The predominant methane oxidation catalyst in nature is the membrane metalloenzyme particulate methane monooxygenase (pMMO), which converts methane to methanol under ambient conditions. pMMO has proved difficult to isolate, and literature addressing its structure and active site composition has been mired in controversy for longer than a decade. Biophysical and structural characterization of pMMO were carried out. The structure and supporting studies provided significant new insight into the details of biological methane oxidation and laid the foundation for future directed biochemical and mechanistic studies. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 231st ACS National Meeting (Atlanta, GA 3/26-30/2006).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts|
|State||Published - Jun 28 2006|
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