
methylsulphinylbenzamide in rat [D705], and                   Rat liver mitochondrial reductase forms the
sulphinylpyrazole in mammalia and                          quinol from 5-demethylubiquinone 9, with
microorganisms [B711, E241, H560].                         NADH as co-substrate [A3084].
  In mouse liver, Ascaris suum and Moniezia                   Guinea pig lens NADPH2: quinone reductase
expansa the sulphoxides of fenbendazole,                   (E.C. is z-crystallin, which requires
albendazole, bithionol and phenothiazine are               oxygen and NADPH, with peroxide and super-
reduced to the parent compounds, optimum pH                oxide as products. A range of quinones and 2,6-
7.2 Á/7.4 [A3849].                                         dichlorophenolindophenol are substrates [K773].
                                                              Ubiquinol cytochrome-c reductase
                                                           (E.C. has been reviewed [K816]. Beef
Reduction of disulphide bond                               heart enzyme is composed of many isozymes,
                                                           seven of which have molecular weights in the
Rat liver mitochondria reduce 5,5?-dithiobis(2-            range 4000 Á/29 000 [K930].
nitrobenzoate) to 5-mercapto-2-nitrobenzoate                  Pig liver mitochondrial electron-transferring
[D611].                                                    flavoprotein dehydrogenase (E.C.,
                                                           optimum pH 5.2 and molecular weight
                                                           69 000 Á/73 000 (dependent on method) acts on
Methylthio incorporation                                   ubiquinone. Its amino acid composition has been
                                                           determined [K814].
Rat liver converts N-hydroxy-2-                               Sporotrichum pulverolentum enzyme reduces a
acetamidofluorene into 2-amino-3-                          series of quinones including p -quinone,

                                                                    Hydrogen: quinone oxidoreductase

toluquinone, methoxyquinone, 1,4-                          benzoquinone imine, 2-amino-1,4-
naphthoquinone, menadione and 4,5-                         naphthoquinone imine, N,N-dimethylindoaniline
dimethoxy-o -quinone [B301].                               and 2-acetamido-N,N-dimethylindoaniline
  Phanerochaete chrysosporium enzyme is                    [E214].
soluble, possibly a homodimer, molecular weight               Bacillus stearothermophilus NADH:
44 000, optimum pH 5.0 Á/6.5 and pI 4.3, which             dichlorophenolindophenol oxidoreductase is a
contains flavin mononucleotide and requires                flavoprotein, molecular weight 43 000, activated
NAD(P)H. Substrates are 2-methoxy- and                     by FMN or cyanide. It is inhibited by EDTA or
2,6-dimethoxy-p -quinone, and menadione                    p -chloromercuribenzoate, but it is stable up to
[H611].                                                    708 [B725].
                                                              Phanerochaete chrysosporium benzoquinone
                                                           reductase also exhibits this activity [H611]. This
Hydrogen: quinone oxidoreductase
                                                           reaction has been detected in Escherichia
                                                           [A1228], beef [A1899], Diphyllobothrium [A679],
                                                           Pseudomonas [A2952], Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Wolinella succinogenes enzyme utilizes molecular
                                                           [K229], guinea pig [K773] and Eubacterium
hydrogen to reduce 2,3-dimethyl-1,4-
naphthoquinone. This cytoplasmic membrane
enzyme is composed of three proteins including
cytochrome b [K772].                                       Xanthommatin reductase (E.C.

Benzpyrene-3,6-quinone reduction                           Drosophila melanogaster enzyme, which utilizes
                                                           NADH, forms 5,12-dihydroxanthommatin by
Rat liver microsomes reduce this quinone                   reduction of the quinoneimine moiety [E192].
to benzpyrene-3,6-diol, with NADPH as
co-substrate [A3637].
  Rabbit liver morphine 6-dehydrogenase
reduces polynuclear quinones with NAD(P)H as               2.9 Halogens and the aromatic nucleus
coenzyme, but does not reduce p -quinones

                                                           The thyroid hormone thyroxine is formed by the
Dichlorophenolindophenol (quinone imine)
                                                           incorporation of iodide into tyrosyl residues of
reduction (DT diaphorase; NAD(P)H
                                                           the protein thyroglobulin; this is explored in an
dehydrogenase (quinone), E.C.
                                                           extensive early literature.
                                                              Human neutrophil myeloperoxidase acts on
  2; 6-Dichloroindophenol 0
                                                           ticlopidine both to dechlorinate and to introduce
  N-(3; 5-dichloro-4-hydroxy)-4-hydroxyaniline
                                                           a further chlorine in the 2 position [K53].
Two human erythrocyte NAD(P)H                                 Iodinating enzyme present in goat submaxil-
dehydrogenases, molecular weight about 18 000,             lary gland appears to be iodide peroxidase
reduce a range of substrate types including                (E.C., optimum pH 4. It iodinates
2,6-dichlorophenolindophenol [B260]. The rat               L-tyrosine and L-3-iodotyrosine, as well as
liver enzyme exhibits complex kinetics, which              exchanging labelled iodine in 3,5-diiodotyrosine
possibly involves two separate active sites and the        with inorganic iodine [A997].
interconversion of heat- and cold-stable forms                Glycine max seed coat peroxidase acts on
[A2223].                                                   veratryl alcohol, with bromide and peroxide, to
   Rat liver cytosolic quinone reductase, which            form 2-bromo-4,5-dimethoxybenzyl alcohol
requires NAD(P)H, reduces N-acetyl-p -                     quantitatively, with optimum pH below 2.5.

Chlorination by molecular chlorine

Pyrazole and indole are also brominated; iodide             the chlorine reacts with L-tyrosine to yield
but not chloride can substitute for bromide                 3-chloro-L-tyrosine [J226]. The potential scope of
[K439].                                                     this reaction for synthetic chemistry is enormous,
   Bromoperoxidase (non-haem type) from the                 in which free halogens can react with a large
red alga Corallina pilulifera catalyses a variety of        range of compounds under controlled conditions.
reactions. Anisole is brominated at all the nuclear
positions, 1-methoxynaphthalene is
4-brominated, phenol and salicyl alcohol yield
                                                            Deiodination of thyroxine and analogues (without
2,4,6-tribromophenol. In addition styrene and
                                                            hydroxylation; E.C. and
analogues are brominated on the side-chain
                                                            Rat liver type I enzyme deiodinates thyroxine and
   Ulva lactuca (a green marine alga) bromoper-
                                                            a series of partially deiodinated analogues and
oxidase forms 2,4,6-tribromophenol from phenol,
                                                            their O-sulphate and N-sulphonate conjugates
and for a series of phenols with carbon side
                                                            [G337]. Deiodination of the outer ring of
chains at the ortho and para positions (listed
                                                            thyroxine and analogues is optimal at pH 6 Á/6.5;
below) the side chains are replaced by bromine.
                                                            inner ring deiodination is optimal at above pH
Phenol forms o - and p -bromophenol, 2,4- and
                                                            8.5, whereas inner ring deiodination of T3 ocurs
2,6-dibromophenol as intermediates. In contrast,
                                                            at pH 8 [A3752]; a second apparent optimum for
o -hydroxybenzyl alcohol forms o -, but little
                                                            rT3 of 4.5 with no apparent formation of
p -bromophenol. p -Hydroxybenzaldehyde forms
                                                            halogenated products at physiological pH is an
p -bromophenol. p -Hydroxyphenylacetate forms
                                                            experimental artifact arising from the rapid
a little p -bromophenol, a trace of 2,4-
                                                            disappearance of rT3 at physiological pH
dibromophenol, but no 2,6-dibromophenol.
                                                            under the conditions used [A3117, A3549].
p -Hydroxybenzoate and p -hydroxybenzyl
                                                            A monomeric 5?-deiodinase, molecular weight
alcohol form p -bromophenol and 2,4-
                                                            56 000 appears to be a metalloenzyme, possibly
dibromophenol, but no o -bromophenol or
                                                            containing iron [F821]. The observed similarities
2,6-dibromophenol [K153].
                                                            between 5?-deiodination of rT3 and rT2 in rat
   Pseudomonas putida bromoperoxidase acts on
                                                            liver suggest that a single enzyme is involved
aniline with bromide and peroxide to form o - and
                                                            [B833]. No cofactors were detected in one study,
p- bromophenol; other anilines are not substrates.
                                                            nor was oxygen involved. Inhibition has been
In the absence of bromide azobenzene,
                                                            observed with both particulate and cytosolic
azoxybenzene and nitrobenzene are formed
                                                            enzymes using Zn2' or propylthiouracil, but not
                                                            with a-methyltyrosine [A3312, A3549, A3889].
   Streptomyces venezuelae bromoperoxidase-
                                                               Solubilized liver microsomal 5?-deiodinase has
catalase (a homogeneous enzyme), molecular
                                                            a molecular weight of 55 000 and pI 5.7 [F802].
weight about 130 000, appears to be a dimer, pI
                                                            Another study claims that both 5- and
4.5 and optimum pH 6.9. It brominates 2-(3,5-
                                                            5?-deiodinase activities are entirely microsomal
dibromo-2-methoxyphenyl)-1-methylpyrrole to
                                                            [B504]. Parenchymal cell microsomal enzymes
form one pentabromo and two tetrabromo
                                                            convert thyroxine into T3 and rT3, both of which
analogues. The position of the bromo substitu-
                                                            are further converted into 3,3?-T2, the deiodina-
ents is not known, but some appear to be on the
                                                            tion of rT3 being by far the fastest [B126].
aromatic nucleus [F276].
                                                            Another study reports that the molecular weight
                                                            of solubilized microsomal enzyme is 65 000 or
                                                            200 000, depending on the method; the reason for
Chlorination by molecular chlorine                          the differencies between these results is obscure
                                                            [B427]. A further study on microsomal enzyme
Myeloperoxidase in human neutrophils generates              found that it is a lipoprotein that requires Fe2' ,
molecular chlorine with peroxide and chloride;              but it is not a P450 [A1095].

                                                                                 Reductive dehalogenation

   A rat enzyme that deiodinates T2 to T1 is found           Reductive dehalogenation
mainly in liver. Some is microsomal, but most of
the activity is associated with the plasma                     3-Chloro-4-hydroxybenzoate 0
membrane. It is stimulated by dithiothreitol and                  p-hydroxybenzoate
inhibited by oxygen. It is claimed that its
                                                             Desulfitobacterium chlororespirans dehalogen-
properties closely resemble those of 5?-deiodinase
                                                             ase, optimum pH 6.5, fulfils the entire energy
                                                             requirements for the growth of this organism.
   Liver, thyroid and kidney enzymes that
                                                             The best co-substrate reductant is reduced
5?-deiodinate iodothyronines contain one mol of              methylviologen. It dechlorinates a series of
selenium/mol, presumably present as                          chlorinated benzoates, phenylacetates and
selenocysteine [F882]. Astrocyte type III                    phenols ortho to the hydroxyl group [J232].
iodothyronine deiodinase, which removes an                   D. dehalogenans enzyme, optimum pH 8.2, also
iodine from the inner ring of triiodothyronine is            requires reduced methyl viologen as electron
also a selenoprotein [J197].                                 donor. It acts on a range of chlorinated phenols,
   Glial cell Type I deiodinase is a dimer, with             and converts 3-chloro-4-hydroxyphenyl acetate
monomeric molecular weight of 27 000, and                    into 4-hydroxyphenyl acetate [K247].
Type II a hexamer, monomeric molecular                          Desulfomonile tiedje enzyme acts on
weight 29 000. Both are membrane-bound                       m -chlorobenzoate to yield benzoate, and on
[G121].                                                      analogues with various substituents in the
   5?-Deiodinase from rat cerebral cortex appears            5- and 6-positions with reduced methylviologen
to involve two activities, one with low affinity and         as reductant. It is a heterodimer, subunit
the other with high affinity [B914]. Its optimum             molecular weights 64 000 and 37 000 and
pH is 8.0, and it requires dithiothreitol. Its               optimum pH 7.2. It may be a haem protein
distribution through the brain is different from             [G152, H642].
that of thyroxine and T3 5-deiodinases [C48].
   Rat pineal 5?-deiodinase has an optimum pH of
6.5 [E104].
   Rat 5?-deiodinase (type 3) activity is found in           Tetrachloroquinol reductive dehalogenase
the pituitary; the enzyme acting on thyroxine may
be different from the one that deiodinates rT3               In Phanerochaete chrysosporium dehalogenation
[D79]. In pregnant rat uterus, Type 3 deiodinase             takes place in two steps. The first is the replace-
at day nine of pregnancy is found in mesometrial             ment of a chlorine atom with glutathione, and the
and antimesometrial decidual tissue. At days 12              second, catalysed by glutathione conjugate
and 13 it is localised to epithelial cells lining the        reductase, removes the glutathione moiety, with
uterine lumen [K69].                                         glutathione or another thiol as co-substrate.
   Human kidney microsomal thyroxine                         The first step is catalyzed by a membrane-bound
5?-deiodinase has an optimum at pH 6.5. Another              enzyme, optimum pH 6.3, and the second enzyme
enzyme, a 5-deiodinase, forms rT3 [E193].                    is cytosolic, optimum pH 8.3. Other substrates
   In beef cattle the conversion of T4 into T3 is            are trichloroquinol and 2,6-dichloroquinol, which
most active in liver, with lesser activity in                gives a pathway for serial dechlorination [K138].
kidney. Trace activity is found in muscle
   In monkey hepatocarcinoma deiodination of
the outer ring of thyroxine and analogues is                 Dehalogenation of other xenobiotics
optimal at pH 6.3; inner ring deiodination is
optimal at pH 7.9; activity is enhanced by                   Human neutrophil myeloperoxidase
dithiothreitol and inhibited by Zn2' [A3889].                dechlorinates ticlopidine [K53].

Epoxide formation

2.10 Epoxide formation and reduction                       considered to involve an epoxide [A3626]. On the
                                                           other hand, a range of hydroxylations in
                                                           Nitrosomonas europaea by ammonia
Epoxide formation                                          monooxygenase involve a NIH shift mechanism,
                                                           but the reaction is considered not to involve
Epoxides are key intermediates in the metabolism           epoxide formation [H631].
of aromatic polynuclear hydrocarbons in animals,             6b-Hydroxyhyoscyamine epoxidase
and in the formation of DNA adducts that lead              (E.C. is described in section 1.3.
to carcinogenesis. They are very reactive and
usually cannot be detected, except as their
degradation products, such as trans -dihydrodiols
                                                           Vitamin K epoxidase
and glutathione conjugates. Most of the
published information on the pathways can be
                                                           Human liver enzyme shows high activity at 10 Á/30
found under dihydrodiol formation or the See
                                                           weeks gestation, and then declines to the adult
also entries under the oxide formation from the
                                                           level at birth [K414].
parent hydrocarbons in Part 1.
   Rat liver cytochrome P450c catalyses the
formation of naphthalene and anthracene
1,2-oxides. Trapping experiments indicate that the
                                                           Epoxide reduction
('/)-(1R ,2S ) enantiomers are the predominent
products [D261]. However, cytochrome P450b                 Rat liver microsomes reduce benzpyrene-4,5- and
forms the (1S,2R ) oxides predominently from               7,8-oxides to the parent hydrocarbon, with
these compounds [D792]. P450c forms 5,6- and               NADP as co-substrate. Activity is enhanced in
8,9-oxides from benz[a]anthracene. Liver                   3-methylcholanthrene-treated rats, and further
microsomes form principally ('/)-(3S,4R )- and             increased by riboflavin. Milk xanthine oxidase
('/)-(5S,6R )-oxides from benzo[c ]phenanthrene            also catalyzes the reaction, with enhancement by
[E748]. Pyrene forms pyrene-4,5-oxide [A739].              riboflavin. Other oxides, including styrene oxide,
   Rat lung and liver form the 4,5-oxide from              show little or no reduction [B558]. Rat liver
benzo[a ]pyrene and 5,6-oxide from benz[a ]an-             reductase system is composed of cytochrome
thracene and 7-methylbenz[a ]anthracene [A70].             P448, NADPH, a reductase and a lipid fraction.
   Rabbit lung and guinea pig liver microsomes             Methylcholanthrene-induced P448 can be
form 4,5-oxide from benzo[a ]pyrene [B286,                 replaced less effectively by P450, either from
B812].                                                     methylcholanthrene- or phenobarbital-treated
   Benzene yields benzene oxide in rat; it is found        animals. The purified reductase used was free
in blood [J351].                                           from P450 [A3527]. Activity is stimulated by
   Carbamazepine forms a 10,11-epoxide in man              FMN or methylviologen and inhibited by oxygen,
[A3122].                                                   dimethylaniline-N-oxide, cumene hydroperoxide
   The role of epoxides as mandatory intermedi-            or carbon monoxide. It is absent at birth, but the
ates in the formation of phenols in xenobiotics,           activity develops by 28 days post partum to about
including polynuclear hydrocarbons, has not been           50 per cent of that found at 49 days [A2601].
unambiguously demonstrated. Epoxides have                  Other substrates include the 5,6-oxides of
been suggested as intermediates in the                     benzanthracene, 7-methylbenzanthracene,
hydroxylation of bromobenzene by rat liver                 7-hydroxymethylbenzanthracene and
microsomes, involving a non-enzymatic step.                7,12-dimethylbenzanthracene,
Dihydrodiols formed from epoxides are                      benzanthracene-8,9-oxide and
dehydrated to phenols under acidic conditions,             3-methylcholanthrene-11,12-oxide. A
often used in extraction of metabolites from urine         dihydromonohydroxy compound is not an
[B825]. Acetanilide hydroxylation has been                 intermediate [A350].

                                                                               Vitamin K epoxide reductase

Vitamin K epoxide reductase                                     A mixture of E. coli and S. faecalis converts
(E.C. and                                    pyrogallol into resorcinol; pure cultures did not
                                                              catalyze the reaction. The activity is inducible
Human liver enzyme activity is lower than adult               [E113].
at 10 Á/30 weeks gestation, it is then very variable            Human faeces dehydroxylate phloretate to
until birth, after which it settles to the adult level        phenylpropionate [A2767].
                                                              b. Apparent intermolecular hydroxyl transfer

                                                              Pelobacter acidigallici forms phloroglucinol from
2.11 Deamination of arylamines without                        pyrogallol in the presence of 1,2,3,5-
hydroxylation                                                 tetrahydroxybenzene stoichiometrically. It is
                                                              considered that the reaction sequence is:

Desulphovibrio converts aniline into benzene; the               Pyrogallol'1; 2; 3; 5-tetrahydroxybenzene 0
amino group is released as ammonia.                               1; 2; 3; 5-tetrahydroxybenzene'phloroglucinol:
2,4-Dinitrophenol forms phenol with the release
of ammonia but not nitrite; reduction to                      A similar reaction occurs with other phenols;
2,4-diaminophenol appears to be the initial step              some of the listed products have not been fully
[G827].                                                       characterized:
                                                                1; 2; 3; 5-Tetrahydroxybenzene 0
2.12 Dehydroxylation of phenols                                 1; 2; 3; 5-Tetrahydroxybenzene
                                                                     'hydroxyquinol 0 phloroglucinol
                                                                     '1; 2; 4; 5-tetrahydroxybenzene
a. Dehydroxylation
                                                                1; 2; 3; 5-Tetrahydroxybenzene
Many studies have detected the removal of the                        'resorcinol 0 phloroglucinol
para hydroxyl group in catechols, usually by gut                     'hydroxyquinol
flora. Little information is available about the
enzymes involved. Dehydroxylation of                            Pyrogallol'hydroxyquinol 0 resorcinol
dihydrocaffeate occurs, for instance, in conven-                     '1; 2; 4; 5-tetrahydroxybenzene
tional rats, but not in germ-free animals [A557].               Hydroxyquinol 0 resorcinol
Rats, fed with L-dopa and dopamine form small
                                                                     '1; 2; 4; 5-tetrahydroxybenzene [F434]:
amounts of m- hydroxy analogues and
metabolites [A2961]; the excretion of m -hydroxy                 Dihydrophloroglucinol formation appears to
metabolites formed from dietary plant catecholic              be the first reaction step with phloroglucinol as
compounds is dramatically reduced in germ-free                substrate; the enzyme for this step, optimum pH
rats compared with conventional rats, indicating              7.2, requires NADPH [E189].
that gut flora are involved [H73]. However,                      Eubacterium oxidoreducens pyrogallol-
studies with rat brain striatum have shown that               phloroglucinol isomerase (E.C. converts
trace amounts of dopamine are converted into                  pyrogallol into phloroglucinol [E388]; the reac-
m - and p -tyramine [C465].                                   tion requires 1,2,3,5-tetrahydroxybenzene [G772].
   A denitrifying bacterium converts salicylate               The reaction is apparently anaerobic, optimum
into benzoate. Enzymes have been detected that                pH 7.3, and requires dimethyl sulphoxide, which
catalyze salicylate CoA ligation and reductive                is converted into methyl sulphide. Hydroxyquinol
dehydroxylation of salicyloyl CoA as part of the              forms resorcinol and 2,6-dihydroxy-p -quinone.
reaction sequence [J213].                                     The reaction sequence proposed is:

Nitro substitution

  Pyrogallol0/1,3-dihydroxy-2-                          veratryl alcohol to form several products, which
    oxocyclohexa-3,5-diene0/                            include 3,4-dimethoxynitrobenzene and
    3-hydroxy-o -quinone 0/                             4,5-dimethoxy-2-nitrobenzaldehyde. The reaction
    3,5-dihydroxy-1,2-dioxocyclohex-3-ene 0/            appears to be the result of the formation of nitro
    1,2,3,5-tetrahydroxybenzene0/2,3,5-                 radicals, which then nitrate with or without
    trihydroxy-1-oxocyclohexa-3,5-diene 0/              displacement of the side chain [J624].
    1,2-dihydroxy-3,5-dioxocyclohexane 0/                  Mouse brain forms nitrotyrosine from tyrosine;
    phloroglucinol                                      nitric oxide synthase (E.C. appears to
                                                        be responsible [K385].
  This mechanism may be different from that for
Pelobacter [E507].
  Penicillium simplissimum converts
phloroglucinol into a mixture of hydroxyquinol
and resorcinol. It is proposed that                     Removal of nitro groups
dihydrophloroglucinol is an intermediate [F639].
                                                        In rat 2,3,5,6-tetrachloronitrobenzene forms
                                                        1,2,4,5-tetrachlorobenzene. The mechanism is
                                                        unclear, but conjugation with glutathione may be
2.13 Nitro group addition and removal                   involved [H512]. 6-Nitrobenzpyrene yields
                                                        benzpyrene; this reaction occurs in liver [D207,
                                                        E252] and is also observed in mouse [E971].
Nitro substitution

Phanerochaete chrysosporium lipid peroxidase
with peroxide and tetranitromethane acts on

       3. Oxidations and reductions of substituent side
            chains and non-aromatic ring systems
               (without altering chain length)

3.1 Hydroxylation of the carbon side-chain                  presence of a low-molecular weight inhibitor.
                                                            Pure beef enzyme is inhibited by boiled human
                                                            plasma, suggesting that this inhibitor is heat
Dopamine-b-hydroxylase (dopamine-b-                         stable [A1956].
monooxygenase; DBH; E.C.                            Human adrenal enzyme does not act on
                                                            dopamine 3-or 4-sulphate [K459].
  Ar:CH2 :CH2 NH2 'ascorbate                                   Beef adrenal enzyme, molecular weight
       'O2 0 Ar:CHOH:CH2 NH2                                290 000, exhibits an optimum at pH 5.0 [C387].
       'dehydroascorbate                                    However, a further study claims a molecular
                                                            weight of 290 000 in the pH range 4 Á/11, and that
Substrates for this enzyme are phenethylamines,             urea can cause it to dissociate into three inactive
including tyramine and dopamine. The                        subunits [A885]. According to another study the
physiologically important substrate dopamine                molecular weight is 130 000, and is probably a
yields the neurotransmitter noradrenaline.                  homotetramer composed of two pairs of
   Human serum enzyme requires ascorbate and                monomers that are bound by disulphide bridges
is stimulated by fumarate, N-ethylmaleimide and             [A1093]. The dimer and tetramer are reversibly
by low concentrations of copper. Two isozymes               interconverted, polymerisation (from molecular
are found, molecular weights 368 000 and                    weight 145 000 to 290 000, with an increase in
188 000, both with optima at pH 5.0. The Km for             Stokes radius from 5.8 to 6.9 nm) is enhanced by
the smaller isozyme is 10 times greater than for
                                                            increasing the pH from 5.0 to 5.7. With tyramine
the larger isozyme [A3375].
                                                            as substrate, changes in activity correlate with
   Human umbilical cord plasma activity is about
                                                            polymerization of the enzyme [K157]. Since the
2 per cent of the adult level [A3403]. Plasma
                                                            pH of chromaffin granules is 5.6, this
DBH activity shows a familial correlation
[A1336]. A diurnal rhythm has been observed for             polymerisation is probably physiologically
the serum enzyme, in which bed rest is partially            important. Dissociation of the tetramer into the
responsible for a drop in activity. On a normal             dimer is caused by firm binding to ADP; this is
regime, a rise of 10 per cent after waking is               independent of pH between pH 5 and 7. At pH
followed by a steady maximal activity during the            5.5 the Km for both ascorbate and tyramine is
afternoon and a decline in the evening and night            lower than at neutrality without affecting Vmax
[A1245]. Measurements of plasma enzyme in                   [K154]. The enzyme contains two Cu/subunit, but
different human subjects by immunoassay shows               it is not stimulated by Ni2', Co2' , Mn2', Fe3'
a three-fold range, whereas measurement by                  or Zn2'; the amino acid composition has been
activity shows a 150-fold range, suggesting that            measured [A885, K156]. Medullary enzyme
much of the enzyme is present in an inactive form           has an optimum pH 4.8 Á/5.5, and this is
[A1158]. Dialysis increases activity, suggesting the        sharpened, moved and skewed to a lower pH as


the concentration of tyramine is raised from                is no Walden-type inversion [A1410]. Isotope
0.2 Á/10 mM [A1008].                                        effects indicate that b-CÃ/H cleavage is the rate-
   All four subunit chains from chromaffin                  limiting step, with a secondary, possibly steric
granule enzyme, solubilized with sodium dodecyl             effect from the a-CH [A3689]. The enzyme acts
sulphate, contain about 4.8 per cent of                     on 2-indanamine, which is a cyclic analogue
carbohydrate, most of which is mannose. In                  of phenethylamine in which rotation at the
consequence, it is able to complex with                     hydroxylation site is prevented. The product is
concanavalin A from which it can be displaced               almost stereochemically pure trans- (1S, 2S )-2-
by a-methyl-D-mannoside; this property has led              amino-1-indanol [J666]. The reaction rate is
to a purification procedure [A332, K193].                   reduced by 50 per cent in D2O, possibly by D
   The enzyme has been detected in cerebrospinal            exchange in a histidyl residue involved in H
fluid [A2838] and in lymph [Al136].                         transfer [A330]. Mechanistic studies suggest that
   Beef enzyme is released from adrenal by                  a ping-pong mechanism is not involved; it is
treatment with acetylcholine [A3532]; it is present         suggested that a ter bi sequential type is more
in the cytoplasm of all medullary cells [A1409],            likely, with electron donor, oxygen and substrate
where it is partially (1/3) membrane-bound, with            adding in that sequence [A1465]. Adrenal enzyme
the remainder soluble. These forms are immuno-              activity is enhanced by a superoxide-generating
logically identical. The soluble enzyme appears to          system, and is inhibited by superoxide dismutase
be homogeneous, and the insoluble to be repre-              [A1163]. Activation by fumarate or sodium
sented by two forms. Partial proteolysis of the             chloride shifts the optimum pH from about 6.2 to
insoluble form releases enzyme that has the same            7, with increased activity at the optimum. This is
properties as the soluble form [A1907, A3580].              thought to be due to anion binding at a basic
   Beef adrenal enzyme is inhibited by the                  group adjacent to an ionizable group at the active
anti-thyroid agents methimazole and                         site [Al093]. A study in the absence of fumarate
propylthiouracil, by thiouracil and                         suggested that ascorbate and tyramine add
2-mercaptoimidazole [A19l8]. Thioureas                      sequentially; the apparent ping-pong mechanism
inhibit by several mechanisms; N-phenyl-N?-3-               only occurs at saturating concentrations of
(4H -1,2,4-triazolyl)thiourea and N-(n -butyl)-             fumarate (acetate or chloride show a similar
N?-3-(4H -1,2,4-triazolyl)thiourea both inhibit             effect) [K189].
noncompetitively relative to substrate, but the                Pure beef enzyme, free from sulphatase activity,
former is a mixed type inhibitor with respect               is claimed to act on dopamine-3-sulphate to
to ascorbate, and Cu2' does not reverse the                 generate unbound noradrenaline. The reaction is
inhibition. Inhibition by N-(n -butyl)-N?-3-(4H -           inhibited by fusaric acid, a DBH inhibitor
1,2,4-triazolyl)thiourea is noncompetitive relative         [A3334].
to ascorbate, and inhibition is reversed by Cu2'               Beef brain enzyme has a molecular weight of
[A797]. Catalase protects against denaturation,             400 000, optimum pH 5.0 [C387].
and diethylpyrocarbamate, a histidine-binding                  Rat brain enzyme exhibits maximal activity in
compound, inactivates it. It is inhibited by                the presence of N-ethylmaleimide (50 mM) and
diethyldithiocarbamate [A1097]. Incubation with             Cu2'; it may activate by interaction with an
cysteine inactivates it irreversibly. Although the          endogenous inhibitor [A1723]. The enzyme exists
mechanism has not been identified [A800],                   as multiple forms, which may be interconverted,
reduction of disulphide bridges possibly followed           with molecular weights 73 000 and 77 000 [K460].
by bonding with cysteine may occur. It is not               It is inhibited by some methimazole analogues
stimulated by N-ethylmaleimide [A3375].                     including 1-cyclohexyl-2-mercaptoimidazole
   Beef adrenal enzyme acts on D-amphetamine,               [A1697].
forming l -norephedrine, thus removing the pro-R               Rat serum enzyme activity remains fairly
hydrogen [Al101], which is replaced by a hydroxyl           constant from birth until weaning, followed by a
group while retaining the configuration, i.e., there        50 per cent drop over five days, and then a slow

                                                           Tryptamine and tryptophan b-hydroxylation

decline to the adult level. In heart the activity          occur with, for instance, indole-3-propionate
increases fourfold between birth and weaning,              or peptide-linked tryptophan [A3007].
and then remains constant [A1700]. The enzyme              During the reaction an oxygen atom is
has also been detected in rat stomach, heart,              introduced from water, but not from
stellate ganglion, superior cervical ganglion and          molecular oxygen; oxygen can be replaced
salivary gland as well as adrenal [A368, H620].            by other electron acceptors. The
   In dog, hypotension produced by haemorrhage             reaction produces an olefinic intermediate
raises plasma DBH activity by 40 per cent                  that is then hydrated, possibly spontaneously
[A3576].                                                   [A3148].
   Hen adrenal enzyme appears to be a homo-
tetramer, molecular weight 320 000 and optimum
pH 5 Á/6, with subunits linked by disulphide               NADPH-dependent L-phenylalanine
bridges. It requires ascorbate (ferrocyanide can           monooxygenase
act as substitute) and fumarate (acetate is a
poor substitute). The product from substrate               Carica papaya enzyme is found only in leaves.
b-labelled with tritium retains an excess of label.        It is highly specific; other phenylalanines are
Kinetic studies have suggested a ping-pong                 not substrates. The reaction involves oxidative
mechanism [C56].                                           decarboxylation to form benzylaldoxime
   Opuntia converts N-methyltyramine into                  [H947].
normacromerine (N-methyl-3,4-
dimethoxyphenylethanolamine) [A3977].
                                                           Mandelic acid formation from phenylacetic acids

Tryptamine and tryptophan b-hydroxylation                    R:CH2 :COOH 0 R:CHOH:COOH
                                                           Substrates include phenylacetate and
An enzyme in beef adrenal medulla and in most              p -hydroxyphenylacetate. Species in which the
rat tissues acts on tryptamine; it is unclear              reaction has been detected include plants
whether this has any physiological role [B469].            (barley, wheat, parsley and Glycine max) and
   Pseudomonas indole-3-alkane a-hydroxylase               microorganisms (Aspergillus and Pseudomonas)
(tryptophan 2?-dioxygenase, E.C. acts           [A329, A2691, A3594, G929].
on tryptamine to form (R )-b-hydroxytryptamine,
removing the pro -S hydrogen from C-2 of the
side chain. It also acts on tryptophan methyl              Hydroxyphenylacetonitrile 2-monooxygenase
ester and DL-homotryptophan. A mixture of                  (E.C.
(2S, 3R )- and (2R , 3S )-b-methyltryptophan
is also hydroxylated, but a mixture of                     Etiolated sorghum seedling enzyme requires
(2R , 3R )- and (2S, 3S )-b-methyltryptophan is            oxygen and NADP to form the corresponding
inactive [B84]. The molecular weight of the                mandelonitrile [K711].
enzyme is 250 000, pI 4.8 and optimum pH about
4. Its amino acid composition has been
determined, and it contains 0.8 mol Fe/mol.
                                                           Hydroxylation of nuclear methyl groups
Cyanide and hydroxylamine are inhibitory. A
range of tryptophans and tryptamines as well
                                                             R:CH3 0 R:CH2 OH
as indoles with 3-alkyl moieties are also
substrates. L-Tryptophan is hydroxylated and               a. Polynuclear hydrocarbons
decarboxylated to b-hydroxytryptamine, with
decarboxylation apparently as the second                   Rat liver enzyme oxidizes 7-methyl- and
reaction step. Decarboxylation does not                    7,12-dimethylbenzanthracene, incorporating

Ethylbenzene dehydrogenases

oxygen from molecular oxygen, but not from                  3,5-Xylenol is oxidized in Pseudomonas putida
water [A339].                                            by an enzyme that does not oxidize p -cresol. It
                                                         requires NADH, and is inhibited by cyanide but
b. Phenols                                               not by carbon monoxide [A3870].
                                                            Penicillium simplicissimum vanillyl alcohol
A Pseudomonas putida enzyme, which acts on               oxidase (E.C. is a flavoprotein
4-hydroxy-3-methylbenzoate is a 2-protein                that acts on p -cresol [G662]; it also forms
system, molecular weight 115 000, that appears to        p -hydroxbenzaldehyde very slowly [J680].
be composed of a flavin-containing hydroxylase              P. patulum enzyme is microsomal, optimum
and an electron-transfer system that uses NADH.          pH 7.5, and requires molecular oxygen and
It is claimed to be an unusual type of                   NADPH for oxidation of p -cresol. Carbon
mixed-function oxidase [F223]. The electron              monoxide and cytochrome c are inhibitory
transfer system appears to be a flavocytochrome c        [A1468].
[A3870].                                                    Achromobacter enzyme, molecular weight
   p -Cresol is converted into p -hydroxybenzyl          130 000, is composed of subunits, molecular
                                                         weights 54 000 and 12 500. The substrate is
alcohol by Pseudomonas 4-cresol dehydrogenase
                                                         p -cresol [F868].
(hydroxylating) (E.C., a dimer, mole-
cular weight 115 000. One component is a c-type
                                                         c. Toluenes and xylenes
cytochrome and the other a flavoprotein [A3276];
the oxygen is incorporated from water [A3829,
                                                         Pseudomonas aeruginosa enzyme is composed of
K410]. Studies on p -cresol oxidation with 3             three proteins, and requires FAD and NADH
Pseudomonas strains including P. putida found            [A1009].
that each has a different molecular weight and             E. coli xylene monooxygenase oxidizes toluene
Km. The enzyme is anaerobic, with                        and pseudocumene to the corresponding alcohols
8a-(O-tyrosyl)FAD as cofactor [B853, K841].              and aldehydes [K491].
It further oxidizes the substrate to the
corresponding aldehyde [A3829].
   Pseudomonas p -cresol methylhydroxylase is a          Ethylbenzene dehydrogenases
cytochrome c flavoprotein that catalyzes the
incorporation of oxygen from water, and oxidizes           Ethylbenzene 0 1-phenylethanol
the product further to the aldehyde [K203]. The
                                                         Azoarcus enzyme, which is membrane-bound,
enzyme is a tetramer with two pairs of identical
                                                         requires quinone as an electron acceptor; the
polypeptide chains, one with molecular weight
                                                         product is pure (S )-1-phenylethanol. Not all
119 000, and the other a cytochrome, molecular
                                                         analogues are substrates, but propylbenzene and
weight 9300; each of the latter binds a flavin
                                                         p -ethylfluorobenzene are hydroxylated [K241].
molecule. In the wild-type enzyme this is                   Byssochlamys fulva vanillyl alcohol oxidase is a
covalently bound, but in enzyme expressed in             homodimer, monomeric molecular weight 58 000,
E. coli it is not covalently bound [K289]. Growth        which oxidizes p -hydroxyphenylethane and
on p -cresol induces the p -cresol oxidizing             p -hydroxyphenylpropane to the corresponding
enzyme, which is a dimer, molecular weight               (S )-1-(p -hydroxyphenyl)alcohols [K164].
100 000, composed of a flavoprotein and                     E.coli enzyme forms mainly the (R )-isomer
cytochrome c, with different molecular weights           [G740]
and Km (not quoted) for the enzyme from three               Mortierella isabellina enzyme forms both
different strains [A3870, B853]. p -Cresol and           (R )- and (S )-phenylethanols, and the identity
p -ethylphenol are oxidized adjacent to the              of the para substituent determines which
aromatic nucleus. A ping-pong mechanism has              predominates. In no case was one isomer found to
been suggested for the oxidation [E361].                 be the exclusive product. With bromo and nitro

                                                                          4-Allylphenol v-hydroxylation

substitution the enantiomeric enrichment was              particularly the early ones the chirality of the
only slight, whereas with methoxy and chloro (S )         product was not established.
predominates (between 20 per cent and 40 per
cent enantiomeric excess), but with cyano,
methyl, ethyl and fluoro (R ) predominates                4-Allylphenol v-hydroxylation
   A Penicillium simplicissimum vanillyl alcohol          Penicillium simplicissimum vanillyl alcohol
oxidase acts on 4-allyl- and 4-alkylphenols (1 Á/3        oxidase hydroxylates eugenol and chavicol to the
C chain). Further oxidation forms the corre-              corresponding cinnamyl alcohols [H389]. The
sponding acetophenone and propiophenone.                  enzyme also carries out a range of other activities,
p -Propylphenol also forms a small amount of              such as oxidizing secondary vanillyl alcohols,
p -coumaryl alcohol, and ethylphenol and                  including phenylethanolamines, to the
propylphenol form vinylphenol and                         corresponding ketones [J16].
propenylphenol respectively. A quinone methide               Byssochlamys fulva enzyme is a homodimer,
intermediate is probable for the formation of             monomeric molecular weight 58 000, which
(R )-benzylic alcohols, which are formed in about         additionally oxidizes vanillyl alcohol to vanillin,
94 per cent enantiomeric purity. The hydroxyl             and (p -hydroxyphenyl)alkanes to
group comes from water [J16, J664, J680].                 (S )-1-(p -hydroxyphenyl)alcohols [K164].
   The (S )-isomer is formed by Pseudomonas                  Pseudomonas fluorescens eugenol
                                                          dehydrogenase, a dimer, monomeric molecular
from ethylbenzene [J219]. P. fluorescens
                                                          weights 10 000 and 58 000, is a flavoprotein
eugenol dehydrogenase forms (S )-1-
                                                          that requires an oxidizing agent, such as
(p -hydroxyphenyl)ethanol and (S )-1-
                                                          ferricyanide. It forms coniferyl alcohol from
(p -hydroxyphenyl)propanol from the corre-
                                                          eugenol, as well as oxidizing p -hydroxybenzyl
sponding 4-alkylphenols [K177].                           alcohols [J890].
   Pseudomonas putida 4-ethylphenol
methylenehydroxylase is a flavocytochrome c
composed of two pairs of subunits, molecular
                                                          Acetophenone v-hydroxylation
weight about 120 000. One subunit, molecular
weight 50 000 is a flavoprotein and the other,
                                                          Solanum khasianum enzyme, which hydroxylates
molecular weight 10 000 is a cytochrome c. The            the terminal carbon of acetovanillone, requires
mechanism involves dehydrogenation followed by            oxygen and NADPH. Its inhibition properties
hydration to form 1-(p -hydroxyphenyl)ethanol. It         are like those of P450 [H906]. A similar reaction
acts on a range of 4-alkylphenols with up to nine         probably occurs in Pseudomonas with
carbon atoms in the side chain and on 5-indanol           acetophenone [J219].
(a cyclic analogue of 4-ethylphenol). p -Cresol             In rat a similar reaction occurs with paeonol
and 2,4-xylenol are substrates; and 1-                    [E849].
(p -hydroxyphenyl)ethanol is further oxidized to
p -hydroxyacetophenone. It is considered that the
reaction proceeds via a quinone methide [F381].           Cannabinoid side chain hydroxylases
In another study the enzyme was called
4-ethylphenol methylenehydroxylase [E396].                Extensive studies with cannabinoids have
   This type of reaction has also been observed in        demonstrated that hydroxylations occur at
man [D482], rat [D365], rabbit [A287], chinook            various positions in the molecule; however, little
salmon [E710], Desulfobacula toluolica [J847],            appears to have been done at an enzyme level.
Nocardia tartaricans [B144] and in Nitrosomonas           The literature on this subject is extensive, and the
[H219]; in N. europaea ammonia monooxygenase              references given (for D1-tetrahydrocannabinol)
catalyzes the reaction [H631]; in many studies,           are illustrative.

Agroclavine hydroxylation

  Cannabinoid 1ƒ-hydroxylation                             and 26 000, with an assumed native molecular
This reaction has been detected in guinea pig and          weight of 280 000. Analyses indicate that this
Thamnidium [B458, B742].                                   contains 0.66 Mo, 30 Fe and 25 acid-labile S. The
                                                           reaction is anaerobic, with duroquinone,
  Cannabinoid 2ƒ-hydroxylation                             menadione or (best) dichlorophenolindophenol
This reaction has been detected in man, guinea             as electron acceptors. Phenylglyoxylyl CoA is an
pig, Fusarium, Gibberella and Thamnidium                   intermediate, but mandelyl CoA is not [K173].
[B458, B742, C2, F819].
  Cannabinoid 3ƒ-hydroxylation
This reaction has been detected in mouse, rat,
guinea pig, monkey, Chaetomium, Fusarium,                  3.3 Oxidations and reductions of alcohols,
Gibberella and Thamnidium [A3628, B458, B742,              aldehydes and ketones
E598, F599, F819, H418].
  Cannabinoid 4ƒ-hydroxylation
                                                           Alcohol dehydrogenases (aryl-alcohol
This reaction has been detected in guinea pig, rat,        dehydrogenase; E.C., aryl-alcohol
rabbit, Fusarium, Gibberella,                              dehydrogenase (NADPH); E.C.
Syncephalastrum and Thamnidium [A2595,
B458, B742, E7, F7]                                          R:CH2 OH 0 R:CHO
  Cannabinoid 5ƒ-hydroxylation                             Human brain enzyme is composed of at least
This reaction has been detected in mouse, rabbit           five isozymes, pI 5.3, 6.0, 6.3, 7.0 and 7.9.
and guinea pig [A3449, F7].                                They all act on p -nitrobenzaldehyde and
                                                           indole-3-acetaldehyde, but are distinguished by
  Cannabinoid 7-hydroxylation                              their relative activities towards menadione,
This reaction has been detected in rat, rabbit,            daunorubicin, p -hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde
monkey, man, mouse and Chaetomium [A108,                   and p -hydroxymandelaldehyde as potential
A116, A438, A680, A879, A3628].                            substrates. All require NADPH; one that can
                                                           also utilize NADH appears to be
                                                           succinic semialdehyde reductase (E.C.
                                                           E.C. The pI 7.9 enzyme is strongly
Agroclavine hydroxylation
                                                           inhibited by quercetin and quercitrin [B569].
                                                              Human brain aflatoxin B1 aldehyde reductase
Claviceps microsomal enzyme, a P450 that
                                                           is identical with succinic semialdehyde reductase,
requires NADPH, hydroxylates agroclavine to
                                                           which also reduces phenanthrene-9,10-quinone,
elymoclavine [B809].
                                                           phenylglyoxal and p -nitrobenzaldehyde [K273].
                                                              Horse liver enzyme oxidizes benzyl alcohol
                                                           reversibly; the enzyme has two active sites
3.2 Alkyl oxidation to ketone
                                                              A Glycine max (soyabean) cinnamyl alcohol
                                                           dehydrogenase isozyme (E.C1.1.1.195), molecular
                                                           weight 43 000 and optimum pH 9.2, oxidizes
Phenylacetyl CoA: acceptor oxidoreductase
                                                           coniferyl alcohol. A second isozyme in addition
                                                           reversibly oxidizes several substituted cinnamyl
  Phenylacetyl CoA'2 quinone'2 H2 O 0
                                                           alcohols with optimum pH 8.8, and optimum pH
    phenylglyoxylate'2 quinol'CoASH
                                                           6.6 for reduction [A2325].
Thauera aromatica enzyme is a membrane-bound                  Rye aromatic alcohol dehydrogenase is
trimer, subunit molecular weights 93 000, 27 000           composed of 3 NADP-dependent isozymes, one

                                                                                  Alcohol dehydrogenases

NAD-dependent isozyme and one without                       p -hydroxybenzyl alcohols [G662]. It forms the
nucleotide specifity [D45].                                 corresponding acetophenone and propiophenone
   Acinetobacter calcoaceticus benzyl alcohol               from p -ethylphenol and p -propylphenol; there is
dehydrogenase is a monomer, molecular weight                good evidence that the corresponding alcohols
38 923 with 370 amino acid residues, based on               are intermediates [J664, J680].
nucleotide sequencing. It requires NADH and                    Phanerochaete chrysosporium enzyme, mole-
zinc; it is a member of a family of zinc-dependent          cular weight 78 000, has a FAD prosthetic group.
long-chain alcohol dehydrogenases                           It is specific for benzyl alcohols [H613].
(E.C. [J621]. Other substrates include              Pleurotus eryngii alcohol oxidase
coniferyl alcohol, cinnamyl alcohol and other               (E.C., molecular weight 72 600 and pI
(unspecified) aromatic alcohols, but few aliphatic          3.9, contains 15 per cent carbohydrate. It oxidizes
alcohols are substrates [E473]. Another study               a series of benzyl and cinnamyl alcohols [G668].
claims that the enzyme is a tetramer with a                 P. pulmonarius enzyme which contains 14 per
monomeric molecular weight consistent with the              cent carbohydrate, molecular weight 70 500 and
above value. The optimum pH for oxidation is                pI 3.95, has been crystallized. DNA studies
9.2, and for reduction 8.9 [E596].                          indicate that it is composed of 593 amino acid
   Azoarcus 1-phenylethanol dehydrogenase,                  residues, including a signal peptide of 27 amino
which is inducible, only acts on the (S )-isomer; it        acid residues [K373].
requires NAD ' [K241].                                         Pleurotus ostreatus veratryl alcohol oxidase is
   Geotrichum candidum converts                             a glycoprotein containing FAD, optimum pH 6.5
(S )-arylethanols into (R )-arylethanols via                (broad), which forms veratraldehyde, with oxygen
acetophenones; (R )-arylethanols are not                    forming peroxide. A range of benzyl alcohols and
substrates. A range of phenylethanols substituted           cinnamyl alcohols are oxidized [F867].
on the aromatic nucleus with chloro, methyl and                Polystictus versicolor aryl alcohol oxidase is
methoxy groups (but not in the ortho position)              found in the media surrounding the mycelia.
are also substrates [H749].                                 It acts on several benzyl alcohols and
   A methanol dehydrogenase (E.C. in             2-hydroxymethylnaphthalene, but other
Methylomonas methanica, molecular weight                    alcohols are only marginally active [K878].
60 000, oxidizes 2-phenoxyethanol and a range of               Pseudomonas fluorescens enzyme, a dimer,
aliphatic alcohols at similar rates, but does not           monomeric molecular weights 10 000 and
act on benzyl alcohol or secondary alcohols. It             58 000, is a flavoprotein requiring an oxidizing
requires NH4 , with optimum pH 9.5 [A27l2].                 agent, such as ferricyanide. It oxidizes
   Mycobacterium tuberculosis enzyme has an                 p -hydroxybenzyl alcohols as well as forming
optimum of 6.5 Á/8, depending on the nature of              coniferol alcohol from eugenol [J890].
the buffer and other parameters. It oxidizes                   Pseudomonas putida grown on 3,5-xylenol
benzyl alcohols as well as reducing benzaldehyde.           contains two NAD '-dependent alcohol
It is inhibited by p -chloromercuribenzoate,                dehydrogenases, molecular weights 122 000 and
benzoate and o -phenanthroline [A150].                      145 000. When grown on p- cresol a single
   Penicillium urticae 3-hydroxybenzyl-alcohol              NAD' -dependent alcohol dehydrogenase
dehydrogenase (E.C., molecular weight             develops, molecular weight 75 000. They all have
120 000 and optimum pH 7.6, requires NADP.                  an optimum pH of 9.5 or higher, and oxidize a
It is a key enzyme in the formation of patulin              range of substituted benzyl alcohols with minor
from 6-methylsalicylate [K946].                             differences in specificity. The xylenol-induced
   Penicillium simplicissimum vanillyl alcohol              enzymes that oxidize benzyl alcohol, m- and
oxidase (E.C. is an octomer, monomeric            p -hydroxybenzyl alcohols undergo spontaneous
molecular weight 65 000. It is a flavoprotein               inactivation, and are protected by dithiothreitol.
(1 mol/mol of monomer), with covalently bound               Inactivation by p -chloromercuribenzoate is
8a-(N3-histidyl)FAD. It is highly specific for              partly prevented by substrate [A1366, A3837].

