Studies of isopenicillin N synthase enzymatic properties using a continuous spectrophotometric assay.
Isopenicillin N synthase (IPNS) from Aspergillus nidulans is a no-heme iron(II)-dependent oxygenase which catalyses, in a single reaction, the bicyclisation of delta-(L-alpha-aminoadipoyl)-L-cysteinyl-D-valine into isopenicillin N, the precursor of all other penicillins, cephalosporins and cephamycins. The IPNS reaction can be followed directly and continuously by a new assay which monitors the absorbance increase at 235 nm characteristic of penicillin nucleus formation. Using this assay, the...Expand abstract
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