ChemInform Abstract: Copper-O2 Reactivity of Tyrosinase Models Towards External Monophenolic Substrates: Molecular Mechanism and Comparison with the Enzyme

Institut für Anorganische Chemie, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Max-Eyth-Straße 2, 24118 Kiel, Germany.
Chemical Society Reviews (Impact Factor: 33.38). 03/2011; 40(7):4077-98. DOI: 10.1039/c0cs00202j
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The critical review describes the known dicopper systems mediating the aromatic hydroxylation of monophenolic substrates. Such systems are of interest as structural and functional models of the type 3 copper enzyme tyrosinase, which catalyzes the ortho-hydroxylation of tyrosine to DOPA and the subsequent two-electron oxidation to dopaquinone. Small-molecule systems involving μ-η²:η² peroxo, bis-μ-oxo and trans-μ-1,2 peroxo dicopper cores are considered separately. These tyrosinase models are contrasted to copper-dioxygen systems inducing radical reactions, and the different mechanistic pathways are discussed. In addition to considering the stoichiometric conversion of phenolic substrates, the available catalytic systems are described. The second part of the review deals with tyrosinase. After an introduction on the occurrence and function of tyrosinases, several aspects of the chemical reactivity of this class of enzymes are described. The analogies between the small-molecule and the enzymatic system are considered, and the implications for the reaction pathway of tyrosinase are discussed (140 references).

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    • "These highly reactive molecules react further in a non-enzymatic way to form melanin (Rolff et al., 2011). The discrimination between the two catalytic reactions seems to depend on the presence of bivalent ions and of phenolic amino acids covering the access to CuA which inhibits the monophenolase activity (Decker & Rimke, 1998; Rolff et al., 2011). Unlike tyrosinase, laccases exhibit no monophenolase activity but oxidize a wide spectrum of different polyphenols and other compounds by a radical mechanism (Claus & Strong, 2010; Mayer & Staples, 2002). "
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    • "The weakening of interaction between neighboring FUs of different asymmetric units is likely to greatly decrease the stability of the overall architecture of isomeric HdH1, possibly due to this interaction defect. The loss or decrease in interaction between FUs in isomeric HdH1 may render the movement of βsheet domains of FUs away from their PO core domains easier, which had been showed that PO activation is mostly associated with [1], [35]. This movement can result in greater exposure of the active PO sites, which ultimately contributes to switching the function of HdH1 to predominantly PO enzymatic activity. "
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    • "These intermediates have characteristic resonance Raman spectra. Synthetic studies provide models of both complexes and evidence for rapid equilibrium between the two forms [3]. The monophenol hydroxylase and diphenoloxidase activities of tyrosinases are the basis for many industrial biotechnological applications like in environmental technology for the detoxification of phenol-containing waste waters and contaminated soils as a construction of a biosensor for the detaction of phenolic compound [4] and in pharmaceutical industries for the production of o-diphenols (e.g., L-DOPA, dopamine for the treatment of Parkinson's disease) and also have been tested as a marker in melanoma patients [5] and as a target for the activation of prodrugs [6] in food industries for modification of food proteins via crosslinking affects [7]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Tyrosinase is a natural enzyme and is often purified to only a low degree and it is involved in a variety of functions which mainly catalyse the o-hydroxylation of monophenols into their corresponding o-diphenols and the oxidation of o-diphenols to o-quinones using molecular oxygen, which then polymerizes to form brown or black pigments. The synthesis of o-diphenols is a potentially valuable catalytic ability and thus tyrosinase has attracted a lot of attention with respect to industrial applications. In environmental technology it is used for the detoxification of phenol-containing wastewaters and contaminated soils, as biosensors for phenol monitoring, and for the production of L-DOPA in pharmaceutical industries, and is also used in cosmetic and food industries as important catalytic enzyme. Melanin pigment synthesized by tyrosinase has found applications for protection against radiation cation exchangers, drug carriers, antioxidants, antiviral agents, or immunogen. The recombinant V. spinosum tryosinase protein can be used to produce tailor-made melanin and other polyphenolic materials using various phenols and catechols as starting materials. This review compiles the recent data on biochemical and molecular properties of microbial tyrosinases, underlining their importance in the industrial use of these enzymes. After that, their most promising applications in pharmaceutical, food processing, and environmental fields are presented.
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