Aromatic aldehyde and ketone reductases

   Pseudomonas putida 4-ethylphenol                        keto reductases. A similar enzyme is found in
methylenehydroxylase (see Ethylbenzene                     rat [A15].
dehydrogenases, above) oxidizes 1-(p -hydroxy-                 Beef enzyme is widely distributed throughout
phenyl)ethanol to p -hydroxyacetophenone                   the brain [A1908]. It requires NADH; NADPH is
[F381].                                                    a poor co-substrate. The optimum pH for
   Pseudomonas syringae D-phenylserine                     reduction is 6.8, and 10 for the reverse reaction.
dehydrogenase, molecular weight 31 000 and                 Some aliphatics as well as p -nitrobenzaldehyde
optimum pH 10.4, requires NADP' [H91].                     are substrates [A614].
   Rhodopseudomonas acidophila p -hydroxy-                     Pig brain contains two isozymes, one low- and
benzyl alcohol dehydrogenase (E.C.,              the other high-affinity. Both reduce
molecular weight 27 000 and pI 7.4, has an                 3,4-dihydroxy- and 4-hydroxy-3-
optimum pH 6.5 for oxidation and pH 9 (broad)              methoxyphenylacetaldehydes as well as
for the reverse reaction. Substrates include               l -p -hydroxyphenylglycolaldehyde and
cinnamyl alcohol, phenylethanol and a series               D-3,4-dihydroxyphenylglycolaldehyde; the high
of benzyl alcohol analogues substituted in the             affinity isozyme also reduces 5-hydroxyindole-3-
m- and p -positions, but not o -analogues [Dl97].          acetaldehyde [A1287]. Another study found the
   Thauera benzyl alcohol dehydrogenase, which             molecular weight of the cytosolic enzyme to be
is a homotetramer, molecular weight 160 000,               29 000 and pI 5.8. It utilizes NADPH in the
requires NAD ' [H610].                                     reduction of benzaldehydes, p -hydroxy-
   A benzyl alcohol dehydrogenase has been                 mandelaldehyde, indole-3-acetaldehyde and
detected in a Bacterium [A730].                            some aliphatic aldehydes (especially lactaldehyde
                                                           and glyceraldehyde; acetaldehyde is very
                                                           poor), but it is ineffective in reducing ketones
Aromatic aldehyde and ketone reductases (aryl              [Al679].
alcohol oxidase, E.C.; c.f. aryl-alcohol               Monkey (apparently rhesus) brain enzymes
dehydrogenase (NADP '); E.C.                     have a similar specificity to that of pig brain
                                                           enzyme. Both isozymes require NADPH; one is
R?.CO.R0/R?.CHOH.R, where R is H or an                     low affinity and high activity and the other high
alkyl group and R? an aryl or an aralkyl group.            affinity and low activity [A1908].
   Four or possibly 5 isozymes of aldehyde                     Rat liver aldehyde reductase isozymes, pI 6.5
reductase in human brain reduce indole-3-                  and 6.9, reduce 3,5-dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde
acetaldehyde and p -nitrobenzaldehyde, with pI             and p -nitrobenzaldehyde [B659]. An enzyme
5.3 (this isozyme appears to be E.C., 6.0,        tentatively identified as E.C. has an
6.3, and the fourth fraction shows two values at           optimum pH of 6 Á/8 for the forward reaction,
7.0 (minor) and 7.9. They require NADPH,                   whereas the optimum for the reverse reaction (on
although one isozyme can utilize NADH.                     daunorubicinol) is above pH 10. Both aliphatic
Menadione, daunorubicin,                                   and aromatic aldehydes are reduced, the best
p- hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde and                           being 4-carboxybenzaldehyde; adriamycin is
p -hydroxymandelaldehyde are substrates for at             reduced, but only poorly. Barbital, warfarin and
least 2 of the isozymes. [B569].                           phenobarbital are inhibitors, but is activated by
   Human erythrocyte 4-nitroacetophenone                   NaCl, with peak activity enhanced by 50 per cent
reductase, optimum pH about 7, is not                      above the base-line activity at ionic strength 0.4.
cytochrome c. It requires NADPH, but not                   With 50 mM sodium sulphate there is 40 per cent
NADH. It is unstable at 508, and is                        activation, which declines to zero at ionic strength
moderately unstable at 48 and is inhibited by              0.3 Á/0.4, with inhibition at higher concentrations
p -nitrobenzaldehyde, p -chloromercuribenzoate             [A2007]. A rat liver aldehyde reductase, optimum
and N-ethylmaleimide, and slightly by methanol.            pH 6.5, reduces many benzaldehydes, as well as
It is claimed to differ from other side chain              quinones and phenylglyoxal. It differs in

                                                            Aromatic aldehyde and ketone reductases

specificity from other aldehyde reductases in that         some activity is present in kidney and lung
it reduces o -quinones; it is the only one found           [A2290].
in this study that reduces aflatoxin B1-dialdehyde,           An enzyme in rabbit, rat and guinea pig liver
a very poor substrate [H759].                              that reduces substituted benzoylpyridines is
   Rat liver cytosol contains a highly specific            found in both microsomes and cytosol (the latter
2-carboxybenzaldehyde reductase, molecular                 not in rat), and requires NADPH. Cytosolic
weight 64 000; the 3- and 4-carboxy analogues are          enzyme is inhibited by heavy metals,
not substrates. It requires NAD(P)H and a thiol            o -phenanthroline and azide among other
for activity [G239].                                       compounds, whereas the microsomal enzyme is
   Rat aflatoxin B1 aldehyde reductase 2 is found          inhibited by Hg2', p -chloromercuribenzoate and
as multiple forms, with molecular weights in the           N-ethylmaleimide [A2834].
range 36 800 and 38 000. They also act on other               Sheep heart enzyme reduces a range of
aldehydes and quinones [K546].                             phenylglycolaldehydes and oxidizes
   A rabbit liver cytosolic enzyme, molecular              p- hydroxybenzaldehyde, and requires NADP as
weight 33 000 and optimum pH 6.2, reduces the              co-substrate [A57].
oxo group of loxoprofen and requires NADPH. It                Cucumis sativus (cucumber) cytoplasmic
also reduces benzaldehydes, acetophenones and              indole-3-acetaldehyde reductase (E.C.
various other oxo-compounds. A similar activity            is highly specific and requires NADPH [F462].
that reduces loxoprofen is found in guinea pig             Another study identified 3 indole-3-acetaldehyde
[D125]. Another study with rabbit liver cytosol            reductase isozymes. Two, molecular weights
found four isozymes, designated F1, F2, F3 and             17 000 and 52 000 and optimum pH 5.2,
F4. F2 is an aldehyde reductase, whereas the               require NADPH. A NADH-specific enzyme
others are aromatic aldehyde/ketone reductases.            (E.C. has a molecular weight of
F1 and F3 are monomeric with molecular                     332 000 and optimum pH 7.0. They all reduce
weights 38 000 and 29 000 respectively. F4 appears         phenylacetaldehyde and (poorly)
to be trimeric, molecular weight 78 000, and               trans- cinnamaldehyde. Some aliphatics are poor
monomeric molecular weights 24 000 and 26 000.             substrates, but benzaldehydes are not reduced
Substrates include 3- and 4-benzoylpyridines and           [A2432].
p -nitroacetophenone [B431]. Flavonoids are                   A mung bean monomeric enzyme, molecular
inhibitory [K560]. A further publication reports           weight 36 000 and optimum pH 6.2 Á/7.5, reduces
molecular weights that differ appreciably                  eutypine irreversibly, and a series of
from these values; it also describes a                     benzaldehydes and cinnamaldehyde with
benzaldehyde-reducing enzyme that does not                 NADPH as cofactor; it appears that no tests were
reduce acetophenones, whereas two                          made on the reversibility with these other
acetophenone-reducing enzymes also reduce                  substrates [J910].
some benzaldehydes [B386]. Seven isozymes were                Populus euramericana stem cinnamyl alcohol
detected in one study. Two are aldehyde                    dehydrogenase, molecular weight 36 000 and pI
reductases, the major having pI 6.0 Á/6.3                  5.6, requires NADPH for the reduction of
and the minor 7.8. A major enzyme, pI                      coniferaldehyde, p -coumaraldehyde and
4.9, is active towards p- nitrobenzaldehyde                sinapaldehyde, and is inhibited by
and p -nitroacetophenone, but not naloxone or              1,l0-phenanthroline and sulphydryl-binding
naltrexone. Four others, including one major               compounds [D54].
enzyme, which reduce naloxone and naltrexone as               Both spruce and Glycine max contain
well as other carbonyl compounds, were named               cinnamyl alcohol: NADP ' dehydrogenases
dihydromorphinone reductases, pIs 5.4 Á/5.5, 6.5,          (E.C. that reduce coniferaldehyde,
6.6 and 6.9 Á/7.2 [A3950]. Rabbit and chicken              p -coumaraldehyde and sinapaldehyde. Both are
dihydromorphinone reductases require NADPH,                dimers, monomeric molecular weight about
and are found mainly in liver cytosol, although            35 000 [B922]. Another study on the Glycine

Tryptophol oxidase

enzyme found a molecular weight of 40 000 for             but not by the substrate. Several auxins are
a zinc-containing isozyme that reduces                    inhibitory [A835, A957]; this undoubtedly
coniferaldehyde. It requires NADPH, and is                prevents over-production of IAA.
inhibited by thiol-binding reagents [B95].                  Phaseolus vulgaris, molecular weight 56 000,
   Swede enzyme, which is composed of three               requires oxygen, and forms peroxide as a second
isozymes, is part of the system for forming               product [H554].
coniferyl alcohol from ferulate. It requires                Phycomyces blakesleeanus enzyme, molecular
NADPH (NADH is inactive) for the reduction of             weight 56 000 and optimum pH 6 Á/8, forms
coniferaldehyde, and is reversible [A216].                indole-3-acetaldehyde and possibly peroxide. It is
Forsythia enzyme is very similar [A848].                  activated by FAD and inhibited by Hg2' ,
   Candida guilliermondii contains a                      iodoacetate, and by 4 mM indole-3-acetaldehyde
phenylacetaldehyde reductase that requires                [E443].
NAD(P)H [A2483].
   Corynebacterium phenylacetaldehyde
reductase requires NADH. It also reduces nuclear          Mandelate dehydrogenases and oxidases
substituted phenylacetaldehydes, phenacyl
chloride, acetophenone, propiophenone and                   R:CHOH:COOH 0 R:CO:COOH
4-phenylbutan-2-one stereoselectively to the
                                                          Rhodotorula graminis L-('/)-mandelate
(S )-alcohol (phenacyl chloride yields the
                                                          dehydrogenase is a tetramer, monomeric
(R )-isomer with the same spatial geometry). In
                                                          molecular weight 59 100, that contains one mol
the reverse reaction the (S )-alcohols are sub-
                                                          each of haem and FMN per subunit. The
strates [J893].
                                                          optimum pH is 7.9, and pI 4.4. It acts on
   Geotrichum candidum reduces acetophenones
                                                          mandelate and a series of nuclear-substituted
                                                          analogues [H90] and is stereospecific [G904].
   Lactobacillus kefir acetophenone reductase,
                                                          Both D- and L-dehydrogenases are inducible.
optimum pH 7.0, which is protected by Mg2' ,
                                                          L-Dehydrogenase, optimum pH 7.0, requires
requires NADPH, but NADH is inactive. The
                                                          dichlorophenolindophenol as reductant, and may
optimum pH for reduction is 7.0, and for
                                                          be membrane-bound; activity is enhanced by
oxidation 8.0. Propiophenone, a range of
                                                          phenazine methosulphate. D-Dehydrogenase,
acetophenones, and some (but not all) other
                                                          optimum pH 9.0, is not membrane-bound, and
analogues tested, as well as benzaldehyde, are
                                                          requires NAD ' [D475].
substrates. The product from acetophenone
                                                            Acinetobacter calcoaceticus enzymes, specific
is (R )-('/)-1-phenylethanol, which is a
                                                          for each stereoisomer are found in cytoplasmic
substrate for the reverse reaction, although
                                                          membranes. After solubilization, the
(S )-1-phenylethanol is not [Gl48].
                                                          D-dehydrogenase has a molecular weight of
   Phycomyces blakesleeanus indole-3-
                                                          59 700, optimum pH 8.0 and pI 5.5 [D870] and
acetaldehyde reductase is a tetramer, monomeric
                                                          are very similar to the corresponding D- and
molecular weight 38 000, pI 5.4 and optimum pH
                                                          L-lactate dehydrogenases (E.C. and
6 Á/8. It requires NAD(P)H as cofactor [F846].
                                                          respectively) [D674]. A novel enzyme found in a
   A Pseudomonas guaiacylglycerol
                                                          mutant strain but not in the wild-type organism,
b-guaiacyl ether dehydrogenase reduces the
                                                          acts solely on the D-isomer. It is membrane-
a-oxo analogue of this compound [G357].
                                                          bound, and its pH and temperature dependence
                                                          are similar to those of the L-dehydrogenase (the
Tryptophol oxidase
                                                          activity found in most strains). Inhibitors include
                                                          L-mandelate [A1649, C801].
  Tryptophol 0 indole-3-acetaldehyde
                                                            Aspergillus niger D-mandelate oxidase (not a
Cucumber enzyme is inhibited by the reaction              dehydrogenase), optimum pH 7.6, is particulate
product, and this inhibition is reversed by oxygen        and very unstable. It is specific for the D-isomer

                                                                         Indole-3-acetaldehyde reductase

of several mandelates. Neither NAD nor                      This reduction has also been detected in
NADP ' are involved, and metal ions are not               Orobanche gracilis, O. lutea, O. ramosa [C181],
activators. It appears to require cytochrome c and        Zygosaccharomyces [A923] and pea [A755].
molecular oxygen, which cannot be replaced by
other oxidizing agents, and peroxide is not               Benzoylformate reductase
formed as a second product. Heavy metal ions are
inhibitors [A1204].                                         Benzoylformate 0 mandelate
   Pseudomonas putida (S )-mandelate
dehydrogenase oxidizes mandelate and indole-3-            This activity has been found in rats [J287], with a
glycollate, and acts very slowly on plenyllactate,        preponderance (10:1) of the (R )-isomer formed
indole-3-lactate and some aliphatic analogues             [F496].
[K95]. It is membrane-bound, with a binding                  Pseudomonas polycolor and Micrococcus
segment of about 39 residues [K230].                      freundii catalyse this reaction; this enables
   Rhizobium leguminosarum enzyme is induced              racemic mandelate to be converted into the
by 4-hydroxymandelate [F224].                             (R )-isomer, because these organisms contain
   A Bacterium (unidentified) enzyme, optimum             an enzyme that converts (S )-mandelate into
pH 9.5, oxidizes D-VMA to the corresponding               benzoylformate, but is inactive towards
benzoylformate, but D-mandelate is not a                  (R )-mandelate [H668].
substrate [J256]. Another study has identified a             S. faecalis enzyme is dimeric, molecular weight
L-dehydrogenase in a Bacterium [A730].                    72 000, pI 4.9 and optimum pH 4.5, also reduces
                                                          phenylpyruvate and some aliphatics, but not
                                                          p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate or
                                                          p -hydroxybenzoylformate. The optimum pH
Indole-3-acetaldehyde reductase (E.C.           for the reverse reaction is 9.2 [E271].
                                                          Hydroxyphenylpyruvate reductase (E.C.
  Indole-3-acetaldehyde 0 tryptophol
Human brain enzyme acts on indole-3-                      Coleus blumei enzyme, which requires NADH
acetaldehyde [B569]. Rat liver enzyme [A2007]             reduces p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate and
and pig brain enzyme [A1679] also reduce other            3,4-dihydroxyphenylpyruvate to the
aldehydes (see above).                                    corresponding lactates [E660].
   Brassica campestris (Chinese cabbage),
molecular weight 32 000 and optimum pH 6 Á/7              Aromatic a-ketoacid reductase ((R )-aromatic
requires NADPH. Other substrates are                      lactate dehydrogenase;,
benzaldehyde and phenylacetaldehyde, but not              diiodophenylpyruvate reductase; E.C.
3-formylindole. It has also been found in
B. napus, B. oleracea, Arabidopsis thahana and            1. Reduction
Sinapis alba [F931].
   Cucumis sativa (cucumber) enzyme, which                Dog heart enzyme is a cytosolic dimer, mono-
requires NADPH, is cytoplasmic and is specific            meric molecular weight 40 000, pI 5.4, which
for indole-3-acetaldehyde [F462].                         requires NADH. Activity is also found in brain,
   Mung bean enzyme, a dimer, monomeric                   kidney and liver, and is considered to be asso-
molecular weight 39 000, requires NADPH.                  ciated with an isozyme of malate dehydrogenase.
It also reduces benzaldehyde and                          The best substrate is 3,5-diiodophenylpyruvate,
phenylacetaldehyde [J207].                                with good activity towards phenylpyruvate and
   Phycomyces blakesleeanus enzyme, molecular             indole-3-pyruvate [A2917].
weight 38 000, pI 5.4 and optimum pH 6 Á/8                   In vivo studies have demonstrated this activity
requires NAD(P)H [F846].                                  in rat [A2961, A3327]; reduction is catalyzed by

Cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase

lactate dehydrogenase (E.C. and aromatic           [B438, D975, E377, F92, G774, K95]. A similar
alpha-keto acid reductase [A3327]. Highest                  reaction has been detected in rat for
activity is found in heart, and (in reducing order)         m -hydroxyphenyllactate and vanillactate [A2961].
in kidney, muscle and liver. 3,4-Dihydroxyphe-              In addition, p -hydroxyphenyllactate is oxidized
nylpyruvate is 10 times as active as 3-methoxy-             by Neisseria gonorrhoeae [F92], and indole-3-
4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate. Oxamate (a lactate                 lactate by Candida maltosa (see above)
dehydrogenase inhibitor) does not inhibit liver             [D975].
mitochondrial enzyme [A2983].
   In a range of animals cytoplasmic malate
dehydrogenase (E.C. has been found to
be identical with aromatic alpha-keto acid
                                                            Cinnamyl alcohol dehydrogenase (E.C.
reductase (with p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate as
substrate), with lactate dehydrogenase accounting
                                                            Aralia cordata enzyme is a heterodimer,
for a minimal proportion of the total activity
                                                            molecular weight 72 000. The reaction is
found in these species. The studies were carried
                                                            reversible, the reverse requiring NADPH.
out on flight muscle of Falco, Milvago,
                                                            Substrates are coniferaldehyde, sinapaldehyde,
Herpetotheres, Phalcobanes, Spiziapteryx
                                                            coniferyl alcohol and sinapyl alcohol [G815].
and Polyhierax, Palaemonedes (a marine inver-
                                                               Eucalyptus gunnii contains two isozymes; one
tebrate), and frog liver and muscle. The activity in
                                                            is monomeric, molecular weight 38 000, and the
Fundulus grandis (a marine fish) is identified as
                                                            other, molecular weight 83 000, is a heterodimer
lactate dehydrogenase [E561].
   Coleus blumei enzyme has an optimum pH                   [G660].
between 6.5 and 7.0, requires NAD(P)H, and                     Loblolly pine enzyme is a dimer, monomeric
reduces the physiologically important pyruvates             molecular weight 44 000. It reduces
m- and p -hydroxy-, 3,4-dihydroxy- and                      coniferaldehyde and sinapaldehyde [G484].
4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenylpyruvates                             Nicotiana enzyme, which is composed of two
[E660, G289].                                               isozymes, molecular weights 42 500 and 44 000,
   Candida guilliermondi enzyme requires                    requires NADP [G458].
NAD(P)H [A2483].                                               Spruce (Picea abies) enzyme is a dimer,
   Candida maltosa enzyme is a tetramer, mole-              molecular weight 42 000. Substrates are
cular weight 250 000 Á/280 000, monomeric mole-             coniferaldehyde, p -coumaraldehyde, coniferyl
cular weight 68 000. It requires Mn2' and                   alcohol and p -coumaryl alcohol with NADP(H)
NAD(P)H for reduction; the reaction is reversi-             as co-substrate [G781].
ble, with optimum pH 6.5 for reduction, and 9.5                Etiolated wheat seedlings contain three
for oxidation. Substrates studied are                       isozymes; the molecular weights of two of these
phenylpyruvate, p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate,                   are 40 000 and 45 000. Substrates are
indole-3-pyruvate and the corresponding lactates            coniferaldehyde, p -coumaraldehyde and
[D975].                                                     sinapaldehyde [H510].
   Lactobacillus casei D-hydroxyisocaproate                    Among those species studied, the enzyme is not
dehydrogenase reduces phenylpyruvate to                     found in Pteridophyta or monocotyledonous
D-phenyllactate [E587].                                     angiosperms (except Zea). It is mostly found in
                                                            gymnosperms and dicotyledonous angiosperms.
2. Oxidation (indolelactate dehydrogenase;                  It is usually a single enzyme, except in a range of
E.C.                                             Salix species (three to eight isozymes, usually
                                                            four). It is not the same as alcohol
Formation of phenylpyruvate from phenyllactate              dehydrogenase; it requires NADP, whereas
has been recorded in rat, Candida, Lactobacillus,           alcohol dehydrogenase requires NAD
Neisseria, Pseudomonas and Rhodotorula                      [A1732].

                                               Benzyl 2-methyl-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase

Benzyl 2-methyl-hydroxybutyrate dehydrogenase             alcohols such as (S )-1-indanol, benzene-1,2-
(E.C.                                          dihydrodiol and 1-hydroxytetralin, and for
                                                          aldehydes and ketones in which the oxo-group is
Reduction of benzyl 3-oxo-2-methybutyrate to              conjugated with the aromatic nucleus, such as
(2R ,3S )- and (2S,3S )-benzyl 3-hydroxy-2-               benzaldehydes and acetophenones. The activity
methylbutyrate in Candida albicans,                       with (R )-1-indanol is much lower than with
Endomycopsis fibligera, Hansenula anomala,                (S )-1-indanol [F241]. Four isozymes have been
Lipomyces starkeyi, Pichia farinosa,                      found, two major and two minor; classical
P. membranaefaciens, Rhodotorula glutinis,                indanol dehydrogenase is one of the major
Saccharomyces cerevisia and S. acidifaciens has           isozymes. Quantitative studies show that
been detected [K940].                                     (S )-l-indanol and 1-acenaphthenol are the best
                                                          substrates. One minor isozyme has a similar
                                                          specificity, and differs mainly in that the pI is 7.9.
Methyl 2-oxo-3-phenylbutyrate reduction                   The other major isozyme, molecular weight
                                                          38 000 and pI 6.2, shows a similar activity for
This reaction has been found in Candida                   each substrate studied. The product from
albicans, Endomycopsis fibligera, Hansenula               benzene-1,2-dihydrodiol is catechol. The other
anomala, Kloeckera saturnus, Lipomyces                    minor isozyme that was studied does not oxidize
starkeyi, Pichia farinosa, P. membranaefaciens,           (S )-1-indanol, but does oxidize dihydrodiols to
Rhodotorula glutinis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae,           catechols. The main activity for these enzymes is
S. acidifaciens, S. delbruechii and S. fermentati.        the reduction of nitrobenzaldehydes [F388].
Different organisms form different ratios of                 Rabbit liver cytosolic enzyme is not separable
stereoisomers [K883].                                     from 3-hydroxyhexobarbital dehydrogenase, and
                                                          like the monkey enzyme the specificity is broad
reductase (E.C.
                                                          Oestradiol 17a-dehydrogenase (E.C.
Pseudomonas cruciviae enzyme is composed of
three isozymes. One, molecular weight 170 000,            Rabbit liver enzyme (see oestradiol 17b-
requires NADPH, and also reduces the methyl               dehydrogenase) oxidizes 17a-oestradiol and its
ester of the above compound (which forms                  3-glucuronide [A157]. Chicken liver enzyme
2,6-dioxo-6-phenylhexanoate) [E156].                      is marginally active towards 17a-oestradiol

Indanol dehydrogenase
                                                          Oestradiol 17b-dehydrogenase (E.C.
  (S)-l-Indanol l 1-indanone
                                                             17b-Oestradiol l oestrone
Human placenta oxidizes 1-indanol to
1-indanone, with NAD(P) ' as cofactor. Most of            Human ovary enzyme, optimum pH 8.1 and
the activity is present in microsomes, with some          6.9 for the forward and reverse reactions
in mitochondria but little in the cytoplasm               respectively, is cytosolic, with NADP(H), or less
[D415].                                                   effectively NAD(H) as cofactors for reduction;
   Japanese monkey liver cytosolic enzyme,                3-methoxyoestrone and 3-methoxy-17b-
molecular weight 36 000 and pI 8.7, requires              oestradiol are better substrates than the parent
NAD(P) ' for oxidation and NADPH for                      compounds [A3086].
reduction; the amino acid composition has been               Human endometrium enzyme utilizes
determined. The specificity is broad for cyclic           NAD(P)' ; reduction is not stimulated by

Flavanone reduction

NADPH [A732]. Its activity increases at the                 Flavanone reduction (E.C.
end of the proliferation phase of the oestrus cycle,
reaches its maximum value by the mid-secretory                Flavanone 0 hydroxyflavan
phase and falls towards its original value at the
                                                            Cryptomeria japonica enzyme is cytosolic,
end of this phase. It then remains constant at
                                                            molecular weight 133 000 and optimum pH 7.
about 5 per cent of the maximum value
                                                            It requires NADPH with ('/)-aromadendrin and
throughout the proliferative phase [A1104].                 ('/)-dihydroquercetin as substrates [E758].
   Human enzymes, both foetal and maternal,                    Matthiola incana flower enzyme, optimum pH
have an optimum pH of about 9, and are                      about 6, requires NADPH; NADH is not so
very unstable at (/208 [A 1551]. The reverse                good. It reduces ('/)-aromadendrin to 3,4-cis -
reaction, which is catalyzed by placental enzyme,           3,4,4?,5,7-pentahydroxyflavan; it also reduces
is inhibited by ATP, especially with NADPH as               ('/)-dihydroquercetin and ('/)-dihydromyricetin
cofactor. In contrast, ATP inhibition is more               [D782].
marked with NADH when 16a-hydroxyoestrone
is the substrate [A1775]. Placental enzyme
activity is not affected by prostaglandins [A374].
                                                            Dihydrokaempferol 4-reductase (E.C.
Kidney enzyme oxidizes 17b-oestradiol and its
3-sulphate and glucuronide conjugates [A1214].              Matthiola incana flower enzyme, optimum pH
Both human and rat erythrocyte enzymes                      about 6, forms cis -3,4-leucopelargonidin from
reduce oestrone and its sulphate conjugate                  dihydrokaempferol. Other substrates are ('/)-
[A518].                                                     dihydroquercetin and ('/)-dihydromyricetin
   Rabbit liver enzyme oxidizes 17a- and                    [D782].
17b-oestradiol and their 3-glucuronides. Soluble
enzymes have been separated into three fractions.
One, that oxidizes both 17a-compounds, has been
                                                            Codeinone reductase (E.C.
further separated into five sub-fractions
by isoelectric focussing, each of which exhibits
                                                            Papaver somniferum enzyme, a monomer
different kinetics. The second fraction oxidizes
                                                            molecular weight 35 000 requires NADPH for
17b-oestradiol, and the third 17b-                          reduction of (()-codeinone and a range of
oestradiol-b -D-glucuronide [A157].                         morphinan ketones, but does not act on other
   Sheep ovary 17b-hydroxysteroid: NAD(P)'                  aldehydes and ketones [K756, K757].
dehydrogenase has a molecular weight of 70 000
and optimum pH 9.2 [A2389].
   Rat liver microsomal enzyme reduces
16a-chlorooestrone; oestrone is inhibitory                  Naloxone reductase (E.C.
   Chicken liver enzyme is composed of three                Rat liver enzyme, molecular weight 34 000 and pI
isozymes, pI 6.0, 6.8 and 6.9, and optimum                  5.9, which reduces naloxone to 6b-naloxol, is
pH 9.9 for the forward reaction. Two isozymes               identical to 3a-steroid dehydrogenase. It also
have molecular weights of 43 000 and 97 000.                reduces benzaldehydes, acetophenones, quinones
The reaction requires NADP '; the reverse                   and non-aryl ketones [J744]. In guinea pig the
reaction utilizes NADPH. 17a-Oestradiol is                  6a-isomer is formed [F579].
marginally active, but oestriol is not a
substrate. p -Chloromercuribenzoate is inhibitory
[B748].                                                     Daunorubicin reductase
   Cochliobolus lunatus enzyme acts on
oestrone and alkyl steroids as well as quinones,            Human liver contains four isozymes, three with
aldehydes and ketones [K378].                               optimum pH 6.0, and the fourth, possibly an

                                                                              Steffimycinone reductase

aldehyde reductase, optimum pH 8.5. Their                Steffimycinone reductase
molecular weights are in the range of
30 000Á/40 000 [C531]. Two isozymes of human             This reaction, which occurs in Streptomyces
brain aldehyde reductase reduce daunorubicin,            nogalacter, forms steffimycinol with an optimum
pI 5.3 and 7.9 [B569].                                   at pH 7. It requires NADPH; NADH is inactive
   Rabbit liver contains two reductases with             [A2759].
optima at pH 6.0 and 8.5. Their properties
indicate that they are ketone reductase and
aldehyde reductase respectively [B402]. One,             Salutaridine reductase (E.C.
tentatively identified as E.C., reduces
daunorubicin less well than other substrates.            Papaver somniferum enzyme, molecular weight
Sodium chloride activates, with maximal                  52 000, pI 4.4 and optimum pH 6.0 Á/6.5 (reverse
                                                         reaction pH 9.0 Á/9.5), forms (7S )-salutaridinol, a
activity at an ionic strength of 0.4, but it
                                                         precursor of morphine. It is highly specific
causes less activation at higher concentration.
Sodium sulphate inhibits at ionic strength 1,
but it activates at low concentration [A2007].
In one study only two of seven carbonyl
                                                         Other ketone reductases
reductases (E.C. examined,
pI 4.9 and 6.0 Á/6.3, reduced daunorubicin               Rabbit liver enzyme, which is cytosolic, molecular
[A3950].                                                 weight 33 000 and optimum pH 6.2, requires
   Rat liver enzyme, molecular weight 39 000,            NADPH. It reduces aryl ketones as well as alkyl
pI 6.3 and optimum pH 8.5 Á/9.0, is                      ketones such as 2-(4-(2-oxocyclopentyl-
probably monomeric and requires NADPH.                   methyl)phenyl)propionate [D125].
It also reduces some sugar aldehydes and
straight chain aldehydes. The amino
acid composition has been determined                     Aldehyde dehydrogenases (E.C.,,
[A50, A1327].                                  ,,,,
   Two classes of reductase found in both human
and rabbit liver have optima at pH 6.0 and 8.5,            R:CHO 0 R:COOH
whereas in mouse and rat liver the optimum pH
                                                         Pig brain contains an enzyme that oxidizes
is 8.5. These activities can be further separated
                                                         the physiologically important aldehydes 5-hydro-
by isoelectric focussing: Rabbit ‘pH 6.0’ enzyme:
                                                         xyindole-3-acetaldehyde, 4-hydroxy-3-methoxy-
molecular weight 32 300, 3 isozymes, pI 4.8,
                                                         and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetaldehydes, D-3,4-
5.3 and 6.3; ‘pH 8.5’ enzyme: molecular weight
                                                         dihydroxyphenylglycollaldehyde as well as d - and
36 000, 2 isozymes, pI 5.9 and 6.3, with
                                                         l -p -hydroxyphenylglycollaldehyde [A1287].
numerous minor forms in both classes. Human                  Rat liver enzyme is found in mitochondria
‘pH 6.0’ enzyme: molecular weight 34 500; ‘pH            (three isozymes, pI 5.4, 5.6 and 6.9) and cytosol
8.5’ enzyme, molecular weight 38 700; these              (five isozymes, pI 5.8, 6.05, 6.15, 6.6 and 7.4).
are less clearly separated into isozymes than            All of them oxidize p -nitrobenzaldehyde and
rabbit enzyme. Relative to rabbit, the activities        3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetaldehyde [B659].
in mouse, rat and man are very low. Adriamycin           Cytosolic enzyme oxidizes phenylacetaldehyde,
is also a substrate for human and rabbit                 and is induced by phenobarbital, DDT,
enzymes, molecular weights 34 500 (man) and              polychlorobiphenyls and other xenobiotics
32 800 (rabbit). In man, the isozymes are similar        [A2973]. Another study found three peaks of
to daunorubicin reductases with four isozymes,           activity towards m -nitrobenzaldehyde. One
all with pI 5.4, as well as a number of minor            isozyme required NADPH and a second required
isozymes [B169].                                         NADH. Both were identified as E.C., the

Aryl-aldehyde oxidase

second being a 3a-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase.            acidophila contains two aldehyde
The third required NADH, and was identified as             dehydrogenases, one of which preferentially acts
alcohol dehydrogenase, E.C. [A1688].               on aliphatic, and the other on aromatic
   Cucumber enzyme oxidizes indole-3-                      aldehydes. The latter is a dimer, molecular weight
acetaldehyde to indole-3-acetate. It is a                  about 70 000, optimum pH 9.0 and pI 4.74. It
metalloflavoprotein that does not require                  oxidizes cinnamaldehyde and a series of
cofactors [A3378].                                         benzaldehydes [G246].
   Achromobacter euridice phenylacetaldehyde                  Streptomyces aldehyde oxidase, molecular
dehydrogenase (E.C., optimum pH 8.9,             weight about 80 000, oxidizes vanillin [F225].
requires NAD ' (NADH does not catalyze the                    Benzaldehyde dehydrogenase I has been found
reverse reaction) and a monovalent cation (K ' is          in a Bacterium [A730].
best). The reaction is irreversible and is highly
specific; there is some action with indole-3-
acetaldehyde, but other aldehydes show poor                Aryl-aldehyde oxidase (E.C.
activity. It is unstable, but it is protected by
substrates or 10 per cent acetone [K869].                  Streptomyces viridosporus enzyme oxidizes
   Acinetobacter calcoaceticus benzaldehyde                vanillin and a range of benzaldehydes, but is
dehydrogenase II has a molecular weight of                 inactive towards phthalaldehyde and aliphatics.
51 654, with 484 amino acid residues, based on             It requires oxygen; peroxide is a second product
nucleotide sequencing [J621]. It is a tetramer,            [C284].
optimum pH 9.5 [E596]. The reaction is not
reversible [E473].
   Dehydrogenase I, which is involved in                   3-Formylindole/indole-3-acetaldehyde oxidases
mandelate metabolism, is a tetramer, subunit               (E.C.
molecular weight 56 000, optimum pH 9.5 and pI
5.5. It requires NAD ' ; NADP ' is less effective.         Citrus enzyme, molecular weight 200 000 and
It oxidizes a large range of benzaldehydes.                optimum pH 7.5, forms peroxide as well as
There is an associated esterase activity with              indole-3-carboxylate; it is highly specific [H80].
p -nitrophenyl acetate as substrate [F366].                  Pea indole-3-acetaldehyde oxidase is composed
   A Flavobacterium constitutive benzaldehyde              of two isozymes that are not activated by pyridine
                                                           nucleotides. The main has optimum pH 4.5, and
dehydrogenase requires NAD ', whereas a
                                                           the other optimum pH 7.0, with 3-formylindole
dehydrogenase induced by phenylglycine requires
                                                           as another substrate. It is not a dismutase
phenazinemethosulphate [E355].
                                                           [G446, G520]. Another report states that the
   Pleurotus eryngii aryl alcohol dehydrogenase
                                                           optimum pH is 8.0; it requires oxygen [B861].
oxidizes benzaldehydes and cinnamaldehydes, but
mostly at a slow rate [G668].
   Pseudomonas coniferaldehyde dehydrogenase,
apparently a homodimer, molecular weight about             3.4 Reductions of acids
86 000 and optimum pH 8.8, requires NAD '.
Other substrates are trans -cinnamaldehyde,
sinapaldehyde and benzaldehyde, but not vanillin           Aryl-aldehyde dehydrogenase (E.C.
   Pseudomonas putida produces two different               a. Ar.COOH 0/ Ar.CHO
aldehyde dehydrogenases depending on whether
it is grown on p -cresol or 3,5-xylenol. The former        Clostridium formicoaceticum reductase, a dimer,
enzyme is stable at 48, but the latter enzyme              monomeric molecular weight 67 000, contains
is somewhat unstable at 48; stability is improved          iron and tungsten. It reduces a range of benzoates
in 10 per cent ethanol [A30]. Rhodopseudomonas             [G416].

                                                                              Cinnamoyl CoA reductase

   Neurospora crassa enzyme has an optimum                  Glycine max enzyme, molecular weight 38 000
pH of 7. Benzoate initially yields benzoyl AMP,          and optimum pH 6.1, requires NADPH.
which then produces benzaldehyde. In the                 Substrates include CoA conjugates of ferulic,
presence of hydroxylamine, benzoate yields               sinapic, p -coumaric, 5-hydroxyferulic, caffeic and
benzoylhydroxylamate. Many benzoates and                 cinnamic acids. It is inhibited by thiol-binding
cinnamates are substrates, but a large proportion        reagents [A2576]. Spruce and Glycine enzymes
of these are at best very poor substrates.               are similar; in another study they were found to
   The reaction scheme suggested is:                     be dimeric, with the molecular weight of the
                                                         native enzymes about 70 000. The reaction is
  Aryl acid'Mg2' 'ATP l
                                                         reversible [B922].
    pyrophosphate'enzyme:acyl AMP                           Populus euramericana enzyme, a
  Enzyme:acyl AMP'NADPH l                                homodimer, monomeric molecular weight
    aldehyde'AMP'NADP'                                   40 000, pI 7.5, is found in the stem. Substrates
                                                         include CoA conjugates of ferulic, sinapic
                                                         and p -coumaric acids, with NADPH as
   Nocardia enzyme, molecular weight 140 000 or
                                                         co-substrate [D54].
163 000 (depending on the measurement
method), reduces benzoate, and requires ATP
and NADPH [H955]. N. asteroides enzyme, a
monomer, molecular weight 152 000, requires              3.5 Deamination
ATP, NADPH and Mn2'; benzoyl AMP is an
intermediate in the reduction of benzoate.
The enzyme acts on substituted benzoates,                D-Phenylglycine   dehydrogenase
preferentially on meta -substituted acids, but
usually not on those with ortho substituents.            Flavobacterium enzyme, which requires
Some longer chain acids are also substrates              phenazinemethosulphate as cofactor, acts on a
[G207].                                                  number of D-amino acids, but not on the
                                                         L-isomers. The product formed from
b. Ar.COOH 0/ Ar.CH2OH                                   D-phenylglycine is phenylglyoxylate
Rat brain enzyme reduces dopac to 3,4-
dihydroxyphenylethanol, optimum pH 7.5; it is
unclear whether an alcohol dehydrogenase is part         D-Amino-acid   oxidase (E.C.
of the system. It is activated by Zn2', Mn2',
Co2' and Cu2', and EDTA is inhibitory.                     R:CHNH2 :COOH'O2'H2 O 0
3,4-Dihydroxymandelate, 4-hydroxy-3-
                                                             R:CO:COOH'NH3 'H2 O2
methoxymandelate and 4-hydroxy-3-
methoxyphenylacetate are not substrates                  Mouse enzyme acts on phenylalanine and
[H798].                                                  tryptophan [C219]. In one mouse strain some
                                                         animals are devoid of activity; the genetics
                                                         demonstrate the involvement of an inactive allele
Cinnamoyl CoA reductase (E.C.
                                                            Pig kidney enzyme has a monomeric molecular
                                                         weight of 38 000 or 39 600 using different
  Cinnamoyl CoA 0 cinnamaldehyde
                                                         methods [A151].
Eucalyptus gunnii enzyme (cinnamoyl CoA:                    Rat kidney enzyme acts on D-dopa, and is
NADP ' oxidoreductase), molecular weight                 inhibited by D-alanine and benzoate. The
38 000 and pI 7, acts on CoA conjugates of               appearance of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylpyruvate
ferulic, sinapic and o -coumaric acids [H330].           predominates over formation of dopamine in

L-Amino-acid    oxidase

kidney (presumably formed by reverse transami-            L-Phenylalanine dehydrogenase (L-phenylalanine:
nation of 3,4-dihydroxyphenylpyruvate followed            NAD' oxidoreductase, deaminating,
by decarboxylation), but only at high substrate           E.C.
concentrations [A1393].
  Studies on human, African green monkey, rat,              l-Phenylalanine'NAD'
pig and mouse kidney found activity with                       l phenylpyruvate'NH' 'NADH
phenylalanine and tryptophan, but in chicken
and frog the tryptophan activity was missing              Sporosarcina ureae and Bacillus sphaericus
[C114].                                                   enzymes have been crystallized. They are both
  Fish enzymes (electric eel, rainbow trout, carp,        probably homooctamers, molecular weights
crucian carp and catfish) act on phenylalanine            305 000 and 340 000, pI 5.3 and 4.3, optimum pH
but not on tryptophan [C219].                             10.5 and 11.3 (oxidation), and 9.0 and 10.3
                                                          (reduction) respectively. S. ureae enzyme acts on
                                                          phenylalanine (best) and on tyrosine, tryptophan,
                                                          phenylalaninamide, phenylalanine methyl ester
L-Amino-acid   oxidase (E.C.                     and L-phenylalaninol. B. sphaericus acts on
                                                          phenylalanine and tyrosine, but poorly if at all on
  R:CHNH2 :COOH'O2' H2 O 0                                the other foregoing compounds [E445]. S. ureae
                                                          enzyme aminates pyruvates [E423]; its molecular
     R:CO:COOH'NH3 'H2 O2                                 weight has also been reported to be 290 000
These enzymes are an important component                     Microbacterium enzyme, a homooctomer,
of snake venoms, and their concentration is               monomeric molecular weight 41 000 and pI 5.8,
sufficiently high in some to enable the raw venom         requires NAD ' [J534].
to be used as a reagent for measuring specific               Thermoactinomyces intermedius enzyme is a
amino acids.                                              hexamer, monomeric molecular weight 41 000,
   Cerastes vipera oxidase is a dimer containing          that acts reversibly on L-phenylalanine [G222].
FAD, molecular weight 122 000, monomeric                     Nocardia enzyme is monomeric, molecular
molecular weights 61 000 and 64 000 and                   weight 42 000 and optimum pH 10 with
optimum pH 7.5; phenylalanine is a substrate.             phenylpyruvate, p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate and
It is activated by Cu2' and Mn2', and                     indole-3-pyruvate as substrates; other pyruvates
inhibited by EDTA [G417].                                 are not substrates. The enzyme does not act on
   Trimeresurus (Taiwan habu snake) venom                 D-phenylalanine or other amino acids [F394].
enzyme is dimeric, molecular weight 140 000                  Rhodococcus enzyme, optimum pH 10.1 for
and pI 5.4, and contains two mol FMN/mol.                 the forward reaction and 9.25 for the reverse,
Substrates are phenylalanine and tyrosine                 acts on phenylalanine (best), tyrosine and
[E770]. Another study found pI 8.4 for habu               tryptophan and the corresponding pyruvates
snake enzyme. During purification the                     [E451]. It requires NAD ' or analogues; NADPH
specificity changes, suggesting that there are            and analogues are inactive. The reaction sequence
several isozymes [A636].                                  is binding of NAD ' prior to phenylalanine; the
   Viper palaestinae enzyme is composed of                products are released in the order ammonia,
three isozymes, molecular weight 130 000 and              phenylpyruvate and NADH [K558].
optimum pH 8.8 with kynurenine as substrate                  Bacillus sphaericus enzyme acts on several
[A1044].                                                  phenylpyruvates with para substituents, and
   Neurospora crassa enzyme, molecular weight             phenylpyruvate analogues with different side
300 000, and optimum pH 9.5 probably contains             chain lengths. The products are the
four FAD/mol; phenylalanine is a substrate                corresponding amino acids, which are formed
[A404].                                                   quantitively [G168].

                                           L-Tryptophan         dehydrogenase and 2?,3?-dioxygenase

 Activity has only been found in one out of              Monoamine oxidases (MAO) (E.C.
many Brevibacterium strains tested [D90].
                                                            R:CH2 :NH2 'O2 'H2 O 0 R:CHO
                                                              'NH3'H2 O2

                                                         These enzymes play an important part in the
L-Tryptophan  dehydrogenase and                          physiological control system for the
2?,3?-dioxygenase (E.C.                        catecholamine neurotransmitters in animals.
                                                         Studies on these enzymes have led to the
Pea (optimum pH 8.5), maize and tomato                   development of drugs that affect the amount of
enzymes require NAD(P) for the reversible                catecholamine available for neurotransmission,
formation of indole-3-pyruvate [G483]. It is             and, in consequence, valuable treatments for
found additionally in Prosopis juliflora                 neurologically-induced illness have been
(mesquite) and wheat, but not in Brassica [D968].        developed as a result of the enormously extensive
   Chromobacterium violaceum L-tryptophan                studies on this enzyme system. Of the many
2?,3?-dioxygenase forms 2?,3?-dehydrotryptophan          thousands of studies on monoamine oxidases it is
as the initial product, which can then isomerize         possible to include in this review only a few that
to the imine, from which indole-3-pyruvate is            address basic enzyme properties.
formed by hydrolysis. The reaction, which is
specific for the L-isomer, requires an unmodified        a. Mitochondrial MAO.
indole nucleus and a carboxyl group. It also
acts on some peptide hormones that contain               MAO activity, which is associated with the inner
tryptophan residues as well as other tryptophan          mitochondrial membrane, is separated into two
analogues [H664]. The enzyme is polymeric,               forms, distinguishable by inactivation by low
molecular weight 68 0000, with monomeric                 concentrations of clorgyline at 10 (8 M (MAOA)
molecular weights 74 000 and 14 000, pI 4 and            and deprenyl at 10 (6 M (MAOB); these are
a broad optimum pH 3 Á/8. It is a haem-                  ‘suicide’ inhibitors for MAO. In general,
containing mixed function oxidase, which forms           serotonin is oxidized by MAOA, and
peroxide from oxygen. N-substituted tryptophans          phenethylamine by MAOB [A1613, A1909,
(which cannot isomerize) form 2?,3?-dehydro              A2727, A2588]. Neither inhibitor is cleanly
                                                         associated with MAOA or B; both inhibitions
analogues of the substrates. Tryptamine,
                                                         overlap in a concentration-dependent manner.
N-substituted tyrosine and phenylalanine are
                                                         Both clorgyline and pargyline (also an A
not substrates [H248]. Reaction with
                                                         inhibitor) and deprenyl initially inhibit reversibly,
N-benzyloxycarbonyltryptophan involves a
                                                         and this is followed by an irreversible phase. The
syn elimination [A2770].
                                                         conversion rate of clorgyline-inhibited MAOB
   In Pseudomonas N-acetyl-L-tryptophanamide
                                                         (rat liver) into irreversibly inactivated enzyme is
forms N-acetyl-2?,3?-dehydrotryptophanamide              much slower than for MAOA. Deprenyl-inhibited
in two steps, the first of which is enzymatic,           MAOB is slowly converted into an irreversibly
and forms 5-(3-indolyl)-2-methyl-2-                      inactivated form, whereas there is no irreversible
oxazoline-4-carboxamide. This then forms                 inactivation of MAOA by deprenyl [A1670, C46].
2?,3?-dehydrotryptophanamide non-                           After solubilising human frontal lobe MAO
enzymatically with a time lag; at a lower pH,            with octylglucoside, MAOA and B were
b-hydroxytryptophanamide is formed. The                  separated by chromatography on
latter compound is further oxidized to                   DEAE-Sepharose CL-6B [C682].
b-oxotryptophanamide [A3617, C511]. Other                   Studies using dopamine specifically labelled
products are indole-3-glycolaldehyde and                 with deuterium in the a-position have demon-
probably indole-3-glyoxal [A3009].                       strated that the R - and not the S -deuterium is

Monoamine oxidases

removed [D606]. a,a-D2-Phenethylamines                        Rat liver enzyme can be distinguished into two
(phenethylamine, tyramine and m -tyramine) are             distinct activities by the action of clorgyline and
oxidized by rat liver microsomal enzyme at 25%             aryl nitriles [A367]. It is inhibited by the
of the rate for unlabelled compounds; the                  thiol-binding compounds nitroprusside and
b,b-D2-analogues show a slight enhancement in              5,5?-dithiobis(2-nitrobenzoate). Neither arsenite
activity [B660].                                           nor thiols are inhibitory [A238]. Hydroxylamine
   Kinetic studies suggest that the substrate              rapidly inhibits activity towards tyramine and
amino group hydrogen bonds to an amino group               benzylamine within one minute, whereas after
in the enzyme. Introduction of a b-or p -hydroxyl          one hour the activity towards tyramine, but not
group leads to a sharp drop in binding free                benzylamine is increased [A 1760]. It migrates
energy, accompanied by a shift from B to A type            electrophoretically as several bands, but after
substrates, possibly with a shift in orientation of        treatment with perchlorate, which releases lipid
the bound substrate [A1957].                               without change in activity, only one band is found
   Human MAOB acts on phenethylamine,                      [A 1039]. Using tyramine as substrate Km for
dopamine and tyramine [F754]. By using                     MAOA and B are different [B661]. Both
clorgyline to inhibit MAOA and deprenyl to                 MAOA and B oxidize tryptamine, N-methyl-
inhibit MAOB, studies on liver, kidney and                 tryptamine, serotonin and 5-methoxytryptamine,
cerebral enzyme have found that serotonin and              whereas N-methylserotonin, bufotenine and
3-methoxytyramine are substrates for MAOA                  N,N-dimethylserotonin are selective for MAOA,
and phenethylamine for MAOB, whereas                       and N,N-dimethyltryptamine is selective for
dopamine, tyramine and tryptamine are                      MAOB [B653].
substrates for both MAOA and B [A2967, E55].                  Another study found that rat brain MAOA is
   Phenethylamine is oxidized by human lung                heat stable, whereas B is labile. A and B are
MAOA and B, whereas serotonin only by MAOA                 partially separated by sucrose density gradient
[A3957].                                                   centrifugation [A1227, A1309, Al841]; more
   Dopamine is oxidized mainly by MAOB in                  MAOB is found in high-density mitochondria
dopamine-rich human brain areas, whereas                   [A1909]. Both A and B are fairly evenly distrib-
MAOA contributes significantly to dopamine                 uted throughout brain [A2386]. Brain enzyme is
oxidation in most other tissues [A3688].                   inhibited reversibly by b-propiolactone and
   Monoamine oxidase activity is almost                    b-nitropropionate [A1800], by apomorphine
unaltered from normal in a range of areas in               [A2069] and atropine (also heart enzyme)
postmortem human parkinsonian brain [A381].                [A1898]. The specificity of A and B are similar to
   Human placental MAOA oxidizes                           human enzyme (above) [A1324]. Brain mito-
phenethylamine and serotonin [A3957], as                   chondrial enzyme has an optimum pH of 7.5
well as kynuramine, MPTP and a large range of              for dopamine and tyramine, 8.2 Á/8.5 for serotonin
MPTP analogues substituted in the phenyl ring              and tryptamine, and 9.1 for kynuramine. Similar
[F395].                                                    results were obtained with beef brain mitochon-
   Activity of human platelet enzyme, which is             drial enzyme [A1285]. Brain MAOA oxidizes
almost exclusively MAOB [A1901] fluctuates                 dopamine better than MAOB [A2484]; m- and
during the oestrous cycle, with a maximum about            p -tyramine are substrates for both isozymes,
the time of ovulation, and then drops by about 23          whereas o -tyramine is substrate only for MAOB
per cent to a minimum 5 Á/11 days later [A367].            [A3667]. The ratio of B to A in synaptosomal
Activity is evenly distributed throughout human            mitochondria is about 1/2 that for
heart [A756]. A particulate enzyme in blood,               extrasynaptosomal mitochondria from whole
thought to be mitochondrial, has an optimum pH             brain; the ratio is lower in striatal mitochondria
between 6 and 8.8 depending on substrate,                  than in cerebellar, and in cortical mitochondria
apparently without correlation with A and B                it is lower still [A2487]. One study, however,
status [A2010].                                            suggested that both isozymes are probably

                                                                                     Monoamine oxidases

extraneuronal [A3619]. Rat skeletal muscle                beneficial effects of deprenyl in parkinsonism;
contains both MAOA and B; A is more heat                  MPTP does not appear to be the enviromental
labile than B [A1798].                                    toxin [K948].
   Rat brain enzyme activity increases sixfold to            A study on beef brain cortical enzyme, using
the adult level in the first 10 days following            clorgyline, pargyline, harmaline and deprenyl as
parturition [A2490].                                      inhibitors suggested that the inhibition pattern is
   Spinal cord transection in rat has no effect on        too complex to be simply due to MAOA and B.
cord MAOA or B activity [A562].                           A two-stage inhibition is postulated, involving a
   3-(N-Cyclopropyl)-5-phenylethylamino-1,2,4-            rapid reversible step at two different binding sites,
oxadiazole is specific inhibitor for rat liver            followed by a slow irreversible phase [A2181].
MAOA. Substitution with methyl or chloro in the           Treatment of this enzyme with cyanoacetyl
p -position of the phenyl ring does not alter             hydroxyethylhydrazide induced the ability to
selectivity. Other substrates substituted on the          oxidize histamine, cadaverine and analogues; this
m -position partially or completely lose their            was prevented by pre-treatment with clorgyline,
selectivity for MAOA [A794].                              but not with deprenyl [A19l6].
   Rat A and B arterial isozymes are partially               Guinea pig brain activity increases 2.5-fold in
soluble. After treatment with 6-hydroxydopamine           the first 35 days following parturition, to 50 per
70 per cent of MAOA activity was lost, whereas B          cent of the adult level [A2490].
was unaffected [A1045]. Rat lung shows both                  In hamster the ratio of MAOB to A activity
MAOA and B activities [A2161, A3863]. Another             varies from tissue to tissue. The ratio in brain is
study found MAOB in pancreas as well as in                about 0.03, and in heart, lung, liver and spleen it
lung, liver, kidney and brain [A2835].                    is higher, but less than 1. In rat, the ratio is also
   Rat placental MAO activity increases                   consistently less than 1 in these tissues, but the
threefold from day 15 Á/20 of gestation, and              ratio between tissues is different from that found
then declines by 50 per cent at term [A2469].             in hamster. In rabbit the ratio for the above
   Rat heart enzyme is mainly MAOB at three               tissues is close to 1 [A2588].
weeks post partum, a mixture of A and B at eight             Japanese monkey platelet enzyme is mostly
weeks and only A in the adult [A3665].                    B, with three components, molecular weights
   Studies on partially lysed MAOA and B from             about 60 000, pI 5.5, 6.5 and 7.0, whereas liver
rat hepatoma indicate that the peptide chains are         enzyme has pI 6.5. They can be solubilized with
different in these isozymes [A3683].                      Triton X-100 [F758].
   In rat, a series of oxo analogues of phenyl-              Mouse lung mitochondria, after fractionation
ethanolamines are converted into mandelic acids,          by sucrose density gradient centrifugation, are
with phenylglyoxals as the initial products. The          separated into fractions with more MAOB than
reaction is much faster than with the corre-              A in the higher density mitochondria [A1895].
sponding phenylethanolamines [J287]. Further              Enzyme activity in the eye decreased after day
studies (Goodwin, B.L., Ruthven, C.R.J.,                  one post-partum, increased to a peak at day five
unpublished) with human placental MAO                     and then fell to the adult level at 14 days [A946].
showed that MAOA oxidizes these                           In brain, it increased from day one to the adult
b-oxophenethylamines.                                     level at two weeks except in cerebellum, where a
   Beef liver MAOB acts on benzylamine, MPTP              slight increase continued until after week six
and a large number of MPTP analogues                      [A1105]. Using tryptamine as substrate, brain
substituted on the phenyl ring [F395]. These              and liver enzymes are inhibited by a range of
results (and the results for human MAOA)                  b-carbolines, especially harmine and harmaline
suggest that MAO is involved in MPTP-induced              [A2178].
parkinsonism, and if parkinsonism is caused by               Pig brain enzyme shows a time-dependent
the action of an environmental amine, the                 inhibition by several N-substituted
involvement of MAOB might explain the claimed             propargylamines, although this study found that

Monoamine oxidases

not all compounds with this structure are                      Human plasma and rat lung enzymes are not
inhibitory [A74]. A pig liver mitochondrial                 inhibited by deprenyl at 10 (4 M (both MAOA
enzyme that acts on benzylamine (a benzylamine              and B are inactivated at this concentration) or by
oxidase?) is a polymer with molecular weight                clorgyline, but semicarbazide, procarbazine and
about 1 200 000 containing about eight Cu and               carbidopa are inhibitory. It is found (high
subunit molecular weight 146 000 [A1033]. Pig               activity) in aorta and lung, with slightly less in
dental pulp membrane-bound enzyme                           colon, ileum stomach, portal vein and duodenum,
(presumably mitochondrial) oxidizes a range                 with low activity in some other tissues, including
of amines, particularly phenethylamine and                  serum. Rat enzyme also oxidizes dopamine and
tryptamine [B206]. Pig heart enzyme oxidizes                phenethylamine, but these are not substrates in
serotonin, tyramine and benzylamine, it is                  man [A2835, A3690].
inhibited by clorgyline, and is considered to be               Beef aorta enzyme is separable into two
heterogeneous [A2587]. The development pattern              fractions; the major is particulate (probably not
differs from organ to organ. Liver enzyme                   mitochondrial), and the minor cytosolic.
activity falls by 40 per cent at birth, and then            N-Methylbenzylamine is a substrate only for the
increases threefold to the adult level at one               particulate enzyme. Carbonyl-binding reagents,
month. Kidney and spleen activities rise steadily           especially pargyline are inhibitory [A574]. It is
from 10 days pre-partum until 70 days post-                 proposed that the mechanism for beef liver
partum. Heart activity reaches a maximum near               enzyme is ping-pong, with an imine intermediate
birth, and then declines by 80 per cent over two            being hydrolyzed to ammonia and aldehyde, with
months. Brain activity declines slightly near birth,        reduced flavoenzyme reacting with oxygen to
and then increases slightly to the adult level;             form peroxide [A967].
adrenal enzyme shows a similar pattern [A1569].                Pig plasma enzyme is a dimer, monomeric
   Rabbit lung and brain enzymes are inhibited              molecular weight 95 000. Water of hydration
reversibly by imipramine, DMI and DDMI                      bound to enzyme Cu2' rapidly exchanges
[A94]. The ratio of MAOA to B in heart, kidney,             [A1025]. Heart enzyme has a molecular weight of
lung, liver, spleen and brain is about 1 [A2588],           97 000, the same as plasma enzyme. It, also, is
and both A and B are found in platelets [A2326].            inhibited by carbonyl-binding reagents, and con-
   Terbutaline and orciprenaline are not sub-               tains two Cu/mol [J833].
strates for rat and human liver MAO [A724].                    Pig dental pulp enzyme (soluble) oxidizes
   The ratio of chick CNS MAOA and B depends                benzylamine, tryptamine and (less well) tyramine,
on site, using phenethylamine and serotonin as              but serotonin and phenethylamine are very poor
markers. The highest ratio is found in spinal cord          substrates. This distinguishes it from MAOA and
and lowest in cerebrum [A2386]. Brain enzyme                B [B206].
activity is detectable at 14 days incubation, and              Rat brain contains a soluble enzyme that
increases steadily until 2 days post-hatching               oxidizes kynuramine, but is not inhibited by
[A1413].                                                    deprenyl or clorgyline; this may be benzylamine
   Squid brain enzyme can be differentiated into            oxidase [C186].
A and B [E147].                                                Rabbit enzyme that oxidizes mescaline appears
                                                            to be similar to benzylamine oxidase [A1666].
b. Benzylamine oxidase (E.C.
                                                            c. Microorganism MAO.
In man, the enzyme is found in all vascular tissues,
localized in smooth muscle [B537]. Serum activity           Arthrobacter globiformis contains a soluble,
is reduced in burns and cancer patients [A2965].            Cu2'-dependent enzyme (E.C. that
It appears to be present in lung and placenta;              oxidizes phenethylamine. The peptide chain
however, benzylamine oxidation is considered to             contains a 2,4,5-trihydroxyphenylalanyl residue
be catalyzed by MAOB in liver [A3957].                      as its quinone; this acts as cofactor in the

                                                                     Spermine: oxygen oxidoreductase

reaction. It is formed spontaneously from a               Spermine: oxygen oxidoreductase (deaminating;
specific tyrosyl residue by the action of Cu2'            E.C.
[H298]. The enzyme is a homodimer, molecular
weight 141 000, with optimal activity and                 Sheep plasma enzyme acts on benzylamine and
stability at pH 6.5. The products are presumably          nuclear-substituted benzylamines, tyramine,
aldehydes, with peroxide as a second product.             tryptamine and serotonin [A535].
Other substrates include 3-phenylpropylamine,
tyramine, dopamine, octopamine, tryptamine and            Monoamine dehydrogenases
4-phenylbutylamine, but not benzylamine or
aliphatic amines; carbonyl-binding reagents are           Rat brain enzyme, which has also been called
inhibitors [F626, H912].                                  ephedrine-neotetrazolium chloride reductase
   E. coli contains a phenethylamine oxidase with         (neotetrazolium chloride is the hydrogen-receptor
the above quinone cofactor, which is formed               co-substrate), is mainly mitochondrial, but
spontaneously by incubation of the enzyme at              some is cytosolic, with a dialysable heat-labile
308 and pH 6, especially at low enzyme                    cofactor; NADP ' activates it. Substrates include
concentration [H422].                                     ephedrine, adrenaline, tryptamine, serotonin,
   Micrococcus luteus enzyme is a homodimer               tyramine and noradrenaline, optimum pH 7.5.
containing FAD, monomeric molecular weight                It is inhibited irreversibly by cyanide, but not by
49 000 by standard methods; DNA studies                   MAO inhibitors such as iproniazid or pargyline;
                                                          iron chelators, such as o -phenanthroline and
indicate a molecular weight of 49 100, with 443
                                                          a,a-dipyridyl, are inhibitory. The nature of the
amino acid residues. Substrates include tyramine,
                                                          reaction is not specified in Chemical Abstracts,
adrenaline, dopamine and noradrenaline. It is
                                                          but it appears to act on the amino groups,
inhibited by reagents specific for MAOA and B
                                                          probably to form carbonyl compounds [A1053,
                                                          A2489, A2490, A2802].
   MAO is membrane bound in some bacterial
                                                             An Alcaligenes faecalis enzyme called aromatic
species, but is not present in others. It has been        amine dehydrogenase acts on tyramine and a
detected in Klebsiella, Escherichia, Salmonella,          range of phenethylamines to form aldehyde
Pseudomonas, Brevibacterium and Micrococcus,              and ammonia, but not peroxide. The protein
and is induced by tyramine. Substrates include            chain contains a crosslinked tryptophan
tyramine, dopamine, and (except in Micrococcus)           tryptophanylquinone group, which is part of
octopamine and noradrenaline [B225].                      the redox system [H367, H421].
                                                             Pseudomonas aromatic amine dehydrogenase
d. Unspecified enzymes.                                   (aralkylamine dehydrogenase, E.C. is an
                                                          inducible tetramer composed of two pairs of
Helix pomatia enzyme is found in crop and                 monomers, molecular weights 46 000 and 8000
nervous system, and a little in the heart [A657].         and optimum pH 7.5 Á/8.0, depending on
   Hymenolepis diminuta enzyme is membrane-               substrate (tyramine, serotonin, tryptamine,
bound. It oxidizes (in decreasing order)                  phenethylamine, benzylamine and, best,
dopamine, adrenaline, noradrenaline, tryptamine,          dopamine); the products are ammonia and
tyramine and octopamine, but not serotonin or             aldehydes. Traces of iron and copper are found,
benzylamine. Inhibitors include cupferron,                but these may be artifacts. The amino acid
a,a-dipyridyl, iodoacetamide, pargyline,                  composition has been determined [C517, K709].
nialamide and iproniazid, but not azide,
hydroxylamine or semicarbazide [A3815].                   Octopamine hydro-lyase (E.C.
   Tetrahymena pyriformis MAO oxidizes
tryptamine, dopamine and serotonin. The activity          Pseudomonas aeruginosa enzyme is soluble and
increases in the pH range 6.5 Á/7.8 [A3131].              forms p -hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde [K709].


Synephrinase (E.C.                          parallels lower levels of P450 in bird microsomes
                                                      [A358]. In male rat, activity increases 20-fold in
Arthrobacter synephrinum enzyme, optimum pH           the first 10 weeks post-partum, most of which
8.0 is cytosolic. It converts p -sympatol into        occurs in the first four weeks. In female rat,
p -hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde and methylamine,         activity is three times higher at birth than in the
apparently anaerobically. It requires Mg2' or         male, and it increases a further threefold in the
Ca2', and is further activated by thiols.             following five weeks [A736]. The results of
Tyramine, N-methyltyramine and hordenine              another study on rat liver differed considerably
are not substrates [A2915].                           from this in detail [A71]. In rabbit, the activity
   Nocardia also demonstrates this activity           increases sharply from a low level at about 20
[E615].                                               days post-partum, and then remains level or
                                                      declines slightly to the adult level [A1980].
                                                         Aminopyrine is demethylated by catalase and
Diamine oxidase (E.C.                        cumene hydroperoxide by a free-radical
                                                      mechanism. It is suggested that the active site for
p -Dimethylaminomethylbenzylamine is oxidized         this reaction differs from the one involving
by human kidney enzyme. A study on inhibitors         hydrogen peroxide [B378].
revealed that a series of dimethylsulphonium             d -Benzphetamine is demethylated as the
and trimethylammonium compounds with a                preferred substrate by all six P450 fractions
hydrocarbon chain consisting of up to                 separated electrophoretically in one study on
12 methylene units, trimethylsulphonium,              human liver [C798].
tetramethylammonium and ammonium                         p -Chloro-N-methylaniline demethylase is
compounds as well as phenelzine are competitive       found in chick embryo liver and human foetal
inhibitors, whereas pargyline is an uncompetitive     liver, adrenal, brain and lung [B8l5].
inhibitor. A series of isothiuronium and                 N,N-Dimethylaniline is demethylated by rat
guanidinium compounds with a chain consisting         P450, horseradish peroxidase, beef liver catalase,
of up to 12 methylene units,                          human placental and Glycine max lipoxygenases,
5-methylisothiuronium, guanidine,                     lactoperoxidase and haemoglobin, whale
methylguanidine, hydralazine, iproniazid,             myoglobin and chloroperoxidase. Using substrate
nialamide and other compounds are                     labelled with deuterium on one methyl group an
noncompetitive inhibitors [A1686].                    isotope effect is observed with all these enzymes,
   An enzyme in pig kidney that is claimed to         the extent of which is specific for each enzyme.
be diamine oxidase acts on p -substituted benzyl-     High isotope effects found with most of the
amines and many aliphatic amines [A3693]; it          haemoproteins tested are considered to indicate a
may be identical with benzylamine oxidase             rate-limiting step of hydrogen atom abstraction
(R. Lewinsohn, personal communication).               from the a-carbon (in this case defined as the
                                                      methyl group), whereas deprotonization of the
                                                      a-carbon is postulated for a low isotope effect, as
                                                      observed with P450 and chloroperoxidase [C814].
3.6 Oxidative removal of substituents on amino        Lipoxygenases also act on a range of other
groups                                                N-methylated anilines, with the formation of
                                                      formaldehyde, but without any evidence for the
                                                      formation of N-oxides as intermediates. Glycine
                                                      enzyme has an optimum pH of 6.5 [K419].
                                                         N-Ethyl-N-methylaniline is dealkylated to both
  R1 R2 NR3 0 R1 R2 NH
                                                      monodealkylated products. NADH enhances
Aminopyrine N-demethylase activity is lower in        dealkylation, but not N-oxidation; dealkylation
red-winged blackbird than in rat; this difference     of the corresponding N-oxide is very feeble. These

                                                         Demethylation of N-methylated amides

results, combined with the effects of selective     N,N-dimethylbenzamides are also substrates
inhibitors indicate that most of the dealkylation   [G683].
occurs directly, rather than via the N-oxide
   Ethylmorphine N-demethylase is found in          Amides from hippurates
quokka, kangaroo, bettong, bandicoot, and
possum (marsupials), as well as in rat [A2420].     Human bifunctional peptidylglycine a-amidating
Activity of rat and mouse liver enzymes is          monooxygenase requires ascorbate, copper and
increased by EDTA and decreased by Fe2'; this       oxygen, with hippurates as substrates. Salicyluric
probably correlates with inactivation by lipid      acid initially forms N-salicyl-a-hydroxyglycine,
peroxides [A89].                                    which then forms salicylamide and glyoxylate
   Imipramine demethylase activity found in rat     [K660].
hepatocyte microsomes is suppressed by SKF
525-A, a P450 inhibitor [K168]. Glycine
lipoxygenase catalyzes demethylation, with
peroxide as oxidant; apparently a free radical is   Lipoxygenase (E.C.
an intermediate, and formaldehyde is released.
                                                    Glycine max enzyme, optimum pH 6.5,
A number of imipramine analogues are also
                                                    dealkylates aminopyrine by a free radical
demethylated [K359].
                                                    reaction, forming formaldehyde and peroxide.
   Human haemoglobin can dealkylate
                                                    This is claimed to be a novel reaction [J526].
N-methylaniline and benzphetamine [D135].
   N-Methylephedrine is demethylated by rat liver
microsomes. The enzyme is inhibited by CO or
SKF 525-A, but not by methimazole or by             Formyltetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase
pre-incubation [F501].                              (E.C.
   Rat liver P450 N-demethylates 15 different
compounds, utilizing either O2 and NADPH, or        Pig liver enzyme, optimum pH 7.5, requires
hydrogen peroxide. There is no correlation          NADP; NADPH is ineffective. Tetrahydrofolate
between the reaction rates corresponding to these   is formed, with the release of carbon dioxide from
mechanisms for the different compounds used;        the formyl moiety [K877].
it is therefore considered that these are
independent reactions [C669].
   In rat, guinea pig and mouse N-demethylase       Pteridine/folate fission
activity is correlated with P450 activity [A627].
   With some tertiary amines demethylation          Pseudsomonas acidovorans enzyme, named
occurs in two stages, with the amine N-oxide as     pteridine 6-methylaminohydrolase, acts on
intermediate. This is described under the enzymes   pteroate or folate (it is unclear which compounds
involved.                                           were tested) to cleave the CÃ/N bond linking the
                                                    pteridine and aminobenzoate moieties. Structural
                                                    considerations indicate that this is an oxidative
                                                    reaction, with formation of p -aminobenzoate
Demethylation of N-methylated amides                [A971].

Rat liver microsomes demethylate N,N-
dimethylbenzamide to form N-methylbenzamide         Dealkylation of quaternary bases
and formaldehyde, with the corresponding
N-hydroxymethyl compound as an                      N-Methylnaltrexone is demethylated by rat, dog,
intermediate. Several para -substituted             man and mouse [F486].


N-Debutylation                                      Oxidation of amino to nitro groups

Man and monkey debutylate bupivacaine, but            R:NH2 0 R:NO2
the reaction was not further studied [A255,
                                                    Chlorphentermine is oxidized to 1-(p -chloro-
J881, K14].
                                                    phenyl)-2-methyl-2-nitropropane in rabbit and
                                                    man; it appears that the corresponding
                                                    hydroxylamine is an intermediate [A177].

N-Oxide dealkylation
                                                    Oxidation of hydroxylamines to oximes
  R1 R2 R3 NO 0 R1 R2 NH
                                                    Rat liver microsomes oxidize N-hydroxy-
a. Aryl N-oxides (dimethylaniline-N-oxide           amphetamine to phenylacetone oxime. The
aldolase; E.C.                            enzyme is probably not P450, and oxygen is
                                                    probably not the oxidizing species [B664].
N,N-Dimethylaniline and p -cyano-N,N-
dimethylaniline N-oxides are demethylated by
bacterial P450CAM and rabbit liver P450LM2          Amidoxime formation from amidine
[D40]. Cytochrome c is also able to catalyse this
reaction [B185].                                    Rabbit liver microsomes convert benzamidine
                                                    into benzamidoxime [E238, F230, G798]; the
b. Alkyl N-oxides                                   reaction has also been observed in rat [G990].

This reaction is observed in vivo in mammalia
with N-oxides of tricyclic drugs such as            Conversion of imines into oximes
imipramine [A3656], but is not well documented.
It is complicated in that reduction to the parent     R: C0NH: CH3 0 R: C0NOH: CH3
drug followed by demethylation without
                                                    Rabbit liver microsomes act on some acetophe-
involvement of the N-oxide may contribute to the
                                                    none imines, including 2,6-di-, 2,4,6-tri-, 2,3,5,6-
observed results, although in man the urinary
                                                    tetra- and 2,3,4,5,6-pentamethylacetophenone
excretion of DMI is very much greater after
                                                    imine as well as 2,6-dichloroacetophenone imine.
dosing with imipramine-N-oxide than after           The reaction is also observed in hamster, rat,
imipramine (personal unpublished observation).      mouse, guinea pig and ferret. The product is
                                                    mainly the anti -oxime and usually a small
                                                    proportion (B/10 per cent) of the syn -isomer
                                                       Rabbit enzyme, which acts on
3.7 Oxidations and reductions involving             2,6-dimethyl-acetophenone imine and
nitrogen atoms                                      2,6-dichloroaceto-phenone imine, is found in
                                                    liver, with lesser amounts in lung [C243].

Tyrosine N-monooxygenase (E.C.
                                                    Oxime reduction to hydroxylamines
Sorghum bicolor enzyme, which catalyzes this
reaction is a P450. This is a key step in the       Rat liver microsomal (not P450) and cytosolic
formation of dhurrin [A3175, A3335, G228,           oxime reductases which act on acetophenone
H331, K711].                                        oxime require NADPH [A1452].

                                                              Oxime oxidation to nitro compounds

Oxime oxidation to nitro compounds                     catalyze this reaction, with an electron donor.
                                                       Anthranilhydroxamate is another substrate
Both rat and rabbit liver oxidize 1-phenyl-2-          [C897].
propanone oxime to 2-nitro-1-phenylpropane
[A1982, A3315].
                                                       Aldehyde formation from N-nitrosoamine

Oxo formation from oxime                               Mouse liver microsomes form benzaldehyde from
                                                       N-methyl-N-nitrosobenzylamine, with NADPH.
Rabbit liver aldehyde oxidase acts on the oximes       The enzyme has also been found in mouse
of acetophenone, salicylaldehyde and                   forestomach, as well as oesophagus, forestomach
benzamidine to form the corresponding oxo              and liver of rat (in all cases, female) [B131].
compounds [E358].

                                                       N-Oxide formation with tertiary alkylamines
Aldoxime and nitrile formation from tyrosine
                                                          R1 R2 R3 N 0 R1 R2 R3 NO
Triglochin maritima and Sorghum bicolor P450
both oxidize L-tyrosine to p -hydroxyphenyl-           Rat liver and brain imipramine N-oxidase is a
acetaldoxime. It is postulated that the reaction       microsomal flavoprotein. After solubilization 2
sequence is:                                           isozymes were found, molecular weights 57 000
                                                       and 61 000, with optimum pH 8.5; the activity
  l-Tyrosine 0 N-hydroxy-l-tyrosine 0
                                                       was rapidly lost at 458 [J174]. It is postulated that
     N; N-dihydroxy-l-tyrosine 0                       it is different from the dimethylaniline-oxidizing
     3-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-2-nitrosopropionate;          enzyme [C196]. N-Methylephedrine is oxidized
the latter then decarboxylates and rearranges to       by a rat liver flavoprotein, and inhibited by
the oxime. Further reaction steps lead to the          methimazole or by pre-incubation, but not by CO
formation of p -hydroxyphenylacetonitrile and          or SKF 525-A [F501]. Further studies on the liver
p -hydroxymandelonitrile [H423, K216, K711];           enzyme found that two systems were involved,
the first of these steps has been confirmed directly   and its activity was lost rapidly by pre-incubation
in Sorghum, and the formation of dhurrin and           at pH 8.5, with little loss at pH 7.5. A
p -hydroxymandelonitrile from the aldoxime             high-affinity enzyme was inhibited by
confirms the side-chain hydroxylation reaction         methimazole, an inhibitor of the flavin-
[A2914, J504]. Other potential precursors of           containing monooxygenase, whereas a low-
p -hydroxymandelonitrile, such as p -hydroxy-          affinity enzyme was inhibited by SKF 525-A,
phenylacetamide, 1-nitro-2-(p -hydroxyphenyl)-         suggesting that it is a P450 [Kl68].
ethane, p -hydroxyphenylacetaldoxime, tyramine            Mouse and pig liver microsomal enzymes,
and N-hydroxytyramine are ineffective in               which have an optimum pH of about 9, contain
Sorghum [A3335].                                       FAD and require NAD(P)H. Substrates include
                                                       imipramine, as well as N,N-dimethyl- and
                                                       N,N-diethylaniline [D446].
Salicylhydroxamate reductase

Rat liver enzyme is a heterodimer, molecular           Methylphenyltetrahydropyridine
weight 140 000 Á/150 000 and pI 5.4. The product       N-monooxygenase (E.C.
is salicylamide. Another substrate (poor) is
N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene [H16]. Both              Mouse microsomal enzyme acts on MPTP to
guinea pig and rabbit liver aldehyde oxidases          form the N-oxide [E979].

N-Oxide reductase

N-Oxide reductase                                      the latter compound the reaction rate is much
                                                       greater than with microsomes [D218].
Rat liver reduction of the N-oxides of imipra-           Reflux of N-oxides at pH 14 can remove the
mine, cyclobenzaprine and brucine is observed in       oxygen moiety [H894].
cytosol, mitochondria and microsomes, and
requires NAD(P)H and menadione (or any of a
range of quinones). It has been suggested that the
cytosolic enzyme is DT-diaphorase plus a haem          3.8 O-Dealkylation
protein. The first reaction is considered to be the
reduction of a quinone by a quinone reductase,
followed by a non-enzymatic reduction of the           e.g. 4-Methoxybenzoate monooxygenase
N-oxide by the quinol, mediated by the haem            (O-demethylating) (E.C.
group of haemoproteins [J563].
   A rat liver mitochondrial enzyme, bound to the        Ar:O:CH2 :R 0 ArOH'RCHO
inner membrane, requires NAD(P)H to reduce
                                                       Human haemoglobin can demethylate
imipramine-N-oxide as well as aromatic N-              p -anisidine, anisole, p -methoxyphenol and
oxides. The activity is also found in microsomes,      p -nitroanisole [D135].
but the relative reaction rates for the substrates        Rat liver microsomes demethylate o -, m - and
are different from those in mitochondria. It is        p -methoxyphenols and o -, m - and p -anisoles.
inhibited by oxygen, and mitochondrial enzyme is       Studies with 18O2 show a high oxygen incor-
partially inhibited by carbon monoxide [A1913].        poration with o - and p -methoxyphenols, and low
   Rat liver microsomes reduce octoclothepine-         incorporation with m -methoxyphenol. This sug-
N-oxide to octoclothepine anaerobically (oxygen        gests that demethylation of o - and p -methoxy-
inhibits), with NADPH as co-substrate. It is           phenols involves a quinone-type intermediate,
also inhibited by carbon monoxide [B935].              with elimination of the entire methoxy moiety
Imipramine and tiaramide N-oxides are sub-             [J201]. 7-Ethoxycoumarin deethylase is composed
strates, and the reaction requires NADH. It is         of two isozymes, one low and the other high
inhibited by oxygen or carbon monoxide; the            affinity [D666]. An activity confined to
enzyme appears to be a P450 [A1847]                    microsomes that is inhibited by carbon monoxide
   Rat liver xanthine oxidase or crude liver extract   demethylates 2-methoxyoestrone and
reduce benzydamine-N-oxide, optimum pH 9 for           2-methoxyoestradiol; it has a requirement for
the xanthine-dependent reduction or pH 7 for the       NADPH, suggesting a P450 involvement. Each
crude extract; there are at least two enzymes in       compound appears to be demethylated by a
the crude extract. There is a requirement for          separate isozyme [B668]. Hepatocyte microsomal
NAD(P)H or FMN [B307].                                 enzyme demethylates 2,6-dichloro-4-nitroanisole
   Rat blood reduces the N-oxides of imipramine,       with a broad optimum between pH 6.0 Á/7.5
brucine and cyclobenzaprine, with menadione            [A2855]. 1,3-Dichloro-2-methoxy-5-nitrobenzene
or other quinols as electron acceptor, and             demethylase, which is inhibited by vinyl
NAD(P)H as coenzyme. The enzyme appears to             chloride, may be composed of two isozymes.
be haemoglobin [J876].                                 It is not induced by pre-treatment with 3-
   Rat, mouse, hamster, pig and rabbit liver           methylcholanthrene, i.e., it is not a P448 [A3495].
cytosolic aldehyde oxidase as well as rabbit liver        Rabbit liver microsomes demethylate
microsomes reduce the N-oxides of imipramine           p -nitroanisole and p -nitrophenetole. With
and cyclobenzaprine. Rabbit microsomal enzyme          NADPH as co-substrate (optimum pH 7.4)
requires NAD(P)H. Cytosolic enzyme is not              carbon monoxide inhibits, but with NADH as
activated by NAD(P)H, but several compounds,           co-substrate (optimum pH 6.0) carbon monoxide
including aldehydes, N?-methylnicotinamide and         is not inhibitory; cyanide inhibits neither
especially 2-hydroxypyrimidine are effective; with     demethylation, demonstrating that cytochromes

                                                                           7-Ethoxyresorufin deethylase

are not involved in the hydrogen transport system         p -methoxybenzoate; use of uncoupling substrate
[A2545].                                                  analogues results in formation of peroxide [A903,
   Rabbit 7-ethoxycoumarin deethylase activity            A2952, K800]. P. putida Fe Ã/S-containing
begins to increase from a low level at day nine           reductase, pI 4.72, contains about 30 per cent
post partum in liver and at day 16 in small               carbohydrate; its amino acid composition has
intestine. At 30 days the activity is at least as great   been determined. The Fe Ã/S moiety is plant
as that in the adult [A1980].                             ferredoxin type, i.e., it contains S2(. The enzyme
   7-Alkoxycoumarin dealkylation has been                 has been given the trivial name Putidamonooxin I
detected in mouse, guinea pig, rabbit, dog and            [A2954]; the two components have been called
monkey, with methyl, ethyl and propyl as the              putidamonooxin and NADH-putidamonooxin
alkyl groups; it exhibits a requirement for               oxido-reductase [K800]. The monooxygenase
NADPH and oxygen. 7-Butoxycoumarin is also                contains protein, iron and labile sulphur in the
dealkylated in rat; induction studies indicate that       ratio 1:3.3:3.3 (the expected value is 1:4:4).
this involves a different enzyme [C160].                  Inhibition is brought about by Cu2', Hg2',
   Activity of guinea pig, rat and mouse liver            p -chloromercuribenzoate and
microsomal enzyme activity is correlated with             bathophenanthrolinedisulphonic acid [K801].
P450 activity [A627].                                     The optical absorption is altered by substrate. It
   Erythrocyte lysates from bear, beef, cat, dog,         has been postulated that this is a previously
guinea pig, man, mouse, rabbit, pigeon, rat and           unreported enzyme type [A2955]. A
sheep demethylate normetanephrine to                      Pseudomonas enzyme has been described that
noradrenaline, and at least in rat dopa, dopamine         acts on p -methoxybenzoate and is specific for the
and adrenaline are formed from the                        para isomer [A563].
corresponding 3-O-methyl compounds [A3063].
   Red-winged blackbird liver microsomal
enzyme acts on p -nitroanisole; the measured              7-Ethoxyresorufin deethylase
activity is lower than in rat, and follows a lower
P450 content [A358].                                      Human liver enzyme is a P450 [J299]; many
   Bacillus oxidizes p -hydroxyphenoxyacetate to          studies have found that 7-ethoxyresorufin can be
quinol with the incorporation of oxygen from              used as a specific probe for CYP1A2. Activity is
molecular oxygen [A3639].                                 also found in lymphocytes [J245].
   Chaetomium piluliferum and Xerocomus                      Rat liver microsomal enzyme dealkylates
badius (fungi) enzymes, optimum pH 5 and 7                ethyl-, benzyl- and pentylresorufins [D421]. Liver,
respectively act on 3- and 4-methoxybenzoate,             kidney and lung activity is associated with just
veratrate and 3,4-dimethoxycinnamate, with                one P450, at that time designated as P448. It is
oxygen and NADH as co-substrates [K896].                  induced by the carcinogens benzo[a ]pyrene
   Pseudomonas fluorescens meta -demethylating            and 1,2,5,6-dibenzanthracene, but not by
system is composed of two enzymes, one, a                 benzo[e ]pyrene and anthracene [C748]. Enzyme
non-haem Fe-containing monooxygenase, is a                is also found in lung [J904] and intestine [A2127].
dimer, molecular weight 118 000, and the other               Alligator activity is much lower than in rat
a NADH-dependent reductase, molecular weight              [J855].
80 000 [A3627].                                              Channel catfish liver microsomes dealkylate
   Pseudomonas putida demethylating system is             alkylresorufins with methyl, ethyl and benzyl, but
composed of two enzymes, one a Fe-containing              not pentyl alkyl groups. After treating animals
monooxygenase, molecular weight 120 000, and              with 3-methylcholanthrene, all these compounds
the other a Fe Ã/S-containing NADH-dependent              are dealkylated [E209].
reductase, molecular weight 42 000 and optimum               This activity has been found in many other
pH 8.0. Both are highly unstable in the presence          species, including dog, cat, rabbit, guinea pig,
of oxygen. The system demethylates m - and                hamster, mouse, quail and trout [A2129, C562].

Carbon monoxide-dependent O-demethylase

Carbon monoxide-dependent O-demethylase              and NADH. It is specific for 1H -4-oxoquinoline,
                                                     which it hydroxylates at position 3 [G812].
Clostridium thermoaceticum enzyme
demethylates methoxybenzenes and
methoxybenzoates. Nitrogen or hydrogen cannot        Flavanone 2-hydroxylase
replace carbon monoxide, which is postulated to
act on CoA to form acetyl CoA with the released      Licorice flavone synthase II acts on naringenin to
methyl group [K457].                                 form 2-hydroxynaringenin as a first step in
                                                     flavanone formation [K290].

2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetate oxygenase
                                                     Flavanone 3-hydroxylase (E.C.
Pseudomonas cepacia enzyme is a
                                                     Petunia hybrida enzyme, optimum pH 6.5 Á/7.0,
two-component system, one of which is a red
                                                     requires Fe2', ascorbate and a-oxoglutarate. It
protein and the other is a tetramer composed of
                                                     oxidizes naringenin to dihydrokaempferol,
two pairs of identical subunits, molecular weights
                                                     eriodictyol to dihydroquercetin and 3?,4?,5,5?,7-
49 000 and 24 000. The reaction requires oxygen
                                                     pentahydroxyflavanone to dihydromyricetin
and NADH to form 2,4,5-trichlorophenol and
                                                     [D772]. In another study the enzyme was found
glyoxylic acid [H644].
                                                     to have a molecular weight of 74 000 and
                                                     optimum pH 8.5. It oxidizes (2S )-naringenin to
                                                     (2R ,3R )-dihydrokaempferol and (2S )-eriodictyol
                                                     to (2R ,3R )-dihydroquercetin, but (2R )-
3.9 Oxidations and reductions of non-aromatic
                                                     naringenin is not a substrate [E72].
ring systems                                            Tulipa anther enzyme oxidizes naringenin to
                                                     dihydrokaempferol [F162].
                                                        This reaction has also been observed in
Indane hydroxylation
                                                     Haplopappus gracilis [A200] and Petroselinum
                                                     crispum [B957].
Pseudomonas putida toluene dioxygenase
                                                        Matthiola incana requires oxygen, Fe2',
(E.C. hydroxylates a range of
                                                     ascorbate and a-oxoglutarate, forming
substituted indanes in the 1-position. About 70
                                                     dihydrokaempferol, succinate and carbon
per cent of the oxygen comes from water
                                                     dioxide; eriodictyol is a second substrate
[E567, K207]. Naphthalene dioxygenase
(E.C. yields ('/)-(1S )-indanol and
('/)-cis -(1R ,2S )indanediol as well as further
oxidation products [H580].
                                                     Isoliquiritigenin 3-hydroxylase
   Rhodococcus strains form cis -(1S,2R )-
indanediol, with one exception, which forms the      Dahlia variabilis petal enzyme, optimum pH 7.5,
trans- (1R ,2R )-isomer [K305].                      appears to be a cytochrome P450. The product is
   In rat 1- and 2-hydroxylation occurs as well as   butein [J626].
the formation of cis - and trans -indane-1,2-diol
[E533, F617].
                                                     Dihydrofolate reductase (tetrahydrofolate
                                                     dehydrogenase; E.C.
1H -4-Oxoquinoline monooxygenase
                                                     Calf and rat brain enzyme activities, which are
Pseudomonas putida enzyme is a trimer,               low relative to rat liver, are inhibited by
molecular weight 126 000, which requires oxygen      methotrexate [A3366].

                                                                Flavin mononucleotide reductases

   Pig enzyme, molecular weight 20 000 and pI        has been detected. It is unstable above 358. There
8.6, is inhibited by methotrexate [A2480].           are complex relationships between KCl and urea
   Calf and rat brain enzyme activities, which are   concentrations and the kinetics of the reaction.
low relative to rat liver, are inhibited by          The reaction rate is greater at pH 6.5 than at 8.5,
methotrexate [A3366].                                and the reaction rate is nearly linear with time.
   Rabbit brain enzyme is found in cortex, stem,     1M KCl inhibits especially at pH 6.5, with non-
cerebellum and striatum, with highest activity in    linear reaction rates. Urea (4M) inhibits strongly,
cerebellum, and a three-fold activity range          especially at pH 8.5. Urea and KCl together
between tissues [A3401]. Liver and brain             inhibit less at pH 6.5 and more at pH 8.5 than
enzymes, optimum pH 4.8, require NADPH.              urea alone. Methotrexate (40 nM) is inhibitory in
Brain activity is 15 per cent of that for liver.     all situations, and the presence of urea and KCl
Both activities are abolished by methotrexate        together dramatically increases its effect
[A2011].                                             [A6, K484].
   In dihydrofolate-deficient immature domestic         The complete amino acid sequence of a
poultry chicks, activity is doubled by folate or     Streptococcus faecium mutant has been
oestradiol, but these effects are not additive       determined [A2222].
   Drosophila menanogaster enzyme, molecular
weight in the range 17 000 Á/22 000, is monomeric,
with optima at pH 4.8 and 8.5 [K458].                Flavin mononucleotide reductases (NAD(P)H:
   Daucus carota enzyme is cytosolic and appears     flavin oxidoreductase; E.C.
to be a homotrimer, molecular weight 183 000,
monomeric molecular weight 58 400 and                Human erythrocyte NADPH dehydrogenase
optimum pH 5.9; it requires NADPH. It does           reduces FMN, FAD, riboflavin, as well as
not cross-react with antibodies against the          methylene blue and dichlorophenolindophenol
human enzyme [K199].                                 [A3008].
   Glycine max enzyme requires NADPH for                Benecka harveyi, a luminous bacterium,
activity; NADH is poor. It is inhibited by           contains two isozymes; one (molecular weight
phosphate, but Cu2' with phosphate activates.        30 000) requires NADH, and the other
It is inhibited by N-ethylmaleimide,                 (molecular weight 40 000) NADPH [A2305,
glutathione or aminopterin, and several              A3095]. Another study found that the former
iron-chelating compounds inhibit in the presence     isozyme is monomeric, molecular weight 24 000,
of phosphate, but diethyldithiocarbamate             and that NADPH is a poor co-substrate. FAD is
activates [A2343].                                   another substrate [A3209].
   Helianthus enzyme, optimum pH 5.9 Á/7.2              Eubacterium enzyme, molecular weight
(buffer dependent) requires NADPH2; the              260 000 and optimum pH 6.8, has an absolute
activity increases with increasing callus age        requirement for NADH. It reduces FMN,
[K461].                                              riboflavin, as well as methylene blue,
   E. coli contains two isozymes, molecular          menadione and dichlorophenolindophenol
weights 18 500. The activity of one is nearly        [B426].
constant in the pH range 4 Á/9, whereas the other
shows high activity at pH 4, but decreases almost
to zero at pH 9 [A3113].
   Lactobacillus leichmannii enzyme, molecular       Acetylindoxyl oxidase (E.C.
weight 20 000, Stokes radius 0.34 nm and
optimum pH 7.4 is composed of 168 amino acid         Zea enzyme, optimum pH above 9, is found in
residues; the terminal amino acids have been         leaf of etiolated seedlings and shoot sap (only
determined and the presence of one active thiol      after dialysis), and requires oxygen [K902].

Cannabinoid ring hydroxylases

Cannabinoid ring hydroxylases                           Geissoschizine dehydrogenase (E.C.

Extensive studies with cannabinoids have                Catharanthus roseus enzyme is highly specific
demonstrated that hydroxylations occur at               and requires NADP '; other oxidoreductive
various positions in the molecule; however, few         cofactors are inactive. It catalyzes the removal of
studies appear to have been carried out at an           the 21a hydrogen, to form a quaternary base
enzyme level. The literature on this subject is very    [K700].
extensive, and the references given are purely
                                                        2?-Hydroxydaidzein reductase (E.C.
   Cannabinoid 6a-hydroxylation
                                                        Glycine max enzyme, optimum pH 7.0, is
This reaction has been detected in rabbit, guinea       monomeric, molecular weight 34 700; it reduces
pig, man, mouse and Thamnidium                          the 2,3-bond. Other substrates include
[A108, A1391, B742, C2, E7, F819].                      2?-hydroxyformononetin and 2?-hydroxygenistein
   Cannabinoid 6b-hydroxylation
This reaction has been detected in man, monkey,         Hyoscyamine (6S )-dioxygenase (E.C.
guinea pig and Thamnidium
[B458, B742, C2, H418].                                 Hyoscyamus enzyme, molecular weight 38 000Á/
   Hydroxylations of the side chains are described      40 000, is found exclusively in roots. It is thought
elsewhere.                                              to be involved in the pathway for scopolamine
                                                        formation [G135]. H. niger enzyme, molecular
                                                        weight 41 000 and optimum pH 7.8, requires
Codeine 14b-hydroxylase                                 a-oxoglutarate and is activated by Fe2', catalase
                                                        or a reducing agent, such as ascorbate. Other
Pseudomonas putida carries out this reaction;           substrates include a series of tropine esters
codeinone is also a substrate [K311].                   [E350].
                                                          Hyoscyamus niger root enzyme requires Fe2',
                                                        oxygen and a-oxoglutarate (which yields carbon
                                                        dioxide and succinate), and is stimulated by
Desacetoxyvindoline hydroxylation                       ascorbate. It is also found in Datura fastuosa (but
                                                        not other Datura species), Atropa belladonna
Catharanthus roseus enzyme, molecular weight            and Duboisia leichhardtii [K885].
45 000 is probably monomeric, and is composed
of three isozymes, pI 4.6, 4.7 and 4.8.
Hydroxylation occurs at the 4-position, to form         Morphine 6-dehydrogenase (E.C.
deacetylvindoline [H5].
                                                          Morphine 0 morphinone
                                                        Hamster liver cytosolic enzyme, molecular weight
3,9-Dihydroxypterocarpan 6a-hydroxylase                 38 000, optimum pH 9.3 and pI 5.6, requires
                                                        NAD' ; NADP ' is a poor co-substrate. Sub-
Glycine max P450 D6aH, molecular weight                 strates include morphine, codeine, normorphine,
55 000, catalyzes the reaction; it requires             1-indanol, 1-acenaphthenol, 4-chromanol and
NADPH, and dilauroylphosphatidylcholine is the          thiochroman-4-ol [K443].
best activator found in a study to identify its lipid      Rabbit liver cytosoic enzyme, molecular weight
requirement [F242].                                     36 000, pI 6.4 and optimum pH 9.4, requires

                                                                             Morphinone reductase

NAD(P) ', with NAD ' preferred. Codeine,            Vinorine hydroxylation
ethylmorphine, normorphine, 1-indanol and
phenylglycol are also substrates. The enzyme also   Rauwolfia serpentina enzyme is a P450 enzyme,
reduces polynuclear quinones with NAD(P)H as        optimum pH 8.3, which hydroxylates vinorine to
coenzyme, but not p -quinones [H920].               vomilenine with oxygen and NADPH as
  Pseudomonas putida enzyme, molecular              co-substrates. This is a key step in the formation
weight 32 000 and optimum pH 9.5 oxidizes           of ajmaline [H414].
morphine and codeine, and reduces codeinone
with NADPH as coenzyme [G181].
                                                    Vitamin K1-2,3-epoxide reductase (tertiary

Morphinone reductase                                Beef liver microsomal enzyme, molecular
                                                    weight 25 000 appears to be a homodimer
  Codeinone 0 hydrocodone                           which requires dithiothreitol and 3-((3-
Pseudomonas putida enzyme, molecular weight
                                                    propanesulphonic acid and is inhibited by high
80 000 contains one mol of FMN. A second
                                                    concentrations of glycerol. The reaction products
substrate is morphinone [H892]. It requires
                                                    are 2,3-dihydro-2- and 3-hydroxy-2-methyl-3-
NADH for the reduction of the double bond
                                                    phytylnaphthoquinone [D683].
conjugated with the oxo group. The reaction
sequence is:

   Formation of a charge-transfer intermediate      Zearalenone reductase
      with NADH;
   Reduction of the flavin moiety;                  Liver enzyme (microsomal), molecular weight
   Formation of reduced enzyme-codeinone            230 000, optimum pH 4.5 and 7.4 has been
      complex;                                      detected in (in reducing order) cow, mouse, pig,
   Flavin re-oxidation;                             rat, rabbit and guinea pig; the figures shown are
   Hydrocodone release [J635].                      for rat. Hamster optima, pH 5.5 and 8.0 with
                                                    NADH, are raised by 0.5 pH unit by substitution
                                                    with NADPH. The products are both 6a- and
                                                    6b-zearalenol. Except with guinea pig enzyme,
Protopine 6-monooxygenase (E.C.         where neither product predominates at any pH,
                                                    the b-isomer predominates at neutral pH,
Eschscholtzia californica forms                     whereas the a-isomer predominates at acidic pH
dihydrosanguinarine from protopine;                 [C719, C858].
6-hydroxylation is considered to be the first
reaction step [F699].

                                                    3.10 Sulphur replacement

Pterocarpan hydroxylase

Ascochyta rabei (a fungus) enzyme, molecular
weight 58 000, requires FAD, NAD(P)H and
oxygen. It oxidizes medicarpin and maackiain at     Parathion, for instance, is a substrate for this
the 1a carbon to form the corresponding             class of reaction, with paraoxon as product. Little
1a-hydroxy-1,4-dien-3-ones [G213].                  is known about the reaction.

Acetophenone oxygenase

  The reaction has been observed in mouse liver       3.13 Oxidative rearrangement
[D858], rabbit [A1995], rat liver [A881] and
microorganism [A2435], but not in lobster             Acetophenone oxygenase
hepatocytes [A2567].
                                                      A Pseudomonas putida arylketone monooxygen-
                                                      ase, molecular weight 70 000, catalyzes a
                                                      Baeyer-Villiger type oxidation, converting
3.11 Dehydroxylation                                  acetophenones into phenyl acetates. It contains
                                                      one mol FAD and requires oxygen and NADPH;
                                                      NADH is inactive. Its N-terminal sequence has
Rat kidney dehydroxylates oestriol, with              been determined. Substrates include
oestrone as the final product [A2549, A3644].         acetophenone, p -hydroxyacetophenone and
   Rat and rabbit convert octopamine into             p -hydroxypropiophenone; benzophenone and
p -hydroxyphenylacetate; antibiotics do not           cyclohexylacetone are not substrates [K698].
affect the reaction, unlike aryl dehydroxylation      Arthrobacter and Alcaligenes also exhibit the
[A373].                                               same reaction; monochloroanisoles are
                                                      additional substrates [A2380, G107].
                                                         A similar reaction has been reported with
                                                      p -hydroxypropiophenone in Pseudomonas
3.12 Side chain halogenation                          [K698].
                                                         Alcaligenes enzyme acts on o -, m - and
                                                      p -chloroacetophenone to form the corresponding
Bjerkandera acts on benzoate and p -hydroxy-          phenyl acetates [G107].
benzoate to form veratryl chloride. This is              Arthrobacter enzyme requires one mol each of
claimed to be the first report of a benzylic halide   NADPH and molecular oxygen for the reaction
natural product [J482].                               [A2380].

          4. Formation and degradation of side-chains

4.1 Side-chain formation                                (E.C., a key enzyme in the formation of
                                                        actinomycin, yields 3-hydroxy-4-
                                                        methylanthranilate. The enzyme, molecular
Nuclear C-methyl incorporation                          weight 36 000, which is stimulated by EDTA or
                                                        mercaptoethanol, has negligible activity towards
1. Benzene and toluene                                  a range of substrate analogues [E725, F934]. The
                                                        co-substrate is S-adenosylmethionine [E676]. The
Human bone marrow supplemented with                     optimum pH lies between 6 and 8, depending on
S-adenosylmethionine converts benzene into              the buffer [E542].
toluene, which in turn yields o -, m - and p -xylenes
[F853]. This may account for the apparent
hydroxymethylation of benzene (Sloane, N.H.,
Biochim. Biophys. Acta (1965), 107, 599; Sloane,        C-Formylation
N.H., Heinemann, M., Biochim. Biophys. Acta
(1970), 201, 384).                                      Rat brain and liver mitochondria incorporate a
                                                        formyl group at the 5-position of 2,3,4,5-
2. Polunuclear hydrocarbons                             tetrahydro-1-(1-phenylcyclohexyl)pyridinium,
                                                        with N5-formyltetrahydrofolate as co-substrate
Rat is able to incorporate a methyl group at            [G209].
positions 7 and 12 of benzanthracene and
possibly its metabolites. Incorporation was not
observed with a range of non-carcinogenic
                                                        Incorporation of carboxyl group into phenols
analogues [F534]. The enzyme has been located in
                                                        without hydroxyl removal
rat lung cytosol. Incorporation of a second
methyl group occurs with both
                                                        Phenol is a substrate for this reaction type
monomethylated benzanthracenes to yield                 [G923]; bacteria form p -hydroxybenzoate
7,12-dimethylbenzanthracene, with                       reversibly from phenol and carbon dioxide
S-adenosylmethionine as the methyl donor                (E.C., optimum pH 6.5 Á/7.0. A two-
[F742, G491]. With rat liver cytosol chrysene           stage mechanism has been suggested [F468].
forms 6-methylchrysene [G118].                             Desulfococcus forms gentisate from quinol and
                                                        carbon dioxide [H293].
3. Natural products.

Euglena gracilis g-tocopherol methyltransferase
(c.f E.C., molecular weight 150 000 and       Incorporation of carboxyl group into aniline
optimum pH 7.5, incorporates a methyl group
into both g-tocopherol and b-tocopherol, in both        Rhodococcus erythropolis cells incorporate
cases forming a-tocopherol [G754].                      carbon dioxide into aniline (optimum at
   In Streptomyces antibioticus 3-                      pH 7Á/7.5) to form anthranilate [D273]. Fratearia
hydroxyanthranilate 4-C-methyltransferase               also catalyses the reaction [D595].

Incorporation of carboxyl group into polynuclear hydrocarbons

Incorporation of carboxyl group into polynuclear     but only in the presence of an aldolase
hydrocarbons                                         (E.C. [B693].
                                                        Erwinia herbicola enzyme has an optimum pH
Microorganisms act on naphthalene to form            of about 8 for amino acid synthesis, and is
2-naphthoate with incorporation of carbon            denatured by high concentrations of phenol or
dioxide. Phenanthrene is also carboxylated, but      catechol [A851]. The enzyme also acts on L-dopa,
the position is unclear [K253].                      and the reverse reaction has been observed with
                                                     phenol, catechol, resorcinol and pyrogallol. In
                                                     intact cells D-tyrosine is converted into L-tyrosine,
                                                     presumably by side-chain removal and
Incorporation of carboxyl group with hydroxyl
                                                     reconstruction [A708].
                                                        Escherichia intermedia enzyme acts on
Phenol is converted into benzoate by                 resorcinol to form 2,4-dihydroxy-L-
microorganisms; the reaction sequence has not        phenylalanine, with S-methyl-L-cysteine as co-
been clarified [F177, G281]. Substituted phenols     substrate, which can be replaced by L-tyrosine;
with an ortho substituent yield m -substituted       presumably the enzyme releases L-serine from
benzoates, with elimination of a hydroxyl group.     L-tyrosine, which then condenses with resorcinol.

Substrates include catechol, as well as phenols      The configuration with both D- and L-tyrosine is
ortho substituted with halides, amino or carboxyl    retained at C-3 [A2242, E401]. Phenols that are
groups [G917].                                       substrates include phenol, o- and m -cresol, o-
   A bacterial consortium acts on phenol to form     and m -chlorophenol, catechol, resorcinol,
benzoate, apparently involving para                  pyrogallol and hydroxyquinol [B292]. The
carboxylation as well as a dehydroxylation step      enzyme requires pyridoxal phosphate as cofactor;
[G424].                                              its N-oxide and 2?-hydroxypyridoxal phosphate
   Bacterium forms benzoate from quinol and          are not so good as cofactors [A155].
bicarbonate; it was postulated that gentisate           Leptoglossus phyllopus enzyme, which is found
was an intermediate [H110]. Another study            in the ventral abdominal gland interconverts
found that the reaction occurs in species that       phenol and L-tyrosine [A2260].
dehydroxylate p -hydroxybenzoate [G167].                Symbiobacterium thermophilum enzyme,
   Other microorganisms, including those found       optimum pH 7 and pI 4.8 is heat stable. It is
in pig manure form benzoate from phenol,                                          '
                                                     activated by K' and NH4 , but not by Na ' or
apparently without p -hydroxybenzoate as an              2'
                                                     Mg , with both D- and L-tyrosine as substrates.
intermediate [F515, H842].                           It converts catechol into L-dopa, with pyruvate
   The reverse reaction is described under           and ammonia as co-substrates [G603].
p -Hydroxy- and 3,4-dihydroxybenzoate                   Activity has been found in Pseudomonas,
decarboxylases (below).                              Xanthomonas, Alcaligenes, Achromobacter,
                                                     Escherichia, Aerobacter, Erwinia, Proteus,
                                                     Salmonella and Bacillus, but generally only in a
Tyrosine phenol-lyase (E.C.                small proportion of the strains tested. In this
                                                     study it was not found in numerous other
  e:g; l-Serine'phenol l l-tyrosine                  bacterial genera, fungi, Actinomycetes or yeasts
Citrobacter freundii enzyme has a broad              [A692].
optimum from pH 6.8 to above 9 and acts on              Catechol is a substrate for enzyme found in
phenol to generate L-tyrosine, with                  Erwinia, Symbiobacterium and Citrobacter
S-(o -nitrophenyl)-L-cysteine as co-substrate        [e.g. E959, G603, J512], and leads to a potentially
[F38]. C. intermedius enzyme forms tyrosine          viable method for the commercial production of
from phenol, glycine and formaldehyde,               L-dopa.

                                                                                Tryptophan synthase

Tryptophan synthase; (E.C.                  L-Tryptophan   4-dimethylallyltransferase
  Indole'l-serine 0l-tryptophan
                                                      This compound, which is a key intermediate in
Enzymes from Daucus carota and Nicotiana
                                                      the formation of ergot alkaloids, is formed from
tabacum utilize as additional substrates 4-, 5- and
                                                      L-tryptophan in Claviceps paspali [A3599].
6-fluoroindole, 5-hydroxy-, 5-methoxy- and
5-methylindole. Several other substituted indoles
are at best poor substrates [B874].
   In Juglans regia the enzyme is associated with a   Aspulvinone dimethylallyltransferase
particulate fraction that is not mitochondrial,       (E.C.
with optimum pH 7Á/8 [A818].
   The reaction has also been studied in Zea          Aspergillus terreus enzyme, molecular weight
mays [H126].                                          240 000 Á/270 000 (monomer 45 000) and optimum
   In Enterobacteriaceae genera the activity          pH 7.0 acts on aspulvinone E or aspulvinone G
(using pyruvate and ammonia instead of serine)        and dimethylallyl pyrophosphate to form a series
has been found only in some strains and species       of dimethylallyl-substituted analogues [K829].
of Escherichia, Kluyvera, Enterobacter, Erwinia
and Proteus. Other genera tested and found
inactive include Pseudomonas, Azotobacter,            Trihydroxypterocarpan dimethylallyltransferase
Aeromonas, Rhizobium, Alcaligenes, Salmonella         (E.C.
and Clostridium. Between four and 475 strains of
each genus were tested [A781].                        Glycine enzyme acts on 3,6a,9-trihydroxyptero-
   Vibrio enzyme requires pyridoxal phosphate,        carpan and dimethylallyl pyrophosphate to form
and can use S-methylcysteine in place of cysteine,    2- and 4-dimethylallyl-3,6a,9-trihydroxypterocar-
optimum pH 8.0 [B85].                                 pan [K905]. The enzyme is found after elicitor
   E. coli enzyme, optimum pH 9, yields               treatment (Phytophthora megasperma) [K904].
5-hydroxytryptophan from 5-hydroxyindole
   Salmonella typhimurium enzyme, which               Formation of ubiquinone, tocopherol and
requires pyridoxal phosphate for activity, is a       analogues by prenylation
complex of two pairs of different subunits [K275].
This and E. coli enzymes catalyze the reverse         In man 2,3-dimethoxy-5-methyl-p -quinone
reaction, but only slowly [E101].                     (ubiquinone 0) is precursor to ubiquinones 30,
   The reverse reaction has been described under      45 and 50, and ‘menadione diphosphate’ is
Tryptophanase.                                        precursor for vitamins K2(20), K2(45) and K2(50)
                                                         Rat liver and brain mitochondria contain
                                                      4-hydroxybenzoate: polyprenyl transferase
L-Tryptophan  2-C-methyltransferase                   (c.f. E.C., with polyprenyl pyropho-
(E.C.                                      sphates containing 8 Á/10 isoprene units as the
                                                      second substrate. p -Aminobenzoate is also a
Streptomyces laurentii enzyme, optimum pH 7.8         substrate. Inhibitors (not very effective) include
(sharp) transfers the methyl group from               serotonin, dopamine, noradrenaline, aspirin and
L-methionine to the nucleus of L-tryptophan to        other salicylates. Maximum activity is found in
form L-2-methyltryptophan with retention of           heart, and it is also found in kidney and spleen
configuration. Indole-3-pyruvate and                  [A147].
D-tryptophan (poor) are also substrates, but not         Homogentisate is the substrate from which
indole [K752].                                        many prenylated compounds are formed.

Benzaldehyde side chain carboligation

3-Octa- and 3-nonaprenyltoluquinols are formed      respectively [H576].
in Euglena gracilis and sugar beet, with
octaprenyl- and nonaprenyl pyrophosphates as        a. p-Hydroxybenzoate decarboxylase
co-substrates respectively; g-tocopherol is
another product [A201, A1584, G754].                A microorganism enzyme, molecular weight
Plastoquinones, a- and g-tocopherol are formed      420 000 (subunit molecular weight 119 000) and
in spinach and lettuce chloroplasts, with           pI 5.6 acts on p -hydroxybenzoate to yield phenol
phytyltoluquinone as a possible intermediate        [K573].
[A2522, D902].                                         A bacterial enzyme, optimum pH 6.5 Á/7.0
   Saccharomyces (baker’s yeast) contains a         reversibly decarboxylates p -hydroxybenzoate
mitochondrial 4-hydroxybenzoate: polyprenyl         specifically; it requires Mn2' and phosphate, and
transferase with an optimum at pH 7 that            is rapidly inactivated by oxygen [F468].
synthesizes the corresponding                          A mixture of microorganisms decarboxylates
2-polyprenylphenols with two, three, four, five,    several benzoates reversibly [G632].
eight, nine and 10 isoprene units. Formation of
the triprenyl product requires trans,               b. 3,4-Dihydroxybenzoate decarboxylase
trans - farnesyl pyrophosphate. The synthesis is
stimulated by Mg2' and inhibited by phosphate       Clostridium hydroxybenzoicum enzyme,
[A147].                                             molecular weight 270 000 and optimum pH 7.0
   An E. coli enzyme system acts on                 appears to be a homotetramer, and is absolutely
p -hydroxybenzoate and                              specific for protocatechuate. The reaction is
polyprenylpyrophosphates to form 3-octaprenyl-      reversible, in favour of the acid. No coenzyme is
and 3-nonaprenyl-4-hydroxybenzoates [A1524].        required. A second enzyme was separated in the
                                                    same study; the N-terminal sequences of these
                                                    enzymes were different [J184].
Benzaldehyde side chain carboligation

Pseudomonas putida benzoylformate decarboxy-        6-Methylsalicylate decarboxylase (E.C.
lase (which requires thiamine pyrophosphate)
exhibits a second reaction in which benzaldehydes   This activity, which forms m -cresol is found in
form (R )-benzoins [K424].                          Valsa friesii [A1049].

                                                    Orsellinate decarboxylase (E.C.
4.2 Decarboxylation reactions of phenolic           Gliocladium roseum enzyme catalyzes the
groups without hydroxylation                        formation of orcinol and carbon dioxide; the
                                                    enzyme is activated by azide [K908].
p -Hydroxy- and 3,4-dihydroxybenzoate
decarboxylases (E.C. and E.C.
                                                    Pyrocatechuate decarboxylase (E.C.
                                                        Pyrocatechuate 0 catechol'CO2
Clostridium hydroxybenzoicum enzyme, a
homohexamer, subunit molecular weight 57 000,       An enzyme in Aspergillus niger is a homotetra-
pI 5.1 and optimum pH 5.6 Á/6.2, reversibly         mer, monomeric molecular weight 28 000 and
decarboxylates p -hydroxybenzoate and               optimum pH 5.2 [E417]. Another study found the
protocatechuate to form phenol and catechol         native molecular weight to be 150 000, but with

                                                                           Gentisate decarboxylase

the same optimum pH. It is inhibited by cyanide      is inhibited by p -chloromercuribenzoate [D538].
and borohydride [B83]. A. oryzae enzyme, which       P. testosteroni enzyme, which is induced by
does not require cofactors, appears to have a        phthalate, appears to be a tetramer, molecular
histidyl residue at the active centre [J206].        weight 150 000 and monomeric molecular weight
  Bacterium decarboxylates pyrocatechuate            38 000. It also forms m -hydroxybenzoate from
as well as gallate, protocatechuate and              4-hydroxyphthalate [A3332].
m -hydroxybenzoate [C396].
  Trichosporon cutaneum is a dimer, molecular
weight 66 000. Other substrates include 2,3,5- and   p -Cresol formation from p -hydroxyphenylacetate
2,3,6-trihydroxybenzoates [B790].
                                                     Clostridium difficile enzyme, which is unstable,
                                                     requires amino acids (serine or threonine) or the
Gentisate decarboxylase (E.C.
                                                     corresponding pyruvates as cofactor, or
                                                     dithionite [D917].
Klebsiella aerogenes enzyme, optimum pH 5.9,
which is soluble, does not require oxygen and
releases carbon dioxide [K943].
                                                     4.3 Decarboxylation reactions of side-chains

Gallate decarboxylase (E.C.
                                                     Auxin oxidases
Pantoea (formerly Enterobacter) agglomerans
enzyme, a homohexamer, molecular weight              Zea mays enzyme is composed of two isozymes,
320 000, requires Fe (which makes it unique          molecular weights 32 500 (main) and 54 500, with
among similar decarboxylases), and is inhibited      a requirement for Mn2' and p -coumarate. The
by Fe2'-binding reagents. It is highly specific,     product with IAA is indole-3-methanol [F798].
forming pyrogallol and carbon dioxide [J859].        This product is also found in wheat [D150] and
  A bacterium has been described that                Pinus sylvestris [D597]. Lupinus alba forms, in
decarboxylates gallate and several other             addition, 3-hydroxymethyloxindole,
benzoates [C396].                                    3-methyleneoxindole and 3,3?-bisindolylmethane
                                                     [F847]. Horseradish peroxidase also
                                                     forms indole-3-methanol, 3-formylindole, 3-
3,4-Dihydroxyphthalate decarboxylase
                                                     methyleneoxindole and 3-hydroxymethyloxindole
                                                     from IAA [C525, D234, F961].
Protocatechuate is formed from 3,4-
dihydroxyphthalate in Micrococcus; no
enzymology has been described [K753].                3-Methyleneoxindole formation (indoleacetate

4,5-Dihydroxyphthalate carboxylyase                      Indole-3-acetate 0 3-methyleneoxindole
                                                     Arachis contains four peroxidase isozymes with
                                                     indoleacetate oxidase and polyphenol oxidase
  4; 5-Dihydroxyphthalate 0
                                                     activities. Each isozyme has a different optimum
                                                     pH for each type of substrate; the optima for
Pseudomonas fluorescens enzyme is probably a         indoleacetate oxidase are 7.2 Á/7.6 [A2519].
hexamer, molecular weight 420 000, monomeric           Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) etiolated seedling
molecular weight 66 000 and optimum pH 6.8. It       root oxidase activity is increased by treating the

4-Hydroxymandelate oxidase

plants with naphthenate (identity unspecified),         quinone methide, with oxidative decarboxylation
cyclohexanecarboxylate and cyclopentylacetate;          [D865, E963].
there is no in vitro effect with these compounds
   Three commercial sources of horseradish              Benzoylformate (phenylglyoxylate) decarboxylase
peroxidase contain a total of 42 isozymes by            (E.C.
isoelectric focussing, and the oxidase-peroxidase
ratio is essentially identical for all these isozymes     R:CO:COOH 0 R:CHO
[A3293]. Other studies have failed to separate
peroxidase and indole oxidase activities in             Pseudomonas putida decarboxylates
peroxidase preparations from horseradish and            p -hydroxyphenylglyoxylate to form
Betula (yellow birch) leaves (20 and 13 isozymes        p -hydroxybenzaldehyde [E669]. The enzyme
respectively) [A3428, A3429].                           requires thiamine pyrophosphate with
   Studies on Nicotiana indicate that the reaction      phenylglyoxylate, p -methylphenylglyoxylate,
is entirely mediated by peroxidases. At least four      p -chloromethylphenylglyoxylate and
isozymes are found by electrophoresis, and              p -fluoromethylphenylglyoxylate as substrates.
indoleacetate oxidase is separated from                 p -Bromomethylphenylglyoxylate is inhibitory; it
monophenol monooxygenases [A221].                       reacts with the cofactor to yield bromide and
   Oat coleoptile peroxidase is separable by            (p -methylbenzoyl)thiamine pyrophosphate which
electrophoresis into eight isozymes, six of which       in turn forms p -toluate. A small proportion of
exhibit indole-3-acetate oxidase activity [A1135].      p -chloromethylphenylglyoxylate exhibits the
   Peach seed enzyme, optimum pH 4.5 Á/5.0,             same side-reaction [E714]. Other substrates are
requires Mn2' and 2,4-dichlorophenol [A655].            phenylglyoxylate and m -hydroxyphenylglyoxylate
   Wheat enzyme is a peroxidase, which requires         [E771].
Mn2' and a phenolic cofactor without addition              Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, a tetramer,
of peroxide. With peroxide, ferulate and                monomeric molecular weight 58 000 and
p -coumarate are also oxidized. A coloured free         optimum pH 5.9, requires thiamine
radical appears to be the first product [A219].         pyrophosphate, which is firmly bound. It appears
                                                        to be highly specific [D809].
                                                           Moraxella enzyme acts on o -hydroxyphenyl-
                                                        glyoxylate to form salicylaldehyde [G356].
4-Hydroxymandelate oxidase (E.C.                 This activity has also been observed in
                                                        Acinetobacter, Bacterium and Flavobacterium
Pseudomonas convexa enzyme, molecular weight            [A730, D487, E355].
155 000 requires Mn2' , oxygen and FAD or
FMN in oxidatively decarboxylating 4-hydroxy-
mandelate to form p -hydroxybenzaldehyde. It is         L-Arylamino   acid decarboxylases (E.C.
inhibited by thiols, EDTA, cyanide and
8-hydroxyquinoline [A2681].                               R:CHNH2 :COOH 0 R:CH2 NH2
                                                        1. Phenylalanines and tryptophans

3,4-Dihydroxymandelate decarboxylation with             Animal enzymes have developed genetically with
tyrosinase                                              specificities that enable the non-protein amino
                                                        acids L-dopa, the precursor of the
Mushroom enzyme forms protocatechualdehyde              catecholamine neurotransmitters and 5-hydroxy-
from 3,4-dihydroxymandelate. It has been                tryptophan, the precursor of the neurotransmitter
postulated that the mechanism involves quinone          serotonin, to be readily decarboxylated. These
formation, followed by tautomerization to a             enzymes have little activity towards the amino

                                                                 L-Arylamino    acid decarboxylases

acids tyrosine, tryptophan and phenylalanine,           Rat brain enzyme, molecular weight 115 000
which are ingested in large amounts and are          and pH 6.4 Á/6.5, contains firmly bound pyridoxal
utilized extensively for protein synthesis. The      phosphate. Substrates are L-dopa and
ready decarboxylation of these amino acids           5-hydroxytryptophan, but not tryptophan or
would swamp the organism with amines that            tyrosine. The reaction products serotonin and
would interfere with neurotransmission, as well as   dopamine are inhibitory, as are N-ethylmalei-
possibly compromising the availability of amino      mide, dodecyl sulphate, Cu2', Fe2' and Ni2' .
acids for protein synthesis.                         In dilute solution of either pyridoxal phosphate
   Human phaeochromocytoma enzyme appears            or the amino acid substrate, an excess of the
to be a dimer, monomeric molecular weight            second substrate is inhibitory [A2378]. Liver
50 000 and pI 5.7. Substrates are L-dopa,            enzyme is inhibited by serotonin and dopamine
5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan and                           (competitive), and by a-methyl-m -tyrosine
L-threo -3,4-dihydroxyphenylserine [D793, G452].     (competitive for dopa but non-competitive for
Human kidney enzyme is a dimer, molecular            5-hydroxytryptophan). Dopamine binds better at
weight 100 000. Phenylalanine, tyrosine and          pH 6.8 than at 7.8, serotonin binds with equal
tryptophan are not substrates [G104].                firmness under these conditions, whereas
   The presence of the enzyme in human brain         a-methyl-m -tyrosine and a-methyldopa bind less
has been a matter of controversy. For instance in    firmly at pH 6.8 [A2105].
one study only a few P.M. brains showed any             A tyrosine decarboxylase, optimum pH 8.0,
activity, and these were considered to show          well distributed through rat brain and kidney as
activity only because the enzyme had been carried    well as human kidney; is thought to be ‘ordinary’
there by blood as a result of trauma [A3753]. This   L-amino acid decarboxylase, based on the ratio of
was clearly erroneous, since the brain needs to      activity with 5-hydroxytryptophan as substrate
synthesize these neurotransmitters. In P.M.          and on antibody tests. It is stimulated by a series
parkinsonian brain dopa decarboxylase activity is    of cyclic organic solvents such as benzene,
reduced about 10-fold in those areas that            toluene, cyclohexane and cyclopentane, as well as
normally show high activity, especially caudate      by phenol. A series of other amino acids are
nucleus, putamen, substantia nigra and putamen.      decarboxylated, but information about relative
Only a small decrease has been found in other        reaction rates was not given [C566]. Rat kidney
brain regions, and an increase has been detected     activity increases fivefold between two days
in cerebellar cortex [A381]. In aromatic             post-partum and six-eight weeks, whereas brain
L-amino acid decarboxylase deficiency, a rare        activity remains constant until about five weeks
autosomal recessive, a catecholamine deficiency is   [A2195].
observed, with associated symptoms [K380].              In vivo studies with rats show that although
   Rat kidney enzyme is a homodimer,                 o - and m -tyrosine and 3-hydroxy-4-methoxy-
monomeric molecular weight 48 000, and pI 6.7.       phenylalanine readily yield decarboxylation
The amino acid composition has been deter-           products, a series of methoxyphenylalanines are
mined. It is immunologically identical with          not significantly decarboxylated [A2961, J411].
enzyme found in striatum, adrenal medulla,              Pig kidney enzyme has a molecular weight of
pineal and liver. The optimum pH for L-dopa is       86 000 and pI 5.0 according to one study [F197].
7.0, 5-hydroxytryptophan 7.7, tyrosine 8.2,          In another study, the molecular weight was found
tryptophan 8.6 and phenylalanine 8.2. The Vmax       to be 112 000, with subunit molecular weights
for the last three substrates is low, and Km is      57 000, 40 000 and 21 000 with dopa,
much higher than physiological concentrations        5-hydroxytryptophan, tryptophan and tyrosine as
[E735]. In agreement with this, there is little      substrates [A1906]. It converts L-dopa substituted
evidence for tyrosine decarboxylation in rat or      with deuterium on the a-carbon into
mouse liver under more moderate conditions           S -[a-D]-dopamine whereas L-dopa in D2O yields
[A2559].                                             R -[a-D]-dopamine [D606]. About 0.02 per cent

L-Arylamino   acid decarboxylases

of L-dopa and m -tyrosine, and 2 per cent of          cent of the activity found 16 days post-hatching.
a-methyl-m -tyrosine and a-methyldopa undergo         In cerebrum the pattern of development is similar,
a subsidiary reaction at pH 6.5. For L-dopa the       except that it appears two days earlier [A160].
subsidiary products are 3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-             Skipjack tuna liver enzyme, which acts on
acetaldehyde and pyridoxamine phosphate,              5-hydroxytryptophan, has a molecular weight of
which, in the absence of further pyridoxal            110 000 [H683].
phosphate cofactor, inactivates the enzyme. The          In leech, the enzyme is present in nerves [A659].
proportion of substrate undergoing this                  Mytilus edulis and Elliptio complanata dopa
subsidiary reaction relative to decarboxylation is    decarboxylases are inhibited by a-methyldopa,
independent of pH in the range 6.5 Á/9 [A2425].       N1-(DL-seryl)-N2-(2,3,4-trihydroxybenzyl)
Another study on this alternative reaction found      hydrazine and hydrazinomethyl-3,4-
that a-methyldopa uses molecular oxygen and           dihydroxyphenylalanine [A1084].
yields phenylacetone and ammonia as products,            Aedes aegypti (mosquito) enzyme, molecular
and 5-hydroxytryptophan forms                         weight 112 000 [B738] is induced by b-ecdysone,
5-hydroxyindole-3-acetaldehyde. The amount of         and this effect is enhanced by b-ecdysone
these subsidiary products formed greatly              administered together with dibutyryl cyclic AMP,
exceeded the amount of pyridoxal phosphate            but cyclic AMP on its own has no effect [A1027].
present, indicating that it is not simply a              Calliphora vicuna larval dopa decarboxylase,
decarboxylation-dependent transamination with         molecular weight 90 000 Á/96 000 is composed of
pyridoxal phosphate as amino acceptor. Nor is it      two subunits, molecular weights 40 000 and
an oxidative deamination [B780].                      46 000. 5-Hydroxytryptophan, tryptophan,
   Beef adrenal medulla enzyme is present in the      tyrosine and phenylalanine are not substrates.
cytoplasm of all cells [A1409], molecular weight      Al3' and Mn2' are activators, whereas Cu2'
50 000, with at least five components with pI in      and Hg2' are inhibitory. N-Acetyldopamine, the
the range 4.9 Á/5.3 [G452].                           product that is used in the formation of polymers,
   Mouse enzyme has an optimum pH of 6.6              is also inhibitory [A2151].
[A1297]. Both D- and L-phenylalanine are                 Ceratitis capitata enzyme was found to have
decarboxylated, but not by prior conversion of        very similar properties to the human enzyme
the D-to the L- isomer. Decarboxylation of            (see above) [G104].
D-tyrosine is not inhibited by L-tyrosine                Periplaneta americana decarboxylates L-dopa,
decarboxylase inhibitors [A3612]. In eye the          L-tyrosine, 5-hydroxytryptophan and m -tyrosine.
activity of the enzyme acting on                      Two isozymes are found; one, molecular weight
5-hydroxytryptophan rises rapidly in the first        120 000 acts on dopa and the other, molecular
three days after birth, and then declines to the      weight 100 000, on tyrosine. Both have an
adult level at day seven [A946]. In brain, the        optimum pH of 7.5 [E448].
activity reaches the adult level in cerebellum,          Barley (Hordeum vulgare) enzyme, optimum
medulla and pons two weeks after birth, in the        pH 7.3, is specific for L-isomers. Substrates
mesencephalon and diencephalon at four weeks          include dopa, o -, m - and p -tyrosine. Competitive
and in the cerebral hemispheres after six weeks       inhibition is observed between the substrates, and
[A1067].                                              caffeate and p -coumarate are also competitive
   The enzyme is found in islet cells from hamster,   inhibitors. Other inhibitors include
rabbit and guinea pig [A1911].                        hydroxylamine, semicarbazide, Fe2', Cu2'
   Embryo chick brain enzyme is detected at           and Hg2'. The enzyme is also found in Triticum
14 days incubation, but with very low activity in     aestivum, Zea mays and Cytisus scoparius
cerebellum. Activity increases 10-fold just before    [A1210].
hatching [A1413]. In pineal, 5-hydroxytrypto-            Papaver somniferum contains two decarboxy-
phan decarboxylase is inactive at 12 days             lases which require pyridoxal phosphate (like
incubation, and at hatching the activity is 50 per    other decarboxylases). They act on L-tyrosine or,

                                                                             L-Phenylalanine    oxidase

better, L-dopa, with a broad optimum,                  Enterococcus, E. coli, Hafnia, Lactobacillus,
pH 7.5 Á/8.5 [H557]. Another study found the           Pseudomonas, Proteus, Saccharomyces, Serratia,
optimum pH to be 7. Substrate inhibition is            Shigella, Staphylococcus aureus, Torulopsis and
observed with pyridoxal phosphate and L-dopa at        Yersinia [H302].
1 mM, and by cyanide, semicarbazide,
hydroxylamine and p -chloromercuribenzoate             2. Phenylserines
[A3143].                                                 R:CHOH:CHNH2 :COOH 0
   Tomato shoot enzyme decarboxylates                       R:CHOH:CH2 NH2
L-tryptophan and 5-hydroxytryptophan;
D-tryptophan, L-phenylalanine and L-tyrosine are       Pig kidney enzyme, optimum pH 8.5, decarbox-
not substrates. It requires pyridoxal phosphate        ylates L-threo -3,4-dihydroxyphenylserine to yield
and has an optimum pH of 8.0. Inhibition is            noradrenaline. It is specific for the L-isomer,
brought about by pre-incubation with 2 mM              requires pyridoxal phosphate and is inhibited
Fe2', Fe3', Ca2', Co2' and Zn2', but not by            competitively by L-dopa, L-5-hydroxytryptophan,
Mg2' or Mn2' [A536].                                   and to some extent by D-dopa.
   Bacillus tryptophan decarboxylase, molecular        D-threo -3,4-Dihydroxyphenylserine inhibits

weight 150 000 and optimum pH 7, requires              competitively at low concentration, but
pyridoxal phosphate [D555].                            non-competitively at high concentration. It is
   Lactobacillus brevis tyrosine decarboxylase,        inactivated above 408 [A2593].
optimum pH 5.0, requires pyridoxal phosphate;            Rat heart decarboxylates L-threo -3,4-
L-dopa is a less good substrate. It is stabilized by   dihydroxyphenylserine; the enzyme is specific for
substrate and coenzyme, and is inhibited by            the L-isomer, and requires low concentrations of
glycerol, mercaptoethanol and tyramine [K277].         pyridoxal phosphate; high concentrations are
   Purified Micrococcus percitreus enzyme, a           inhibitory. The optimum pH is 8.5 [A3882].
dimer, molecular weight 101 000, subunit                 Rat and human enzymes appear to be the same
molecular weight 48 000, and optimum pH 9.0,           as the normal amino acid decarboxylase [C566].
requires pyridoxal phosphate. Compounds found            A crude decarboxylase preparation from a
to be substrates are tryptophan,                       species that Chemical Abstracts does not specify
5-hydroxytryptophan, phenylalanine, o - and            has an optimum pH of 7.8 Á/8.2. L-threo -3,4-
p -tyrosine (m -tyrosine is a poor substrate), dopa    Dihydroxyphenylserine and (a poorer substrate)
                                                       D-threo -3,4-dihydroxyphenylserine are substrates
and its 2,4-dihydroxy analogue, 2- and 3-methyl-
tyrosine, 2- and 3-chlorotyrosine,                     [A3177].
3,5-dibromotyrosine, 5-fluorotryptophan, 5-
methyltryptophan and 3-hydroxykynurenine.
Substitution with a methyl group on the a-carbon       L-Phenylalanine oxidase (deaminating and
almost or totally eliminates activity [A336, C62].     decarboxylating) (E.C.
   S. faecalis enzyme requires pyridoxal
phosphate [G332]. Substrates include tyrosine            l-Phenylalanine 0 phenylpyruvate
and dopa, and after pre-treatment of cells with
toluene m -tyrosine is a substrate [A537]. The           l-Phenylalanine 0 phenylacetamide
enzyme is a dimer, molecular weight 143 000 and        Pseudomonas enzyme is a dimer, molecular
pI 4.4; a second component, pI 4.5, is eliminated      weight about 140 000, which contains two mol of
by removal of pyridoxal phosphate and other low        FAD. The amino acid composition has been
molecular weight compounds [F197]. Another             determined. It catalyzes two reactions; one is the
study found pI 3.2 and 4.5 for isozymes [A3573].       formation of phenylpyruvate with a sharp
   Tyrosine decarboxylase (E.C. is found     optimum at pH 11 and a broad plateau between
in one or more strains of Acinetobacter, Bacillus,     pH 4 and 9 with elimination of ammonia
Candida, Citrobacter, Cryptococcus,                    and water. The other is the formation of

Tryptophan 2-monooxygenase

phenylacetamide with elimination of carbon           acetamide is formed. Slight activity is found with
dioxide, which shows a broad optimum between         L-phenylalanine and L-tryptophan [K563].
pH 5 and 9. Molecular oxygen is incorporated
into the carbonyl of the amide. The enzyme is
specific for L-isomers, and tyrosine, o -, and
m -tyrosine, p -fluorophenylalanine and              Tryptophan 2?-dioxygenase (E.C.
tryptophan are additional substrates. m -Tyrosine
is the only substrate where deamination is the       Pseudomonas enzyme, molecular weight 280 000
major pathway; with some others the reaction is      is a haemoprotein; it is not a catalase or
almost exclusively amide formation. It is            peroxidase. L-Tryptophan forms indole-3-
inhibited by Hg2', but milder inhibitors such as     glycolaldehyde (or possibly indole-3-glyoxal); a
Fe2' and Cu2' markedly reduce the proportion         number of indoles are also substrates, but
of substrate undergoing the deamination              decarboxylation is not a pre-requisite for activity
reaction; otherwise the proportion of                [A3009]. Another study on an enzyme, molecular
phenylalanine deaminated is about 20 per cent        weight 250 000, optimum pH about 4 and pI 4.8
of the total [C444, C546, D246].                     with an apparently different specificity contained
                                                     iron; its amino acid composition was determined.
                                                     There are indications that a-hydroxylation is the
Tryptophan 2-monooxygenase (E.C.          first reaction step in a sequence that may include
                                                     decarboxylation [A3007].
  Tryptophan 0 indole-3-acetamide
Coprinus enzyme, molecular weight 420 000 and
optimum pH 9.0, appears to be a hexamer, each        Phenylpyruvate decarboxylase (E.C.
monomer binding one FAD non-covalently. This
reaction is a minor pathway with L-tryptophan          R:CO:COOH 0 R:CHO
oxidase (see below) [K563].
   The reaction has been observed in Poncirus        Acinetobacter calcoaceticus enzyme, a tetramer,
trifoliata, Azospirillum brasiliense, Xanthomonas    monomeric molecular weight 56 800 and
campestris, Streptomyces, Bradyrhizobium,            optimum pH 7.0, requires thiamine
Pseudomonas savastanoi and P. campestris             pyrophosphate. The product is
[E435, E578, F788, G760, G776, H384].                phenylacetaldehyde; the enzyme appears to be
                                                     highly specific [D809].
                                                        Candida guilliermondii enzyme requires
                                                     thiamine pyrophosphate and Mg2' [A2483].
Tryptophan oxidases                                     Thauera aromatica also catalyzes this reaction
Arabidopsis thaliana enzyme formation of
indole-3-acetate involves a single enzyme
complex, molecular weight 160 000 Á/180 000. It
requires oxygen, but this is not incorporated into
                                                     p -Hydroxyphenylpyruvate decarboxylase
the product; indole-3-acetonitrile may be the
intermediate [K605].
                                                       R:CO:COOH 0 R:COOH
   Coprinus enzyme, molecular weight 420 000,
optimum pH 7.0 and stability range pH 6.0 Á/10.5,    Arthrobacter enzyme forms p -hydroxyphenyl-
appears to be a hexamer, each monomer binding        acetate from p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate without
one FAD non-covalently. The main reaction            formation of the aldehyde. The enzyme, optimum
forms indole-3-pyruvate and indole-3-acetate; a      pH about 7.5, requires thiamine pyrophosphate,
smaller amount (10 per cent) of indole-3-            FAD, glutathione and Mg2' or Mn2' [A3208].

                                                                  Indole-3-pyruvate decarboxylase

Indole-3-pyruvate decarboxylase (E.C.      molecular weight 45 000 and optimum pH 5.5.
                                                     Substrates are p -coumarate and ferulate [H346].
  R:CO:COOH 0 R:CHO                                     Pseudomonas fluorescens enzyme is a dimer,
                                                     molecular weight 40 000 and optimum pH 7.3.
The reaction has been found in Bragyrhizobium
                                                     Substrates are p -coumarate and ferulate, but not
elkanii [J189], E. coli [H348] and Azospirillum
                                                     o - and m -coumarate [H364].
lipoferum [F49]. Enterobacter cloacae enzyme
                                                        Polyporus circinata enzyme has an optimum at
has been reviewed [K792].
                                                     pH 6.1. p -Coumarate and caffeate are substrates,
                                                     but not cinnamate or some other aromatic acids.
                                                     The products are the corresponding styrenes
Indole-3-pyruvate ferredoxin oxidoreductase          [A2690].
                                                        Cladosporium phlei enzyme acts on
  R:CO:COOH 0 R:CO:CoA                               p -coumarate to yield p -hydroxystyrene; caffeate
Pyrococcus furiosus enzyme is a tetramer             and ferulate are also substrates, with a slight
composed of two pairs of subunits, molecular         preference for the cis -isomers. The acrylate
weights 23 000 and 66 000, optimum                   side-chain and the p -hydroxyl group are essential
pH 8.5 Á/10.5, with one thiamine, a cluster of 4     for activity. The enzyme is stable at (/208, but is
[4Fe-4S]2', 1' and one [3Fe-4S]0, 1' units, and a    rapidly inactivated at 358; the temperature
requirement for CoA. The products from               coefficient for inactivation appears to be
indole-3-pyruvate, phenylpyruvate and                unusually large. Thiols protect the enzyme
p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate are the corresponding       from inactivation by iodoacetate and
acetyl CoA compounds. It is only active at high      p -chloromercuribenzoate. Maleate and some
temperature (908), and is inhibited by oxygen        cinnamates are inhibitory, but chelators, fumarate
[H306].                                              and acrylate are not [A2675].
                                                        Saccharomyces cerevisiae decarboxylates
                                                     3,4-dimethoxycinnamate to yield
                                                     3,4-dimethoxystyrene. Substrate labelled with
Mandelates formed from phenylpyruvates               deuterium at position 2 on the side-chain totally
                                                     retains the label conformation [A2157].
  R:CH2 :CO:COOH 0 R:CHOH:COOH                          Klebsiella oxytoca enzyme acts on
This reaction has been detected in rat with          p -coumarate, caffeate, ferulate and
phenylpyruvate as substrate [G829].                  2,4-dihydroxycinnamate, but only on the
  Amycolatopsis orientalis converts p -hydroxy-      (E )- (i.e., trans ) isomers [J853].
phenylpyruvate into p -hydroxymandelate;                Lactobacillus plantarum enzyme is a
molecular oxygen is incorporated into both CO2       homotetramer, molecular weight 93 000 and
and the benzylic hydroxyl. This appears to be one    optimum pH 5.5 Á/6.0; it does not require metal
of the steps in the formation of vancomycin          ions for activity. Substrates are p -coumarate and
[K499].                                              caffeate, but not ferulate [H897].
                                                        Candida lambrica enzyme has an optimum at
                                                     pH 6.5 [K70].
                                                        This reaction has been observed in a large
Decarboxylation of cinnamic acids                    range of microorganisms. A major study on the
                                                     decarboxylation of ferulate, isoferulate, o - m - and
                                                     p -methoxycinnamate, o - m - and p -coumarate,
Bacillus subtilis enzyme is a dimer, molecular       caffeate, 5-methoxyferulate, p -methylcinnamate,
weight 45 000, with a broad optimum at about         o - m - and p -chlorocinnamate and
pH 5. Substrates include ferulate, p -coumarate      2,6-dichlorocinnamate was carried out by a series
and caffeate [J623]. B. pumilis enzyme is a dimer,   of unspecified microorganisms. Ferulate

Arylmalonate decarboxylase

decarboxylation was used as a marker to identify     Tropate dehydrogenase
the reaction in Aspergllus carneus, A. ochraeus
and A. terreus, Bacillus pumilus, Candida            Pseudomonas enzyme, which forms
intermedia, Corynespora cassiicola, Curvularia       phenylacetaldehyde from tropate, has an
affinis, C. clavata and C. lunata, Fusarium          optimum pH 9.5 and requires NAD ' [H829].
coerulum, F. dimerum, F. eumartii,
F. moniliforme, F. oxysporum, F. roseum,
                                                     Precarthamin decarboxylase
F. solani and F. tritinctum, Hansenula anomala,
H. beckii, H. capsulata, H. henricii and H.
                                                     Carthamus tinctorius enzyme, molecular weight
minuta, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae [F390],
                                                     33 000, activation energy 19.7 kcal/mol and
Aspergillus niger, Bacillus megaterium and B.
                                                     optimum pH 5.0, forms carthamin; it is found in
subtilis, Mycobacterium, Nocardia, Penicillium
                                                     immature flowers. It is inhibited by divalent
frequentans, Pseudomonas putida, Rhizopus
                                                     cations and reducing agents [K557, K579].
arrhizus, Rhodotorula rubra and Streptomyces
rimosus [G895]. Other active species include
Brettanomyces anomalus, Cladosporium                 Decarboxylation with bromination
herbarum, Erwinia uredovora, Klebsiella
oxytoca, Rhizoctonia solani, Rhodotorula rubra       Glycine max seed coat peroxidase, with bromide
and R. minuta [G797, H356, K70].                     and peroxide as co-substrates, converts
   In some instances the reaction product is an      3,4-dimethoxycinnamate into trans -v-bromo-3,4-
ethylbenzene analogue [e.g. E263, H52, H356];        dimethoxystyrene [K439].
the corresponding styrene is a probable
                                                     Ethanolamine incorporation with decarboxylation

Arylmalonate decarboxylase (E.C.           Debaryomyces polymorphus replaces the
                                                     carboxyl group in maesanin (a quinone) with an
Alcaligenes bronchisepticus enzyme, molecular        ethanolamino group to form a substituted aniline
weight 24 000 and optimum pH 8.5,                    [K388].
decarboxylates a-aryl-a-methylmalonates, where
the aryl group may be phenyl, phenyl substituted
with halide, methyl or methoxy groups, or by         4.4 Other reactions involving side-chain
naphthyl groups [G716]. The enzyme contains          shortening and removal
240 amino acid residues, with a corresponding
molecular weight of 24 737 [K794].
  E. coli enzyme, which is stereospecific, forms     Polynuclear hydrocarbon demethylation
(R )-a-fluorophenylacetate from a-fluorophenyl-
malonate [K232, K576].                               Rat lung cytosol demethylates 7-methyl- and
                                                     7,12-dimethylbenzanthracene [G491]. Liver
                                                     cytosol demethylates 5- and 6-methylchrysene
Phaseolus hydroxycinnamate side chain oxidase

P. mungo enzyme, molecular weight about
                                                     Tryptophanase and tryptophan indole-lyase
30 000Á/40 000 and optimum pH 7.5 apparently
                                                     (E.C. and
decarboxylates p -coumarate; the identity of the
product is not stated in Chemical Abstracts. The
                                                       l-Tryptophan 0 pyruvate'NH3 'indole
enzyme requires cysteine, and is inhibited by iron
and copper chelators [D591].                         In E. coli the reaction, optimum pH 8.5 is

                                                         Debenzylation of tetrahydroisoquinolines

reversed by high concentrations of pyruvate and        phosphate, is both cytosolic and mitochondrial.
ammonium ion [A430]. D-Tryptophan is also a            Both forms have similar properties, with
substrate, but only in high concentrations of          molecular weight 130 000 and pI 5.9. They act on
(NH4)2HPO4 [J250].                                     kynurenine, or, better, 3-hydroxykynurenine
   Salmonella typhimurium and E. coli                  [D272].
tryptophan synthase (E.C., free from            Mouse liver enzyme is inhibited by Zn2' and
any tryptophanase (the latter catalyses the            activated by Mn2' [A97]. The affinity for
reaction rapidly) slowly catalyzes the reaction.       3-hydroxykynurenine is much greater than for
It is not inhibited by (3R )-2,3-dihydro-L-            kynurenine. 3-Hydroxyanthranilate is inhibitory
tryptophan, a tryptophanase inhibitor, but is          [A854].
inhibited by (3S )-2,3-dihydro-L-tryptophan, a            Activity is found in liver, lung and brain (in
tryptophan synthase inhibitor. Another substrate       decreasing order of activity) from rabbit, rat,
is S-(o -nitrophenyl)-L-cysteine, which yields         gerbil and mouse [J830].
o- nitrothiophenol, but the reaction rate is slower       Rat liver enzyme does not act on 5-hydroxy-
than with tryptophanase [E101].                        kynurenine; 3-hydroxykynurenine is a better
   Proteus rettgeri enzyme synthesises                 substrate than kynurenine. Several substituted
tryptophans from indole, 5-methylindole,               hydrazines are inhibitory, and interaction with
5-hydroxyindole and 5-aminoindole [B292].              the pyridoxal phosphate coenzyme is thought to
   Gut flora, protozoa and Clostridium catalyze        be the mechanism [A2546, A2664].
the reaction [A2571, D477, G485].                         Suncus murinus liver enzyme, a dimer,
                                                       molecular weight 110 000, optimum pH 8.5 and
                                                       pI 6.4, requires pyridoxal phosphate, with
Debenzylation of tetrahydroisoquinolines               kynurenine and 3-hydroxykynurenine as
                                                       substrates. Traces are found in other organs
Nelumbo nucifera peroxidase releases vanillyl          [F175].
alcohol from orientaline, and p -hydroxybenzyl            Neurospora crassa enzyme kynureninase I,
alcohol from N-methylcoclaurine and                    which has been crystallized, is inducible [K227],
armepavine [D566].                                     molecular weight 105 000. It is inhibited by
                                                       hydroxylamine, phenylhydrazine, semicarbazide
                                                       and borohydride; all but the latter inactivation
('/)-Usnate deacetylation                              are reversed by pyridoxal phosphate. EDTA
                                                       and divalent ions are not inhibitory.
Mortierella isabellina enzyme, molecular weight        L-3-Hydroxykynurenine is a better substrate,
76 000 and optimum pH 7, forms ('/)-2-                 whereas N-formyl-L-kynurenine is less effective;
deacetylusnate and acetate from usnate; it is          this contrasts with enzyme from Pseudomonas
claimed to be a hydrolytic reaction. It is activated   marginalis for which both compounds are less
by divalent cations (Co, Ni, Mn, Mg, and Zn),          effective substrates than kynurenine [A2766]. The
but a large number of potential inhibitors do          inducible enzyme has an optimum pH 8.5 and
not act on this enzyme. It is specific for the
                                                       pI 4.90 [B26]; the latter is a homodimer, and
('/)-isomer, and it does not act on several
                                                       contains one mol of pyridoxal phosphate [C245].
analogues [A2521].
                                                       Kynureninase II is constitutive [K227], molecular
                                                       weight 110 000, optimum pH 8.5 and pI 4.75.
                                                       L-3-Hydroxykynurenine is a better substrate than
Kynureninase (kynurenine hydrolase,
                                                       kynurenine [B26].
hydroxykynureninase; E.C.
                                                          Both constitutive and inducible enzymes are
                                                       found in Mucor ambiguus and M. javanicis,
  l-Kynurenine 0 anthranilate
                                                       Gibberella fujikuroi, Neurospora sitophila and
Human liver enzyme, which requires pyridoxal           N. tetrasperma, Aspergillus niger, A. oryzae and

Benzaldehyde lyase

A. wentii, Fusarium oxysporum, Penicillium             This reverse reaction with this enzyme is
notatum, P. purpurogenum and P. urticae. Only a      described in section 4.5.
constitutive enzyme is found in Rhizopus
oryzae [B26].
   Rhizopus stolonifer enzyme acts on                Aldehyde formation from benzonitrile
3-hydroxykynurenine and kynurenine. Enzyme in
Penicillium roqueforti, Pseudomonas fluorescens      Sorghum forms p -hydroxybenzaldehyde from
and A. niger are induced by tryptophan [A3659].      p -hydroxyphenylacetonitrile; p -hydroxymandelo-
   A Streptomyces parvulus enzyme, molecular         nitrile is considered to be the enzymatic product
weight 82 000, acts on kynurenine, and second        of a peroxidase-type reaction on p -hydroxy-
enzyme, molecular weight 56 000, acts on             phenylacetonitrile; it then breaks down
3-hydroxykynurenine [B335].                          spontaneously to the aldehyde. The reaction
   Studies on induction in Penicillium roqueforti,   requires oxygen, and is stimulated by peroxide
A. niger, Pseudomonas fluorescens and Rhizopus       and Mn2', but cyanide is inhibitory, presumably
stolonifer indicate that different enzymes act on    reversing the spontaneous breakdown step. The
kynurenine and 3-hydroxykynurenine [A2150].          same reaction was observed with horseradish
   Pseudomonas marginalis enzyme acts on             peroxidase [A3471].
kynurenine in the presence of pyridoxal
phosphate and benzaldehyde to form 2-amino-4-
hydroxy-4-phenylbutyrate. This is considered to      Phenylserine aldolase (E.C.
arise from the trapping of an amino acid
b-carbanion that would normally form alanine in      A human brain enzyme converts L-threo -3,4-
the absence of benzaldehyde. Benzaldehyde can        dihydroxyphenylserine into
be replaced by o - and p -nitrobenzaldehyde,         protocatechualdehyde and glycine. The enzyme,
3- and 4-formylpyridine and poorly by vanillin,      optimum pH 8.4, is mainly cytosolic and requires
but not by aliphatic aldehydes as trapping agents    pyridoxal phosphate. The erythro -isomer is less
[D449]. P. fluorescens enzyme acts on                active, and the D-isomers are not substrates
b-methyl-L-kynurenine [K233].                        [E371]. The activity is also found in rat [H231].

Benzaldehyde lyase (benzoin aldolase)                Benzoates from phenethylamines
                                                     A mouse enzyme that requires oxygen and
  Benzoin 0 benzaldehyde                             NAD(P)H to convert mescaline into
                                                     3,4,5-trimethoxybenzoate, shows highest activity
Pseudomomas fluorescens enzyme, molecular
                                                     in brain. The reaction is not inhibited by
weight 80 000 (monomer 53 000) and optimum
                                                     monoamine, or by diamine oxidase inhibitors
pH 7.5 Á/8.5, requires thiamine pyrophosphate
and a divalent cation to form benzaldehyde,
irreversibly. Anisoin is the only substrate
analogue tested with activity [F221].

                                                       R:CH2 : CH2 : COOH 0 R: COOH
Hydroxynitrilase (E.C.
                                                     A large number of studies have detected
Hevea brasiliensis (rubber) enzyme acts on           metabolic products that imply the degradation of
acetone cyanhydrin and mandelonitrile to form        side-chain carboxylic acids, with the side chain
cyanide and the corresponding oxo-compound; a        reduced in length by a multiple of two carbon
similar reaction is observed with cassava [K795].    atoms.

                                                                                  Skatole formation

   In Trichosporon cutaneum an intermediate in      veratraldehyde and 3,4-dimethoxy-v-
this reaction, p -hydroxyphenylhydracrylate is      hydroxyacetophenone. Other studies found a
converted into p -hydroxybenzaldehyde; ATP and      molecular weight of 41 000 for a major isozyme,
CoA are required [B34]. Flavobacterium converts     and 39 000 and 43 000 for two minor isozymes. It
phenylhydracrylate into phenylacetaldehyde          contains Fe, probably as haem, and the main
[E679].                                             isozyme contains 6 per cent carbohydrate. A
   A number of studies with cannabinoids have       number of analogues of the above compounds are
demonstrated degradation of the alkyl side chain    substrates [C401, D467, D655]. This enzyme is
by Nocardia, involving removal of two carbon        essential for the organism’s ability to degrade
units, presumably with initial oxidation of the     wood.
terminal methyl group [e.g A3010].
   Pseudomonas fluorescens 4-hydroxycinnamoyl       Lignostilbene a, b-dioxygenase (E.C.
CoA hydratase/lyase is a homodimer, molecular
weight 63 000, (monomeric molecular weight          Pseudomonas enzyme, optimum pH 8.5 and
calculated to be 31 010 from the gene sequence),    molecular weight 94 000, is a homodimer
pI 5.2 (calculated as 5.63 from gene sequence)      containing Fe. It requires oxygen for the
and optimum pH 8.5 Á/9.5. The product is a          inter-phenyl double bond fission of
benzaldehyde; the reaction sequence is postulated   1,2-bis(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)ethylene to
to involve the formation of phenylhydracryloyl      form vanillin. p -Hydroxystyrene is another
CoA, with acetyl CoA elimination. Substrates are    substrate; other analogues may have marginal
the CoA conjugates of ferulate, caffeate and        activity [K754].
p -coumarate, but not cinnamate, sinapate or
o -coumarate. It is inactivated by iodoacetamide    Noscapine fission
                                                    In rat, rabbit and man noscapine is converted into
                                                    cotarnine, hydrocotarnine and meconine. The
Skatole formation                                   reaction involves a novel C Ã/C bond fission
                                                    between two ring systems; the products
Gut flora convert L-tryptophan into skatole         demonstrate, in one instance only, hydroxylation
[G485]. With rumen organisms up to twice as         of the heterocyclic ring at the site of fission
much tryptophan is converted into skatole as into   [A3719].
indole [D477].
                                                    C-Glucoside removal

Double bond fission by lipase                       Gut flora remove the 8-C-b-D-glucopyranosyl
                                                    group from puerarin [J525]. This reaction is also
Lipase and peroxide convert isoeugenol into         observed in rat [H408].
vanillin [K626].                                      Human gut flora remove the C-glucoside group
                                                    of aloesin; this was claimed to be the first report
                                                    of this reaction type [G226].
Lignin degrading peroxidase (diarylpropane            Gut flora remove the C-glucoside group
oxygenase)                                          present in barbaloin [F44].

Phanerochaete chrysosporium enzyme, molecular       Oxidative de-esterification
weight 42 000 requires peroxide. It acts on
1,2-bis(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)propanediol to form     Rat and dog remove the isopropyl group from
veratraldehyde and 1-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)          barnon. It was suggested that the reaction was
ethanediol; the latter is further degraded to       oxidative, with formation of acetone [A3057].

Anthracycline glycoside reductase

  In rat dimethyl 2,6-dimethyl-4-(o -nitrophenyl)-   2,4?-Dihydroxyacetophenone dioxygenase
3,5-pyridinedicarboxylate is mono-demethylated;      (E.C.
there is no hydrolytic cleavage, and the reaction
appears to oxidative [F540].                         Alcaligenes enzyme acts on the above compound
  Tea catechol oxidase, optimum pH 5.7,              to form formate and p -hydroxybenzoate;
oxidatively degallates (()-epigallocatechin
                                                     molecular oxygen is incorporated into both
gallate and (()-epicatechin gallate to release
                                                     products [E173].
gallate; it is not an esterase [A972].

                                                     Phloretin hydrolase (E.C.

Anthracycline glycoside reductase                    Phloretin is converted into phloretate and
                                                     phloroglucinol in rat and microorganisms
Rat liver P450, optimum pH 7.4 removes the           [D159].
glycoside moiety of aclacinomycin A reductively,
utilizing NAD(P)H as co-substrate, with
7-deoxyaklavinone and 7-deoxyaklavinone dimer        2-Hydroxy-6-oxo-6-phenylhexa-2,4-dienoate
as products; the reaction removes the oxygen at      hydrolase (E.C.
the 7-position. Two other compounds, designated
MA 144M1 and M144N1 are claimed to be                Burkholderia cepacia enzyme, a homotetramer,
substrates; their identities are not disclosed in    monomeric molecular weight 32 000, forms
Chemical Abstracts [B229].                           benzoate and 2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate from
   Aeromonas enzyme, molecular weight 35 000,        2-hydroxy-6-oxo-6-phenylhexa-2,4-dienoate. A
requires NADH and is inhibited by oxygen but         similar reaction is observed with compounds in
not by cyanide or EDTA. It cleaves steffimycin to    which the phenyl group is replaced by an alkyl
7-deoxysteffimycinone [A2754]. The same              group or the phenyl group is in position 5, and
reaction is found in Aeromonas hydrophila,           with a range of analogues halogenated on the
E. coli and Citrobacter freundii [A2756, A2759].     nucleus and the side chain. The reaction is stated
   Streptomyces steffisburgensis enzyme, which       to be a hydrolysis, and is involved in the
                                                     degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls
requires NADH, cleaves daunomycin,
                                                     [J710, K522].
daunomycinol and adriamycin to the correspond-
                                                        Pseudomonas cruciviae enzyme (grown on
ing 7-deoxy aglycones [A2755, A2757].
                                                     biphenyl Á/ the substrate is a biphenyl metabolite),
   Many studies in animals with daunorubicin
                                                     molecular weight 160 000 and monomeric
and analogues have demonstrated the formation
                                                     molecular weight 29 000, has an optimum at
of 7-deoxyaglycones; presumably a similar            pH 4.7 [E85].
reaction occurs.

Daunorubicin/adriamycin oxidative
                                                     a. Methylenetetrahydrofolate-tRNA (uracil-5-)
                                                     methyltransferase (E.C.
Cows’ milk xanthine oxidase forms semiquinone
                                                     S. faecalis enzyme transfers the methyl group
free radicals from these compounds, which
                                                     from methylenetetrahydrofolate to form
then yield the corresponding 7-deoxyaglycones
                                                     tetrahydrofolate; the reaction requires FADH2

                                                                              Hydroxynitrile lyases

b. 5-Methyltetrahydropteroyltriglutamate-homo-      to form (S ) and (R ) isomers respectively. A range
cysteine methyltransferase (E.C.          of benzaldehydes, substituted in the p -position,
                                                    are substrates [H208, J194]. The molecular weight
E. coli enzyme, molecular weight 84 000 is          of Sorghum enzyme is 95 000 [G263].
polymeric and requires Mg2' (Mn2' is less              Ximenia americana enzyme is composed of
effective); it forms methionine and                 two isozymes, one of which is minor. The other,
tetrahydropteroyltriglutamate.                      molecular weight 38 000, optimum pH 5.5 and
5-Methyltetrahydrofolate is not a substrate         pI 3.9, is a glycoprotein, and unlike Prunus
[K807, K842].                                       enzyme it does not appear to be a flavoprotein.
                                                    Only one isomer of mandelonitrile, (presumably
c. 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate-homocysteine methyl-    (R )) is substrate [F265].
transferase (E.C.                            (R )-Oxynitrilase is found in apple, apricot,
                                                    cherry, plum, and almond kernel. Substrates
E. coli enzyme, molecular weight 150 000 for        studied were benzaldehyde, 3,4-isopropylene-
urea-resolved apoenzyme (native molecular           dioxybenzaldehyde, 3,4-dimethoxybenzaldehyde,
weight appears to be 205 000), contains bound       4-acetoxy-3-acetoxymethylbenzaldehyde, and
cobalamin and requires Mg2' , ATP, FAD and          benzaldehydes substituted in the p -position with
NADH; it forms methionine and                       acetoxy, tert -butylcarbonyloxy, phenoxy,
tetrahydrofolate. The Stokes radius is 5.42 nm      isopropyl or hydroxyl groups. In most cases the
[K804, K807].                                       enantiomeric purity of the product is in excess of
   Enzyme from green string bean, barley sprout     90 per cent. Almond enzyme acts on all these
and spinach acts additionally on                    substrates, and apple on all but p -acetoxyben-
5-methyltetrahydropteroyltriglutamate [K802].       zaldehyde. Only benzaldehyde is substrate for all
                                                    species studied; of the remaining species only
d. Tetrahydropteroylglutamate methyltransferase     cherry and apple enzymes act on substituted
                                                    benzaldehydes [J302].
Rat liver enzyme, optimum pH 6.7, acts on              Almond enzyme acts on cinnamaldehyde,
5-methyltetrahydropteroylglutamate and              1-(formylmethoxy)naphthalene, acetophenone,
5-methyltetrahydropteroylpentaglutamate with        2-acetyl-6-methoxynaphthalene and
L-homocysteine as co-substrate to form
                                                    pentachlorobenzaldehyde. Almond, peach and
methionine and the demethylated glutamates          loquat all act on cinnamaldehyde and some
[A2502].                                            benzaldehydes [K6, K320]. Prunus amygdalus
  Phaseolus vulgaris enzyme, molecular weight       enzyme, used in conjunction with an organic
40 000 and optimum pH 6.5, catalyzes the            solvent yields oxynitriles with high enantomeric
reaction anaerobically [A3085].                     purity (presumably (R )) from benzaldehyde,
  Tyrosine phenol-lyase is described in 4.1.        m -phenoxybenzaldehyde and phenylacetaldehyde
                                                    as well as from some aliphatic aldehydes [E353].
                                                       Prunus serotina leaf and stem enzyme
4.5 Chain lengthening reactions                     hydrolyzes (R )-mandelonitrile; Prunus enzyme
                                                    acts on benzaldehyde [H343, H781].
                                                       Phlebodium aureum (fern) enzyme exists as
Hydroxynitrile lyases (oxynitrilase;                three polymeric forms, molecular weights about
mandelonitrile lyase and hydroxymandelonitrile
                                                    170 000, all with monomeric molecular weight
lyase, E.C. and respectively)
                                                    20 000 and optimum pH 6.5. They act on
                                                    benzaldehyde and are (R )-specific. Unlike
  e:g: Mandelonitrile l benzaldehyde'HCN
                                                    many analogous enzymes from other species
Sorghum bicolor and almond catalyze the             it is not a flavoprotein. Iodoacetamide,
formation of hydroxynitriles from benzaldehydes     diethylpyrocatechuate and Ag ' are inhibitors;

D-Phenylserine    formation

they are more susceptible to inhibition than P.      Benzalacetone synthase
amygdalus enzyme [H781].
   An (S )-oxynitrilase (source uncertain) differs   Raspberry converts p -coumaroyl CoA and
from (R )-oxynitrilase in that it acts on aromatic   malonyl CoA into p -hydroxyphenylbutan-2-one,
aldehydes, whereas (R )-oxynitrilase acts on both    via p -hydroxyphenylbut-3-en-2-one [J26].
aromatic and aliphatic aldehydes. Its substrates
are benzaldehydes, substituted in the para
position with H, methyl, chloro or hydroxyl          Benzylsuccinate synthase
groups, or in the meta position with chloro,
bromo, hydroxyl, methoxy or phenoxy groups.          Thauera aromatica enzyme, molecular weight
In most cases the product is enantiomerically        220 000 is composed of four subunits, molecular
at least 90 per cent pure, except for                weights 94 000, 90 000, 12 000 and 10 000; the
p -chlorobenzaldehyde which yields the racemic       substrates are toluene and succinate, and more
mixture [F680].                                      than 95 per cent of the product is the ('/)-isomer
                                                     [J817]. The enzyme is very sensitive to oxygen
                                                     [J651]. Another report states that the co-substrate
                                                     is fumarate [J191].
D-Phenylserine   formation                              Azoarcus enzyme is anaerobic, and uses
                                                     fumarate as co-substrate. Besides toluene, it acts
Arthrobacter acts on glycine and benzaldehyde to     on xylenes, monofluorotoluenes and
form D-phenylserine. The reaction requires           benzaldehyde. Studies with several toluene
mercaptoethanol, pyridoxal phosphate and             analogues found that the hydrogen abstracted
Mn2' [G140].                                         from the toluene methyl group is retained in the
                                                     succinyl moiety [K238].
                                                        The reaction is also found in Desulfobacula
                                                     toluolica [J847].
Propiophenone formation

Acinetobacter calcoaceticus acts on benzoylfor-
                                                     L-Phenylacetylcarbinol   formation
mate and acetaldehyde to form (S )-2-hydroxy-
propiophenone [H403].
                                                     Candida utilis forms this compound from
                                                     benzaldehyde and pyruvate by the action of
                                                     pyruvate decarboxylase. The product is used in
2-Hydroxypropiophenone formation                     ephedrine synthesis [H771, J192].
                                                       Zygosaccharomyces bisporus enzyme acts on
Pseudomonas putida benzoylformate decarboxy-         pyruvate and aldehydes. Benzaldehyde forms
lase acts on aryl aldehydes and acetaldehyde with    1-hydroxy-1-phenyl-2-propanone; phenylacetal-
thiamine diphosphate as coenzyme, to form            dehyde is another substrate [K611]. Candida and
2-hydroxypropiophenones. A large number of           Saccharomyces exhibit the same reaction [J192].
benzaldehydes are substrates, with low activity
for o -substituted benzaldehydes [K524].
                                                     Side-chain C-methyltransferases

                                                     Streptomyces flocculus forms (2S,3R )-b-
Acetophenone formation from benzoate                 methyltryptophan from L-tryptophan and
                                                     S -adenosylmethionine [D183].
Streptomyces levoris converts p -aminobenzoate          Streptomyces griseus indolepyruvate
into p -aminoacetophenone [C350].                    C-methyltransferase (E.C., molecular

                                                                                 C-Glucoside formation

weight 55 000Á/59 000 (by different methods) and        C-Glucuronide formation
optimum pH 7.5 Á/8.5 is stable at 08, but activity is
lost on freezing or heating; it does not require        In mouse D6-tetrahydrocannabinol forms the
cofactors. It introduces a methyl group into the        corresponding C-4?-glucuronide [A3724], in man
side chain to form (S )-3-methylindolepyruvate,         feprazone forms a C-4-glucuronide [A3916], and
with S-adenosylmethionine as co-substrate. It is        sulphinpyrazole (species unclear) forms
inhibited by thiol-binding reagents and iron-zinc       C-4-glucuronide [A3243].
chelators, as well as by indolmycin, the product of
the reaction sequence. Phenylpyruvate and
p -hydroxyphenylpyruvate are also substrates            L-Phenylalanine   from phenylacetate, and allied
[A2281, A2307, K847]. Evidence has been                 reactions
presented that the same enzyme is responsible for
the methylation of tryptophan and                       This reaction has been detected in Ruminococcus
indolepyruvate. Streptonigrin is reckoned to be         albus [C793], in rumen bacteria and protozoa
the final product of this reaction sequence             [H960]. Another study with rumen
[D148].                                                 microorganisms found in addition that
                                                        p -hydroxyphenylacetate forms L-tyrosine and
                                                        IAA forms L-tryptophan [A1164].
C-Glucoside formation

Fagopyrum esculentum UDP-glucose:                       Indole-3-butyrate formation
2-hydroxyflavanone-6 (or 8)-glucosyltransferase,
molecular weight 41 000 and optimum pH 9.8,             Zea mays enzyme, molecular weight 31 000 and
acts on 2,4?,5,7-tetrahydroxyflavone and                optimum pH 4.8, catalyzes this reaction, with
2,5,7-trihydroxyflavanone, but not on analogues         IAA as substrate. It requires acetyl CoA and ATP
lacking the 7-hydroxyl group [E614].                    as cofactors [G758, H694].

             5. Conjugation and substitution reactions

5.1 Ester formation A. Carboxylate esters              palmitoyl, palmitoleoyl, linoleoyl, linolenoyl and
                                                       possibly arachidonoyl 17b esters with oestradiol
                                                       [E431, E968].
Acetyl CoA: benzyl alcohol acetyltransferase

Clarkia breweri flower enzyme acts on benzyl           Acetyl CoA deacetylvindoline
alcohol to form benzyl acetate [J521, K240].           4-O-acetyltransferase

                                                       A plant enzyme, molecular weight 50 000, forms
Mandelonitrile ester formation                         vindoline [J701].
Pseudomonas forms O-acetylmandelonitriles
from m -methoxy- and 3,4-dimethoxymandelo-             Acetyl CoA deacetylvindoline 17-
nitriles, with vinyl acetate as co-substrate [H303].   O-acetyltransferase (E.C.

O-Acetylmandelic acid formation                        Catharanthus roseus enzyme is found in
                                                       vindoline-containing plant parts [K931].
Commercial lipase forms this ester from mandelic
acid and vinyl acetate [K310].
                                                       Acetyl CoA: 10-hydroxytaxane
Chloramphenicol O-acetyltransferase
(E.C.                                        Taxus chinensis enzyme is monomeric, molecular
                                                       weight 71 000, pI 5.6 and optimum pH 9.0 and is
This enzyme has been purified by affinity              specific for the 10b-isomer. Other substrates are
chromatography from a chloramphenicol-                 10-deacetylbaccatin III as well as other analogues
resistant E. coli strain [A164]; acetyl CoA is         that lack an aryl moiety [K91].
the co-substrate.
  In Klebsiella the 3-acetate is the major product,
whereas some 1-acetate is formed [A460].               Indoleacetylglucose inositol O-acetyltransferase
  Streptomyces griseus forms both the 1- and           (E.C.
3-acetates as well as the propionate, isobutyrate,
butyrate and isovalerate at the 3-position             Zea mays acts on indole-3-acetylglucose and
[A2476].                                               myo -inositol to form indole-3-acetyl-myo -inositol
  The activity has been detected in duck [G945].       and glucose [B433, K746].

Oestradiol esters                                      N-Hydroxyarylamine O-acetyltransferase

Beef placental acyl CoA: oestradiol-17b                Hamster enzyme acetylates the hydroxyl group
acyltransferase, optimum pH 5.0 forms oleoyl,          of N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene [G757].

                                                      Aromatic hydroxylamine O-acetyltransferase

The enzyme is cytosolic, molecular weight             geneous. The substrate is N-hydroxy-2-formami-
33 000, and requires acetyl CoA. It also shows        dofluorene [H247].
arylhydroxamate N,O-acetyltransferase                   Rat liver enzyme acts on N-hydroxy-2-
(E.C. and arylamine                        formamidofluorene and N-hydroxy-2-
N-acetyltransferase activities [E110].                acetamidofluorene. Four isozymes have been
  The activity is also found in rat liver             found, molecular weights 60 000, 61 000, 180 000
[C70, G811]; all the three above activities are       and 60 000, with pI 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5
found associated with the rat enzyme, molecular       respectively. The largest isomer is a trimer.
weight 32 000 [H566]                                  These enzymes also catalyze deacetylation
                                                      reactions [G735].
                                                        Rat liver arylhydroxamate N,O-
Aromatic hydroxylamine O-acetyltransferase            acetyltransferase (E.C., molecular
(E.C.                                       weight 38 500, pI 4.5 and optimum pH 7.0, is
                                                      oxygen-labile. This enzyme activates the
                                                      substrates to bind with tRNA [D447].
    'N-hydroxybiphenyl 0
    'N-acetoxy-4-aminobiphenyl                        Acetyl CoA: salutaridinol-7-O-acetyltransferase
Rat enzyme, optimum pH 7.5, is found in liver
with lesser amounts in kidney, small intestinal       Papaver somniferum enzyme, molecular weight
mucosa, spleen and mammary tissue. The                50 000, pI 4.8 and optimum pH 6 Á/9, acts on
reaction involves the transfer of an acetyl group     salutaridinol with acetyl CoA as co-substrate.
from N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene or                 This is a key reaction in the formation of opium
N-hydroxy-4-acetamidobiphenyl to                      alkaloids; the reaction product spontaneously
4-hydroxylaminobiphenyl or                            eliminates the acetate moiety with the formation
2-hydroxylaminofluorene, forming the                  of an epoxide ring to position 5, forming thebaine
corresponding acethydroxamic acids. It is             [J1, K784, K786].
activated by NAD(P)H or cysteine [K747].

                                                      Glycoside esterification
Esterification by transacetylation and
transformylation                                      Chenopodium rubrum hydroxycinnamoyl-
                                                      transferase acts on both (R )- and
Hamster liver N,O-acetyltransferase converts          (S )-amaranthin, with sinapoylglucose,
N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene into                    feruloylglucose, caffeoylglucose and
N-acetoxyaminofluorene. Other substrates are          p -coumaroylglucose as acyl donors (celosianin
N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene substituted at          II is a typical product); the glycoside is esterified
the 7 position with bromo, acetyl, ethyl or ethoxy    at the 2ƒ position [G255].
groups [H106]. It is a glycoprotein, molecular           Gentiana triflora anthocyanin 5-aromatic
weight 60 000 and pI 5.4. It also deacetylates the    acyltransferase (E.C., molecular weight
product as well as hydrolyzing p -nitrophenyl         52 000 and pI 4.6 is monomeric. Substrates are
acetate [G744].                                       delphinidin- and cyanidin-3,5-diglucosides which
   Dog liver N,O-acyltransferase is a glycoprotein    form the corresponding 5-O-glucoside-6ƒ-O-
trimer, monomeric molecular weight about              hydroxycinnamates; p -coumaroyl CoA and
60 000, and about 20 000 of this is glycoside. The    caffeoyl CoA are co-substrates [K788].
pI of the aglycone enzyme is 5.6, and 5.4 Á/5.6 for      Silene dioica petal hydroxycinnamoyl CoA:
the native enzyme, which appears to be hetero-        anthocyanidin 3-rhamnosyl(10/6)glucoside


4???-hydroxycinnamoyl transferase, molecular         dichloroaniline [H118]. A similar reaction is
weight 56 000 and optimum pH 7.6 Á/7.8,              found in wheat [J709].
condenses p -coumaroyl or caffeoyl CoA
with cyanidin or pelargonidin 3-rhamnosyl
                                                     Rosmarinic acid synthetase (E.C.
(1 0/6)glucosides and cyanidin 3-rhamnosyl
(1 0/6)glucoside-5-glucoside [B411].
                                                     Coleus blumei enzyme, optimum pH 7 Á/7.5, acts
   Zinnia elegans enzyme, which requires acetyl
                                                     on caffeoyl CoA and (R )-3,4-dihydroxyphenyl-
CoA, acts on cyanidin and pelargonidin
                                                     lactate to form rosmarinic acid by esterification
3-glucosides to form acetylglucosides [G996].
                                                     of the alcoholic hydroxyl of 3,4-dihydroxy-
   E. coli acetyl CoA: galactoside
                                                     phenyllactate with caffeate; it is specific for the
6-O-acetyltransferase (E.C. acts on
                                                     (R )-isomer, and the reaction is reversible.
p -nitrophenyl-b-D-galactoside, to form the
                                                     Analogues can be formed by using combinations
6-O-acetylgalactoside [A731].
                                                     of substrates, which include p -coumaroyl CoA
                                                     and p -hydroxyphenyllactate [G420].
                                                     Glycerol ester formation
  Malonyl CoA'flavonoid-O-b-glucoside 0
   CoA'O-malonylflavonoid-O-b-glucoside              Human hepatocytes incorporate the substituted
                                                     benzoic acid lifibrol into triglycerides, with
Petroselinum crispum isozymes, molecular weight
                                                     palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, linolenic and
50 000 and optimum pH about 8, require malonyl
                                                     arachidonic acid as other components of the
CoA. One isozyme (E.C. acts
                                                     triglyceride [H533].
effectively on 7-glucosides of apigenin, luteolin,
                                                        Rat liver monoacylglycerol acyltransferase
diosmetin, naringenin and on apiin, but
                                                     acts on the CoA derivatives of benzoate,
3-glucosides are poor substrates, with malonyl
                                                     3-phenoxybenzoate and 1-naphthylacetate to
CoA as co-substrate. A number of non-flavonoid
                                                     incorporate the acyl moieties into
glucosides are also substrates. The other isozyme
                                                     2-hexadecylglycerol. They are also incorporated
(E.C. acts on 3-glucosides of
                                                     into 1,2-dipalmitoylglycerol by the action of
kaempferol, quercetin and isorhamnetin, but
                                                     diacylglycerol acyltransferase (E.C.
poorly on 7-glucosides; they are immunologically
                                                     [F749]. Rat hepatocytes form triglycerides in
distinct [D684, K725, K727].
                                                     which ibuprofen and 3-phenoxybenzoate are
   Chickpea (Cicer) malonyl CoA: isoflavone
                                                     incorporated. The product structures are uncer-
                                                     tain. Incorporation is not observed with more
(E.C., molecular weight 112 000,
                                                     polar acids, such as 3-phenylbutyrate [F745].
pI 5.3 and optimum pH 8.0, acts on 7-glucosides
                                                        Adipocytes form fenbufenoylglycerol
of biochanin A, genistein, pratensein, orobol,
                                                     from fenbufen, which then condenses with
formononetin, apigenin, luteolin, kaempferol,
                                                     palmitoyl CoA to form a diester with liver
quercetin and quercetagetin, maackiain
                                                     monoacylglycerol acyltransferase as catalyst
3-glucoside, 2?,4,4?-trihydroxychalcone-4?-
glucoside and indoxyl-b-D-glucoside, and slowly
on a number of other glucosides, including many
non-flavonoid compounds [D445].
                                                     Chlorogenic acid: chlorogenate caffeoyl
   Glycine max enzyme, molecular weight 48 000
acts on pentachlorophenyl-b-D-glucoside and
malonyl CoA to form the 6-O-malonylglucoside
                                                        2 Chlorogenate (3-O-caffeoylquinate) 0
[G247]. Another substrate is p -nitrophenyl-
                                                           isochlorogenate (3; 5-di-O-caffeoyllquinate)
b-D-glucoside [H660]. Daucus carota acts on
b-glucosides of p -nitrophenol and 3,4-                      'quinate

                                       Chlorogenate-glucarate O-hydroxycinnamoyltransferase

Ipomoea batatas (sweet potato) tuber enzyme,          all Angiosperms. However no activity was found
molecular weight 25 000, pI 4.6 and optimum pH        in Pinus pinea (Gymnosperm) or Ceratopteris
5.0 is strictly specific; it requires no cofactors    thalictroides (Pteridophyta) [A3758].

                                                      Galactarate O-hydroxycinnamoyltransferase
O-hydroxycinnamoyltransferase (E.C.

Tomato cotyledon enzyme, optimum pH 5.7,                Feruloyl CoA'galatarate 0
pI 5.75 and molecular weight 40 000 is                    O-feruloylgalactarate'CoA
monomeric; the reaction forms quinic acid and         This enzyme is found in Secale cereale, with
2-O-caffeoylglucarate from chlorogenate and           CoA esters of ferulate, caffeate, sinapate and
glucarate; galactarate is also an acceptor. The       p -coumarate as substrates [K722].
activation energy is 57 kj/mol [K721, K723].

Quinate O-hydroxycinnamoyltransferase                 Shikimate O-hydroxycinnamoyltransferase
(E.C.                                       (E.C.

  Feruloyl CoA'quinate 0                                Feruloyl CoA'shikimate 0
    O-feruloylquinate'CoA                                 O-feruloylshikimate'CoA

This enzyme is found in Secale cereale, with CoA      This enzyme is found in Secale cereale, with CoA
esters of ferulate, caffeate, sinapate and            esters of ferulate, caffeate, sinapate and
p -coumarate as substrates [K722]. It is also         p -coumarate as substrates [K722].
found in tomato [K723].
   Potato tuber enzyme consists of three isozymes,
molecular weight about 41 500, two of which are       p- Hydroxycinnamoyl CoA: shikimate
specific for quinate, and the third additionally      p -hydroxycinnamoyl transferase
shows slight activity towards shikimate. The
substrates are CoA derivatives of p -coumarate,       Cichorium endiva enzyme, molecular weight
ferulate and caffeate, with chlorogenate as the       58 000 and optimum pH 6.5, carries out this
product from caffeate; the free acids are inhibi-     reaction reversibly, with the formation of
tors [A3755]. Another study found significant         p -coumaroylshikimate and CoA. With the
activity with shikimate. In the presence of CoA,      exception of Ceratopteris, this activity was found
the reverse reaction is found with chlorogenate       in every plant genus examined: Agrostemma,
and 5?-(p -coumaroyl)quinate. The activity in         Betula, Capsicum, Caragana, Catalpa,
tubers is modulated by the temperature                Catharanthus, Coffea, Coleus, Datura,
conditions of storage [A3145].                        Drosophyllum, Forsythia, Galium, Geum,
   Ipomoea batatas enzyme, molecular weight           Juglans, Linum, Lonicera, Lycopersicon, Malus,
25 000, pI 8.6 and optimum pH 6.0, acts on            Nicotiana, Padus, Petroselinum, Phaseolus,
quinate, and only poorly on shikimate. Substrates     Pimpinella, Pinus, Rheum, Rauwolfia, Rubia,
are D-glucosides of cinnamate, p -coumarate and       Salix, Sedum, Solanum and Stevia [B202].
caffeate [F143].
   Studies with tomato have shown that conjuga-
tion is strictly restricted to the 5?-position in     Glucarate O-hydroxycinnamoyltransferase
quinate [A3149].
   The activity is found in all of 30 Angiosperms       Feruloyl CoA'glucarate 0
studied, suggesting that it is found in most if not       O-feruloylglucarate'CoA

Glucarolactone O-hydroxycinnamoyltransferase

This enzyme is found in Secale cereale, with CoA     (Raphanus) and 7.6 (Sinapis) act on choline and
esters of ferulate, caffeate, sinapate and           1-O-sinapoyl-b-D-glucose to form sinapine;
p -coumarate as substrates [K722].                   1-feruloyl- and 1-(p -coumaroyl)glucose are also
                                                     substrates. There is no requirement for cations
                                                     or thiols; the activation energy is 53 kj/mol
Glucarolactone O-hydroxycinnamoyltransferase
  Feruloyl CoA'glucaralactone 0
                                                     Phosphatidylcholine conjugation
This enzyme is found in Secale cereale, with CoA
esters of ferulate, caffeate, sinapate and
                                                     Adipocytes form fenbufenoyl
p -coumarate as substrates [K722].
                                                     phosphatidylcholine from fenbufen [H795].

Alcohol O-cinnamoyltransferase (E.C.

The existence of this enzyme is based on the         Phenylacetylcarnitine formation
presence of 1-O-trans -cinnamoyl-b-D-
                                                     This compound is formed in rat; it is also found
glucopyranosyl(10/6)-b-glucopyranose and
                                                     in patients with phenylketonuria, where
analogues in Physalis peruvianis, Pisidium
                                                     phenylacetic acid levels are raised [K521].
guajava and Vaccinium vitis-idaea [K789].

b-Glucogallin O-galloyltransferase (E.C.
                                                     Benzoylmalate formation
Quercus robur leaf enzyme, optimum pH 6.0 Á/6.5,
catalyzes dismutation of 1-galloyl-b-D-glucose,      Glycine max forms this compound from
with the formation of glucose and                    benzoate; the time course of the reaction indicates
digalloylglucose as products [K894].                 that benzoylglucose is an intermediate
  Rhus typhina leaf enzyme specifically acts on      [A3679].
1,6-di-O-galloyl-b-D-glucose and 1-galloyl-b-D-        Benzyl alcohol forms O-benzoyl-L-malate in
glucose to form 1,2,6-tri-O-galloyl-b-D-glucose      barley, presumably via benzoate [A1726].

Glucogallin-tetrakisgalloylglucose                   SAM: benzoic acid carboxyl methyltransferase
O-galloyltransferase (E.C.
                                                     Antirrhinum majus enzyme, optimum pH 7.5 and
Quercus robur enzyme, molecular weight 260 000       molecular weight 100 000 is dimeric. It is
and optimum pH 6.3 is found in young leaves,
                                                     activated by K' or NH4 , and is highly specific
and is stable between pH 5.0 and 6.5. It forms       for the formation of methyl benzoate [K650].
1,2,3,5,6-pentagalloylglucose from 1,2,3,6-
tetragalloylglucose with 1-galloyl-b-D-glucose
as acyl donor [K726].
                                                     SAM: salicylic acid carboxyl methyltransferase

Sinapoylglucose-choline O-sinapoyltransferase        Clarkia breweri enzyme is a dimer, molecular
(E.C.                                      weight 40 300; the amino acid sequence has
                                                     been determined from the corresponding DNA
Sinapis alba and Raphanus enzymes, molecular         sequence. The product is methyl salicylate
weights 60 000 and optimum pH 7.2                    [J521, K239].

                                                                                    B. Sulphate esters

B. Sulphate esters                                        Human lung enzyme, molecular weight
                                                       35 000 Á/38 000, which appears not to be PST-P or
Phenolsulphotransferases (E.C.                M, requires PAPS, with a broad specificity for
                                                       simple phenols and catecholamines; dopamine is
  ArOH'PAPS 0 ArOSO3 H'PAP                             the best substrate [D979].
                                                          Rat brain enzyme acts on HMPG, DHPG,
Studies in the period covered by this review
                                                       HMPE and pyrogallol, the latter yielding three
detected two forms of this enzyme, one
                                                       products; neither serotonin nor normetanephrine
of which acts on simple phenols (PST-P),
                                                       are substrates [A1240]. Another study found an
and the other on catecholamines (PST-M). This
                                                       optimum pH in the range 6.8 Á/8.6; other
section is in consequence divided into three
                                                       substrates are HVA, VMA, dopac, dopamine
                                                       and noradrenaline. Neither Mg2' nor
a. General studies.                                    mercaptoethanol activate, but ATP is inhibitory
                                                       [A153]. A further study found a molecular
The enzyme requires sulphate and sulphate-             weight of 69 000 and an optimum pH 5.5 Á/6.4.
activating enzymes [A2065] or added                    Substrate studies found that simple phenols,
phosphoadenosine phosphosulphate (PAPS)                VMA, HMPG, HVA, dopamine, adrenaline,
[B72, D979].                                           noradrenaline and dopamine are substrates,
   Human enzymes acting on dopamine and                whereas DOPAC, DOMA, HVA, DHPG,
p -nitrophenol are found in many brain areas; one      metadrenaline, normetadrenaline, serotonin,
is thermolabile and the other thermostable             vanillyl alcohol and p -hydroxybenzaldehyde are
[D233]. Placental enzyme acts on catecholamines        not [C441]. Rat cerebral enzyme, which acts on
and simple phenols [C322]. Human enzyme from           hydroxyl groups in tyrosyl peptides, requires
different tissues shows different ratios of activity   PAPS and is found primarily in microsomes
toward phenol and dopamine. Using these                [E341].
substrates differences in thermal stabilities and         Rat liver cytosolic enzyme has been separated
inhibition properties were detected, and this has      chromatographically into five fractions, all
been interpreted to indicate the presence of           with subunit molecular weights in the range
PST-P and PST-M [B834]. A study with the three         28 000 Á/36 000. Three of the fractions show high
isozymes SULT1A1, SULT1A3 and SULT1B2,                 activity towards p -nitrophenol, and the
prepared by recombinant techniques (PSTP-M             remaining two are much less active [D933].
and thyroid hormone sulphotransfeases respec-          Two isozymes of a dimeric rat liver enzyme,
tively), found that bisphenol A, 4-nonylphenol,        molecular weights about 65 000, act on simple
stilboestrol and 17a-ethynyloestradiol are             phenols and catecholamines, optimum pH 5.5
primarily substrates for PSTP. Dopamine is             and 6.2 for b-naphthol and 8 for tyrosine
sulphated mainly by PSTM, although it is a             methyl ester. They were found to have almost
significant substrate for PSTP. 4-Octylphenol and      identical amino acid compositions [B61, B941].
p -nitrophenol are good substrates for both these      Protocatechuate is sulphated in the 3- and
isozymes. None of the above compounds are              4- positions in the ratio 1:4.8, with an optimum
good substrates for SULT1B2, although most of          pH 7.4 [B724]. N-Hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene
them show some activity [K344].                        is a poor substrate [G317].
   Human erythrocyte enzyme with HMPG as                  A rat stomach enzyme, molecular weight
substrate has an optimum pH of 7.5 and uses            32 000, has a double optimum at pH 5.4 and 6.6
PAPS as co-substrate. Endogenous inhibitors            and acts on p -nitrophenol, a- and b-naphthols
have been detected [B72]. It is cytosolic, and also    and salicylamide as well as HMPE and HMPG
acts on p -acetamidophenol, serotonin, phenol,         [D807].
noradrenaline, tyramine and dopamine, with                Rat platelet enzyme acts on p -nitrophenol, and
increasing activity [A3814].                           the activity parallels that found in liver [F631].


   This activity has been detected liver from rat,     altered in either phaeochromocytoma or uraemic
rabbit, mouse, cat and guinea pig, mouse kidney,       patients [E195].
rabbit adrenal and rabbit brain, but not in human         Human brain enzyme, molecular weight
liver, rat kidney and intestine or mouse brain         250 000 and optimum pH 7.0, acts on a large
[A2067].                                               number of phenolic analogues of dopamine and
   Using isoprenaline as substrate, activity has       noradrenaline, as well as on serotonin. It is
been found in liver from monkey, dog, mouse, rat,      inhibited by sodium chloride, but this is slight at
rabbit and guinea pig. Activity was also found in      physiological concentrations. The kinetics are
kidney, small intestine and lung from only some        apparently complex [D583]. It is inhibited by
of these species [B665].                               about 45 per cent by 0.3 M NaCl [E198]. Another
   Rat and rabbit enzymes show optimal activity        study on brain cortex enzyme found a molecular
at pH 7.8 [A2065].                                     weight of 62 000 and an optimum pH 7.8 Á/8.0.
   Chick embryo enzyme that acts on                    Catecholamine analogues are much better
4-methylumbelliferone is detectable at five days       substrates than serotonin [D741].
incubation, with an increase until 20 days. Based         Human and rat liver enzymes act on
on specific activity, a small peak in activity at      4-hydroxypropranolol with high (3 mM) affinity.
seven days is followed by a larger, broader peak at    Although the Km is the same for both isomers of
15 days [A3328].                                       4-hydroxypropranolol the Vmax is different, which
   Channel catfish (Ictalurus) enzyme acts on          leads to stereospecificity [F735].
benzpyrene phenols and other phenols. One                 Rat brain enzyme, which requires PAPS as
isozyme, molecular weight 41 000,which is found        co-substrate, acts on N-acetyldopamine with
in liver and gut is immunologically similar to         optimum pH 9.0. It was not determined which
human enzyme, but a liver isozyme, molecular           sulphotransferase is responsible for another
weight 31 000 is not [K497].                           optimum found at pH 6.6 [E493]. PST-M appears
                                                       to be absent from rat kidney [E100].
b. PST-M.                                                 The enzyme is absent from dog platelets [E186].
                                                          In marmoset the enzyme acts on tyramine. It is
Human hepatoma enzyme requires Mn2'.                   found in lung, liver, small intestine, with small
Dopamine is a good substrate, and dopa, tyrosine       amounts in stomach and kidney, and only traces
and m -tyrosine are lesser substrates; the             in brain [F226].
D-isomers are better substrates than L-[H888].            Adrenaline is sulphated in dog, monkey, rat,
Small intestine enzyme is a dimer, molecular           guinea pig and rabbit, with activity in liver and
weight 69 000, and is thermolabile. Dopamine           small intestine, but not in brain or heart [A3444].
and p -nitrophenol are substrates at high                 Tyramine is sulphated in macaque liver with
concentration [F116].                                  optimum pH 9.2 Á/9.4. Activity is found (in
   Human liver enzyme appears to act on L-T3,          decreasing order) in macaque, rat, mouse and
but only poorly [E672].                                guinea pig. In macaque the enzyme is more active
   Human ileum enzyme, molecular weight                in intestine than in liver, but in the other species
69 000, which acts on dopamine is thermolabile.        studied the intestinal activity is very low [A2066].
It appears that phenol is also a substrate, but only
at high concentration [F770].                          c. PST-P.
   Human platelet enzyme acts on m -tyramine,
noradrenaline, adrenaline, serotonin,                  Human lung enzyme is a ‘mixed’ type that acts
p -hydroxyamphetamine, isoprenaline,                   on adrenaline and noradrenaline as well as
salbutamol, a-naphthol, paracetamol, and at            simple phenols [D977]. Small intestine enzyme
high concentration (1 mM) salicylamide [C523].         acts on p -acetamidophenol [F116]. In liver the
Dopamine is sulphated primarily (88 per cent) in       sulphation of L-T3 correlates with PST-P activity
the 3-position [E186]. The enzyme activity is not      [E672].

                                                             Thyroid hormone sulphotransferases

   Human platelet enzyme acts on paracetamol,         The activity towards serotonin and tyramine is
salicylamide and phenol at low (5 mM)                 low with a low Vmax and Km greater than
concentration [C523]. Enzyme designated               100 mM (1 mM for a-naphthol) [J292].
SULT1A1, which acts on 2-naphthol, is                    Beef adrenal medulla enzyme acts on HMPG,
assayed by the reverse reaction; with PAP and         but there appears to be little activity towards
p -nitrophenyl sulphate as substrates;                catecholamines [D187].
p -nitrophenol is released [K46].                        Marmoset enzyme, which is found in lung,
   Human liver enzyme, which exists as two            liver, small intestine, with small amounts in
isozymes that act on p -nitrophenol, is               stomach and kidney, acts on phenol. It is almost
thermostable. It also acts on dopamine for which      absent from brain [F226].
it has a low affinity, optimum pH 7.15 [E211].
Purified enzyme is dimeric, molecular weight
68 000, and acts on phenol and p -nitrophenol.        Thyroid hormone sulphotransferases
Antibody studies suggest that it is closely related
to PST-M [F692].                                      Human PST-P and PST-M (designated
   Human brain enzyme has been separated into         SULT1A1 and SULT1A3 respectively) both
two fractions; P1, which acts on phenol, optimum      require PAPS as co-substrate and conjugate
pH 8.5, is inhibited 80 per cent by 0.3 M             3,3?-T2, rT3, T3 and T4 with decreasing activity;
sodium chloride, whereas the P11 form is much         these substrates are mutually inhibitory. 3,5-T2,
less affected by ions. P1 is inhibited by             3-T1 and T0 are not substrates. Inhibition studies
phosphoadenosine phosphate competitively              suggest that there are other similar sulphating
relative to PAPS, and by ATP non-competitively        enzymes in liver and kidney [K90]. Human liver
relative to phenol; both enzymes are inactivated      T3-conjugating activity is thermostable and
by 2,6-dichloro-4-nitrophenol [E198].                 correlates well with PST-P, the main liver
   Human ileum enzyme, molecular weight               sulphoconjugase, but not with PST-M activity.
69 000, is thermostable [F770].                       However, purified PST-M does conjugate T3
   Two alleles of the human enzyme are found. In      [E672].
one 213Arg is replaced by His, resulting in an           Rat liver iodothyronine sulphotransferase,
enzyme with low activity [K257].                      optimum pH 8.0, conjugates 3,3?-T2 and T3
   Human and rat liver enzymes show a low             [J495]. Arylsulphotransferases I and IV from rat
affinity (500 mM) for 4-hydroxypropranolol, and       liver and monkey hepatoma conjugate 3,3?-T2,
unlike PST-M they exhibit no stereospecificity        rT3, T3, 3-T1 3?-T1 and T0, 3,3?,5-
[F735].                                               triiodothyropropionate, 3,3?,5-
   Rat liver cytosol contains two isozymes, one of    triiodothyroacetate and tetraiodothyroacetate
which is thermolabile, optimum pH 9, and the          (only sulphotransferase I), but not T4, 3,5-T2
other isozyme, optimum pH 6.4, is more stable;        or tetraiodothyropropionate [B770].
they both act on paracetamol [D460]. The former          Rat uterus iodothyronine sulphotransferase,
must be considered to be PST-M despite the            optimum pH 6.0, conjugates 3,3?-T2, T3 and T4
recorded specificity. Kidney enzyme acts on           [K649].
p -nitrophenol, a- and b-naphthols and                   Eubacterium trans-sulphatase (see below)
salicylamide, but not on catecholamines or            sulphates T3 [E432, G602].
catecholamine metabolites [D807].
   Dog liver enzyme, molecular weight
32 000Á/34 000, reacts to antibodies like a           Tyrosine-O-sulphate formation
PST-P. It acts on a-naphthol, vanillin,
p -nitrophenol, tyramine, serotonin and               Studies with tyrosine have usually failed to detect
dopamine. The Vmax for dopamine is low                sulphate conjugation. However, studies with
although the Km is similar to that for a-naphthol.    Caco-2 human gut epithelial cells, human Chang

Tyrosine ester sulphotransferase

liver cells and canine Madin-Derly liver cells           In beef placenta oestrone and oestrone-3-
have detected this reaction [H371]. Human              sulphate are interconverted, but each reaction
sulphotransferase M acts on D-tyrosine                 occurs in separate parts of the placenta [D520].
[J644].                                                  In guinea pig oestrone is sulphated, and both
                                                       oestrone-3-sulphate and 17b-oestradiol-3-
                                                       sulphate are converted into17b-oestradiol
                                                       disulphate without exchange of sulphate [A1936].
Tyrosine ester sulphotransferase (E.C.
                                                         Rat liver cytosol enzyme, optimum pH 5.5 Á/6.0,
                                                       acts on oestradiol and oestrone [D500].
In male rat liver this activity appears to be
                                                         Oestrone is sulphated in sheep [A472].
identical with sulphotransferase IV (E.C.
                                                         Activity in gilt uterus appears at day three of
[K735], optimum pH 8 [B941].
                                                       the oestrus cycle, rising sharply at day six to a
                                                       maximum at day nine [A1450].
                                                         In hen oestrone, 16-epioestriol, 16-oxo-17b-
Tyrosylpeptide sulphotransferase (E.C.       oestradiol, 17a-oestradiol and 17b-oestradiol are
                                                       sulphated at the 3-position, and both oestradiols
Human liver enzyme is microsomal, optimum              are disulphated [A3652].
pH 6.4, and requires Mn2' [F752]. Human
tyrosylprotein sulphotransferase, molecular
weight about 50 000 Á/54 000, which is found in the    Flavonoid sulphotransferases
Golgi network of practically every tissue,
especially liver, requires PAPS [J724].                Three sulphotransferases, molecular weight
  Rat cerebral enzyme, which acts on the               35 000, have been isolated from Flaveria
hydroxyl groups in tyrosyl peptides, requires          chloraefolia shoot tips. A transferase specific for
PAPS and is found primarily in microsomes              the 3 position (E.C., pI 5.4, shows
[E341]. Rat liver microsomal enzyme also               optima at pH 6.5 and 8.5, and acts (in decreasing
requires PAPS [J614], molecular weight                 order) on rhamnetin, isorhamnetin, quercetin,
50 000Á/54 000 and optimum pH 5.5 [J532].              patuletin and kaempferol, but not on
                                                       quercetagetin, gossypetin or myricetin. The 3?-
                                                       specific enzyme (E.C., pI 6.0 and
Oestrogen sulphotransferases (E.C.            optimum pH 7.5, acts (in decreasing order) on
                                                       3-sulphate esters of quercetin, patuletin and
In human liver both oestrone and 17b-oestradiol        tamarixetin but not kaempferol or isorhamnetin,
are sulphated at the 3 position. Both PST-P            nor on aglycones. The 4?-specific enzyme
and dehydroepiandrosterone sulphotransferase           (E.C., pI 5.1 and optimum pH 7.5, acts
catalyse the reaction, but not PST-M [G87].            (in decreasing order) on 3-sulphates of quercetin,
   A study on beef adrenal enzyme, optimum pH          kaempferol, isorhamnetin and patuletin, but not
7 Á/8, demonstrated that it acts on a large range of   tamarixetin, nor on aglycones [F243, G769].
oestrones and analogues. At least some of them         A 7-specific enzyme acts on isorhamnetin-3-
are sulphated at the 3-position, but not at the        sulphate, the 3,3?- and 3,4?-disulphates of
2- or 4-position. Some simple phenols are very         quercetin, but not on quercetin-3- or 3?-sulphate,
poorly sulphated, but many hydroxylated                nor on aglycones (E.C. [F210].
polynuclear hydrocarbons are substrates. For
optimal reaction a lipophilic group para to the
hydroxyl group and an oxygen atom on the D             N-Hydroxyarylamine sulphotransferase
ring for hydrogen bonding to the enzyme less
than 0.372 nm above the ring are required              Human adrenal and liver enzymes act on
[A1211].                                               4-hydroxylaminobiphenyl [H304, H434];

                                                                            Alcohol sulphotransferase

presumably substitution occurs on the hydroxyl          Trans-sulphatase (arylsulphate sulphotransferase,
group.                                                  E.C.
   N-Hydroxylaminofluorene is O-sulphated in
mouse [D756].                                           These enzymes transfer the sulphate group from,
   N-Hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene is sulphated           for instance, p -nitrophenol to another phenolic
in man, monkey, mouse, and rat liver [A1840,            group.
A2086, A2206, D756, K34]. This compound is a               Human gut flora (Eubacterium) enzyme uses
poor although significant substrate for rat             4-methylumbelliferyl and p -nitrophenyl sulphates
liver cytosolic phenolsulphotransferase; two            as sulphate donors, and tyramine, rutin,
N-hydroxyarylamine sulphotransferase isozymes           quercetin, esculetin (at position 6), baicalin and,
have been found for which N-hydroxy-2-                  by far the best, baicalein as sulphate receivers
acetamidofluorene and p -nitrophenol are both           [H354]. It is a homotetramer, pI 3.9, molecular
good substrates [G317]. Although in many cases          weight 315 000 and optimum pH 8 Á/9 using
the group conjugated has not been determined,           tyramine as substrate. Another sulphate donor is
the amido nitrogen is improbable. This reaction is      p -acetylphenyl sulphate. Acceptors include
part of the carcinogenic activation process of          a- and b-naphthol, oestradiol, phenol, tyrosine
N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene [G675].                   methyl ester, tyrosine-containing peptides,
                                                        tyramine, triiodothyronine, ethyl p -hydroxy-
                                                        benzoate, 4-methylumbelliferone, salicylamide,
                                                        p -acetamidophenol and the catecholamines
Alcohol sulphotransferase (E.C.                adrenaline and dopamine, and dopa, specifically
                                                        at the 4-position [E191, E432]. In another study
The benz[a ]anthracene metabolites
                                                        with this species quercetin formed the 3,3?-
12-hydroxymethyl-7-methylbenz[a ]anthracene,
                                                        disulphate and the 3,3?,7-trisulphate, but a
7-hydroxymethyl-12-methylbenz[a ]anthracene
                                                        monosulphate was not detected [F513].
and 7,12-dihydroxymethylbenz[a ]anthracene are
                                                           Haemophilus enzyme is a tetramer, molecular
sulphated by dehydroepiandrosterone-steroid
                                                        weight 290 000, with p -nitrophenyl sulphate,
sulphotransferase in human liver, which differs
                                                        4-methylumbelliferyl sulphate, a- and b-naphthyl
from PST-P and M [J683].
                                                        sulphates as sulphate donors. Sulphate acceptors
                                                        include phenol, resorcinol and a-naphthol
Sulphatoglucoside formation                                Klebsiella enzyme, which sulphates phenol and
                                                        requires Mg2', is a dimer, molecular weight
Brassica forms o -nitrobenzyl-b-D-                      160 000. The pIs for the subunits are 5.3 and
sulphatoglucopyranoside and E - and                     10 Á/10.5 [G756].
Z -o -nitrobenzaldoxime-b-D-(6-sulphato)gluco-
pyranoside as well as o -nitrophenylglucosinolate
from o -nitrobenzaldoxime. Other substrates are
benzaldoxime, nitro and halogen-substituted             5.2 Sulphamate formation
benzaldoximes, as well as some aliphatic
analogues. It would appear that hydrolysis and
reductive steps precede conjugation [F657].             Amine sulphotransferase (E.C.

                                                            R:NH2 'PAPS 0 R:NH:SO2 :OH'PAP
Renilla-luciferin sulphotransferase (E.C.     Guinea pig amine N-sulphotransferase requires
                                                        PAPS as co-substrate. The substrate requires an
Renilla reniformis enzyme is specific for               unprotonated amino group for activity.
Renilla-luciferin [K831].                               Substrates include aniline, p -chloroaniline,

Flavone apiosyltransferase

b-naphthylamine, DMI, tetrahydroquinoline, tet-       flavone-7-O-b-D-glucosides; for instance
rahydroisoquinoline, and some aliphatic amines.       7-O-b-D-glucosylapigenin yields apiin [K827].
The optimum pH is specific for each substrate,
and lies in the range 6 Á/10. Many phenols are also
                                                      Arabinoside formation
substrates, including oestrone and tyrosine
                                                      Silene dioica enzyme, optimum pH 7.2 Á/7.5 acts
   Human liver cytosolic hydroxysteroid
                                                      on isovitexin and UDParabinose to form
sulphotransferase (E.C. N-sulphates
aniline, MPTP and and 1-((5-chloro-2-
                                                      Isovitexin-7-O-xyloside is also a substrate, but
oxo-3(2H )-benzothiazolyl)acetyl)piperazine, and
                                                      isovitexin-7-O-glucoside is not, nor can
differs from the enzyme that sulphates phenols
                                                      UDPglucose or UDPrhamnose substitute for the
                                                      co-substrate. The reaction is stimulated by
   Rabbit liver cytosol contains two enzymes, one
                                                      Mg2' or by Mn2' [A3759].
of which acts on DMI and male steroid
                                                         Zea mays indolylacetylinositol
hormones, but not on phenols. The other,
                                                      arabinosyltransferase (E.C. activity
molecular weight 34 000, is almost inactive
                                                      is found in immature kernels, to form indol-3-
towards phenols and alcohols, but sulphates
                                                      ylacetyl-myo -inositol arabinoside [K734].
aniline, DMI, MPTP and 1-((5-chloro-2-
oxo-3(2H )-benzothiazolyl)acetyl)piperazine
   In rat and mouse liver the enzyme that             Fructoside formation
sulphates 1-((5-chloro-2-oxo-3(2H )-
benzothiazolyl)acetyl)piperazine                      Claviceps purpurea b-D-fructofuranoside,
(dealkyltiaramide) is different from the one          optimum pH 5.7 or 6.5, depending on substrate,
that sulphates the primary alcohol group of           forms elymoclavine-O-b-D-fructofuranoside and
tiaramide. The pH optima are modified by              elymoclavine-1-O-b-D-fructofuranosyl(2 0/1)-
buffers, but the values for dealkyltiaramide is       O-b-D-fructofuranoside from elymoclavine.
about 9 Á/10, and for tiaramide 8 Á/9. Rat enzyme     Other substrates are chanoclavine, lysergol and
is markedly inhibited by 0.5 M NaCl and KCl,          dihydrolysergol [F516].
whereas mouse enzyme is only slightly affected by
these salts. Activity is much lower in female rat
than in male [C571].
                                                      Galactoside formation
   Pig liver enzyme acts on many amines with
PAPS as co-substrate; the optimum pH varies
                                                      Zea indolylacetyl-myo -inositol galactosyl-
from 6 to 10, depending on substrate. Aniline,
                                                      transferase (E.C. requires
p -chloroaniline, demethylimipramine,
                                                      UDPgalactose to form indolylacetyl-myo -inositol
b-naphthylamine, tetrahydro-4-phenylpyridine,
                                                      galactoside, a major Zea indole. Activity is found
tetrahydroisoquinoline and tetrahydroquinoline
                                                      in immature kernels [K811].
are substrates [K923].
                                                         Aspergillus oryzae b-galactosidase transfers
                                                      the galactoside moiety of p -nitrophenyl-b-D-
                                                      galactoside to elymoclavine, chanoclavine,
5.3 Glycoside formation                               lysergol, 9,10-dihydrolysergol and ergometrine
                                                         E. coli b-D-galactosidase acts on 4-methylum-
Flavone apiosyltransferase (E.C.            belliferyl-b-D-xyloside and p -nitrophenyl-b-D-
                                                      galactoside to form galactosyl(b10/4)xylyl(b)-4-
Parsley enzyme, optimum pH 7.0, requires              methylumbelliferone and a small proportion of
UDPapiose, but no coenzymes. It acts on               the (b10/3) analogue [J399].

                                                                              a-Glucoside formation

a-Glucoside formation                                3,5-dimethoxycinnamate and coumarate(s), but
                                                     3,5-dihydroxybenzoate is a poor substrate
Bacillus subtilis enzyme, molecular weight 54 000    [B440, B599].
or 65 000 (different methods), with an optimum          This reaction is found widely, including Coleus,
pH for starch as co-substrate of 6 Á/7; it acts on   Pilea, Cistus, Cestrum, Glycyrrhiza echinata,
quinol [H296].                                       Prunus serotina, Glycine max, mung bean and
  Leuconostoc mesenterioides sucrose                 ripe tomato [A3475, A3585, B493, C756, F445].
phosphorylase (E.C. transfers a-D-          Benzoate forms benzoylgentiobioside as well as
glucose units from sucrose to the 4?- and            benzoylglucose in Aconitum japonicum, Coffea
4ƒ- positions of (-)-epigallocatechin gallate,       arabica, Dioscoreophyllum cumminsii and
forming 4?-mono- and 4?,4ƒ-diglucosides [J5].        Nicotiana tabacum; it is unclear whether this
                                                     involves a stepwise glycoside addition [F445].
                                                        Cucumis sativus forms glucose esters with a
                                                     series of mono- and dihydroxybenzoates [A611].
Formation of ester b-D-glucosides
                                                        Brassica napus and UDPglucose: sinapic acid
                                                     glucosyltransferase (E.C., molecular
Although it is generally assumed that these
                                                     weight 42 000 and pI 5, conjugates sinapate
plant natural products contain a b-linked
                                                     reversibly [J712]. Raphanus sativus enzyme also
glucopyranose moiety, these data have often
                                                     forms 1-O-sinapoyl-b-glucose reversibly [K787].
not been demonstrated.
   Chenopodium rubrum enzyme requires
UDPglucose and acts on ferulate, sinapate,
p -coumarate and cinnamate [G255].                   Ester glucoside at C-6
   In Glycine max, benzoate is converted into
benzoylglucose transiently. Other substrates are     Glycyrrhiza echinata, Dioscoreophyllum
a-naphthylacetate, a-naphthoate and probably         cumminsii and Aconitum japonicum conjugate
phenylacetate [A3679].                               phenylacetate with the 6-hydroxyl of glucose
   Sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) tuber enzyme,      [F445].
molecular weight of 45 000, is specific for
carboxyl-containing compounds. Substrates
include cinnamate, o - and p -coumarate, caffeate,
ferulate, benzoate and vanillate (E.C.    Formation of ether D-glucosides
[D70, F145].
   Quercus robur leaf gallate 1-b-D-                 A. Animals
glucosyltransferase (E.C., optimum
pH 6.5 Á/7.0 and molecular weight 68 000, forms      In man, both 3,6-dihydroxy-3,4-benzpyrene and
1-galloyl-b-D-glucoside; it is specific for          1-naphthol form glucosides with added
UDPglucose. A number of benzoic acids are            UDPglucose, the former yielding the 6-glucoside.
substrates (except salicylic acid); cinnamic acids   With added UDPgalacturonate the
are less good [K736, K737].                          corresponding galacturonides are formed
   Raphanus sativus enzyme, optimum pH               [H575].
5.8 Á/6.0 or about 7, is found in dry seed and          Pig liver, riboflavin-conjugating enzyme, pI 3.7,
during germination. Co-substrate is UDP- or          optimum pH 6.0, transfers the a-glucosyl group
TDPglucose; other analogues are inactive. The        from phenyl-a-maltoside or other maltosides to
reaction is enhanced by thiols and is reversibly     form riboflavin glucoside. The enzyme is stable at
inactivated by thiol-binding compounds.              pH 3.5 Á/9, and at 558. Other substrates are
A reversible reaction is found with sinapate         esculetin and rutin [C847].
(best), benzoate, vanillate, anthranilate,              Coho salmon forms a glucoside from
p -hydroxybenzoate, cinnamate, ferulate, caffeate,   1-naphthol [A3879].

Formation of ether D-glucosides

   Housefly microsomal enzyme, optimum pH               b. Flavonoid 3-glucosyltransferases
8.5, requires UDPglucose as well as Mg2'; other         (UDPglucose: flavonol 3-O-D-glucosyl-
divalent cations are not so good. It conjugates         transferase, E.C.; UDPglucose: cyanidin
1-naphthol [A2238].                                     3-O-D-glucosyltransferase, E.C.
   Enzymes in Melanoplus sanguanipes
(grasshopper), Periplaneta americana, Manduca           Daucus carota UDPG: cyanidin 3-O-glucosyl-
sexta, Agrotis ipsilon (cutworm), Tenebrio              transferase, optimum pH 8.0, requires ascorbate.
molitor and Trilobium confusum act on a range           Other substrates include delphinidin,
of phenols (E.C. Guaiacol is a               pelargonidin, quercetin and kaempferol, but not
substrate in all these species, but phenol, vanillin,   naringenin, eriodictyol or dihydroquercetin
salicylaldehyde, umbelliferone and a number of          [E280].
other phenols are substrates in only a few of these        Hippeastrum petal enzyme is a homodimer,
species, except that M. sexta has a broad               molecular weight 49 000, pI 5.6 and optimum
specificity for simple phenols and natural              pH 5, and requires UDPglucose as co-substrate.
products. UDPglucose or (less good) GTPglucose          Good substrates include kaempferol,
and TDPglucose are co-substrates [G816, G897].          dihydrokaempferol and quercetin, whereas
   p -Nitrophenol forms a glucoside in cockroach,       naringenin, isosakuranetin, pelargonidin
stick insect, cricket, mealworm, Porina and wax         cyanidin and malvidin are poor substrates [E636].
moth larvae, housefly, blowfly and earwig [C494].       UDPG: anthocyanidin 3-O-glucosyltransferase
   Drosophila xanthurenic acid:                         in Hippeastrum and Tulipa petal and leaf is
UDPglucosyltransferase, optimum pH 7.1,                 cytosolic [A2523].
which conjugates the 8-hydroxyl group is                   Norway spruce needle flavonol 3-O-b-D-
both microsomal and cytosolic and requires              glycosyltransferase, molecular weight 40 000,
Mg2' or Mn2' [F636].                                    optimum pH 8.4 and pI 5.0, acts on kaempferol
                                                        reversibly. Other substrates are isorhamnetin,
B. Plants and microorganisms                            quercetin, rhamnetin and myricetin [G215].
                                                           Petunia hybrida enzyme, optimum pH about
a. Broad specificity; xenobiotic substrates.            8.2, acts on cyanidin and delphinidin. Substrates
                                                        are mutually inhibitory [A3191].
Many studies on plants do not differentiate                Pisum sativum enzyme, optimum pH about 8,
between a- and b-glycosides. Most glycosides are,       acts on kaempferol, quercetin and myricetin
in fact, b-glycosides, and where the stereo-            [C90].
specificity of synthesis is not stated, b- can be          Red cabbage seedling UDPG: cyanidin 3-O-
assumed.                                                glucosyltransferase, optimum pH about 8, acts
   Soyabean (Glycine max) enzyme, molecular             additionally on pelargonidin, paeonidin, malvi-
weight 47 000 and pI 4.8, acts on                       din, kaempferol, quercetin, isorhamnetin, myri-
pentachlorophenol [G247]. Other substrates are          cetin and fisetin [A1733].
quercetin and 2,2-bis(p -chlorophenyl)acetate.             Senecio hybridus UDPglucose: cyanidin 3-O-
It appears to be a monomer, molecular weight            glucosyltransferase, exhibits molecular weight
about 50 000 and pI 4.9 [H402]. G. max, Triticum        52 000 and optimum pH 7.5 [J722].
aestivum (wheat) Avena fatua and Agrostemma                Silene dioica UDPG: cyanidin 3-O-
githago form p -nitrophenyl-b-D-glucoside               glucosyltransferase, optimum pH 7.5, appears
[H660, J709].                                           to have a molecular weight of 60 000 and can
   Daucus carota (carrot) enzyme acts on                exist as a dimer. It also acts on pelargonidin
p -nitrophenol [H118].                                  and delphinidin, but not on flavonols nor on the
   Gardenia jasminoides forms b-D-glucosides            5-position of anthocyanins [B407].
from phenol, catechol, resorcinol, quinol, o -,            Pollen from Alnus, Quercus, Narcissus,
m - and p -nitrophenol [E338].                          Tulipa and Secale contains flavonol 3-O-

                                                                   Formation of ether D-glucosides

glycosyltransferase, possibly associated with the     substrate [B410]; it requires Ca2', and EDTA
pollen wall. Substrates are quercetin and             is inhibitory. Pelargonidin-3-rhamnosylglucoside
kaempferol [B680].                                    is also a substrate, but cyanidin-3-glucoside is
   The reaction has also been observed in Crocus      only marginally active at pH 6.5 [B408].
sativum, Ipomoea batatas, Vitis and Zea mays
[E120, G124, G137].                                   g (1). Flavonoid 7- glucosyltransferase
   A. niger enzyme, molecular weight about            (E.C.
370 000 and pI 4 may act on the 3 position of
cyanidin [C900].                                      Chrysanthemum segetum UDPG: 3?,4?,5,7-
                                                      tetrahydroxyflavone 7-O-glucosyltransferase has
c. Flavonoid 4?- glucosyltransferase                  an optimum pH of 6.85 Á/8.25, depending on
                                                      substrate; substrates include gossypetin,
An Allium cepa enzyme, molecular weight 48 000,       quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin, naringenin,
optimum pH 7.7 Á/8.0 and pI 6.0 is specific for the   eriodictyol, apigenin and luteolin [J320].
4?-position of catechol flavonoids including             Petroselinum crispum (hortense) UDPG:
quercetin, myricetin, rhamnetin, kaempferol,          luteolin b-D-glucosyltransferase (E.C.,
luteolin and apigenin (in decreasing order).          molecular weight 50 000, optimum pH 7.5 and
It does not require Mn2', Mg2' or Ca2', and it        stability range pH 6.5 Á/9.5 acts on a range of
is unaffected by EDTA, but Cu2' is inhibitory.        flavonoids, with luteolin as the best substrate.
It is inhibited by p -chloromercuribenzoate,          TDPglucose is an alternative co-substrate [K739].
reversible by mercaptoethanol; it requires thiols        Petunia hybrida leaf contains three isozymes,
for stability [G248].                                 molecular weight about 54 000 and optimum pH
                                                      7.5. Substrates include naringenin, hesperetin,
d. Flavonoid 2?- and 5?- glucosyltransferase          kaempferol, quercetin, apigenin and luteolin
Chrysosplenium americanum enzyme, molecular
weight 42 000, pI 5.1 and optimum pH 7.5 Á/8          g (2). UDPG: isoflavone 7-O-b-D -glucosyl-
requires UDPglucose. It acts on a range of            transferase (E.C.
polyhydroxylated polymethoxyflavonols, and
substrates with both 2?- and 5?- hydroxyls yield      Cicer orietinum enzyme, molecular weight 50 000,
both monoglucosides [C755].                           optimum pH 8.5 Á/9.0 and pI 5.4 acts on
                                                      biochanin and formononetin; many other
e. Anthocyanin 5-O-glucosyltransferase                flavonoids are not substrates [K738].

Petunia hybrida pollen enzyme, optimum pH 8.3,        g (3). Flavanone 7-O-b-D -glucosyltransferase
acts on the 3-(p -coumaroyl)rutinosides of            (E.C.
delphinidin and petunidin, but not on the
corresponding rutinosides. The enzyme does not        Citrus paradisi (grapefruit) enzyme, optimum pH
have a cation requirement [D198].                     6.5 Á/7.5 and activation energy 7.8 kcal/mol is
                                                      found in leaves. Different substrates demonstrate
f. UDPglucose: anthocyanidin-3-rhamnosyl-             the presence of several isozymes; hesperetin
glucoside 5-O-glucosyltransferase                     isozymes pI 4.0, 4.4 and 4.5; naringenin pI 4.4
(E.C.                                      and 3.9. It differs from the enzyme that acts on
                                                      naringenin chalcone [K891]. Another study, with
Silene dioica enzyme, molecular weight 55 000         naringenin and hesperetin as substrates reported
and optimum pH 7.4 for anthocyanidin-3-               molecular weight 55 000, optimum pH 7.5 Á/8.0
rhamnosylglucoside, has an optimum at                 and pI 4.3, with no action on other flavones or
pH 6.5 with anthocyanidin-3-glucoside as              flavanones [K810].

Formation of ether D-glucosides

h. UDPglucose: salicyl alcohol glucosyl-                  Bacillus subtilis enzyme, molecular weight
transferases.                                           67 000, pI 5.1 and optimum pH 6, is stable
                                                        between pH 5 and 8. It is not activated by Ca2'.
The reaction is catalysed by almond                     Malto-oligosaccharides are much better glucose
b-glucosidase with D-glucose as co-substrate.           donors that maltose. As well as quinol many
1-Phenylethanol is another substrate [H558].            other phenols are substrates [H234].
   In Datura innoxa only a small proportion of
salicyl alcohol is converted into salicin, whereas      k. Vanillin
most is converted into o -hydroxybenzyl-
b-D-glucose [A1725].                                    Coffea arabica, Prunus amygdalus, Gardenia
   Gardenia jasminoides enzyme, molecular               jasminoides and Nicotiana tabacum enzymes act
weight 51 000 and optimum pH 9.0 Á/9.5, is              on vanillin [G930].
specific for salicyl alcohol, yielding only salicin
[D71, D715].                                            l. Coniferyl alcohol (E.C.
   Trilobium confusum phenol b-glucosyl-
transferase acts on salicyl alcohol, but similar        Forsythia ovata enzyme(s) convert coniferyl
enzymes from other insect species studied are           alcohol into coniferin (4-glucoside) and
apparently inactive towards this substrate.             isoconiferin (side-chain glucoside). The optimum
UDPG is co-substrate, and GDPG and TDGP                 pH is buffer-dependent, in the range 7.5 Á/8.0.
are somewhat less active [G816].                        It requires a thiol and is inactivated by
                                                        thiol-binding reagents, but divalent cations are
i. UDPglucose: p -hydroxybenzoate glucosyltrans-
                                                        not required. It also acts on sinapyl alcohol,
ferase (E.C.
                                                        ferulate, scopoletin, hydrangetin and
Lithospermum erythrorhizon, molecular weight            isorhamnetin, but not on several other analogues.
47 500, pI 5.0 and optimum pH 7.8, conjugates           A study carried out on a large range of species
the phenolic group. It is highly specific, with         found this activity in all of them, including
p -nitrophenol only marginally active. This             bryophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms,
reaction is an early step in the formation of           dicotyledons and monocotyledons. Highest
shikonin [G341]. Another publication claims             activity was found in Ginkgo biloba, Pinus pinea,
that the molecular weight is 51 000 [J365].             Picea glauca and Forsythia ovata [A3365].
   Pinus densiflora pollen enzyme, molecular               Paul’s scarlet rose enzyme, molecular weight
weight 33 000 and optimum pH 7.5, requires              52 000 and optimum pH 7.5, requires
UDPG and is activated by Ca2' and EDTA.                 UDPglucose and a thiol. It is specific for
It acts on the phenolic group of p -hydroxy-            coniferyl and sinapyl alcohols, with lesser activity
benzoate [F108].                                        on cinnamic acids and some flavonoids. The
                                                        crude enzyme is unstable, even frozen; stability is
j. Quinol                                               improved by mercaptoethanol and ethylene glycol
Datura innoxa, D. meteloides, Antennaria
microphylla and Gardenia jasminoides catalyze           m. UDPG: o -dihydroxycoumarin 7-O-glucosyl-
this reaction [A1725, E338, F873, H300].                transferase (E.C.
   Juglans regia leaf and J. major callus enzymes,
optimum pH 7 Á/7.5, convert quinol into arbutin.        Nicotiana tabacum culture enzyme, molecular
It is specific for UDPglucose, and requires             weight 49 000, pI 5.0 and optimum pH 7.5, acts
mercaptoethanol [A3472].                                on esculetin, scopoletin, daphnetin, hydrangetin
   Rauwolfia serpentina forms arbutin and,              and umbelliferone to form cichoriin, scopolin,
apparently, quinol diglucoside [G726]. The              daphnin, hydrangin and skimmin respectively;
enzyme molecular weight is 52 000 [K346].               there is no cation requirement, but divalent

                                                                   Formation of ether D-glucosides

cations and thiol-binding reagents are inhibitors.    3 position. Other substrates include myricetin,
Caffeate (yields 4-glucoside), protocatechuate,       the 3-galactoside, 3-glucoside and 7-
vanillate and syringate are also substrates,          rhamnoglucoside of kaempferol, 4?-O-
whereas ferulate, 5-hydroxyferulate, sinapate and     methylkaempferol, 7-O-methyl- and 3?,7-
pyrocatechuate are poor substrates [B442, B819,       di-O-methylquercetin. The products are the
K556].                                                corresponding 3-O-(2ƒ-O-b-D-glucopyranosyl)-b-
                                                      D-galactopyranosides and, apparently, where
n. Alizarin 2-b-glucosyltransferase                   appropriate the corresponding 3-diglucoside
(E.C.                                      [H658].
                                                         An enzyme in Pisum sativum converts
Streptomyces aureofaciens enzyme, optimum pH          kaempferol-, quercetin- and myricetin-3-
7.1, requires UDPglucose and acts on alizarin,        glucosides into (2 0/1)b-diglucosides. A second
2-hydroxy-, 1,3-dihydroxy-, 2,6-dihydroxy- and        enzyme acts on these diglucosides to form the
3-hydroxy-1-methoxyanthraquinones [B462,              corresponding (2 0/1)b-triglucosides. Both have
B463].                                                optimum pH about 8 [C90].
                                                         Triticum aestivum, Glycine max, Avena fatua
o. Hydroxyanthracenequinone glucosyl-                 and Agrostemma githago form b-D-glucoside and
transferase (E.C.                          b-D-gentiobioside conjugates from
                                                      p -nitrophenol; the former may be an
Cinchona succirubra enzyme, molecular weight          intermediate in formation of the latter
50 000 and optimum pH 7, is composed of five          conjugate [J709].
isozymes pI 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 4.8 and 5.3. A number of
hydroxyanthraquinones including alizarin,
chrysophanol and emodin are substrates, as            r. UDPglucose: 2-coumarate O-b-D-glucosyltrans-
well as hydroxycinnamates and flavones [K889].        ferase (E.C.

p. Mandelonitriles (E.C. and      Melilotus alba enzyme is cytosolic [B369].

Prunus serotina (black cherry) enzyme, optimum        s. UDPglucose: cis -p -coumaric acid
pH 7 Á/8, requires UDPglucose, and acts on the        b-D -glucosyltransferase
side-chain hydroxyl group of mandelonitrile to
form prunasin. Benzyl alcohol, mandelate and          Sphagnum fallax enzyme, molecular weight
benzoate are also conjugated, but prunasin is not     56 000 and optimum pH 9.3 acts on cis - but
a substrate [C756].                                   not trans-p -coumarate, and only poorly on
   Sorghum bicolor conjugates the (S )-isomer         cis- caffeate. Conjugation occurs at the para
of p -hydroxymandelonitrile to form dhurrin.          position [J384].
The amino acid composition has been deter-
mined. Other substrates are mandelonitrile and
(poor) benzyl alcohol and benzoate [K313].            t. UDPglucose: betanidin b-D-
   Triglochin maritima forms side-chain               glucosyltransferases
glucosides from p -hydroxymandelonitrile and
3,4-dihydroxymandelonitrile [D58].                    Dorotheanthus bellidiformis enzymes,
                                                      molecular weight 55 000 and optimum pH 7.5
q. Oligoglycosides                                    act on the 5- position to form betanin, and
                                                      the 6- position to form gomophrenin I. The
Petunia pollen flavonol 3-O-glycosyltransferase is    first enzyme is composed of three isozymes,
composed of two isozymes, which act on                whereas the second is a single form
kaempferol and quercetin specifically at the          [J185].

N-Glucoside formation

u. Vitexin and isovitexin (E.C. and       N-Glucoside formation respectively)
                                                    5-Aminosalicylate forms an N-b-D-glucoside that
In Silene alba, 2ƒ-O-glucosylating enzymes          is unstable at acid pH. It can also be formed
require Mg2', Mn2', Co2' or Ca2' . One acts         spontaneously at neutral pH [F456].
on vitexin, optimum pH 7.5, and the other on           In Daucus carota 3,4-dichloroaniline forms the
isovitexin, optimum pH 8.5 [B203]. The latter       b-D-glucoside [H118]. The corresponding reac-
enzyme requires UDPglucose, and also acts on        tion in Glycine max is catalyzed by an enzyme,
isoorientin [B385].                                 molecular weight 48 000 [G247].

v. Tyrosine b-glucosyltransferase
                                                    Glucosinolate formation
Manduca sexta larval fat body enzyme, optimum
pH 7.5 Á/9, is specific for tyrosine and requires   Brassica converts o -nitrobenzaldoxime into
UDPglucose; TPDglucose is not as good. It is        o -nitrophenylglucosinolate [F657].
activated by Mg2' [J40].

w. Indoxyl: UDPglucose glucosyltransferase
                                                    Glucuronides (E.C.
This reaction is of historical interest, since it
forms indoxyl glucoside (indican) which is stored   All glucuronyl transferases are at present
in Isatis tinctoria (woad), and on hydrolysis the   classified under this E.C. number.
released indoxyl is spontaneously oxidized to          A number of glucuronyl transferases have been
indigo.                                             classified in one publication, although this
   Baphicacanthus cusia enzyme, molecular           classification is undoubtedly incomplete. For
weight 60 000, optimum pH 8.5 and pI 6.5, forms     instance, an enzyme designated as UGT 1A1 acts
indican from indoxyl. The substrates include        on bilirubin and phenols, UGT 1A3 conjugates
4-, 5-, 6- and 7-hydroxyindole, but not oxindole    primary, secondary and tertiary amines, UGT
[K347].                                             1A4 acts on tertiary amines and alcohols, UGT
   Polyganum tinctorium indican synthase is         1A6 on planar phenols and UGT 1A9 on bulky
composed of two isozymes, one of which has a        phenols [J416].
molecular weight of 53 000 or 48 000 (different
methods) and optimum pH about 10 [K375].
                                                    Ester glucuronide synthesis
x. UDPG: scopoletin b-D-glucosyltransferase
(E.C.                                    Many carboxylic acids are conjugated with
                                                    glucuronic acid, but the enzymology is not as well
Nicotiana enzyme, which is stimulated by            understood as the formation of ether
2,4-D, forms scopolin [K741].                       glucuronides. The following studies are
y. 2,4-Dihydroxy-7-methoxy-2H -1,4 -                   In ferret, benzoate, p -nitrobenzoate,
-3(4H)-one 2 -D -glucosyltransferase                diphenylacetate, a-naphthylacetate and (less
(E.C.                                    effective) b-naphthylacetate and hydratropate
                                                    are substrates, whereas phenylacetate, p -chloro-
Zea mays enzyme, molecular weight 50 000 and        phenylacetate, p -nitrophenylacetate and indole-3-
optimum pH 8.5, is composed of two isozymes,        acetate are not substrates [A394, A3046].
activated by Ca2' or Mg2' and stabilized by            Benzoate and phenylacetate are conjugated in
reducing agents [K892].                             fruit bat [A884, A1451].

                                                                             Ether b-D-glucuronides

   A guinea pig liver enzyme acts on anthranilate,   In different strains of rat the activity towards
with UDPglucuronate as co-substrate [A865].          chloramphenicol does not correlate with activity
   In human patients with an inborn metabolic        towards bilirubin [A2511]. Bilirubin conjugating
error that eliminates bilirubin glucuronidation      enzyme shows different properties from that
the conjugation of the acyl group of diflunisal      which acts on 1-naphthol; for instance,
was unimpaired [J183].                               galactosamine causes a reduction in 1-naphthol
   In rabbit, all substituted benzoates studied      conjugation, whereas bilirubin is unaffected
were conjugated. Substituents included nitro,        [A372].
halogens, methyl, amino and hydroxyl in all the
possible positions on the aromatic nucleus           b. Phenolic and alicyclic glucuronides
   The rat liver enzyme that conjugates (R )- and    A number of studies have shown that, with or
(S )-naproxen is composed of at least two active
                                                     without induction with phenobarbital or
fractions, pI 7.8 and 8.7. One of the fractions
                                                     3-methylcholanthrene, solubilized enzyme can be
preferentially acts on the (R )-isomer, and the
                                                     crudely separated into two fractions with
other on the (S )-isomer [F726].
                                                     different properties [e.g. A1919, A1961, B983].
   Benzoate and p -aminobenzoate are conjugated
                                                        Human brain isozyme UGT1A6 acts on
in rat, mouse, hamster, dog and marmoset
[A651, A3771, B201, C381, D914].                     serotonin [K108]. Gut and lymphocyte enzymes
   Benzoate is conjugated in rat, bandicoot,         have a broad specificity, with a large number of
Tasmanian devil, potoroos, padmelon, brushtail       substrates [B800, J783].
possum, sugar glider and echidna [D914].                Solubilized mouse liver microsomal enzyme
   In pigeon diphenylacetate is well conjugated,     has been fractionated into two types, pI 6.7 and
whereas substituted phenylacetates and indole-3-     8.5. The first is induced by 3-methylcholanthrene
acetate are at best poorly conjugated. Hen did not   and acts on the ‘type 2’ substrates, 4-
conjugate any of the phenylacetates studied          hydroxybiphenyl, morphine, naphthol, 2-, 6-,
[A395]. Diphenylacetate is conjugated in a range     8- and 9-hydroxy-3,4-benzpyrene. The second
of mammalian species [A2527].                        is induced by 3-methylcholanthrene and
                                                     phenobarbital, and acts on the ‘type 1’ substrates,
                                                     3-, 10-, 11- and 12-hydroxy-3,4-benzpyrene,
                                                     phenolphthalein and oestrone. Both fractions act
Ether b-D-glucuronides
                                                     on the ‘type 3’ substrates p -nitrophenol, 4-
                                                     methylumbelliferone, 1-, 4-, 5- and 7-hydroxy-3,4-
The co-substrate for this reaction is
UDPglucuronate.                                      benzpyrene, and 2-hydroxybiphenyl. All the
                                                     ‘pI 8.5’ activities are induced by
a. Phenolic and bilirubin conjugation                3-methylcholanthrene [C459, D315].
                                                        Mouse brain activity is less than 1 per cent
Clinically, bilirubin conjugation is important in    of that found in liver. It acts on o - and
human neonatal jaundice because high concen-         p -nitrophenol, and 4-hydroxybiphenyl [C266].
trations of unconjugated bilirubin cause                The activity of rat liver enzyme that acts on
kernicterus and brain damage.                        morphine increases 20-fold between days one and
   In patients with an inborn metabolic error that   20 post partum; the increase in gut enzyme
eliminates bilirubin glucuronidation the conju-      activity is much less [C221]. The crude enzyme
gation of phenolic substrates was unimpaired         has a broad specificity [B962]; its molecular
[J183].                                              weight is 57 000 [A3827].
   Purified rat liver enzyme, molecular weight          Rat liver glucuronidation of p -nitrophenol
57 000, is induced by phenobarbital and acts         and 4-methylumbelliferone is inhibited by
on phenols, but not on bilirubin [A3827].            5-(p -hydroxyphenyl)-5-phenylhydantoin [A1668].

Ether b-D-glucuronides

   Rat liver microsomal enzyme acts on a range of      enzyme [C603]. In rhesus monkey 17-
nitrocatechols, but compounds in which the             glucuronidation is preponderant [A2897].
aromatic moiety is conjugated with unsaturated           3-Glucuronidation is found in guinea pig, man
groups react much less effectively [J546].             and pig, and rabbit blastocyte [A1273, A1936,
   In rat p -hydroxyamphetamine is conjugated in       F272, K33].
liver, but not in lung, brain, heart, kidney,            3- And 17-glucuronidation is found in man
intestine and spleen [A4].                             [A1196]; 17-glucuronidation is found in
   Rat liver nuclei contain some conjugating           human kidney [A250], but in gut mucosa
enzyme; most of this is associated with the            3-glucuronidation is the sole reaction [K134].
nuclear envelope [A2002].
   Rat conjugates 2-phenyl-1,3-propanediol               2. Oestriol-3-glucuronide
monocarbamate. The claim that the product is an
a-glucuronide is presumably a misprint; the claim      This reaction has been observed in dog [A1302,
goes without comment [K56].                            A2628], man [D133], pig liver, kidney and gut
   Purified rabbit liver microsomal enzyme,            [A1273] rabbit [A987], rat [A3102] and sheep
solubilized with the non-ionic detergent Emulgen       [A398].
911, conjugates p -nitrophenol, but not oestrone;
an oestrone-conjugating enzyme is also found             3. Oestriol-16a-glucuronide
(see below) [B983].
   Guinea pig liver microsomal enzyme, optimum         In baboon oestriol is conjugated at the
pH 7.5, conjugates 7-hydroxychlorpromazine.            16 position in liver and kidney, whereas
This and rat enzyme also conjugate several             3-conjugation occurs elsewhere in the body,
hydroxylated metabolites of chlorpromazine,            but not in kidney [A1111].
promazine and imipramine; the guinea pig                 The reaction is observed in rat, where liver is
enzyme also acts on oestrone and oestradiol            one site of reaction [A3102, C242], rhesus
[A2092]. Studies on the kinetics showed an             monkey liver [A2897], dog [A1302, A2628] and
atypical pattern at low co-substrate concentra-        man, where kidney is one site of reaction [A156,
tion, and it is claimed that this cannot be            A822, D133].
explained by multiple enzyme forms [A865].
   HMPE is conjugated in rat, rabbit, guinea pig         4. Oestriol-17-glucuronide
and human liver, but not in mouse and cat liver,
rat kidney or gut [A2067]                              The reaction has been observed in rat [A3102].
   Dog liver microsomal enzyme, molecular
weight 50 000, acts on phenol and on the                 5. Oestrone-3-glucuronide
3-position of morphine [H786].
   Rainbow trout liver microsomal enzyme acts          The reaction has been observed in cat, dog,
on T3 and T4, with optimum pH greater than 8.5         guinea pig, hen, human gut, mouse liver
and 6.8 Á/7.8 respectively [J319].                     microsomes, pig liver, kidney and gut, quail,
                                                       rabbit, rat, rhesus monkey and trout
c. Oestrogens                                          [A242, A401, A951, A1040, A1273, A1936,
                                                       A2897, C562, C603, D315, F272, J498, J783]. Rat
  1. 17b-Oestradiol                                    liver enzyme is induced by 3-methylcholanthrene
                                                       (but not by phenobarbital), with a change in
In rat liver microsomes both 3- and 17-                kinetic properties, which suggests that the
glucuronidation occurs [J498] in the ratio 1:2.5,      induced enzyme is different from non-induced
apparently by three different enzymes, each with       enzyme [A1368].
different activities at the two sites; in rabbit the      Rabbit liver oestrone glucuronyltransferase
ratio is 1:20, apparently catalyzed by a single        also conjugates (less effectively) 17b-oestradiol,

                                        UDPglucuronate: baicalein 7-O-glucuronosyltransferase

oestriol, some phenols and (ring) substituted         conjugates N-hydroxyphenacetin and
anilines [F309]. Another study found that the         N-hydroxyacetanilide [C588]. In rat, the reaction
purified microsomal enzyme, solubilized with the      is found in liver and mammary microsomes
non-ionic detergent Emulgen 911, does not             [D273]. p -Chloro-N -hydroxyacetanilide is
conjugate p -nitrophenol [B983].                      another substrate for rat liver enzyme [A1840].

d. Miscellaneous reactions
                                                      N-Glucuronide formation

UDPglucuronate: baicalein 7-O-                        Human embryo kidney UDPglucuronyl-
glucuronosyltransferase                               transferase UGT 1A3 and UGT 1A4
                                                      glucuronidate primary amines including 2-,
Scutellaria baicalensis enzyme is dimeric,            3- and 4-aminobiphenyl, benzidine,
molecular weight 110 000, monomeric molecular         p -phenetidine, aniline, dapsone, 7-amino-4-
weight 52 000 and pI 4.8. It is specific for          methylcoumarin, a- and b-naphthylamine and
baicalein and flavones with a substituent ortho to    2-aminofluorene, but not 2- and 4-aminophenol
the 7-hydroxyl group [K402].                          or secondary amines including diphenylamine
                                                      and demethylclozapine. Demethylimipramine,
Luteolin glucuronosyltransferases                     nortriptyline, tertiary amines, including
                                                      amitriptyline, trifluoperazine,
Rye primary leaves contain the enzymesf               diphenhydramine, pyrilamine,
luteolin 7-O-glucuronosyltransferase                  triflupromazine, loxapine, meperidine,
(E.C., molecular weight 34 000, pI 4.80,   imipramine, and clozapine (both the secondary
optimum pH 6.5 and 8.5 and activation energy 23       and tertiary amino groups) are not substrates
kj/mol which forms luteolin-7-O-b-D-                  [H541, J416].
glucuronide, luteolin-7-O-b-D-glucuronide                In man (where studied, liver microsomes
7-O-glucuronosyltransferase (E.C.,         contain the enzyme activity) quaternary
molecular weight 37 000, pI 4.75, optimum pH          glucuronides are formed by tertiary amine:
6.5 and activation energy 50 kj/mol which forms       UDPglucuronosytransferase with amitriptyline,
luteolin-7-O-b-D-diglucuronide, and luteolin-7-       chlorpheniramine, chlorpromazine,
O-b-D-diglucuronide 4?-O-glucuronosyl-                clomipramine, clozapine, cyproheptadine,
transferase (E.C., molecular weight        diphenhydramine, doxepin, doxylamine,
29 000, pI 4.75, optimum pH 7 and activation          imipramine, lamotrigine, loxapine,
energy 38 kj/mol which forms luteolin-7-O-(b-D-       pheniramine, pyrilamine, trazodone, trimipra-
glucuronosyl(1 0/2)-b-D-glucuronide)-4?-O-b-D-        mine, and tripelennamine as substrates [C614,
glucuronide [K890].                                   E932, F718, F769, G18, G492, H162, J137].
                                                      Antibody studies show that it differs from
                                                      phenol UDPglucuronosytransferase [G509].
Sugar glucuronides                                       Rabbit liver oestrone UDPglucuronyl-
                                                      transferase acts on aniline, 4-aminobiphenyl,
Chenopodium rubrum enzyme acts on                     a- and b-naphthylamine [D288, F309]. A human
feruloylglucose and p -coumaroylglucose, the          liver enzyme, pI 6.2 acts on 4-aminobiphenyl and
latter forming feruloylglucuronosyglucose, with       a-naphthylamine, but another, pI 7.4 acts on
UDPglucuronate as co-substrate [G255].                a-naphthylamine but not on 4-aminobiphenyl
                                                      [F309]. In rat the reaction on a- and
Hydroxylamine glucuronides                            b-naphthylamine has been found in hepatocytes
Human and rat liver act on N-hydroxy-2-                  Although it has been suggested that quaternary
acetamidofluorene [E219, H92]; rabbit liver           glucuronides are formed only in primates, guinea

Lactoside formation

pig glucuronidates lamotrigine on a heterocyclic      Galloyl exchange of glucosides
nitrogen [F763], and rat liver glucuronidates
amitriptyline, imipramine and chlorpromazine          A Quercus robur enzyme, optimum pH 6.0 Á/6.5,
[C614, G492].                                         catalyzes a rapid exchange between glucose and
                                                      1-galloyl-b-D-glucose [K894].

Lactoside formation

Cow (milk) forms the N4-lactoside of                  5.4 Conjugation of thiols
sulphamethazine from the parent compound
                                                      CoA conjugation

                                                          RCOOH'CoA'ATP 0 AcylCoA'AMP
Rhamnoside formation (E.C.
                                                           ' pyrophosphate
Silene dioica (red campion) petal enzyme,             Beef liver mitochondrial enzyme, molecular
molecular weight 45 000 and optimum pH 8.1,           weight 66 000, acts on a series of substituted
acts on cyanidin-3-glucoside with UDP-L-              benzoates, but not on those substituted in the
rhamnose as co-substrate to form cyanidin-3-          o -position, nor on naphthylacetates. This is the
(6ƒ-rhamnosyl)glucoside. It is stimulated by          first step in the formation of hippurates [H740].
Mg2', Mn2' and Co2'. Other substrates are the            Human liver contains two isozymes, both of
3-O-glucosides of pelargonidin and delphinidin;       which conjugate benzoate, p -hydroxybenzoate
cyanidin-3,5-diglucoside is a poorer substrate        and phenylacetate, one conjugates salicylate, but
[B405, B409].                                         only poorly, and the other conjugates a
                                                      naphthylacetate [K220].
                                                         Rat liver microsomal (R )-ibuprofenoyl CoA
                                                      synthetase is identical with long chain acyl CoA
Xyloside formation
                                                      synthetase (E.C., molecular weight
                                                      72 000, which requires ATP and Mg2';
Euonymus alatus leaf UDP-D-xylose: flavonol
                                                      (S )-ibuprofen is inhibitory. The CoA ester is
3-O-xylosyltransferase (E.C., molecular
                                                      involved in chiral inversion of the substrate
weight 48 000, pI 6.1 and optimum pH 7.0, acts
on kaempferol, quercetin and fisetin, but not on
                                                         Cactus (Cephalocereus senilis)
dihydroflavonols [G444].
                                                      (hydroxy)cinnamate: CoA ligase acts on
  Penicillium acts on catechol and xylan to form
                                                      cinnamate, p -coumarate, caffeate,
b-xylosylcatechol and xylobiosylcatechol [J487].
                                                      p -methoxycinnamate and ferulate, but
                                                      not on sinapate [H633].
                                                         Forsythia ferulate: CoA ligase requires ATP
Sinapoylglucose-sinapoylglucose                       and CoA; Mg2' and a thiol are also required for
O-sinapyltransferase (E.C.                 maximal activity. It is an enzyme in the sequence
                                                      that converts ferulate into coniferyl alcohol
Raphanus sativus, molecular weight 55 000 and         [A848].
optimum pH 8.0 does not require cations or               In Glycine max two p -coumarate: CoA ligase
thiols. It catalyzes dismutation of the substrate     isozymes (E.C. have been detected
with activation energy 62 kj/mol to form              [A2271], optimum pH 7.8 and 8.5. Both act on
1,2-di-O-sinapoyl-b-D-glucose; substrates are         cinnamate, o -, m - and p -coumarate, caffeate,
1-sinapoylglucose and 1-feruloylglucose               ferulate and isoferulate, whereas the
[K724].                                               pH 7.8 enzyme acts on sinapate,

                                                                                         CoA conjugation

3,4-dimethoxycinnamate and 3,4,5-trimethoxy-                 In swede p -coumarate: CoA ligase is only
cinnamate. Cis -p -coumarate is only 1 per cent as        found in aged slices, and only one form is
effective as the trans -isomer. The reaction re-          found. It is one of the enzymes in the sequence
quires ATP and a divalent cation (Mg2', Mn2' ,            that converts ferulate into coniferyl alcohol
Co2', or Ni2'; Ca2' and Zn2' are relatively               [A216].
ineffective). Both are susceptible to substrate              Tomato p -coumarate: CoA ligase acts on
inhibition, and it is activated by tris buffer (at less   o -, m - and p -coumarate, caffeate, ferulate and
than 100 mM for the ‘pH 7.8’ isozyme and                  isoferulate, and poorly on m - and p -methoxy-
300 Á/400 mM for the ‘pH 8.5’ isozyme) [A2148].           cinnamates; other cinnamates without a hydroxyl
   Pea seedling contains one major isozyme,               group are not substrates. This enzyme is part of
molecular weight 75 000, and two minor                    the sequence that forms chlorogenate and
isozymes, molecular weight less than 20 000.              5?-(p -coumaroyl)quinate [A3149].
There is some evidence for the interconversion               Willow stem enzyme, molecular weight 57 000
of these forms. Substrates include p -coumarate,          and optimum pH 7, acts on p -coumarate, ferulate
ferulate, caffeate, isoferulate and cinnamate,            and (best) caffeate; cinnamate and sinapate are
but sinapate, 3,4-dimethoxycinnamate and                  not substrates [D466].
p -methoxycinnamate are not substrates. A minor              Desulfitomaculum enzyme acts on several
isozyme acts on all these compounds except                benzoates [K210].
                                                             Mycobacterium phlei o -succinylbenzoate-CoA
cinnamate. Studies with runner bean, Glycine
                                                          ligase (E.C. requires ATP and CoA,
max shoot, aged cucumber, aged marrow,
                                                          with the formation of AMP. It is stable at pH 1
aubergine, red and green pepper and leek show
that each species has its own specificity.
                                                             An enzyme in Penicilliun chrysogenum,
p -Coumarate and isoferulate are substrates in
                                                          optimum pH 6.8, acts on phenylacetate,
all these species, ferulate in all but green pepper,
                                                          phenoxyacetate, o - and p -methylphenoxyacetate,
caffeate in all but aubergine and red pepper,
                                                          but not phenylpropionate. This enzyme is in the
whereas sinapate is a substrate in runner bean,           sequence that leads to the formation of penicillins
G. max and leek, p -methoxycinnamate in runner            [A2291, C483].
bean and leek, but cinnamate is substrate only in            In Pseudomonas p -chlorobenzoate: CoA ligase
G. max and marginally in cucumber [A2514].                (E.C. is a homodimer, subunit molecular
   Three isozymes are found in Petunia, all with          weight 57 000, pI 5.3 and optimum pH 8.4.
optimum pH 7.5 Á/7.8. One acts on p -coumarate            It requires CoA, ATP and a divalent cation
and caffeate, a second on p -coumarate and                (Mg2' , Co2' or Mn2'). Substrates include
sinapate, whereas the third acts on cinnamate,            benzoate, p -halobenzoates, with lower activity on
p -coumarate, ferulate and (poorly) caffeate              some other para -disubstituted benzoates. This is
[A2845].                                                  the first reaction in the sequence that converts
   Poplar stem hydroxycinnamoyl: CoA ligase,              p -chlorobenzoate into p -hydroxybenzoate
which is composed of three isozymes, pI 4.4, 5            [G729, H645, K191], forming p -chlorobenzoyl
and 6.35, acts on p -coumarate, with different            CoA [H216]. A Pseudomonas aromatic acid:
distribution in xylem sclerenchyma and                    CoA ligase contains three isozymes. One is a
parenchyma; there is a correlation between the            dimer, molecular weight 120 000 and optimum
different forms and the monomeric composition             pH 8.5 Á/9.2, another is a monomer, molecular
of the lignins in these tissues [C740].                   weight 60 000 and optimum pH 9.3, and the
   In potato p -coumarate: CoA ligase                     third, molecular weight 65 000 and optimum
(E.C. is found only on ageing after             pH 8.5. They act on benzoate, anthranilate,
slicing the tuber, presumably as a response to            monofluorobenzoates, and the two
injury. Substrates are p -coumarate, ferulate,            monomeric isozymes also act on o -toluate
caffeate, m - and p -methoxycinnamate [A204].             [G342].

Succinyl CoA: benzylsuccinate CoA transferase

   A study in Pseudomonas with phenylacetate as        Succinyl CoA: benzylsuccinate CoA transferase
substrate (phenylacetate: CoA ligase, E.C. found a molecular weight of 52 000 and       Thauera aromatica acts reversibly on (R )-('/)-
optimum pH 8.5 for the enzyme which is                 benzylsuccinate, with succinyl CoA (a common
insensitive to oxygen, confirmed the requirement       CoA donor) as co-substrate, forming (R )-('/)-
for Mg2' or Mn2', and found that ATP is                benzylsuccinyl CoA and succinate. This is an
degraded to AMP and pyrophosphate. The                 early step in the reaction sequence that leads from
enzyme is unstable, and is stabilized by glycerol      toluene to benzoyl CoA [K302].
and/or phenylacetate. Analysis of the N-terminal
sequence showed little congruence with similar
ligases. It is found in cells grown anaerobically in   Cinnamoyl CoA: phenyllactate CoA transferase
the presence of phenylacetate; analogues are
ineffective. Aerobic growth produces low enzyme        Clostridium sporogenes enzyme, molecular
activity [G890]. Another study in P. putida found      weight 46 000 forms cinnamate and
a molecular weight of 48 000 (denatured) and pI        (R )-phenyllactyl CoA from cinnamoyl CoA
5.4 Á/4.9, with a requirement for ATP, CoA and         and (R )-phenyllactate [K534].
Mg2' or Mn2'. Other acids are not substrates
   Pseudomonas putida cinnamoyl: CoA ligase            Glutathione S-aryltransferase (E.C.
has an optimum pH of 6.5 and molecular weight
of 53 000. Good substrates include p -coumarate,          ArR'GSH 0 GSAr'RH;
ferulate and caffeate, whereas m -coumarate, 3,4-           R is usually a halide or nitro group:
methylenedioxycinnamate, p -methoxycinnamate           Human platelet cytosolic enzyme, molecular
and 3,4,5-trihydroxycinnamate are poor                 weight 60 000 and pI 4.65, acts on 1-chloro-2,4-
substrates. A series of other cinnamates are not       dinitrobenzene. It is present in chorial villi, and a
substrates [B298].                                     little is found in amnion [A3953].
   Two isozymes are found in a denitrifying               Japanese and rhesus monkey enzymes act on
Pseudomonas. Both act on anthranilate and              nitro compounds with the release of nitrite.
o -fluorobenzoate; only one isozyme acts on            Substrates (in decreasing order) include
o -toluate, m - and p -hydroxybenzoates.               o -dinitrobenzene, 4-nitroquinoline-N-oxide,
Phenylacetate is substrate for at least one isozyme    3,4-dinitrobenzoate and p -dinitrobenzene, with
[F65]. A study on Pseudomonas has detected             slight or no activity towards other compounds.
anthranilate: CoA ligase (E.C.               Results suggest non-reactivity when the nitro
[K742].                                                group is o - or p - to a carboxyl, hydroxyl or ether
   Rhodopseudomonas palustris benzoate:                group, or m - to a second nitro group [F139].
CoA ligase (E.C. requires Mg2' and              In female mouse, enzyme acting on
ATP, with benzoate, o - and p -fluorobenzoates         1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene is found in liver,
and o -chlorobenzoate as substrates, but               lung and intestine (in reducing order). Activity
other analogues are inactive [E605].                   is low one month after birth and rises to a peak
p -Hydroxybenzoate: CoA ligase (E.C.         at nine months and then falls rapidly to a stable
requires Mg2' and ATP; acetyl CoA is not an            level at 12 Á/13 months, similar to the one month
acetyl donor [F48].                                    level [B875].
   An anerobic syntrophic benzoate-degrading              Pig brain enzyme is composed of four isozymes
culture benzoyl: CoA ligase, molecular weight          that act on a number of nitrobenzenes. The main
about 420 000, subunit molecular weight 58 000         one is dimeric, molecular weight 43 000 and
and optimum pH 8, requires acetyl CoA and              optimum pH 6.5 Á/7.5; its amino acid composition
Mg2'. It acts on benzoate, monofluorobenzoates         has been determined. Substrates include o - and
and some heterocyclic acids [H500].                    p -dinitrobenzene, 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene,

                                                                 Glutathione S-epoxidetransferases

1,2-dichloro-4-nitrobenzene, 2,4-, 2,5- and              Ascaris suum and Moniezia expansa
3,4-dinitrobenzoate, p -nitrobenzyl chloride,          enzymes, molecular weight 37 000 with a broad
2,5-dinitrophenol and p -nitrophenethyl bromide        optimum at about pH 8.3, act on 1-chloro-2,4-
[C901].                                                dinitrobenzene. Activity is stimulated slightly by
   Rabbit enzyme is found in liver, gut and lung.      Co2', and inhibited by Cu2', Fe3' and Hg2'.
Activity is low at birth and increases slowly to the   The product is S-(2,4- (not 2,3- as stated)
adult level by four months. In lung the                dinitrophenyl)glutathione [A3038].
corresponding activity increase is twofold. In
kidney the activity falls 50 per cent at birth,
and then increases threefold to the adult level
at weaning [A2132].                                    Glutathione S-epoxidetransferases
   Rat liver cytosol contains five isozymes that act
on 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene [D303]; based on
fractionation and induction studies, activity on
this compound and on 1,2-dichloro-4-
nitrobenzene appears to be due to different
enzymes. Activity is found in microsomes,              Human enzyme has been fractionated into
mitochondria and cytosol. Phenobarbital induces        isozymes designated p (acidic, pIB/5.5, in
microsomal and cytosolic enzymes, but                  placenta), a Á/o (basic, pI/7.5, in liver) and
3-methylchloanthrene and 2,3,7,8-                      m (neutral, in liver). Substrates studied were
tetrachlorodibenzo-p -dioxin induce only               benzpyrene-4,5-oxide, styrene oxide and
cytosolic enzyme [B702]. Another study detected        pyrene-4,5-oxide. They are distinguished by their
about eight isozymes [A3509]. Rat liver enzyme is      activity on styrene oxide. p-Enzyme substitutes
inhibited by 10(6 M trialkyl- and triaryltin and       the substrate with glutathione proximal to the
triethyllead, but less effectively by dialkyl          aromatic nucleus, a Á/o distal to the nucleus and
analogues or by triethylgermanium [A1664].             m forms both products [E928].
   Enzyme acting on 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene           Human placental enzyme (cytosolic) acts on
                                                       styrene oxide with a broad optimum (pH 8.5 Á/9).
is found in rabbit, guinea pig, hamster, rat, dog
                                                       The activity decreases between 25 weeks gestation
and human bladder [C685].
                                                       and term [C21].
   Enzyme that acts on 1-chloro-2,4-
                                                          In rat liver two isozymes, designated A2 and
dinitrobenzene and/or 1,2-dichloro-4-
                                                       C2, have been separated. The C2 enzyme is
nitrobenzene is found in liver and kidney from
                                                       specific for oxides with (R )-configuration, and is
sheepshead, pinfish, jack crevalle, southern
                                                       high-affinity. (5S, 6R )- and (5R , 6S )-
flounder, winter flounder, Atlantic stingray,          benzanthracene-5,6-oxides, and (4S, 5R )-
bluntnose ray, small skate, nurse shark, spiny         and (4R , 5S )-benzpyrene-4,5-oxides,
lobster and blue crab [B69].                           phenanthrene-9,10-oxide and pyrene-4,5-oxide
   Callinectus sapidus (blue crab) hepatopancreas      all form products solely with the (S, S )-
contains two isozymes, pI 5.7 and 5.9.                 configuration. Analogues with at least one
Substrates include 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene,        aryl-heterocyclic (aza) ring form a lower
p -nitrophenyl acetate, p -nitrobenzyl chloride,       proportion of the (S, S ) product. The A2
bromosulphophthalein and benzpyrene-4,5-               enzyme forms a lower proportion of the (S, S )
oxide. The amino acid composition of both              product for all substrates, and is low-affinity.
isozymes has been determined [E434].                   A further isozyme designated B has a
   Three enzymes from Melanogaster act on              stereospecificity similar to that of A
1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene, but not on styrene        [C472, D235]. Another study found that
oxide or on 2-(p -nitrophenoxy)propene oxide           isozymes A and E act on epoxides [J583]. This
[D303].                                                activity is optimal at pH 10 [D313].

Oxyhaemoglobin as glutathionyltransferase

   In rat lung six isozymes are found, with pI 4.8,     broad specificity for arene and alkene oxides, and
5.3, 6.0, 6.8, 7.2 and 8.8. They are all dimers, with   also acts on styrene sulphide [A2282].
common monomers [D912].                                    Activity is much less in rabbit and man than in
   Rat cytosolic enzyme has been found in liver,        guinea pig [A3678].
lung, testis and heart. These (unfractionated) act         Callinectus sapidus hepatopancreas glu-
preferentially on (R )-configured oxides                tathione S-aryltransferase isozymes also act on
(benzanthracene-5,6-oxide, benzpyrene-4,5-              benzpyrene-4,5-oxide [E434].
oxide, styrene oxide and pyrene-4,5-oxide); in             Enzyme that acts on styrene oxide and
particular, the heart enzyme shows a 93 per cent        benzpyrene-4,5-oxide is found in liver and kidney
selectivity. With (R ,S )- substrates there is little   from Atlantic stingray, black drum, bluntnose
stereoselectivity for the products [D842]. Liver        ray, croaker, dogfish, eel, jack crevalle, king of
and kidney activity is about 5 per cent of the          Norway, large skate, lobster, mangrove snapper,
                                                        mullet, nurse shark, pigfish, redfish, sea bass,
adult level at birth, and increases linearly to the
                                                        sheepshead, small skate, southern flounder,
adult level by 40 Á/45 days [A3043].
                                                        thorny skate and winter flounder [B69]. Activity
   Besides liver and kidney, most rat tissues show
                                                        in liver from teleost species is similar to that in rat
some activity, including ovary and adrenal. Two
                                                        liver, and usually higher than in elasmobranch
major and two or three minor components have
                                                        species [A1694].
been separated, with pI in the range 6.5 Á/7.5
[A143, A1964, A3440, A3678].
   Rat ovary activity increases threefold from
                                                        Oxyhaemoglobin as glutathionyltransferase
birth to near the adult level at 30 days post
partum. In adrenal, activity remains nearly
                                                        In man, 4-dimethylaminophenol forms a series of
constant for the first 60 days, then declines by
                                                        products, triply substituted with glutathione or
about 70 per cent to the adult level. These             thiol groups, apparently at positions 2, 3 and 5,
development patterns differ somewhat depending          with up to three of either group in any one
on whether benzpyrene-4,5-oxide or styrene oxide        product [F138]. Presumably, the thiol products are
are used as substrate, suggesting the presence of       formed by breakdown of glutathione derivatives.
more than one enzyme [A3461].
   Rabbit enzyme (cytosolic) acts on styrene oxide
with highest activity in liver (optimum pH 7), and
                                                        Glutathione S-aralkyltransferase (E.C.
with lesser activity in kidney, lung (optimum pH
7.5) and intestine [A2509]. In liver there is little    In rat, (1-bromoethyl)benzene is converted into
activity at birth; it increases to the adult level at   N-acetyl-S-(1-phenylethyl)-L-cysteine and
weaning. In kidney it increases twofold to the          (2-bromoethyl)benzene into N-acetyl-S-
adult level between birth and weaning. Intestinal       (2-phenylethyl)-L-cysteine, which are final
activity falls at birth, then increases twofold to      products from glutathione conjugates. The
the adult level at weaning. In lung, the increase to    pattern of mercapturate formation is different
the adult level is only small [A2132].                  from that with styrene, suggesting that styrene
   Mouse enzymes are separable into three a-class       formation is not involved [A3708].
isozymes, one p-class isozyme and one m-class
isozyme (based on differing specificities), all of
which conjugate (()-anti - and ('/)-syn -11,12-
                                                        Glutathione conjugation with peroxidase
dihydro-11,12-dihydroxybenzo[g ]chrysene-13,14-
oxide, especially an a-class isozyme designated         A glutathione thiyl radical formed by the action
GSTA1-1 [K270].                                         of peroxidase has been detected, which is believed
   Sheep liver enzyme, molecular weight about           to conjugate with the terminal carbon of styrene,
40 000, requires no cofactors [A143]. It has a          followed by oxidation adjacent to the aromatic

                                                         Glutathione S-aralkylsulphate transferase?

nucleus, to yield the corresponding                    Glutathione conjugation, with cysteine conjugates
dihydrohydroxy compound. In the absence of             as substrates
oxygen several conjugates are formed,
including (R )- and (S )-S-((2-hydroxy-1- and          Mouse acts on the cysteine conjugate of
2-phenyl)ethyl)glutathione [E80, E205].                paracetamol to form the corresponding
N-Acetylbenzidine is a substrate, forming              glutathione conjugate in place of cysteine
N-acetyl-N?-(glutathion-S-yl)benzidine-S-oxide         [D341].

                                                       Glutathione conjugation, with glucuronide as
Glutathione S-aralkylsulphate transferase?
                                                       Rat liver glutathione S-transferases act on
A cytosolic preparation from in rat liver converts     1-O-clofibrylglucuronide to form S-(p -chloro-
7-hydroxymethyl-12-methylbenzanthracene                phenoxy-2-methylpropanoyl)glutathione. The
sulphate into S-((12-methylbenzanthracenyl)-7-         reaction also occurs spontaneously [H141].
methyl)glutathione [B965].

                                                       Glutathione conjugation with tertiary amine
Glutathione conjugation, with esters as substrates
                                                       Cynomolgus monkey acts on melphalan
Five out of eight rat liver enzymes that act on
                                                       (p -(bis(2-chloroethyl)amino)phenylalanine) to
1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene also de-esterify
                                                       form p -(S-glutathionyl)phenylalanine. It is
methylparathion with glutathione as acceptor,
                                                       proposed that the reaction involves the formation
forming S-(p -nitrophenyl)glutathione
                                                       of a cyclic aziridinium (a quaternary) ion. The
[A3509]. Other products are O-methyl-O-
                                                       authors, in support of this mechanism, quote that
(p -nitrophenyl)phosphorothioate, O-(p -
                                                       N,N-dimethyl-p -toluidine is not a substrate, but
nitrophenyl)phosphorothioate and
                                                       trimethyl-p -toluidinium does yield the
S-methylglutathione [E225]. Similar reactions
                                                       corresponding glutathione adduct [E874].
have been detected in human placenta
   Chicken liver enzyme demethylates tetrachlor-
vinphos with glutathione as methyl acceptor            Cysteine conjugation with thiophenol
                                                       E. coli enzyme acts on thiophenol, pyridoxal
                                                       phosphate, ammonium ion and serine to form
                                                       S-phenyl-L-cysteine [J485].
Glutathione conjugation, with ethers as substrates

Pea seedling cytosolic enzyme, optimum pH              Thiol S-methyltransferases (e.g. E.C.
9.3 Á/9.5, acts on 2,4?-dinitro-4-trifluoromethyldi-
phenyl ether and glutathione to form                   Human kidney thiopurine methyltransferase
p -nitrophenol and, probably, S-(2-nitro-4-            (E.C. acts on thiophenol as well as on
trifluoromethyl)glutathione, but several other         amino-, carboxyl-, methoxy-, methyl-,
diphenyl ethers are not substrates. It is inhibited    halogen-, nitro- and acetamido-substituted
by several substituted ureas, aniline derivatives,     thiophenols [C917, D926].
sulphobromophthalein and by substituted                  Rat liver enzyme acts on thiophenols with
diphenyl ethers [A1148].                               S-adenosylmethionine as co-substrate [C121].

S-Adenosylmethionine: thioether S-methyltransferase

   Brassica oleracea thiol methyltransferase is        2-Aminoanthraquinone is formylated in rat
composed of five isozymes, molecular weights           [A3818].
26 000Á/31 000 with optima at pH 5, 6 and 8.              4-Aminobiphenyl, a- and b-naphthylamine,
Substrates include 4,4?-thiobisbenzenethiol,           2-aminofluorene and 1-aminopyrene are
thiosalicylic acid and thiophenol; thiobenzoic         formylated in rabbit, guinea pig and rat, with
acid is a poor substrate, but phenols are not          N-formyl-L-kynurenine as formyl donor. In
substrates [K594].                                     rabbit liver the rate of formylation is greater than
   Tetrahymena thermophila enzyme is                   acetylation. Rat also formylates p -aminophenol,
cytoplasmic, molecular weight 41 000 and               p -chloroaniline, p -toluidine and p -anisidine
optimum pH 7.5. Substrates are thiophenols             [F109]; hepatocytes are active towards
substituted with nitro or chloro groups, as well as    p -aminophenol [K60].
thiosalicylate and thiobenzoate, but phenols and          2-Aminofluorene is formylated by Pacific
anilines are not substrates; S-adenosylmethionine      oyster [F890].
is the co-substrate [E96].                                1-Aminopyrene is formylated both by gut flora
                                                       [F841] and in goldfish [H877].
S-Adenosylmethionine: thioether                           5-Aminosalicylate is formylated in man and
S-methyltransferase                                    pig. Studies with rat liver have shown a
                                                       requirement for N-formyl-L-kynurenine [F924].
Mouse lung enzyme, molecular weight 28 000, pI            2-Formamido-4,6-dinitrotoluene and
5.3 and optimum pH 6.3, is mostly cytosolic, with      4-formamido-2,6-dinitrotoluene are formed
highest activity in lung, but with some in liver. It   from TNT by Phanerochaete chrysosporium
acts mainly on aliphatics, including selenium and      [K202].
tellurium analogues, as well as on thioethers.
Benzyl methyl thioether is a substrate, but the
product has not been identified; by analogy
                                                       Formylation of alkylamines
with dimethylselenide, which forms
trimethylselenonium ion, it would appear to be
                                                       A number of studies in man, rabbit, guinea
benzyl dimethyl sulphide. The reaction is
                                                       pig and rat have demonstrated that
inhibited by sinefungin and by
                                                       4-formamidoantipyrine is formed as a major
S-adenosylhomocysteine [E677].
                                                       product from aminopyrine [A1941, A1942,
                                                       A2362, A2372, B10, H167]. Some authors have
                                                       claimed that it is not clear whether the formyl
5.5 Formation of amides and substituted amides         group arises by formylation of 4-aminoantipyrine
                                                       or by oxidation of a methyl group [A1939]; others
                                                       claim that methyl oxidation is definitely involved
Amide formation
                                                       [A1941]. Presumably 4-methylaminoantipyrine,
                                                       which some studies have detected as a metabolite,
In Streptomyces violaceoniger benzoic acid and
                                                       is the proximal substrate for this putative
a series of substituted benzoates form the
corresponding benzamides [E279].
  Coprinus L-tryptophan oxidase forms indole-3-
acetamide as a subsidiary reaction [K563].
                                                       Formate dihydrofolate ligase (E.C.
Formylation of arylamines                              Human breast cancer and Lactobacillus casei
                                                       enzymes, optimum pH 8.5, require ATP, formate
  RNH2 'N-formyl-l-kynurenine 0                        and Mg2' to form 10-formyldihydrofolate; it is
    RNHCHO'l-kynurenine                                slightly activated by K' [K745].

                                                               Formyltetrahydrofolate synthetase

Formyltetrahydrofolate synthetase (formate           these tissues form diacetyl derivatives only poorly
tetrahydrofolate ligase, E.C.               [A311].
                                                        In rabbit at least two enzymes are found. One,
  THF'ATP'formate 0 10-formylTHF                     ‘hepatic’, found mainly in liver and intestine acts
   'ADP'Pi                                           on sulphamethazine, optimum pH 5.5 Á/7, and an
                                                     ‘extrahepatic’ enzyme, optimum pH 6Á/7 which
Pig liver enzyme is part of a complex composed
of methylenetetrahydrofolate dehydrogenase           acts on p -aminobenzoate, is found in all tissues
(E.C., 10-formyltetrahydrofolate synthe-    studied especially liver and gut. ‘Hepatic’ enzyme
tase (E.C. and methenyltetrahydrofolate     is stable at 48. The study was carried out on both
cyclohydrolase (E.C. The molecular         fast and slow sulphamethazine acetylators, based
weight is 150 000 (gel filtration) or 100 000        on liver activity. The enzyme in spleen and kidney
(gel electrophoresis) [A2844].                       does not correlate with the liver activity and may
  In immature chick, 10-formyltetrahydrofolate       represent another enzyme; gut enzyme appears to
synthetase activity is decreased by about 40 per     be a mixture of both enzymes. ‘Extrahepatic’
cent by folate or oestradiol; these effects are      enzyme is unstable at 48 [A869]. Liver enzyme has
additive [A1680].                                    a molecular weight of 33 500, pI 5.2 and a broad
  In Clostridium cylindrosporum, an enzyme           optimum pH 5.9 Á/8.6. A large number of anilines
that requires Mg2' acts on tetrahydrofolate          are substrates including some substituted in the
reversibly, with ADP and formyl phosphate as         ortho position [E399].
co-substrates, to yield N10-formyltetrahydrofolate      Acetylation of sulphonamides and other
and ATP [E360].                                      amines in rabbits appears to be controlled by an
                                                     autosomal gene, with heterozygotes acetylating
                                                     rapidly, and affected homozygotes (about 25 per
Arylamine acetyltransferase (E.C.           cent of the population) acetylating slowly. There
                                                     are virtually no animals that acetylate at an
  Ar:NH2 'acetyl CoA 0 Ar:NHCOCH3                    intermediate rate. Sulphamethazine forms
                                                     N4-acetylsulphamethazine [A1037].
Procainamide and sulphadimidine are acetylated          Mouse enzyme, molecular weight 31 000, with
in man; about 50 per cent of subjects are fast
                                                     a broad optimum near neutrality, acts on
acetylators, and the remainder are slow [A2562].
                                                     p -aminobenzoate; it is identical with
   Rat and rabbit liver parenchymal cell enzyme
                                                     arylhydroxamic acid: N,O-acetyltransferase
acetylates sulphamethazine, sulphanilamide and
                                                     (E.C. [F174]. The same identity has
p -aminobenzoate; in addition sulphadiazine is
                                                     been demonstrated with a rat liver cytosolic
acetylated in rabbit cells. Non-parenchymal cells
show no activity [B110].                             enzyme, molecular weight 32 000 [H566].
   2,4-Toluenediamine forms 4-acetamido-2-              Hamster liver cytosol contains two isozymes,
aminotoluene and a trace of 2-acetamido-4-           with p -aminobenzoate, 2-aminofluorene and
aminotoluene in liver from hamster, guinea pig,      4-aminobiphenyl as substrates [F114].
rabbit, mouse and rat, with only marginal activity      Rat and sheep pineal enzymes, which act on
in man and none in dog. In hamster, guinea pig,      aniline and p -phenetidine, require acetyl CoA as
rabbit and mouse the diacetyl derivative is also     co-substrate. Two isozymes appear to be present,
formed. The enzyme is cytosolic and requires         one of which acts predominantly on arylamines
acetyl CoA as co-substrate. Mouse enzyme shows       and the other on aralkylamines. The activity of
a broad optimum at pH 7.5; in rat the activity       the former is unaffected by pre-treatment with
decreases steadily from pH 6 to 9, and in rabbit     isoproterenol or cycloheximide [D282].
there is a broad optimum at pH 6 Á/7.5. In hamster      In sheep, acetylation of aniline is observed in
and rabbit the activity is also found in kidney,     rumen, duodenum, jejunum, ileum and colon.
intestinal mucosa and lung, but in some cases        Other substrates include p -aminophenol,

Acetyl derivatives of primary alkylamines

p -aminobenzoate, p -anisidine and p -nitroaniline         Rat pineal enzyme, which is involved in
[A2788].                                                melatonin synthesis, is so unstable that it has
   Chick pineal enzyme acts on aniline,                 proved extremely difficult to isolate [H758]. It
p -phenetidine and 2-aminofluorene, but with            exists in two forms, with molecular weights 10 000
much lower activity towards phenethylamine and          and 95 000, and acts on serotonin [E497].
5-methyoxytryptamine. Activity is also found in            Rat liver enzyme, which acts on tryptamine and
kidney [F694]. Liver enzyme, molecular weight           serotonin, is inhibited competitively by melatonin
about 34 000 and optimum pH about 8.6, acts on          at 10(6 M, whereas the pineal enzyme is not
p -nitroaniline. Its activity is lower than in pigeon   inhibited [A1350].
liver, but higher than in rabbit liver [E384].             Rat and sheep pineal enzyme, which acts on
   Aniline acetylating enzyme requiring acetyl          tryptamine, serotonin, 6-fluorotryptamine and
CoA is found in Bacillus cereus and Cordyceps           5-methoxytryptamine (forming melatonin),
militaris, whereas Arthrobacter, Nocardia,              requires acetyl CoA. Two enzymes appear to be
Pseudomonas, Serratia and a range of other              present, one of which acts predominantly on
Bacillus species are poor sources of the activity.      arylamines and the other on aralkylamines. The
The optimum pH of B. cereus enzyme is 7.0; it is        latter is induced 100-fold by treatment with
not stable above 308. Other substrates include          isoproterenol in rat, and cycloheximide treatment
p -nitroaniline, 3,5-dimethyl-4-nitroaniline,           of sheep reduces nocturnal activity by 90 per cent
p -nitrobenzalhydrazone, 4-amino-4?-                    [D282].
nitroazobenzene, but not a range of other nitro-           Chick pineal acetylates serotonin. At 16 Á/20
anilines and phenylhydrazones. All 41 strains           days age the enzyme shows a diurnal rhythm in
tested in this study showed some activity [E276].       the presence of diurnal lighting. This rhythm is
   Pseudomonas aeruginosa enzyme, which acts            much decreased in constant dark, and is
on 2-aminofluorene, has an optimum pH of 8.5            eliminated in constant light. Its activity increases
[J652].                                                 before hatching and then remains fairly constant,
   Both Enterobacter aerogenes and Aeromonas            irrespective of lighting conditions. In contrast,
hydrophila enzymes, molecular weights 44 900            cerebral and cerebellar activity increases only
and optimum pH 7.5 and 7.0 respectively, act on         marginally between 11 days incubation and adult
2-aminofluorene [J677, J816].                           [A1626].
   Lactobacillus acidophilus enzyme, molecular             Quail duodenum enzyme, optimum pH 5.8,
weight 44 900 and optimum pH 7.0, acts on               acts on tryptamine, serotonin and 5,6-
2-aminofluorene. It is inhibited by Zn2' , Ca2' ,       dihydroxytryptamine [H685].
Mg2', Fe2' and Cu2' . Pre-incubation with                  Macrobrachium rosenberghii (prawn) optic
acetyl CoA protects the enzyme against                  lobe enzyme, optimum pH 6.5, acts on
inactivation by iodoacetamide [K208].                   tryptamine, 5-methoxytryptamine and
   Enterobius vermicularis (nematode) enzyme,           phenethylamine, but it has no action on aniline
molecular weight 44 900 and optimum pH 7.5,             or p -phenetidine [G824].
acts on 2-aminofluorene and is inhibited by                Shrimp acetyl CoA: arylamine
Zn2', Ca2' and Fe2' [K174].
                                                        N-acetyltransferase acts on 2-aminofluorene and
                                                        p -aminobenzoate [K485].
Acetyl derivatives of primary alkylamines                  Drosophila melanogaster nervous system
                                                        enzyme, molecular weight 29 500, acts on
   R:NH2 'acetyl CoA 0 R:NHCOCH3                        tyramine, serotonin and dopamine. Activity is
Rat brain enzyme, which acts on phenethylamine          much greater than for monoamine oxidase or
and tryptamine, requires acetyl CoA. Activity is        catecholamine O-methyltransferase. This, in
evenly distributed throughout all the brain areas       conjunction with high dopa decarboxylase
examined, with the highest activity in cerebellum       activity, directs dopa to the formation of
[A807].                                                 N-acetyldopamine [A643, H758].

                                                                    D-Tryptophan    N-acetyltransferase

   Periplaneta americana indoleamine                     Activity is found towards S-benzyl-L-cysteine
N-acetyltransferase, optimum pH 6.0 and 9 Á/9.5,      in rat liver and kidney microsomes. In males the
is found only in accessory female reproductive        activity at five days after birth is 1 Á/2 per cent of
glands and in head ganglia. It acts on tryptamine     the adult level, but it is somewhat higher in
and serotonin, with acetyl CoA as co-substrate        females. The activity then increases slowly,
[J632, J633].                                         followed by an exponential phase to reach the
   Musca domestica enzyme, which acts on              adult level in liver at 40 days, whereas in kidney
tyramine, is a monomer, molecular weight 27 600,      it exceeds the adult level at 40 days [A3043].
optimum pH 7.2 and pI 5.8 [G914].
   Cockroach testicular enzyme, molecular weight
28 000Á/30 000 (depending on method) and              6-Aminopenicillanic acid Á/ phenylacetyl CoA
optimum pH 6.0, requires acetyl CoA. Substrates       transferase
are tryptamine, serotonin, dopamine,
octopamine, noradrenaline, tyramine and               The pure enzyme from Penicillium chrysogenum
5(?)-methoxytryptamine [H835].                        is identical with 6-aminopenicillanic acid
   An enzyme in Boophilus microplus acts on           phenoxyacetyl CoA transferase. Its optimum pH
octopamine [G780].                                    is 7.0, it requires Mg2', is stimulated by thiols
                                                      and is inhibited by thiol-binding reagents. Both
                                                      aromatic substrates are equally good, but
D-Tryptophan    N-acetyltransferase (E.C.
                                                      p -methylphenoxyacetyl Co A is a less effective
                                                      substrate [D12]. The reaction is an essential step
Saccharomyces cerevisiae enzyme is specific for
                                                      in the formation of penicillins. The enzyme is also
the D-isomer, and probably requires acetyl CoA
                                                      found in Aspergillus nidulans [F646].

L-Aminoacid   acetyltransferase (E.C.        Puromycin N-acetyltransferase

  R:CHNH2 :COOH'acetyl CoA 0                          Streptomyces alboniger enzyme, molecular
    R:CHNHCOCH3 :COOH'CoA                             weight 23 000, acetylates the tyrosyl residue of
                                                      puromycin. It also acts on O-demethylpuromycin
Xanthomonas campestris acetylates
                                                      and its analogue chryscandin [D879].
L-tryptophan, but the reaction is not found in
Pseudomonas syringae [E435].
  In Claviceps purpurea L-tryptophan and
probably L-tyrosine are acetylated [A3655].           Conjugation of carboxylic acids
  Two strains of Cordyceps militaris acetylate
L-tryptophan [A993].
                                                      a. Alanine

                                                      Alanine is conjugated with indole-3-acetate
Mercapturates (acetyl CoA: S-substituted              in crown gall [A2843] and with 2,4-
cysteine N-acetyltransferase, E.C.          dichlorophenoxyacetate in Glycine and
                                                      Zea [A3200].
Many xenobiotics undergo conjugation with
glutathione, and these conjugates can be              b. Arginine
hydrolyzed to the corresponding S-(L-cysteine)
conjugates. They are further metabolized by           Rat brain synaptosome tyrosine-arginine ligase
acetylation to mercapturate (N-acetyl-L-cysteine)     (E.C., molecular weight 240 000 Á/
conjugates. Few studies on the acetylation step       245 000, optimum pH 7.5 Á/9.0 and pI 6.1 Á/6.2,
have been carried out at an enzyme level.             requires ATP and Mg2' to form L-tyrosyl-L-

Conjugation of carboxylic acids

arginine [K857].                                         (Mg2' , Mn2', Fe2') [A2836]. Pea enzyme is
                                                         mainly mitochondrial, from which it is easily
c. Aspartate                                             released. Activity is maximal six to eight days
                                                         after gemination. Spinach leaf enzyme is also
N-Benzoylaspartate is formed in barley from              mitochondrial [A2473]. Pea seedling enzyme,
benzyl alcohol, presumably with benzoate as              molecular weight 56 000 and optimum pH 8.8,
intermediate [A1726].                                    also requires a univalent cation (K', NH4 , '

   Oxindole-3-acetylaspartate and indole-3-                  '                             2'
                                                         Rb ) and a divalent cation (Mg , Mn ) and  2'

acetylaspartate are formed from indole-3-acetate         is specific for dihydropteroate; pteroate and
in a Populus hybrid [H349]. Indole-3-                    tetrahydropteroate are not substrates. It is inhib-
acetylaspartate is formed in Dalbergia                   ited by ADP and Ag'; p -chloromercuribenzoate
dolichopetala seeds [E729], pea, Teucrium                inhibition is reversed by 2-mercaptoethanol
canadense, sycamore, crown gall and Arabidopsis          [A1363, A2240]. E. coli enzyme acts on
[A635, A2843, A3220, E307, J713]. This                   dihydropteroate and requires a univalent cation
reaction in Vicia faba is the first step of a reaction   (K ', NH4 , Rb' ) and a divalent cation (Mg2',
sequence in which the indole nucleus is                      2'
                                                         Mn ). It is specific for dihydropteroate;
oxidized [E437].                                         pteroate, tetrahydropteroate and polyglutamates
   Glycine max conjugates a-naphthylacetate and
                                                         are not substrates, and dihydrofolate is inhibitory
phenylacetate with aspartate. The corresponding
                                                         [A1360, A1362].
acylglucosides appear to be transitory inter-
mediates [A3679].
                                                         g. Glutamine
   Aspartate is conjugated with 2,4-
dichlorophenoxyacetate in Glycine max and
                                                         In man, phenylacetylglutamine is formed from
corn [A3200].
                                                         phenylacetate, and this conjugate is essentially the
d. Benzoyladenylate formation                            only one formed in man with this acid [A128,
                                                         A132, H550]; it is a major urinary component.
This is formed from benzoate in N. crassa [A750].           In addition to man, phenylacetylglutamine
                                                         is formed from phenylacetate in rhesus,
e. Benzoylhydroxylamate formation                        cynomolgus, green, red bellied, mona and
                                                         squirrel monkeys, mangabey, drill, baboon,
This is formed from benzoate and hydroxylamine           capuchin and marmoset [A196].
in N. crassa [A750].                                        Indole 3-acetate is conjugated with glutamine
                                                         in man, Macaca, Cercopithecus, Papio, Saimiri
f. Glutamate                                             Aotus and Cebus, but not in a range of other
                                                         mammals [A274].
In cow and quail, m -phenoxybenzoate is con-                Diphenylacetate is conjugated in rat [C313].
jugated with glutamate [A3194, F838].
   Indole 3-acetate is conjugated with glutamate         h. Glycine and hippurate conjugates; relationship
in Teucrium canadense, Arabidopsis and crown             with other conjugation reactions
gall [A2843, E307, J713]. This conjugate is
formed with 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate in                Many acids are conjugated with glycine, in
Glycine max and corn [A3200].                            particular benzoates; only a small proportion of
   Dihydrofolate synthase (E.C. acts on        those studied are listed here.
dihydropteroate with glutamate and ATP as                  The first step in the formation of hippurates is
co-substrates, to form dihydrofolate and ADP.            formation of CoA conjugates, an ATP-driven
Serratia indica enzyme requires a univalent cation       reaction [H740]. Both these reactions occur in the
(K ', NH4 , Rb ') and a divalent cation                  soluble fraction of liver mitochondria [A1369].

                                                                        Conjugation of carboxylic acids

Lipoate reduces the formation of hippurate; it        is mainly conjugated as acyl glucuronide (but
appears to deplete hepatic CoA [H722].                not in any of the other species studied) and with
   The formation of hippurates is just one of         glutamine. Taurine conjugates are found in
several possible conjugation routes. A study on       monkeys, Mustela and Columbia [A274].
conjugation of phenylacetate in different animal         In man and rat, kidney and liver are sites
species found that in man and both old and new        of glycine conjugate formation [G834, J908].
world monkeys there is a little (none in man)            In rat brain, both benzoate and m -trifluoro-
conjugation with glycine, most conjugation is         methylbenzoate form hippurates [A3730].
with glutamine and a little with taurine. In all         In rat and a number of marsupials benzoyl-
other mammals and birds studied, conjugation          glucuronide is formed as well as hippurate
was observed with glycine, but none with              [D914].
glutamine, and in most cases, some conjugation           Salicylic acid is conjugated with glycine in rat
with taurine. In dog, ferret and mouse, some acyl     [B56], and is an important metabolite of aspirin
glucuronide is formed [A196]. Other studies in rat    [B201]; this is also a finding in many species
found a small proportion diverted to the              including man.
glutamine and glucuronide pathways                       In marmoset the proportion of benzoate
[C308, C381]. Glycine conjugation is found in         conjugated with glycine decreases with increasing
elephant and hyaena [A2387].                          dose [B201].
   In rat, a linear relationship has been demon-         Benzoate is mainly converted by horse into
strated between the polarity of p -substituted        hippurate, with a trace as glucuronide. Salicylate
benzoates and the proportion converted into           is similarly conjugated. 2-Naphthylacetate is
hippurates [F693].                                    primarily conjugated with glycine, with lesser
   Glycine conjugates are formed in ferret from       amounts of glucuronide and taurine conjugate
benzoate, p -nitrobenzoate, phenylacetate,            [B801].
p -chlorophenylacetate, p -nitrophenylacetate,           Lion, civet and genet form hippurate
1- and 2-naphthylacetate and indole-3-acetate,        from benzoate, and in the same species
whereas taurine conjugates are formed from            1-naphthylacetate is conjugated with glycine,
phenylacetate, p -chlorophenylacetate,                whereas taurine and glucuronide conjugates are
p -nitrophenylacetate, 1- and 2-naphthylacetate       formed only in civet and genet [A1312].
and indole-3-acetate. Glucuronides are formed            In pipistrelle bat both benzoate and phenyl-
from benzoate, p -nitrobenzoate, 1- and               acetate are conjugated with glycine [A3356].
2-naphthylacetate and diphenylacetate, but
                                                      i. Glycylvaline
not from indole-3-acetate [A394].
   m -Phenoxybenzoate is conjugated with glycine      m -Phenoxybenzoate forms this conjugate in
in a range of mammals and in mallard, and all of      mallard, but a large number of mammalian
them in addition form the glucuronide, and            species do not exhibit this reaction [B622, B638].
several conjugate it with taurine [B638].             It has also been observed in quail [F838].
   In rabbit, both hippurates and glucuronides are
formed from benzoate, monochlorobenzoates,            j. Leucine
monofluorobenzoates, 3- and 4-methylbenzoates,
                                                      This conjugate is formed with 2,4-dichloro-
p -hydroxy-, p -cyano- and p -methoxybenzoates,
                                                      phenoxyacetate in Glycine max and Zea mays
whereas only glycine conjugates are formed with
nitrobenzoates, aminobenzoates, o -methyl-,
o - and m -hydroxy-, and 4-acetamidobenzoates         k. Lysine
   Indole-3-acetate is conjugated with glycine in a   Benzoate and p -chlorobenzoate form N2-
range of mammals including new world monkeys,         benzoyl-N6-p -chlorobenzoyl- and N6-benzoyl-
but not by old world monkeys or man. In man it        N2-p -chlorobenzoyllysines in chicken [A2253].

Conjugation of carboxylic acids

  Pseudomonas syringae, subspecies savastanoi,     o. Pteroylpolyglutamates
forms indoleacetyl-lysine synthetase
(E.C. [K921].                            Pig liver folylpoly-g-glutamate synthetase
                                                   (E.C. is composed of two isozymes, both
l. Ornithurate and analogues                       with monomeric molecular weight 62 000 and
                                                   optimum pH 9.5. The reaction requires a
Ornithurate is formed from benzoate in chicken,    reducing agent, Mg2' and a monovalent cation;
pheasant and Coturnix [A1156], quail [E516] and    K' is best, with folate, dihydrofolate and
Tuatara [B449].                                    tetrahydrofolate as substrates. The reaction
   Symmetrical ornithine conjugates are formed     sequence is, for instance:
from phenylacetate, p -nitrophenylacetate,             THF ' ATP 0 ADP ' Pi
p -chlorophenylacetate and 1-naphthylacetate in
                                                        ' tetrahydrofolylglutamates
hen, but not in pigeon [A131, A395]. A similar
conjugate is formed with p -chlorobenzoate in         Depending on substrate, the products contain
chicken [A2253].                                   two to seven glutamyl residues, and it appears
                                                   that the glutamate residues are added sequentially
m. Mixed ornithine conjugates                      [E277].
                                                      In E. coli, dihydropteroate is conjugated with
In quail and chicken, m -phenoxybenzoate is        glutamate to yield dihydrofolate; pteroate and
conjugated with N2-acetylornithine at the 5        tetrahydropteroate are not substrates, nor are
position [C40, F838]. Additionally, in chicken     oligoglutamyl analogues. It requires ATP,
benzoate, m -hydroxybenzoate and m -phenoxy-       Mg2' or Mn2' , and NH4 , K ' or Rb2'.

benzoate form small amounts of other ornithine     Tetrahydrofolate yields its mono- and then the
conjugates; N2-benzoyl-N5-m -phenoxybenzoyl,       diglutamyl analogue [A1362].
N5-benzoyl-N2-m -phenoxybenzoyl, N2-benzoyl-          Folylpolyglutamate synthetase (E.C.
N5-m -hydroxybenzoyl and N5-benzoyl-N2-m -         from pig liver acts on pteroates, dihydropteroates
                                                   and tetrahydropteroates with up to seven
hydroxybenzoyl (main conjugate) [E941].
                                                   glutamate residues, building up the chain one unit
   N2-Benzoyl-N5-p -chlorobenzoyl-, N5-benzoyl-
                                                   at a time. The reaction rate decreases sharply with
N -p -chlorobenzoyl-, N2-benzoyl-N5-p -hydroxy-
                                                   increasing chain length [K455].
benzoyl- and N5-benzoyl-N2-p -hydroxy-
benzoylornithine conjugates are formed with a
                                                   p. Serine
mixture of p -chlorobenzoate, benzoate and
p -hydroxybenzoate in chicken [A2253].
                                                   E. coli 2,3-dihydroxybenzoate-serine ligase
                                                   (E.C. acts on L-serine and
n. Phenylalanine                                   pyrocatechuate. Its appearance is prevented by
                                                   the presence of Fe2' [K855].
This conjugate is formed with 2,4-dichloro-
phenoxyacetate in Glycine max and Zea mays         q. Taurine
  E. coli phenylalanine N-acetyltransferase        In rainbow trout, both benzoate and m -phenoxy-
(E.C., optimum pH 8, requires            benzoate form taurine conjugates; benzoate also
acetyl CoA and acts on L-phenylalanine,            undergoes this reaction in bluegill, perch and
L-phenylalanyl-L-tyrosine and some aliphatic       minnow [E582, E911], channel catfish [F554] and
amino acids [K924]. A similar reaction is          in southern flounder [E900].
involved in human phenylketonuria, where              m -Phenoxybenzoate is conjugated with taurine
N-acetyl-L-phenylalanine is a major                in mouse and quail [A3250, C127, C133, F838]. A
metabolite.                                        large study found that marmoset, hamster, ferret,


cat, gerbil and mouse form the taurine conjugate,    N-Malonyltransferases
but this conjugate was not detected in rat, guinea
pig, rabbit, sheep or mallard [B638].                Arachis seedling contains D-tryptophan
   An extensive study with phenylacetate found       N-malonyltransferase (E.C., anthrani-
taurine conjugates in man, old and new world         late N-malonyltransferase (E.C. and
monkeys, bushbaby, slow loris, dog, cat, ferret,     3,4-dichloroaniline N-malonyltransferase
rabbit, mouse, rat, hamster and pigeon, although     (E.C., molecular weights 38 000, 50 000
in most cases this was a minor conjugation route.    and 45 000 respectively [K727].
The reaction was not detected in guinea pig,            Daucus carota catalyzes this reaction with
vampire bat or chicken [A196].                       3,4-dichloroaniline to form N-malonyl-3,4-
   Taurine conjugates are formed in ferret from      dichloroaniline [H118].
phenylacetate, p -chlorophenylacetate,
p -nitrophenylacetate, 1- and 2-naphthylacetate
and indole-3-acetate [A394].                         Peptide formation with heterocyclic amines
   A study with indole-3-acetate found conjuga-
tion with taurine in old and new world monkeys       A calf enzyme acts on phenothiazine to form
(Macaca, Cercopithecus, Papio, Saimiri, Aotus        N-conjugated short chain peptides of phenothia-
and Cebus), Mustela and Columbia, but not in a       zine and 3-hydroxyphenothiazine; the peptide
range of other mammals [A274].                       chains appear to have little similarity in structure
   In pigeon and hen, taurine conjugates             [D410].
are formed with phenylacetate,
p -chlorophenylacetate, p -nitrophenylacetate and
1-naphthylacetate; indole-3-acetate is conjugated
in pigeon [A395].                                    Amidation by transacetylation and
r. L-Tryptophan
                                                     Liver from several mammalian species transfers
This conjugate is formed with 2,4-                   the formyl group from 4-formamidobiphenyl
dichlorophenoxyacetate in Glycine max and            to a- and b-naphthylamine, from
Zea mays [A3200].                                    a-formamidonaphthalene to 4-aminobiphenyl,
                                                     2-aminofluorene and b-naphthylamine, from
s. Tyramine                                          b-formamidonaphthalene to 4-aminobiphenyl,
                                                     2-aminofluorene and a-naphthylamine, and from
Nicotiana tabacum, infected with TMV, contains       1-formamidopyrine to 4-aminobiphenyl [F109].
cytosolic feruloyl CoA: tyramine N-feruloyl CoA         5-Aminosalicylate is formylated in rat and
transferase (E.C., molecular weight       human liver. In rat the reaction proceeds when
45 000. It has a broad specificity, with             the reactants are fortified with N-formyl-L-
octopamine, dopamine, noradrenaline, 3-              kynurenine, which suggests that the reaction is a
                                                     transformylation [F924].
methoxytyramine, tyramine, phenethylamine and
                                                        E. coli amino acid transacetylase transfers an
(poor) p -sympatol as acyl receptors, and the CoA
                                                     acetyl group from a range of N-acetyl-L-amino
conjugates of ferulate, cinnamate, p -coumarate,
                                                     acids to L-phenylalanine [K924].
sinapate, dephosphoferuloyl CoA and feruloyl-4?-
phosphopantetheine as donors [D558, F72].

t. Valine                                            N-Carbamoylation

Indole-3-acetate is conjugated with valine in        Dog metabolizes methylphenidate to form the
crown gall [A2843].                                  corresponding carbamide [C14].

Phosphate ester formation

5.6 Phosphorylation reactions                         FMN adenylyltransferase (E.C.

                                                          FMN'ATP 0 FAD'pyrophosphate
Phosphate ester formation
                                                      This activity is found in rat and mouse [A919,
                                                      A3780]. In plants it is activated by Mg2' and
Although O-phosphorylation by protein kinases
                                                      slightly by Zn2'; it is found in Arachis hypogea,
is a well-established mechanism for activation of
                                                      Cajanus indicus, Cannavalia gladiata, Cicer
enzymes, few studies have detected the formation
                                                      arietinum, Dolichos lablab, D. biflorus, Ipomoea
of phosphate esters in phase 2 metabolism of
                                                      batatas, Papaver sativum, Phaseolus radiatus,
xenobiotics; this may be a consequence of tech-
                                                      Ricinus communis, R. mungo, Sesamum indicum
nical problems in handling phosphate ester
                                                      and Solanum tuberosum [K828].
   Man, monkey and rat form phosphate esters
from N-hydroxy-2-acetamidofluorene [A2086].
   In sheep, phenol is converted into phenol and      (2,3-Dihydroxybenzoyl)adenylate synthase
quinol phosphates [A3717]. In cat phenol is           (E.C.
phosphorylated, but not naphthols [A2].
   In housefly, and probably in grass grub and        E. coli enzyme, molecular weight 59 000 requires
blowfly, both 1-naphthol and p -nitrophenol yield     ATP, releasing pyrophosphate. It also acts on
phosphate and glucoside-6-phosphate esters            several o -hydroxybenzoates, but not on other
[A1604]. These reactions have also been detected      analogues [K830].
with p -nitrophenol in cockroach, stick insect,
mealworm, Porina and wax moth larvae, house-
fly, blowfly and earwig, except that the glucoside    Actinomycin synthetase I
ester has not been detected with mealworm and
Porina [C494].                                        Streptomyces antibioticus enzyme acts on ATP
                                                      and 3-hydroxy-4-methylanthranilate to form
Phenylalanine adenylyltransferase (E.C.     3-hydroxy-4-methylanthraniloyladenylate, with
                                                      the release of pyrophosphate. This reaction is in
Penicillium cyclopium acts on ATP and                 the sequence that leads to the formation of
phenylalanine to form N-adenylylphenylalanine         actinomycin D [G791].
and pyrophosphate; it appears to be an
intermediate in the formation of cyclo-
(anthaniloyl-phenylalanyl) [K906].                    Protein-tyrosine kinase (E.C.

Anthranilate adenylyltransferase (E.C.      This enzyme is found in chicken and man; it is
                                                      enhanced by infection with Rous sarcoma virus
Penicillium cyclopium acts on ATP and                 [K918]. Rat membrane vesicle enzyme requires
anthranilate to form N-adenylylanthranilate and       ATP as phosphorylating agent, and is enhanced
pyrophosphate; it appears to be an intermediate       by low Zn2' concentrations; it phosphorylates
in the formation of cyclo-(anthaniloyl-               the tyrosine residues of several proteins [K918,
phenylalanyl) [K906].                                 K919].

Flavokinase (E.C.
                                                      Phenylalanine tRNA ligase (E.C.
  Riboflavin 0 FMN
This reaction has been detected in rat [A919,         This activity has been detected in rat liver and
C145, E406].                                          Saccharomyces cerevisiae [K941].

                                                                              Tyrosine tRNA ligase

Tyrosine tRNA ligase (E.C.                weight 23 000 [G171]. Another study found the
                                                   molecular weight to be 25 000, with pI 5.3 [F795].
Pea root contains two isozymes, molecular          A further study on placenta isolated an enzyme,
weights about 50 000 and 70 000, which require     molecular weight 49 000 and pI 5.0 [A2905].
ATP and Mg2'. It acts on tRNA from plants             Human liver, brain and placental enzymes are
and beef, but not E. coli [K825].                  composed of two isozymes, similar to the
                                                   corresponding rat enzyme (molecular weights
                                                   24 000 and 47 500, with pI 4.9 and 4.8, and Stokes
Tryptophan tRNA ligase (E.C.              radii 2.01 and 2.87 nm respectively). These forms
                                                   are not inter-converted, and are considered to be
Beef pancreas enzyme, molecular weight 110 000     genetically different [A3793].
appears to be a tetramer composed of 2 pairs of       In man and rat, the small intestinal enzyme is
similar chains [K854].                             found in mucous membrane and muscle layers, in
                                                   fractions, both particulate and soluble [E693].
                                                      In pig liver, methylation of dopac is inhibited
                                                   competitively by 2,3-dihydroxypyridine, which is
5.7 Ether formation                                not a substrate [C211]. Substrates include
                                                   D-adrenaline, benserazide, carbidopa,
                                                   5-S-(L-cysteinyl)-L-dopa, a-difluoromethyldopa,
Catechol O-methyltransferase (COMT,                D- and L-dopa, dopac, a-fluoromethyldopa and
E.C.                                      a-methyldopa [B813]. In liver and brain, the
                                                   enzyme is cytosolic only, and is evenly distributed
  Ar:(OH)2 'SAM 0 Ar:OH:OMe                        throughout brain [A2977]. Antibody and other
                                                   studies suggest that the brain and liver enzymes
a. Animals                                         are identical [A3550].
                                                      In pig kidney, the activity rises steadily from 10
This reaction is one of the major pathways by      days before birth to 70 days post partum. In
which the catecholamine hormones are inacti-       heart, maximal activity is found around birth,
vated. It is of particular importance in           after which it declines slightly. In spleen it peaks
Parkinson’s disease, in which the synthesis of     15 days post partum, and then declines by 40 per
dopamine is seriously compromised by               cent. In brain the activity fluctuates around birth,
destruction of dopaminergic neurones. Inhibition   and then remains steady from two weeks post
of COMT would potentially reduce the losses of     partum. In adrenal, activity doubles at birth and
dopamine, with possible alleviation of symptoms;   then slowly declines [A1569].
some nitrocatechol substrate analogues are            In mouse liver, 70 per cent of the activity is
strongly inhibitory.                               associated with the plasma membrane [A345].
   Human brain enzyme, which is 55 Á/80 per cent      Rat cerebral microvessels show activity,
microsomal, acts on noradrenaline and dopamine     considered to be extraneuronal [A3619]; it is both
[B118]. Its activity is scarcely altered in        soluble and membrane-bound [C477]. Two forms
parkinsonism [A381].                               of liver enzyme are found, molecular weight
   Human erythrocyte enzyme is inhibited by        25 000 and pI 5.1; they differ in internal
S-adenosylhomocysteine [A2956].                    disulphide bonding [F795, F797]. The ratio of
   Human liver and placental enzymes act on        activity in liver, brain and eythrocytes is 100:10:1,
noradrenaline, adrenaline, dopamine and            with optimum pH 9, 8.2 and 9 respectively. The
isoproterenol in the meta position. The Km for     ratio of meta to para methylation is similar in
the placental enzyme is lower than for the liver   brain and erythrocyte, and different from that in
enzyme [A3831]. Placental enzyme, which is         liver. A number of substituted catechols are
activated by cysteine, is monomeric, molecular     substrates [A2817].

Catechol O-methyltransferase

   Rat liver enzyme, optimum pH 7.3 Á/8.2,             pH, but for amine substrates the ratio decreases
requires Mg2' and is inhibited by Ca2'.                with increasing pH. In this study the ratio was
Protocatechuate is both meta and para -                independent of enzyme source (three rat strains,
methylated [A56, C169]; this is also observed          guinea pig, rabbit, mouse and monkey), and was
with caffeate [A187]. After purification by affinity   the same for particulate and cytosolic enzymes (in
chromatography, its molecular weight is 23 000,        contrast with above results), but it depended on
and the pure enzyme is very unstable [A340].           the concentration of divalent ions. Polar
A minor isozyme has molecular weight 47 500.           side-chain substituents inhibit p -substitution
The major and minor isozymes have pI 4.9 and           [A486]. Resorcinols are not substrates [A724].
4.8, and Stokes radii 2.01 and 2.87 nm respec-            Rabbit, rat and guinea pig lung enzymes, which
tively [A3793]. Another study found two                require Mg2' , act on l -proterenol, optima pH 7.2
isozymes, pI 4.66 (main) and 4.54, both optimum        for microsomal enzyme and broad (7.5 Á/9) for
pH 7.8 Á/8.2 [A1408]. An insoluble isozyme with        soluble enzyme [A115].
optimum pH 8.5, molecular weight 21 000 and a             Tetrahymena pyriformis enzyme is cytosolic
requirement for Mg2', is similar to cytosolic          [A3131].
enzyme after solubilization [A2586]. It is                A theoretical analysis of the action of COMT
inhibited by a series of 3-nitrocatechols with IC50    has been undertaken [B545].
about 10 Á/500 nM and, less effectively, by
4-nitrocatechols and 3-cyanocatechols with an          b. Plants.
electron-withdrawing group meta to the nitro
group or other substituent. For 3-nitrocatechols,      Alfalfa root nodule enzyme, molecular
best inhibition occurs when the substituent is         weight about 103 000, acts on caffeate and
n -pentoyl or conjugated heterocyclic groups of        5-hydroxyferulate [B487].
ester and amide types. Many of these compounds            Apple fruit enzyme, molecular weight 78 000,
are relatively non-toxic, which makes them             pI 5.25 and optimum pH 6.8, acts on a range of
potentially useful as drugs for sparing dopamine       catechols, including cinnamates and flavonoids.
in the treatment of parkinsonism [E923].               The report implied that Mg2' is not required for
A particularly good inhibitor is RO-4-4602,            activity [D258].
which is effective at 10 (5 M [A2585].                    Aspen xylem enzyme, molecular weight 40 000,
   Rat lung, kidney, liver and brain enzymes are       acts on caffeate and 5-hydroxyferulate [G624].
both membrane-bound and cytosolic. Using                  Bambusa contains caffeate O-
dopamine and protocatechuate as substrates the         methyltransferase (E.C., pI 4.61 [A169].
meta /para ratio for methylation is four to six with      Brassica oleracea enzyme contains two
cytosolic enzyme, but higher with membrane             isozymes, both with molecular weight 42 000 and
enzyme (8 Á/60). Dopamine shows higher ratio           optimum pH 7.6, but with different pI. They are
values than other substrates. The ratio increases      not activated by cations. Substrates include
as substrate concentration is reduced, particularly    caffeate, 5-hydroxyferulate, quercetin, 3,4,5-
for dopamine [D297].                                   trihydroxycinnamate and esculetin, but not
   Rat erythrocyte enzyme is both particulate and      chlorogenate or protocatechuate [F367].
cytosolic, optimum pH about 8.1 [A457]. Two               Chrysosplenium americanum enzyme,
cytosolic isozymes are found, with pI 4.70 for the     molecular weight 65 000, pI 5.4 and optimum pH
particulate enzyme [A1408], they exhibit a similar     7.5 Á/8.5, requires Mg2' and methylates the
specificity, requirement for Mg2' and optimum          3? position of 3,7-di-O-methylquercetagetin
pH, but they differ in thermal stability and Km        [B832, C579].
[A1382].                                                  Cortaderia selloana (pampas grass) enzyme
   A major study with liver enzymes examined           acts on caffeate to yield only ferulate.
meta and para methylation. For neutral and             Protocatechuate is methylated in both positions;
acidic substrates, the m /p ratio is independent of    meta -methylation activity is largely destroyed by

                                                                         Phenol O-methyltransferases

heating the enzyme preparation at 458, whereas          optimum pH about 9.7 requires Mg2'. Luteolin
para -methylation is retained [A187].                   and its 7-glucoside are the best substrates; other
   Daucus carota S-adenosylmethionine: caffeoyl         catechols have a much lower affinity [K805].
CoA 3-O-methyltransferase (E.C.                 Petunia hybrida petal anthocyanin
requires Mg2'; other catechols are inactive, but        methyltransferase is cytosolic, converting
caffeoyl-3?-dephosphoCoA is a substrate. It is          cyanidin into paeonidin [C743].
inhibited by S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine                     A poplar hybrid (tremula/alba) caffeoyl CoA
[F94, K731].                                            O-methyltransferase is found in all lignifying cells
   Glycine max culture yields two isozymes of           [K625]. Populus trichocarpa enzyme is composed
caffeate O-methyltransferase (E.C.; one       of two isozymes [K516].
is unstable at 48. The stable one, which acts on           Spinach beet caffeate O-methyltransferase
caffeate (forming ferulate) and 5-hydroxyferulate,      (E.C., optimum pH 6.5 does not require
is considered to be involved in lignin formation,       Mg2'; it has a broad specificity [A2315].
and the other, which acts on luteolin and                  Trillium apetalon leaf enzyme is dimeric,
quercetin, to be involved in flavonoid synthesis        molecular weight 78 000, optimum pH 7 and pI
[A2434, K728].                                          5.3. It is stimulated by EDTA and dithiothreitol,
   Lotus corniculatus flower bud enzyme, pI 5.1         and is inhibited by p -chloromercuribenzoate,
and optimum pH 7.7, acts on position 3? of              iodoacetate and by several divalent heavy metal
flavonols [C905].                                       ions [K250].
   Nicotiana leaf contains three isozymes,                 Vitis vinifera S-adenosylmethionine: cyanidin-
molecular weights 90 000, 93 000 and 100 000,           3-glucoside 3?-O-methyltransferase, optimum pH
with pI 4.80, 5.21 and 4.74 respectively, is stable     7.7 Á/9.8, requires Mg2'. It is less active towards
at 08. Most substrates are methylated at the meta       cyanidin than its glucoside [H886].
position, but with some p -substitution for                Zea mays S-adenosylmethionine: quercetin-3?-
protocatechualdehyde, esculetin and                     O-methyltransferase, optimum pH 8.5, requires
protocatechuate; in the latter case p -substitution     dithioerythritol, and Mg2' or Mn2'. Eriodic-
predominates with the ‘pI 5.21’ enzyme [B490].          tyol, quercetin and luteolin are substrates [F173,
Many catechols are substrates [A3778]. Cell             G223].
cultures also have a broad specificity; isozymes,
molecular weights 70 000 and 74 000, and                c. Microorganism
optimum pH 8.3 and 7.3, respectively, have been
detected. In this study caffeate was methylated         Streptomyces griseus enzyme, molecular weight
primarily in the m -position, for esculetin the ratio   36 000, pI 4.4 and optimum pH 7.5 requires
was near unity, and for quercetin p -substitution       Mg2'. Substrates include simple catechols and
predominated. In each case the ‘pH 8.3’ enzyme          esculetin [K652].
p -methylated to a greater extent than the ‘pH 7.3’
enzyme [A3437, A3757].
   Parsley S-adenosyl-L-methionyl: caffeoyl CoA         Phenol O-methyltransferases (E.C.
3-O-methyltransferase (E.C.,
molecular weight 48 000, pI 5.7 and optimum pH          a. Animals
7.5, requires Mg2' , and is activated by fairly high
concentrations of phosphate or by tris and              Human erythrocyte stroma activity (with
sodium chloride; EDTA, Mn2' and Ca2' are                p -acetamidophenol as substrate) correlates highly
inhibitory. Methyl caffeate, chlorogenate,              with aliphatic S-methyltransferase (E.C.,
rosmarinate and trans -5-O-caffeoylshikimate are        suggesting that they are the same enzyme. The
also substrates, but not caffeate [F160].               optimum pH is 9.0, and it is stable at room
   Parsley luteolin O-methyltransferase (E.C.           temperature. It does not require Mg2', and is, molecular weight about 48 000 and            not inhibited by Ca2', but tropolone and

Phenol O-methyltransferases

S-adenosylhomocysteine are inhibitory                 methylation on the benzyl moiety. It is highly
[A2956, C741].                                        specific; it does not act on
   Rabbit, rat and guinea pig lung enzymes act on     (R )- or (S )-norlaudanosoline, laudanosoline,
phenol and phenols substituted with one or two        simple phenols, flavanoids or coumarins,
methyl groups (all possible structures were           amongst others [D76].
tested), or with ethyl and bromo groups [A115].          Berberis koetineana S-adenosyl: 3?-hydroxy-
   Rat liver mitochondrial 5-demethylubiqui-          N-methyl-(S )-coclaurine-4?-O-methyltransferase
none-9 methyltransferase which requires               (E.C., molecular weight 40 000 and
S-adenosylmethionine is found on the inner            optimum pH 8.5, is highly specific for the
membrane [A3084].                                     (S )-isomer. It acts on other analogues, such as
                                                      norlaudanosoline and (S )-3?-hydroxycoclaurine.
b. Plants                                             The enzyme is not separable from
                                                      6-O-methyltransferase activity [F854].
Alfalfa (Medicago) and licorice (Glycyrrhiza)            Berberis wilsoniae and B. aggregata
chalcone 2?-O-methyltransferases require S-           S-adenosyl-L-methionine: columbamine
adenosylmethionine and act on isoliquiritigenin       O-methyltransferase (E.C., molecular
and licodione respectively (H908].                    weight 52 000 and optimum pH 8.9 are vesicle-
   Alternaria alternata alternariol O-methyl-         bound enzymes that methylate columbamine at
transferase, molecular weight 43 000, requires        the 2 position to form palmatine, but they are
S-adenosylmethionine [G473]. A. tenuis enzyme,        inactive towards tetrahydrocolumbamine [E268].
molecular weight 110 000 and optimum pH 8.0           This activity is highly specific [E256].
requires Mg2' [E301].                                    Berberis (S )-scoulerine 9-O-methyltransferase
   Apple fruit enzyme (quercetin O-methyltrans-       (E.C., molecular weight 63 000 and
ferase), which has a requirement for Mg2', acts       optimum pH 8.9, requires S-adenosylmethionine
on the 3 position of quercetin, and the 7 position    to form (S )-tetrahydrocolumbamine [D581].
of 3-O-methylquercetin. It has a structural              Calamondin orange (Citrus mitis) has been
requirement for 3?,4?-dihydroxy groups for            demonstrated to contain, besides catechol
substrate activity. The molecular weight is 47 000,   O-methyltransferase, enzymes that O-methylate a
shows a double optimum pH at 7.3 and 8.3 and          range of flavones and isoflavones at the 4?, 5, 6, 7
pI 4.9 [D258].                                        and 8 positions, and possibly at the 3? position,
   Argemone platyceras S-adenosylmethionine:          including substrates with methoxy substituents
(R )- and (S )-norlaudanosoline 6-O-methyl-           [A3987].
transferase (E.C., molecular weight           Catharanthus roseus 11-O-demethyl-17-O-
47 000 and optimum pH 7.5, acts on the 6- and to      deacetylvindoline O-methyltransferase
a small extent, the 7-position of norlaudanoso-       (E.C. is highly specific, and is involved
line. It does not act on other classes of phenols.    in the formation of vindoline [K729].
This activity is also found in Adlumia fungosa,          Chrysosplenium americanum flavonol
Argemone intermedia, Berberis henryana, B.            3-O-methyltransferase (E.C., molecular
wilsoniae, B. stolonifera, Chelidonium majus,         weight 65 000, pI 4.8 and optimum pH 7.5 Á/8.5,
Cissampelos mucronata, Corydalis sempervirens,        requires S-adenosylmethionine and Mg2'. It acts
C. pallida, Eschscholtzia tenuifolia, Fumaria         only on the 3-position of quercetin. The activity is
officinalis, Glaucium flavum, Papaver                 also found in Calamondin orange and Nicotiana
somniferum, Thalictrum tuberosum and                  [B830, B832, C579].
T. sparsiflorum [D77]. A. platyceras                     Chrysosplenium americanum flavonol
S-adenosylmethionine: 6-O-                            6-O-methyltransferase, molecular weight 65 000,
methylnorlaudanosoline 5?-O-methyltransferase         pI 5.7 and optimum pH 7.5 Á/8.5, requires
(E.C.; it should be called 3?-              S-adenosylmethionine and Mg2'. It acts on
methyltransferase) forms nororientaline, with         3,7-di-O-methyl- and 3,3?,7-tri-O-

                                                                      Phenol O-methyltransferases

methylquercetagetin. Similar activity on quercetin      Lentinus lepideus enzyme O-methylates the
is also found in orange and tobacco [B830, B832,     methyl esters of p -coumaric and sinapic acids, but
C579].                                               is inactive towards the acids themselves and the
   Cicer arietinum culture isoflavone 4?-methyl-     corresponding methyl benzoates [A214].
transferase (E.C., molecular weight           Lotus corniculatus flower bud enzyme, pI 5.5
110 000 and optimum pH 9, is specific for 4?-        and optimum pH 7.9 or 8.1, acts on the
hydroxyisoflavones such as daidzein. It is inhib-    8-position of 8-hydroxykaempferol and
ited by heavy metals, p -chloromercuribenzoate       8-hydroxyquercetin (E.C. The enzyme
and S-adenosylhomocysteine. It is considered to      contains a labile thiol group and requires
be an ordered bi bi reaction with S-adenosyl-        S-adenosylmethionine, Mg2'; EDTA is inhibi-
methionine and S-adenosylhomocysteine as             tory [C905, D904].
leading reaction partners [A1493].                      Yellow lupin root isoflavone 5-O-methyl-
   Citrus aurantium S-adenosylmethionine:            transferase, molecular weight 55 000, pI 5.2 and
eriodictyol 4?-O-methyltransferase, molecular        optimum pH 7, requires S-adenosylmethionine,
weight 52 000 and optimum pH about 7.5 is            but not Mg2'. Substrates include genistein,
activated by Mg2' or by EDTA [H591].                 derrone, 2?-hydroxygenistein, the 8-prenyl
   Coptis japonica S-adenosylmethionine:             analogues 2,3-dehydrokievitone (best),
3?-hydroxy-N-methylcoclaurine-4?-O-methyl-           lupiwighteone, and exhibit some activity towards
transferase, molecular weight 80 000 and             caffeate and 2?-hydroxy-3?-prenylgenistein [F182].
optimum pH 8.0 is dimeric and forms reticuline          Medicago sativa isoflavone 7-O-methyl-
                                                     transferase acts on daidzein, genistein and other
by an ordered bi bi reaction. It also acts on
                                                     analogues [G322].
(R ,S )-laudanosoline and (R ,S )-
                                                        Ocimum basilicum (basil) SAM: chavicol
norlaudanosoline, and is inhibited by several
                                                     O-methyltransferase (SAM: allylphenyl
divalent cations [K572]. (R ,S )-Norcoclaurine 6-
                                                     O-methyltransferase), optimum pH 7.5, acts on
O-methyltransferase (E.C., molecular
                                                     chavicol but not eugenol, with high activity
weight 95 000 and pI 4.7 is dimeric, and requires
                                                     almost exclusively in young leaves. Another
S-adenosylmethionine to form coclaurine by a
                                                     cultivar shows activity towards both chavicol and
bi-bi ping-pong mechanism. It is inhibited by        eugenol [K692].
divalent cations [D77, K785].                           Parsley culture S-adenosymethionine:
   Daucus carota root 6-hydroxymellein               xanthotoxol and bergaptol methyltransferases
O-methyltransferase (E.C., molecular      (E.C. and respectively) form
weight 76 000, pI 5.7 and optimum pH 7.5 Á/8.0,      xanthotoxin and bergapten respectively [D983].
requires S-adenosylmethionine for methylation at        Pimpinella anisum S-adenosylmethionine: anol
the 6-position, and is inhibited by both reaction    O-methyltransferase acts on anol, an obligatory
products. It is not found in fresh root, but is      intermediate in the formation of
induced by the action of, for instance,              epoxypseudoisoeugenol 2-methylbutyrate. Other
2-chloroethylphosphonic acid [J13, K730].            substrates include eugenol, chavicol, dihydroanol
   Eschscholtzia californica 10-hydroxydihydro-      and vanillin, but p -methoxycinnamyl alcohol,
sanguinarine 10-O-methyltransferase                  p -coumarate and p -coumaryl alcohol are not
(E.C., molecular weight 49 000 and        substrates [J188].
optimum pH 8.5 is highly specific, forming              Pisum S-adenosylmethionine:
dihydrochelirubine [K777].                           6a-hydroxymaackiain 3-O-methyltransferase is
   Glycyrrhiza echinata licodione 2?-O-methyl-       composed of two isozymes, molecular weights
transferase (E.C. is specific for the      43 000 and 66 000 and pI 4.9 and 5.2, respectively,
o -hydroxyl group; another substrate is              with optimum pH 7.9 [F396].
isoliquiritigenin, but other compounds are poor         Prunus flavonoid 7-O-methyltransferase,
substrates [K886].                                   molecular weight 36 000, pI 4.1 and optimum pH

Iodophenol O-methyltransferase

7.5, acts on sophoricoside, genistein and             metals [K266]. Sterigmatocystin 6-O-methylase
quercetin [G982].                                     (E.C. is also found [K732].
   Rice (Oryza sativa) flavone 7-O-                      Aspergillus terreus emodin O-methyl-
methyltransferase acts on naringenin, apigenin,       transferase is probably a hexamer, molecular
luteolin and kaempferol as well as caffeate;          weight 332 000, pI 4.4 and optimum pH 7 Á/8 that
isoflavones are not substrates. The enzyme is only    requires S-adenosylmethionine to form questin.
found in UV-irradiated plants [J190].                 It is highly specific [G633], but the close
   Robinia pseudoacacia seedlings and other           analogues, catenarin, v-hydroxyemodin and
plant parts contain apigenin 4?-O-                    2-chloroemodin are also substrates, all with
methyltransferase (E.C., optimum pH         S-adenosylmethionine as co-substrate [C334].
9.0; it forms acacetin [C100].                           Mycobacterium O-methylates pentachloro-
   Ruta graveolens enzyme, molecular weight           phenol, tetrachloroquinol and tetrachloro-
85 000Á/110 000 (more than one enzyme?) is            catechol [A3330, D137].
specific for the 5 and 8 positions of bergaptol and      A Phanerochaete chrysosporium
                                                      O-methyltransferase, a homodimer, molecular
analogues. The substrates studied were bergaptol,
                                                      weight 71 000, requires S-adenosylmethionine.
xanthotoxol, 5-hydroxyxanthotoxin (optimum
                                                      It acts on isovanillate, protocatechuate,
pH 7.3 Á/8) and 8-hydroxybergapten (optimum pH
                                                      m -hydroxybenzoate, gallate and several other
8.5 Á/9) [A3572].
                                                      hydroxybenzoates, specifically methylating at the
   Silene pratensis isoorientin 3?-O-methyltrans-
                                                      meta position [J339].
ferase (E.C. forms isoscoparin [C351].         A Phanerochaete chrysosporium enzyme is
   Thalictrum bulgaricum 12-hydroxydihydro-           monomeric, molecular weight 53 000 with
chelirubine 12-methyltransferase (E.C.     optimum pH 7 Á/9. A series of potential simple
is specific, forming dihydromacarpine; it is          phenolic substrates has demonstrated a structural
probably cytosolic. A 10-methyltransferase is also    requirement for an ortho or para substituent for
found [K776].                                         significant activity, but not all compounds with
   Thalictrum minus S-adenosylmethionine:             this structure are substrates [G782].
norcoclaurine 6-O-methyltransferase is a dimer,          Rhodococcus chlorophenolicus O-methylates
molecular weight 72 000, pI 4.3 and optimum pH        several halogenated quinols [E761].
9.0, and is inhibited by S-adenosylhomocysteine          Saccharomyces cerevisiae hexaprenyl dihy-
[H578].                                               droxybenzoate methyltransferase (E.C.
   Tinospora cordifolia and a number of other         acts on 3-hexaprenyl-4,5-dihydroxybenzoate and
plant genuses contain (R ,S )-norcoclaurine           S-adenosylmethionine; the nucleotide sequence
6-O-methyltransferase (E.C.                has been determined [K781].
                                                      Iodophenol O-methyltransferase (E.C.
c. Microorganisms
                                                      The reference provided supporting this E.C.
Aspergillus parasiticus demethylsterigmatocystin      numbered reaction is incorrect; it has not been
O-methylase (E.C., molecular weight        possible to find alternative bibliography.
150 000, monomeric molecular weight 43 000, pI
4.4 and a broad optimum pH 6.5 Á/9, appears to        Hydroxyindole O-methyltransferase (E.C.
methylate dihydrodemethylsterigmatocystin as a
second substrate [J511]. The enzyme is                This enzyme catalyzes an essential step in the
composed of two types of subunit and requires         formation of the pineal hormone melatonin from
S-adenosylmethionine [E964] to catalyze a key         N-acetylserotonin, which, among other activities,
reaction in the formation of aflatoxins. It is        is involved in controlling the biological clock in
inhibited by thiol-binding reagents and heavy         vertebrates.

                                                                    Tocopherol O-methyltransferase

   Both beef and chicken pineal enzymes are            Tetrahydrocolumbamine 2-O-methyltransferase
dimeric, monomeric molecular weight 39 000.            (E.C.
They differ in specificity, electrophoretic proper-
ties and antibody reactions. Serotonin and             Berberis aggregata enzyme requires
bufotonin are poor substrates; the enzyme              S-adenosylmethionine to form
is subject to substrate inhibition by                  tetrahydropalmatine; it is highly specific
N-acetylserotonin (mM range) [C522]. Another           [K947].
study with beef enzyme indicated that the native
enzyme is a mixture of polymeric forms, optimum
pH 8.1 [A3834].                                        (S )-Scoulerine 9-O-methyltransferase
   Beef and rat pineal enzymes are inhibited by        (E.C.
pyridoxal phosphate, apparently by forming an
inactive Schiff base with L-S-adenosylmethionine       Berberis enzyme, molecular weight 63 000 and
that interacts with the enzyme. The inhibition is      optimum pH 8.9, acts on (S )-scoulerine to form
competitive with S-adenosylmethionine and non-         (S )-tetrahydrocolumbamine, by methylation at
competitive with N-acetylserotonin. Inhibition by      position 9 [D581].
pyridoxal phosphate is abolished by 10 (4 M
noradrenaline [A803, A2493]. The enzyme
also methylates 17b-oestradiol at position             Methylation of tertiary alcohol
3 [A3339].
   Chick pineal enzyme at 15 days age showed an        Dog, monkey, baboon and man O-methylate
activity rise with age faster in illuminated animals   1,1-dimethyl-2-(4-(a,a,b,b-tetrafluoroethyl)
than in those kept under dark conditions, but          phenyl)ethanol. This is claimed to be the first
those exposed to normal diurnal lighting               report of tertiary alcohol methylation [A3021].
showed an intermediate rate of increase, but
without a diurnal rhythm in enzyme activity
[A249].                                                Methylation of gem -diol
   Trout retina enzyme has optima at pH 7.6 and
8.4 [D30]. In steelhead trout the activity increased   Rat forms 9-hydroxy-9-methoxycicloprofen from
during the dark period (pre-midnight Á/ 4 a.m.),       cicloprofen [A2353].
and then declined steadily by 50 per cent during
the day [A1485].
                                                       Methylation with methyl chloride

                                                       Phanerochaete chrysosporium acts on
Tocopherol O-methyltransferase (E.C.         isovanillate to form veratryl alcohol, probably
                                                       with veratrate as the intermediate.
Capsicum chromoplast membranes convert                 S-Adenosylmethionine is not the methyl donor;
g-tocopherol into a-tocopherol; the                    the best donor is methyl chloride, which may be
reaction requires S-adenosylmethionine                 formed from methionine [J237].
[D580].                                                   Phellinus pomaceus O-methylates phenol, with
                                                       chloromethane as co-substrate [G208].

O-Demethylpuromycin O-methyltransferase
(E.C.                                        Formation of polyphenoxyphenols

Streptomycin alboniger enzyme, optimum                 Rhizoctonia praticola extracellular laccase cata-
pH 8, is highly specific and requires                  lyzes a series of complex reactions between
S-adenosylmethionine [K846].                           syringate and pentachlorophenol or any of a


number of polychlorinated phenols, as substrates.     a series of substrate analogues, especially
Although the structures of the products were not      phenylethanolamines, but not competitively
fully characterized, some were para -linked           [A1643]. It is present in only some cells [A1409].
polyphenoxyphenols and others appeared to be             Beef brain isozymes, molecular weights 32 000
o -quinones, although the mass spectral data were     and 65 000, are possibly a monomer and dimer,
equivocal for some quinones. The products with        with optimum pH 8 Á/9, depending on substrate.
syringate and pentachlorophenol were                  Substrates include normetanephrine, octopamine,
2,6-dimethoxy-4-pentachlorophenoxyphenol              metanephrine, p -sympatol, noradrenaline and
and 4-pentachlorophenoxypoly(2,6-                     adrenaline, with the reaction rate reduced by
dimethoxyphenoxy)-2,6-dimethoxyphenol, where          about 80 per cent for the monomethyl substrates.
‘poly’ is one, two or three units, depending on the   In some cases there is substrate inhibition [A1463].
substrate mixture. Syringate and 2,4,5-                  A dog liver enzyme, not found in monkey or
trichlorophenol form 5-(2,4,5-trichlorophenoxy)-      rat liver, requires S-adenosylmethionine as
3-methoxy-o -quinol [D690].                           co-substrate, but not 5-methyltetrahydrofolate. It
                                                      acts on 7,8-dichlorotetrahydroisoquinoline (best),
                                                      with optimum pH 8.0. Other substrates include
5.8 N-Alkylation
                                                      epinine, dopamine, adrenaline and (poor)
                                                      noradrenaline, phenethylamine and
N-Methyltransferases                                  phenylethanolamine, but not indolamines [C657].
                                                         Rabbit adrenal enzyme has many properties in
a. Phenylethanolamine N-methyltransferase             common with human enzyme (see above) [A498].
(PNMT; E.C.                                 It is inhibited by 2-aminotetralins, and by 2,3,4,5-
                                                      tetrahydro-1H -2-benzazepines substituted with
This enzyme is essential for the formation of the     one or more chloro groups on the aromatic
catecholamine hormone adrenaline.                     moiety [A1851, A3443].
  Human and monkey enzymes are found in                  Rat brain activity is low at birth, and then
most brain areas. In monkey brain there was a         starts to increase at three days until at two weeks
range of one order of magnitude in activity           post partum it reaches 10 times the adult level
between different areas, with little in the frontal   [A2665]. It is found primarily in the medulla
cortex and cerebellum. In human brain the             oblongata with lesser amounts in locus ceruleus,
activity was similar to that in monkey brain areas,   basal hypothalamus and some other areas, but
with little in the frontal cortex or mamillary        not in cerebellar cortex, hippocampus or
bodies [A2823]. Human and rabbit adrenal              olfactory bulb [A2823]. Brain and adrenal
enzymes act on noradrenaline, normetanephrine,        enzymes are inhibited by 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-
phenylethanolamine, 3,4-dichlorophenylethano-         quinoline-7-sulphonamide at 10(6 M [A3439].
lamine and 3,4-dichlorophenylethylenediamine.            Rat stomach exhibits this activity [H620], as do
They are inhibited by a-methylphenethylamines         rat retinal neurones [E253]. Adrenal enzyme
with a range of small substituents on the aromatic    forms a transient ternary complex with
nucleus. The affinity is almost identical for         S-adenosylmethionine during the methylation
enzymes from both species [A498].                     step [A623]. Adrenal enzyme is composed of two
  Beef adrenal medulla enzyme, molecular              isozymes, molecular weight 37 000; they are not
weight 30 000, is composed of four isozymes, pI       interconvertible [A144].
5.1, 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 [E397]. In contrast to rat
adrenal, beef adrenal enzyme is strongly activated    b. Arylamine/2-substituted ethylamine
by inorganic phosphate and, to a lesser extent by     N-methyltransferases
chloride and sulphate at 200 mM [D294]; in
contrast another study claimed that it is inhibited   Human brain cytosolic enzyme, optimum pH
60 per cent by 75 mM NaCl [A1685], as well as by      8.25, methylates 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline

                                                                       Tyramine N-methyltransferase

with S-adenosylmethionine as co-substrate              weight is much higher than for COMT; catechols
[F228].                                                are not substrates [A80, A1310].
   Rabbit liver isozymes (E.C.,                 Rat liver benzyltetrahydroisoquinoline
molecular weight 30 000, pI 4.9 and 5.1 show           methyltransferase, molecular weight 27 500 and
slightly different kinetics towards a wide range of    optimum pH 7.7 Á/8.0, acts on tetrahydropapa-
substrates, including tryptamine and substituted       veroline and requires S-adenosylmethionine as
tryptamines, phenethylamine and amphetamine,           co-substrate. The context suggests that it is an
anilines, benzylamine, heterocyclic amines,            ‘ordinary’ N-methyltransferase. Inhibition is
including tetrahydroquinoline and                      brought about by pyrogallol, N-ethylmaleimide
tetrahydroisoquinoline, and DMI [A1311, C156,          and p -chloromercuribenzoate [A53].
E6]. Another study found the enzyme to be                 Rat skin enzyme, which methylates dopamine
monomeric, molecular weight 27 000, pI 4.8 and         and noradrenaline, is different from PNMT
optimum pH 7.5. Its amino acid composition has         although noradrenaline is a substrate [F622]. It
                                                       also occurs in some organs after denervation,
been determined. It acts on a range of anilines
                                                       which should eliminate PNMT [E867].
and tryptamines with S-adenosylmethionine as
                                                          Tinospora cordifolia enzyme, a monomer,
co-substrate, but tyramine, indole and
                                                       molecular weight 85 000 and optimum pH 8.6,
benzylamine are not substrates. The mechanism
                                                       N-methylates (S )-norcoclaurine and
appears to be rapid equilibrium random bi-bi           (S )-coclaurine, but not the (R )- isomers. Dicentra
[C333].                                                spectabilis enzyme shows the same stereospecifi-
   Rabbit lung indoleamine N-methyltransferase         city, but Fumaria capreolata, Chonodendron
is monomeric, molecular weight 31 500 and              tomentosum, Argemone platyceras, Papaver
optimum pH 7.9, with tryptamine as substrate.          somniferum, Berberis stolonifera and B. juliana
It is activated by dithiothreitol [C111].              act on both (R )- and (S )-isomers [H629].
   Rabbit and human lung indoleamine
N-methyltransferases (E.C. act on
N-methyltryptamine. Rabbit enzyme in particular        Tyramine N-methyltransferase (E.C.
is strongly inhibited by 2,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-
pyrrolo[1,2-a ]pyrimidine [A1662]. Rabbit lung         This activity is found in Opuntia [A3977]. The
enzyme, which acts on tryptamines and                  formation of hordenine in barley implies that the
N-methyltryptamines, is inhibited by several           same reaction occur in that species.
N,N-dimethyltryptamines and by
S-adenosylhomocysteine [A106]. This lung
                                                       b-Carboline 2-N-methyltransferase
enzyme is not found in guinea pig or rat [A115].
   Rabbit lung and rat lung enzymes N-methylate
                                                       Beef brain cytosolic enzyme, optimum pH 8.5 Á/9,
tryptamine, N-methyltryptamine, serotonin and
                                                       is activated by Fe or Mn salts. The substrates are
N-methylserotonin, with S-adenosylmethionine           9-methylnorharman and S-adenosylmethionine
or 5-methyltetrahydrofolate as co-substrate            [H949].
   Rat brain enzyme requires
N-methyltetrahydrofolate as co-substrate.              N-(1(R )-(carboxyl)ethyl)-(S )-norvaline: NAD 
Indoleamines, phenethylamines, octopamine and          oxidoreductase (L-norvaline forming)
other phenylethanolamines are substrates; one
product is N,N-dimethyltryptamine [A1307,              Arthrobacter enzyme forms secondary amines
A1311]. The optimum pH is about 6.4, and may           with pyruvate as amine acceptor. As well as
be modified by metabisulphite. The reaction rate       phenylalanine and phenylalaninol a range of
is highest for primary amines and least for            aliphatic amino acids are substrates to form the
tertiary amines, if they react at all. The molecular   corresponding N-(1-(R )-(carboxyl)ethyl)-(S )-

Methyleneimine formation

amino acids. Primary amines and amino acid          5-methyltetrahydropteroylpentaglutamate with
esters are not substrates [J212].                   L-homocysteine as co-substrate to form
                                                    methionine and the demethylated glutamates
Methyleneimine formation                              Phaseolus vulgaris enzyme, molecular weight
                                                    40 000 and optimum pH 6.5, catalyzes the
Rat brain converts phenethylamine into              reaction anaerobically [A3085].
methylene-b-phenylethylimine, with
5-methyltetrahydrofolate as methylene donor; the
reaction is considered to be enzymatic [A2285],
although the product is the Schiff base that is     N,N-Dimethyladrenaline formation ?
spontaneously formed with formaldehyde.
                                                    A study on retinal catecholamines tentatively
                                                    identified the presence of N-methyladrenaline
Formimino transfer                                  [A8]; further tests showed that the
                                                    chromatographic standard used was in fact
An enzyme found in a range of mammalia              N,N-dimethyladrenaline, raising the possibility
and organs acts on tetrahydrofolate and             that quaternary catecholamines may be
formimino-L-glutamic acid to form                   physiologically important in animals.
5-formiminotetrahydrofolate [K937]

Quaternary amine formation
                                                    Man, rat and rabbit have been claimed to form
Rabbit liver S-adenosylmethionine                   N-ethyl-N-demethylmianserin from mianserin;
N-methyltransferase acts on a range of pyridines,   the data presented are equivocal [B610].
including 2-, 3- and 4-phenylpyridines,
3-benzylpyridine, 7-azaindole, quinoline,
isoquinoline and quinoxaline [E824].
   S-Adenosylmethionine: (S )-tetrahydroberber-     N-(b-N-Acetylglucosaminide) formation
ine N-methyltransferase is found in Corydalis
vaginans, Berberis stenophylla, Dicentra            This reaction has been found in monkey, with
spectabilis, Fumaria officinalis and Papaver        delaviridine as substrate [J275].
somniferum. C. vaginans enzyme, molecular
weight 72 000 and optimum pH 8, acts on
(S )-stylopine and canadine; it is specific for
(S )-isomers [E299].                                5.9 Silane anhydrides formation

Tetrahydropteroylglutamate methyltransferase        Goat acts on bis(p -fluorophenyl)methyl(1H -
                                                    1,2,4-triazole-1-ylmethyl)silane to form
Rat liver enzyme, optimum pH 6.7, acts on           oxy(bis(bis(p -fluorophenyl)(methyl)(silane)))
5-methyltetrahydropteroylglutamate and              [K144].

                         6. Elimination of substituents

6.1 Ester hydrolysis                                    were identified, both with optimum pH 8.5 and a
                                                        requirement for Ca2' ; they exhibit slight stability
                                                        differences at 35 Á/408. One was identified as
Arylesterase (E.C.                             paraoxonase and the other as arylesterase [K194].
                                                           In both rat and mouse aspirin esterases I and II
   ArOOCR'H2 O 0 ArOH'RCOOH                             are found in all tissues, especially liver and kidney
A human serum enzyme, molecular weight about
                                                           Mouse liver aspirin esterase has an optimum at
43 000 and pI 5.1, is a glycoprotein, with phenyl
                                                        pH 7.4 [C779]. Two isozymes are found in liver
acetate and paraoxon as substrates [F717]. Liver
                                                        and kidney [K148].
aspirin esterase (E.C. has an optimum at
                                                           Beef plasma phenyl acetate hydrolase
pH 5 Á/6.5 [C779]. Erythrocyte aspirin esterase is
                                                        (E.C.; molecular weight 440 000) activity
an intracellular cytosolic enzyme, molecular
                                                        is markedly reduced by solvent extraction; it may
weight 95 000. It appears to be different from
                                                        be a lipoprotein [A2388].
‘nonspecific’ esterases [C705]. Lens isozymes
                                                           Cat liver aspirin esterase has a broad optimum
(molecular weights 200 000 and 30 000) hydrolyze
                                                        at pH 8 [C779]. Serum hydrolyzes 1-naphthyl
4-methylumbelliferyl palmitate [J233]. Liver
microsomes hydrolyze p -nitrophenyl acetate,            acetate, p -nitrophenyl acetate, propionate and
propionate and butyrate [H465]. Plasma heroin           butyrate. Some of the isozymes do not hydrolyze
hydrolase is an arylesterase, optimum pH about          1-naphthyl acetate. The major isozyme has an
7.5, which also acts on p -nitrophenyl acetate and      optimum at pH 7.8 [A1598].
p -nitrophenyl laurate, but not on p -nitrophenyl          Dog liver and kidney enzyme has been
phosphate [A798, G251].                                 separated by electrophoresis into nine bands of
   Rat liver aspirin hydrolase is equally divided       activity that hydrolyze 1-naphthyl acetate, and
between cytosol and particulate fractions. Two          p -nitrophenyl acetate, propionate and butyrate.
soluble isozymes, molecular weight 35 000 (serine       The major bands (optimum pH 7.8) are
esterases) and three high molecular weight              non-specific carboxylesterases [A868].
enzymes (molecular weight about 220 000) with              Guinea pig liver microsomal carboxylesterase,
different immunological properties from the             monomeric molecular weight 55 000 and
low molecular weight esterases have been                optimum pH 8, is specific for salicylates with acyl
detected. The serine esterases both act on              chain length two (aspirin), three, four, five, six,
4-methylumbelliferyl acetate and substituted            eight and 10. Substrate inhibition is observed
phenyl and naphthyl acetates. Butyrate esters are       with increasing chain length. Thioaspirin and
also hydrolyzed, but caprylate esters only poorly.      1-naphthyl acetate are also substrates. It is very
4-Acetoxybenzoate is also hydrolyzed [F753]. pH         sensitive to inhibition by the carboxylesterase
optima are at 5.5 and 7.4 [C779]. Apomorphine is        inhibitor bis(p -nitrophenyl)phosphate [D144].
formed from its dipropionyl, diisobutyryl and           Cerebral cortex enzyme is composed of two
dipivaloyl esters. Activity is found in most tissues,   isozymes, optimum pH 7.6, molecular weights
especially plasma, where activity is 10 times           78 000 and 180 000, and pI 5.1 and 5.8 respec-
greater than in human plasma [A2013]. Rat liver         tively. They are specific in requirement for Mn2';
hydrolyzes phenyl acetate; two enzyme fractions         other divalent cations are inhibitory [K861].


   Hamster liver microsomal N,O-                        ‘pI 3.8’ enzyme, which is monomeric. It acts on
acetyltransferase hydrolyzes p -nitrophenyl             1-naphthyl acetate and propionate; it also forms
acetate [G744].                                         apigenin-7-O-(6-O-malonylglucoside) from
   Pig pancreas p -nitrophenyl acetate hydrolase        apigenin-7-O-glucoside [C721].
(a lipase) forms an acetyl lipase as an inter-             Acinetobacter lwoffii hydrolyzes a large range
mediate [A333]. Liver aspirin esterase, molecular       of phenyl esters including salicylates,
weight 160 000, has an optimum at pH 7.4 [E259].        p -nitrophenyl acetate and higher esters,
   Rabbit serum arylester hydrolase, molecular          acetoxybenzoates, diacetoxybenzoates and
weight 150 000 Á/200 000, monomeric molecular           naphthyl acetates [A962].
weights 40 000 Á/45 000 and 47 000 Á/54 000, which         Aspergillus oryzae enzyme, molecular weight
also acts on paraoxon, requires Ca2' [E25].             35 000, hydrolyzes p -nitrophenyl acetate,
It also hydrolyzes p -nitrophenyl acetate and           propionate and butyrate, with the reaction rate
butyrate [E26]. Rabbit gastric mucosal enzyme is        decreasing with increasing molecular weight
cytosolic, molecular weight 66 000 or 59 000            [J389].
(depending on method) and optimum pH 8.6                   Saccharomyces cerevisiae enzyme, a dimer,
[A3910].                                                molecular weight 84 000 and optimum pH 8.0 is
   Chicken liver microsomal enzyme, optimum             moderately stable at 708. Substrates are 1- and
pH 8.6, which is highly specific for a-tocopheryl
                                                        2-naphthyl esters of fatty acids with 2 Á/10 carbon
acetate, requires bile salts [B132].
                                                        atom chain [E258].
   A general study on birds and mammals
                                                           Yeast (species not stated) carboxypeptidase
detected phenyl acetate-hydrolyzing arylesterase
                                                        hydrolyzes p -nitrophenyl trimethylacetate [A337].
in serum from badger, capybara, cat, goat, mouse,
                                                           Glutamate dehydrogenase (from an unspecified
ox, pig, rabbit, rat, rabbit, sheep, bee eater,
                                                        source) hydrolyzes 3-acetyloestrone and
Canada geese, chicken, cormorant, great tit,
                                                        3-acetyl-2-nitrooestrone, with a proportion of the
guillemot, Japanese quail, mute swan, pigeon,
                                                        acetyl group being incorporated into the enzyme,
puffin, razorbill, shag, starling, tree sparrow, and
                                                        inactivating it. It is inhibited by ADP, GTP,
in trout. All the mammals (except capybara) also
showed paraoxonase activity [K863].                     NADH and especially oestrone, suggesting that
   Moniezia expansa and Ascaris lumbricoides            hydrolysis takes place at the oestrogen-binding
aspirin hydrolases, molecular weight 87 000,            site [A2004].
have optima at pH 7.0. Activity is enhanced by             Megachile rotundata (solitary bee) [F887], bee
Ca2' and by low molecular weight thiols, but            [G551] and Chromobacterium [A1808] hydrolyse
Cd2', Cu2', Hg2' , La3', Zn2',                          p -nitrophenyl acetate.
p -chloromercuribenzoate, EDTA, F(,
N-ethylmaleimide, and paraoxon are inhibitory.
2-Naphthyl acetate and 4-methylumbelliferyl
acetate are hydrolyzed by enzyme, molecular             Arylesterase (carboxylesterase type; E.C.
weights 30 000 Á/300 000; this range suggests that
it is a mixture [A3040].                                  ArCOOR'H2 O 0 ArCOOH'ROH
   Festuca pratensis leaf naphthyl acetate esterase
is composed of five isozymes, molecular weight          Rabbit serum cocaine esterase (E.C. has
55 000. During senescence two additional                an optimum pH of 8.9 [A2507].
esterases appear, with the same molecular weight.         Raphanus sativus (radish) sinapine esterase
They do not act on a series of aliphatic esters         (E.C., which is specific for sinapine, has
[A2515].                                                an optimum at pH 8.5. The products are sinapate
   Petroselinum crispum leaf malonyl esterases,         and choline. It is not affected by normal esterase
monomeric molecular weight 35 000, exhibit              inhibitors, such as eserine [B263].
pI 3.8, 3.9, 4.0 and 4.05; all are dimers, except the

                                                                        Orsellinate-depside hydrolase

Orsellinate-depside hydrolase (E.C.         Tannase (E.C.

Lasallia pustulata (lichen) enzyme, molecular         Aspergillus niger enzyme hydrolyzes tannin,
weight 42 000 is composed of four isozymes,           chebulinic acid, m -digallic acid, methyl gallate
stable at 578. Substrates include lecanoric acid,     and methyl protocatechuate; hydrolysis requires
evernic acid, gyrophoric acid, methyl lecanorate      at least two hydroxyls (other than ortho ) in the
and erythrin [K862].                                  acid component of the substrate. It is found only
                                                      in plants, especially in plant galls rich in tannin,
                                                      and in bacteria and fungi grown on tannin
Aralkyl esters

Rabbit serum atropine esterase, optimum pH 8.9,       Methylumbelliferyl acetate deacetylase
additionally acts on scopolamine. It is different     (E.C.
from the enzyme that hydrolyzes cocaine [A2507].
   Streptomyces ferulate esterase hydrolyzes          Human erythrocyte enzyme (called esterase D)
methyl ferulate. There are two components,            additionally hydrolyzes the butyrate analogue. It
molecular weight 29 000, optimum pH 5.5, pI 7.9       is composed of three electrophoretically sepa-
and 8.5 [G363].                                       rated types determined by two autosomal alleles
   Microorganisms can hydrolyze phenyl-               (one uncommon). It is relatively stable, and was
substituted trans -2-(alkoxycarbonylethyl)lactams,    found in all tissues examined, including liver,
with the removal of the alkyl group [K110].           spleen and fibroblast [K712].

                                                      Heroin esterase
Feruloyl esterase
                                                      Human serum hydrolyzes heroin to
A. niger contains two isozymes, molecular             6-acetylmorphine; the only serum esterase that
weights 132 000 and 29 000, pI 3.0 and 3.6            acts on heroin is cholinesterase [B213]. Heroin is
respectively, which hydrolyze methyl ferulate and     hydrolyzed by a plasma arylesterase, optimum
methyl p -coumarate. Methyl sinapate is hydro-        pH about 7.5, which also acts on p -nitrophenyl
lysed only by the second isozyme and methyl           acetate and p -nitrophenyl laurate, but not on
caffeate only by the first isozyme [G915].            p -nitrophenyl phosphate [A798].
   Penicillium expansum enzyme, molecular
weight 65 000 and optimum pH 5.6, acts on
methyl p -coumarate, methyl ferulate, and             Sugar acetates
p -coumarate and ferulate esters of glycosides
[J499]. P. pinophilum enzyme has molecular            The Aspergillus oryzae enzyme (Taka diastase)
weight 57 000, pI 4.6 and optimum pH 6.0              that hydrolyzes p -nitrophenyl acetate also
[G805].                                               hydrolyzes the acetyl groups in polyacetylated
   Neocallimastix enzyme is a dimer, molecular        oligosaccharide phenolic conjugates [J389].
weight 11 000, monomeric molecular weight
5800, pI 4.7 and optimum pH 7.2, which
hydrolyses a number of glycoside p -coumaroyl         Chlorogenate hydratase (E.C.
esters [G327].
   Aspergillus awamori enzyme acts on                 Aspergillus niger enzyme is a tetramer, molecular
a-naphthyl esters of acetic, propionic and butyric    weight 240 000, stability range pH 3.0 Á/8.5, acti-
acids, but activity with the valerate ester is        vation energy 6.0 kcal/mol and a broad optimum
marginal [J831].                                      at pH 6.5, is composed of several isozymes,

Meperidine esterase

pI 4.0 Á/4.5. It is highly specific; there is slight     release of m -phenoxybenzoate or 4-fluoro-3-
activity on isochlorogenate. It has been                 phenoxybenzoate [G891].
crystallized and the amino acid composition
determined [K909, K911].
                                                         Thiophenyl ester hydrolysis

                                                         Rabbit serum arylester hydrolase hydrolyzes
Meperidine esterase                                      phenylthioacetate, propionate and butyrate [E26].
                                                         Guinea pig microsomal carboxylesterase also
Rat liver microsomal enzyme, optimum pH 8 Á/9.5
                                                         catalyzes this reaction [D144].
has a heat of activation of 4.6 )/106/mol, with the
formation of meperidinic acid [C8].
                                                         CoA thioesterase

Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate esterase (E.C.      p -Hydroxybenzoyl CoA thioesterase
and related reactions                                    (E.C. is found in Corynebacterium
                                                         sepedonicum [J178] and Pseudomonas [H645].
Many studies have demonstrated in animal                 The latter is a homotetramer, monomeric mole-
species, although not at an enzyme level, that           cular weight 16 000. It also hydrolyzes benzoyl
phthalate diesters are hydrolyzed stepwise. These        CoA [K191]. This is the third step in the reaction
include di-(n -butyl) phthalate, di-(cyclohexyl)         sequence that converts p -chlorobenzoate into
phthalate, di-(9-decenyl) phthalate,                     p -hydroxybenzoate [K798].
di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, di-(5-hexenyl)
phthalate and dimethyl phthalate. These
reactions have been observed in man [D360], rat,         Arylsulphatases (E.C.
baboon, ferret [A1652, C869, G876], monkey
[B579], beef [J718], rainbow trout [A1990], catfish          Ar:O:SO( 'H2 O 0 Ar:OH'SO2( 'H'
                                                                    3                 4
[A2239], minnow, [A2798], earthworm [H9] and
                                                         Beef liver sulphatase A is a glycoprotein, mole-
microorganisms [K248].
                                                         cular weight 107 000 containing eight galactose,
   Rainbow trout dealkylates di-(2-ethylhexyl)
                                                         14 mannose, 18 glucosamine and eight sialic acid
phthalate. The reaction is inhibited by some
                                                         residues. Neuraminidase removes the sialic acid
methylenedioxy compounds at mM
                                                         residues, presumably terminal groups, with little
concentrations [A3710].
                                                         effect on activity [A148]. Brain sulphatase B, a
   Wheat contains 12 esterases, only one of which,
                                                         globular protein, molecular weight 60 000, has
molecular weight 38 000 (subunit 22 000) acts on
                                                         been separated into 7 fractions by ion-exchange
the above substrate, to remove one alkyl group.
                                                         chromatography [A921].
A far better substrate is p -nitrophenyl octanoate
                                                            Beef retinal arylsulphatase A, molecular weight
                                                         100 000, exhibits optima at pH 4.6 and 5.7, and
                                                         arylsulphatase B, molecular weight 40 000 has an
                                                         optimum at pH 5.2 [B247].
Permethrinase                                               Human liver arylsulphatase A is a glycopro-
                                                         tein, molecular weight 104 500 at pH 8.1, which is
Bacillus cereus enzyme, molecular weight 61 000          composed of two different subunits. At pH 5.5 a
and optimum pH 7.5 hydrolyzes permethrin and             tetramer is formed [A2801]. Another study found
a series of a-cyano pyrethroids, fenvalerate,            a molecular weight of 134 000, and pI 4.7 [A2918]
fluvalinate, fastac, deltamethrin, cyfluthrin,           or 4.3 [A2457]. The heterodimer is composed of
flucythrinate, tralocythrin, fenpyrithrin,               monomers, molecular weights variously assessed
tralomethrin, cyhalothrin and flumethrin, with           as 69 000 and 57 000, 66 000 and 53 000, or 59 000


and 49 000, but apparently they are not found in      4-Nitrocatechol sulphate is a good substrate, with
stoichiometric amounts. It is possible that the       lower activity towards other substrates [B481].
larger monomer is convertible into the smaller           Rabbit brain enzyme is found in all the
monomer [A2801, B221].                                subcellular fractions tested. Its activity remains
   Human placenta arylsulphatase B is composed        nearly constant at 1/3 of the adult level from
of three isozymes, optimum pH 5.8, and mole-          12 Á/30 days post partum [A1221].
cular weights 48 000, 60 000 and 71 500 [A595].          Rat liver arylsulphatase IV (tyrosine ester type)
Brain enzyme, solubilized with lysolecithin, has      has a molecular weight of 30 000 [H483]. Liver
an optimum at pH 6.8, and molecular weight            arylsulphatase A has an optimum pH of 4.9 Á/5.9,
103 000 Á/105 000, with subunits, molecular           depending on the assay conditions, molecular
weights 25 000 and 47 000. It contains two mol of     weight 130 000 at pH 7.5 and 400 000 at pH 5.0.
sialic acid, which is not essential for activity;     Arylsulphatase B, molecular weight
4-methylumbelliferyl sulphate is substrate [A942].    34 000 Á/66 000 and optimum pH 5.9, appears to
Liver arylsulphatase B, molecular weight 50 000,      be quite different from beef liver arylsulphatase B
optimum pH 6.1 and pI 7.5, is inactivated by          [A966]. Two rat isozymes, pI 4.0 (minor) and pI
freezing. It hydrolyzes 4-nitrocatechol sulphate      6.4 are active towards 4-nitrocatechol sulphate;
and p -nitrophenyl sulphate, and is only slightly     they are not heparin sulphamidases [A575].
inhibited by divalent cations [A2457].                Arylsulphatase A is found mainly in parenchymal
   Human placental arylsulphatase C is a              cells, and arylsulphatase B in non-parenchymal
homotrimer, molecular weight 238 000. It acts on      cells. Both activities are also found in adrenal,
                                                      brain, testis, spleen and kidney [A969]. Rat liver
4-nitrocatechol sulphate and oestrone sulphate
                                                      enzyme hydrolyzes both protocatechuate
                                                      mono-O-sulphates [B724].
   Human arylsulphatase hydrolyzes both D- and
                                                         Rat mast cell enzyme has a molecular weight of
L-tyrosine-4-sulphate at 5 per cent of the rate for
                                                      150 000 and optimum pH 5.0 [A2815].
nitrocatechol sulphate, with optimum pH 5.3 Á/5.5
                                                         Rat brain enzyme, which acts on 4-
[A3839]. Enzyme found in amniotic fluid cells has
                                                      methylumbelliferyl sulphate, is found in neurones
an optimum pH of 5.0 [A551]. Parotid and
                                                      and glial cells [A512]. It has an optimum at pH
submandibular saliva, tears and sweat contain
                                                      6.8 for 4-methylumbelliferyl sulphate, and pH 7.2
arylsulphatase A, as does rat saliva [A2839].         for p -nitrophenyl sulphate [A1050].
   Rabbit testis sulphatase A is a dimer at pH 7.1,      Sheep brain arylsulphatase A is a glycoprotein
molecular weight 110 000, and a tetramer at pH        containing 25 per cent mannose and glucose, with
5.0. The optimum pH is time dependent; it is 5.2      0.5 per cent sialic acid [A2374]. Arylsulphatase B
after five minutes incubation and 4.9 after 90        is also a glycoprotein [A2068].
min. It acts on 4-nitrocatechol sulphate, but not        Chicken embryo brain activity increases from
on p -nitrophenyl sulphate [A2945]. Sperm             day 14 to day 18, and then remains steady until
enzyme may contain two components, the main           hatching [A836].
one being composed of A and B, but not C, with           Helix pomatia enzyme acts on a range of
optima at pH 4.8, 5.6 and 6.0. It acts on             polysulphated flavonoids. Sulphates at positions
4-nitrocatechol sulphate and p -nitrophenyl           4? and 7 are far more susceptible to hydrolysis
sulphate [A1145]. Liver sulphatase A, monomeric       than 3-sulphates, which enables the 3-sulphates to
molecular weight 70 000, is a dimer at pH 7.4 and     be prepared by differential hydrolysis.
a tetramer at pH 4.8 [A1585].                         Quercetin-3,4?,7-tri-O-sulphate yields quercetin-
   Rabbit liver arylsulphatase A is a dimeric         3,4?-di-O-sulphate and quercetin-3,7-di-O-
glycoprotein, molecular weight 140 000. The           sulphate as intermediates [F102].
amino acid composition has been determined;              Cystoseira tamariscifolia (seaweed) enzyme,
it also contains 4.6 per cent carbohydrate            molecular weight 166 000 and optimum pH 6.1,
(mannose, N-acetylglucosamine and sialic acid).       hydrolyzes the sulphates of p -nitrophenol,

Glutamate dehydrogenase

4-nitrocatechol and phloroglucinol. Activity is      6.2 Hydrolysis of glycosides
also found in Fucus, Carpophyllum,
Himanthalia, Landsburgia and Sargassum
species [G819].                                      b-N-Acetylgalactosaminidase
   Aspergillus oryzae arylsulphatase II is a
homodimer, molecular weight about 95 000 and         Human amniotic fluid cell enzyme, which acts on
optimum pH 5.5 [A146]. A. sojae alkaline             4-methylumbelliferyl-b-N-acetylgalactosaminide
arylsulphatase III has an optimum at pH 8.5. It is   has an optimum pH of 3.6 [A551].
stable at 208 between pH 8 and 10, acts on              Rat brain enzyme, which hydrolyzes the same
p -nitrophenyl sulphate, and is inhibited by Ag' ,   substrate, is found in neurones and glial cells
Hg2', Zn2', borate and fluoride. A. awamori          [A512].
enzyme shows similar properties [B317].                 Rabbit brain enzyme activity increases about
   Cyanobacterium plectonema enzyme, which           threefold from six days gestation to birth, and is
hydrolyzes nitrocatechol sulphate is cytosolic,      then near the adult level [A1221].
with optimum pH about 10. It does not require           Sheep liver enzyme, optimum pH between 5
cations for activity [E179].                         and 7, is unstable above 508 [B500].
   Comamonas terrigena tyrosine sulphate                Physarium polycephalum contains two
sulphohydrolase, which exists as two isozymes, is    isozymes that act on both 4-methylumbelliferyl-
separated electrophoretically from arylsulphatase.   b-N-acetylgalactosaminide and 4-
One is inducible by tyrosine, and the other is       methylumbelliferyl-b-N-acetylglucosaminide
probably constitutive [B159].                        [A23].
   Klebsiella enzymes have molecular weights
47 000 and 45 000, with optimum pH 7.5 [A2776].
   Streptomyces griseorubiginosus enzyme,
molecular weight 45 000, pI 4.95 and optimum         b-D-N-Acetylglucosamidase
pH 8.5, requires Ca2' for the hydrolysis of
etoposide-4?-sulphate and p -nitrophenyl sulphate    Beef liver enzyme hydrolyzes phenolic substrates
[H603].                                              substituted with nitro, chloro, hydroxyl, methyl
                                                     and methoxy groups on the aromatic nucleus
                                                     [A1940]. It also hydrolyzes 17a-oestradiol-17-b-
                                                     D-N-acetylglucosamide [A3192].
                                                        Human amniotic fluid cell enzyme, optimum
Glutamate dehydrogenase (E.C. and
                                                     pH 4.6, acts on 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-N-
                                                     acetylglucosamide [A551]. Epidermis enzyme,
                                                     optimum pH 3.7 Á/3.9, hydrolyzes
This enzyme hydrolyses 3-acetoxy-2-
nitrooestrone and 3-acetoxyoestrone, the acetyl
                                                     and p -nitrophenyl-b-D-N-acetylglucosamide,
group being incorporated into the enzyme
                                                     [A642]. Activity is found in leucocytes [A789] and
molecule, with inactivation. It is inhibited by
                                                     in urine [A1845].
ADP, GTP, NADH and, especially, oestradiol
                                                        Rabbit brain enzyme activity rises about
                                                     threefold from six days gestation to birth, to
                                                     near the adult level [A1221].
                                                        Rat brain enzyme is found in neurones and
                                                     glial cells, and hydrolyzes
Nitrate ester hydrolysis                             4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-N-acetylglucosamide
Dog and rat hydrolyze side-chain nitrate esters of      Sheep liver enzyme, optimum pH between 5
a potential calcium-channel blocker [G593].          and 7 is unstable above 508 [B500].


   Physarium polycephalum contains two                smaller isozyme is the main one in fresh seeds, but
isozymes that hydrolyze both 4-                       the larger one is the major one in 14 week old dry
methylumbelliferyl-b-N-acetylgalactosaminide          seeds [B759].
and 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-N-                            Activity in pea embryo increases during
acetylglucosaminide [A23].                            germination, but little change is found in
                                                      cotyledon. Pisum elatus enzyme has a broad
                                                      optimum pH at 3 Á/5.5, and P. sativum at pH 3 Á/7
a-L-Arabinosidase                                     [A3137].
                                                         Poteriochromonas malhamensis enzyme,
Penicillium wortmannii extracellular xylosidase       molecular weight 360 000 and optimum pH 7, has
(see below) hydrolyzes p -nitrophenyl-a-L-            maximal stability at pH 8. Substrates are
arabinopyanoside [A3240].                             p -nitrophenyl-a-D-galactoside and
                                                      4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-galactoside [B486].
                                                         Secale cereale b-glucosidase hydrolyzes
a-L-Fucosidase                                        p -nitrophenyl-b-galactoside [K512].
                                                         Bacillus stearothermophilus contains two
Human epidermis enzyme acts on p -nitrophenyl-        isozymes, molecular weights 280 000 and 325 000.
a-L-fucoside [A642]. The enzyme is also found in      Both appear to be homotetramers, and hydrolyze
urine [A1845].                                        p -nitrophenyl-a-D-galactoside [B544].
   Rabbit brain enzyme activity increases                2- And 6-deoxy-p -nitrophenyl-a-galactoside,
marginally during gestation, to about the adult       but not 3- or 4-deoxy-p -nitrophenyl-a-
level [A1221].                                        galactoside, are hydrolyzed by enzyme from
                                                      Coffea, Mortierella vinacea and A. niger [K437].

Human epidermis enzyme hydrolyzes
p -nitrophenyl-b-D-fucoside [A642].                   b-D-Galactosidase (c.f. E.C.
   Secale cereale b-glucosidase hydrolyzes the
same compound [K512].                                 Human amniotic fluid cell enzyme, which
                                                      hydrolyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-galactoside
                                                      has an optimum pH of 3.6 [A551]. Epidermis
a-D-Galactosidase (c.f. E.C.                enzyme hydrolyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-
                                                      galactoside and p -nitrophenyl-b-D-galactoside,
Human amniotic fluid cell enzyme, optimum pH          optimum pH 4.5 [A642]. Activity is found in
4.2, hydrolyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-             leucocytes [A789].
galactoside [A551]. Epidermis enzyme, optimum            Rabbit brain enzyme activity remains fairly
pH 3.7, hydrolyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-          constant prior to birth, at about twice the adult
galactoside and p -nitrophenyl-a-D-galactoside        level [A1221].
[A642]. Activity is also found in leucocytes             Rat brain enzyme, with 4-methylumbelliferyl-
[A789].                                               b-D-galactoside as substrate, is found in neurones
   Rat brain enzyme is found in neurones and          and glial cells [A512].
glial cells, and hydrolyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-a-      Queen scallop contains an isozyme, molecular
D-galactoside [A512].                                 weight 148 000 and optimum pH near 6, and a
   Castanea sativa (sweet chestnut) seed contains     second isozyme, which is active at pH 3 [A376].
two isozymes, molecular weights 215 000 and              Activity in pea embryo increases during
53 000, pH optima 4.5 and 6, respectively, which      germination, but little change in activity is found
hydrolyze p -nitrophenyl-a-D-galactoside much         in cotyledon. Pisum elatus and P. sativum
more effectively than oligosaccharides. The           enzymes have an optimum pH 4 Á/4.5 [A3137].


   Petunia hybrida enzyme, optimum pH 4.3, is             Pig liver enzyme, molecular weight 55 000, acts
composed of five isozymes, pI 5.1, 5.65, 5.9, 6.1      on 7-glucosides of several flavonoids, but some
and 6.5. It hydrolyzes 5-bromo-4-chloro-3-             other flavonoid glucosides are not substrates, nor
indolyl-b-D-galactoside [B495].                        are 7-rhamnoglucosides [K309].
   Sugar cane enzyme, optimum pH 4.25, which is           Rat brain enzyme, which hydrolyzes
found primarily in cell walls hydrolyses phenyl-       4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-glucoside, is found in
and o -nitrophenyl-b-D-galactosides [B488].            neurones and glial cells [A512].
   Macrophomina phaseoli enzyme is a                      Pinus banksiana lignifying xylem contains two
glycoprotein, containing about 12 per cent of          glycoprotein isozymes, molecular weights 110 000
carbohydrate. Its optimum pH is 5.0, and is stable     and 90 000, both pI 3.8, which hydrolyze
up to 558 and between pH 4 and 8. It hydrolyses        E -coniferin to coniferyl alcohol [H308].
o - and p -nitrophenyl-b-D-galactosides, but not          Secale cereale (rye) enzyme, pI 4.9 Á/5.1,
N-acetyl-b-D-glucosaminides, a-D-galactosides,         molecular weight about 300 000 and monomeric
a-fucosides or b-xylosides. It is inhibited slightly   molecular weight 60 000, hydrolyzes glucosides as
by Hg2' , but not by other heavy metals [A1758].       well as fucosides, galactosides and xylosides
   Sclerotium tuliparum contains two isozymes,         [K512].
with optimum pH 2.0. It is stable up to 508 and           Triglochin maritima contains two isozymes,
between pH 3 and 6. It acts on o- nitrophenyl-b-       both of which hydrolyze b-D-glucosides of o - and
D-galactoside but only poorly on p -nitrophenyl-       p -nitrophenol, 4-methylumbelliferone and salicin,
b-D-galactoside. It is inactivated by                  as well as p -nitrophenyl-b-D-galactoside. One,
N-bromosuccinimide but not by heavy metals             molecular weight 125 000 and optimum pH 5.2,
[A1759].                                               hydrolyzes the aliphatic natural product
                                                       triglochinin, and the other, molecular weight
                                                       about 250 000 and optimum pH 5.0 in addition
a-D-Glucosidase (E.C.                        hydrolyzes taxiphyllin to
                                                       p -hydroxymandelonitrile [A3756].
Human amniotic fluid cell enzyme hydrolyzes
4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-glucoside [A551].
Epidermis enzyme optimum pH 3.7, hydrolyzes            Amygdalin-b-glucosidase (E.C.
4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-glucoside and
p -nitrophenyl-a-D-glucoside [A642].                   Prunus serotina (cherry) enzyme, optimum pH
   Rat brain enzyme is found in neurones and           5.5 forms prunasin, but prunasin is not a
glial cells, with 4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-            substrate. It acts on o - and p -nitrophenyl-b-
glucoside as substrate [A512].                         glucosides, but not a-glucosides [K910].
   Buckwheat enzyme hydrolyzes phenyl-a-
maltoside to phenyl-a-glucoside [A3873].
                                                       Coniferin-b-glucosidase (E.C.

b-D-Glucosidase (c.f. E.C.                   Cicer arietinum enzyme, optimum pH 5, isozymes
                                                       pI 8.5 Á/10, which all appear to be heterodimers,
Beef liver enzymes hydrolyze 3-glucosides of 17a-      molecular weight 110 000 and monomeric
and 17b-oestradiol (95 per cent cytosolic) and         molecular weights 63 000 and 43 000. Other
17a-oestradiol-17-b-D-glucoside (95 per cent           b-glucosides (poorer substrates) and
microsomal); the 3-glucosidase is much more            b-galactosides are also hydrolyzed [K832].
active than the 17-glucosidase [A3192].                  Spruce (Picea abies) enzyme, optimum pH
  Human epidermis enzyme, optimum pH 4.8,              4.5 Á/5.5, is composed of several isozymes, one of
hydrolyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-glucoside          which is monomeric, molecular weight 58 000,
and p -nitrophenyl-b-D-glucoside [A642].               found in cell wall particulates from root and seed.


Several other glycosides as well as some                 Rabbit brain enzyme activity declines by about
galactosides are also substrates [K833].              50 per cent to the adult level between 12 days
                                                      gestation and birth [A1221].
                                                         Rat brain enzyme is found in neurones and
Prunasin-b-glucosidase (E.C.               glial cells; 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-glucuronide
                                                      is substrate [A512]. Five liver isozymes are
Prunus serotina (cherry) enzyme, optimum pH           heterotetramers composed of 3 different subunits,
6.5 hydrolyses prunasin. It acts on o - and           molecular weights 58 700, 60 200 and 62 900,
p -nitrophenyl-b-glucosides, but not a-glucosides     which appear to be glycoproteins. The isozymes
[K910].                                               differ in inactivation rates in 3M guanidinium
                                                      solution. 4M urea inhibits reversibly, and sodium
                                                      dodecyl sulphate inactivates irreversibly [A1629].
Strictosidine-b-glucosidase (E.C.             Juglans regia enzyme, molecular weight 64 000
                                                      and pI 8.9, hydrolyzes hydrojuglone-b-D-
Catharanthus roseus cell culture enzyme,              glucuronide [J695].
optimum pH 6.2, forms strictosidine aglycone.            Scutellaria baicalensis enzyme (baicalinase),
It is also found in C. pusilus, C. trichophyllus      molecular weight 55 000, pI 5.4 and optimum pH
and Amsonia salicifolia [K868].                       4.7, hydrolyzes wogonin-b-D-glucuronide, and
                                                      baicalin to baicalein [H747].
                                                         Alcaligenes isozymes I and II, molecular
Vicianin-b-glucosidase (E.C.               weights 75 000 and 300 000 and optimum pH 7.5
                                                      and 6.0, respectively, are both inhibited by
Davallia trichomanoides enzyme, optimum pH            saccharo-1,4-lactone, the classical
6.0, hydrolyzes vicianin to mandelonitrile and        b-glucuronidase inhibitor. Besides phenolic
vicianoside. It also acts slowly on (R )-amygdalin    glucuronides, oestrone, oestriol and oestradiol
and (R )-prunasin to release mandelonitrile           glucuronides, with the substituent at the 3-,
[K910].                                               16a- and 17b- positions, are hydrolyzed by
                                                      one or both isozymes [E323].
                                                         E. coli enzyme hydrolyses phenolic substrates
b-D-Glucuronidase (E.C.
                                                      (optimum pH 5.5 Á/6.5), benzyl-b-D-glucuronide
                                                      and acyl glucuronides of benzoate, veratrate and
Beef liver enzyme has an optimum pH of 4 Á/5,
                                                      indole-3-acetate (optimum pH 5.5) [A1029].
according to one study. It hydrolyzes phenolic
substrates, benzyl-b-D-glucuronide and acyl
glucuronides of benzoate, veratrate and indole-3-
acetate [A1029]. In another study, the optimum        N-Glucuronide hydrolysis
pH was found to be 4.4 and molecular weight
290 000, and composed of two isozymes, pI 5.1         The quaternary glucuronide of croconazole is
and 5.9. It is a glycoprotein, containing mannose,    hydrolyzed by b-glucuronidase [F490].
galactose, glucose, glucosamine and sialic acid
[A1583]. It also hydrolyzes 17a-oestradiol-3-b-D-
glucuronide [A3192].
   Human amniotic fluid cell enzyme, optimum          a-D-Mannosidase (c.f. E.C.
pH 3.6, hydrolyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-
glucuronide [A551]. Epidermis enzyme hydro-           Human amniotic fluid cell enzyme, optimum pH
lyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-b-D-glucuronide and        4.0, hydrolyses 4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-
p -nitrophenyl-b-D-glucuronide, optimum pH 4.5        mannoside [A551]. Epidermis enzyme, optimum
[A642]. Activity is also found in leucocytes [A789]   pH 4.3, hydrolyzes 4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-
and platelets [A810].                                 mannoside and p -nitrophenyl-a-D-mannoside


[A642]. The enzyme is also found in urine             inhibited by a-chytin or colloidal chitin, is stable
[A1845].                                              at 408, but is inactivated at 608 [A2722].
   Rabbit brain enzyme activity increases about
sevenfold between 12 and 18 days gestation, and
then remains constant near the adult level            b-D-Xylosidase
   Rat brain enzyme is found in neurones and          Mouse fibroblasts probably contain this enzyme
glial cells; 4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-mannoside is    [C77].
substrate [A512]. Gastrocnemius muscle activity          Secale cereale b-glucosidase hydrolyzes
is found between pH 5 and 7. The activity above       p -nitrophenyl-b-xyloside [K512].
pH 6 is mostly destroyed above 558, and the main         Penicillium wortmannii extracellular enzyme,
residual enzyme is active below pH 6. Some is         molecular weight 100 000, pI 5.0 and optimum
residual activity found in heated enzyme              pH 3.3 Á/4.0, hydrolyzes o - and p -nitrophenyl-b-
preparations above pH 6; this is activated by         D-xylosides. Its amino acid composition has been
Co2' and Cd2', but these ions do not activate         determined. It is inactivated by
the (thermally stable) activity observed below        N-bromosuccinimide [A3240].
pH 6 [A1842].                                            Bacillus pumilus enzyme is inducible (not
   Dictyostelium (slime mould) enzyme, which          stated how) and hydrolyzes p -nitro- and
hydrolyzes p -nitrophenyl- and                        p -fluorophenyl-b-D-xylosides [A2061].
4-methylumbelliferyl-a-D-mannosides, has been
separated into two isozymes that are active below
pH 4.5. Both lose activity rapidly at 558, but a
residual activity is much more thermally stable       6.3 Hydrolysis of amides

                                                      Primary amides
b-D-Mannosidase (E.C.
                                                      Few studies appear to have been carried out on
Human epidermis enzyme hydrolyzes                     this reaction at an enzyme level.
p -nitrophenyl-b-D-mannoside [A642].                     Pseudomonas chlororaphis enzyme, a dimer,
   Rat brain enzyme, with 4-methylumbelliferyl-       molecular weight 105 000 and optimum pH
b-D-mannoside as substrate, is found in neurones      7.0 Á/8.6, hydrolyzes benzamide and phenylalani-
and glial cells [A512].                               namide, but not N-methylbenzamide [H435].
                                                         Benzamide is hydrolyzed by mouse and sheep
                                                      liver [A2037], Rhodococcus rhodochrous [J857],
Quercitrinase (E.C.                         and Nocardia globerula [G343]. Benzamide and
                                                      several mono- and dichlorobenzamides are
Aspergillus flavus enzyme, optimum pH 6.4, acts       hydrolyzed in Aspergillus flavus and A. niger
on quercitrin to release quercetin and                [A640].
L-rhamnose. It is fairly specific, but myricitrin
and robinin are also substrates [K866].
                                                      Formylase (kynurenine formamidase;
                                                      Mouse enzyme, molecular weight 60 000 Á/70 000,
Vibrio alginolyticus chitinase, optimum pH 5.5,       is probably a dimer. Eserine is inhibitory [B251].
hydrolyzes 3,4-dinitrophenyl tetra-N-                    Pig enzyme has been separated into three
acetylchitotetraoside to 3,4-dinitrophenol. It is     bands of activity [A2893].

                                                                Formyltetrahydrofolate deformylase

   Rat liver enzyme, molecular weight about            Formyltetrahydrofolate deformylase;
35 000 and pI 4.9, hydrolyses formyl-L-                (E.C.
kynurenine [A2893]. Brain enzyme, optimum pH
about 7.6, hydrolyzes formyl-L-kynurenine and          An E. coli enzyme, which converts this compound
5-hydroxyformyl-L-kynurenine; it is unclear            into tetrahydrofolate and formate is a hexamer,
whether 5-hydroxyformyl-D-kynurenine is a              monomeric molecular weight 32 000. It is
substrate [A1284].                                     activated by methionine [H380].
   Chicken yolk sac membrane contains two                 An enzyme, source unstated, but possibly
isozymes, molecular weights 73 000 (major) and         from microorganisms, expresses two different
78 000 (minor); only the latter is inhibited by        mechanisms. One is hydrolysis, and the other
eserine. The major isozyme disappears from liver       is a dehydrogenase reaction with NAD ' as
after hatching and is replaced by greatly increased    co-substrate. Mutation studies have shown that
levels of the other isozyme [B251].                    the full molecular length is required for the
   Drosophila melanogaster contains two                dehydrogenase activity, but the hydrolysis
isozymes, one with molecular weight 60 000 and a       reaction requires only part of the molecule
broad optimum, pH 6.7 Á/7.8, and the other,            [K316].
molecular weight 31 000 and optimum pH
6.5 Á/8.0. They are not interconvertible [A2269]. In
eye the enzyme is mainly cytosolic [A1194].
   A study on molecular weights obtained values        Acetyl aminoacid hydrolysis
of 60 000 and 36 500 for Drosophila virilis
isozymes. The larger form in beef liver has            Rat liver mercapturic acid deacylase (which
molecular weight 59 000, with 58 500 in yeast          differs from other classes of acylase) is a tetramer,
(species not stated), 59 000 in chicken liver and      molecular weight about 145 000. It deacetylates
60 000 in Musca domestica. The smaller form has        p- nitrobenzyl-, benzyl- and p -bromo-
molecular weight 30 500 in Rana pipiens liver and      phenylmercapturates (i.e., S-substituted
36 000 in mouse liver [A2269].                         N-acetyl-L-cysteines), as well as N-acetyl-L-
   Microorganisms contain two classes of               tyrosine and N-chloroacetyl-L-tyrosine. Acylase
isozyme, molecular weights 54 000 Á/59 000 and         III, molecular weight 55 000, also hydrolyzes all
25 000Á/30 000. Both are found in Candida              these compounds [C29].
lipolytica, C. guilliermondii, Hansenula henricii,        Rat kidney enzyme, which is not acylase I,
Pichia guilliermondii, Rhodotorula rubra,              hydrolyzes N-acetyl-L-phenylalanine, N-acetyl-L-
Rhodosporidium toruloides and                          tryptophan and N-acetyl-L-tyrosine [A3520].
R. sphaerocarpum. The larger isozyme is found             Brevibacterium enzyme, which may be a
in H. fabiani, C. utilis and Saccharomyces             homodimer, molecular weight 50 000 and
cerevisiae [A3880]. H. henricii formamidase I,         optimum pH 7.5, hydrolyzes
molecular weight 56 000 and optimum pH 7 Á/8           a-acetamidocinnamate (a,b-dehydro-N-acetyl-
may be a dimer of formamidase II, optimum pH           phenylalanine). It is inhibited by Hg2', Cd2'
5.5 Á/7.0, with N-formylanthranilate and               and p -chloromercuribenzoate. Slight activation is
N-formylkynurenine as substrates [A3776]. In           found with dithiothreitol, which appears to be
Streptomyces parvulus the molecular weights are        entirely due to protection from inactivation. The
42 000 and 24 000 [B788].                              product is an iminoacid that can be hydrolyzed to
   A study on 90 strains of Mycobacterium found        phenylpyruvate or reduced enzymatically to
activity only in M. fortuitum and other rapidly        L-phenylalanine. Other substrates include a range
growing strains [A584].                                of dipeptides [E587].

Hippurate hydrolase

Hippurate hydrolase (E.C.                  is apparently an aminoendopeptidase, hydrolyzes
                                                     alanyl, arginyl, a-glutamyl, histidyl, leucyl, lysyl,
Streptococcus enzyme has a molecular weight in       methionyl, phenylalanyl, seryl and valyl-bNAs,
excess of 70 000 and optimum pH 7.1 Á/9.0 [A824].    but not prolyl nor isoleucyl-bNAs [B334]. Skele-
  Corynebacterium equi N-benzoyl-L-alanine           tal muscle enzyme, molecular weight 340 000, is
amidohydrolase (E.C. hydrolyzes            composed of three subunits, molecular weights
hippurate and a number of para -substituted          51 000, 72 000 and 92 000, and optimum pH
hippurates (see above) [E145]. Only some strains     7.5 Á/8, is also an aminoendopeptidase
of Streptomyces hydrolyze hippurate [A435].          designated Hydrolase H; it requires 40 mM
                                                     mercaptoethanol for maximal activity. It
                                                     hydrolyses a-N-benzoylarginyl-bNA and leucyl-
                                                     bNA, but other a-N-benzoylaminoacid-bNas are
Hydrolysis of L-aminoacid b-naphthylamides
                                                     not hydrolyzed [B524, B787].
Human lens enzyme hydrolyzes alanyl, arginyl,           Rat brush border enzyme hydrolyzes alanyl,
glycyl, leucyl, lysyl, methionyl and phenylalanyl-   a-glutamyl, g-glutamyl, histidyl, isoleucyl, leucyl,
b-naphthylamides (bNA), with optimum pH              lysyl, phenylalanyl, tyrosyl, valyl, alanyl-alanyl
6 Á/8, depending on substrate. It is activated by    and seryl-tyrosyl-bNAs. Except for g-glutamyl-
Co2' and Mn2', and (less) by Ca2'. Thiols            bNA, h