Electrochemical kinetic investigations of the reactions of [FeFe]-hydrogenases with carbon monoxide and oxygen: comparing the importance of gas tunnels and active-site electronic/redox effects.
A major obstacle for future biohydrogen production is the oxygen sensitivity of [FeFe]-hydrogenases, the highly active catalysts produced by bacteria and green algae. The reactions of three representative [FeFe]-hydrogenases with O(2) have been studied by protein film electrochemistry under conditions of both H(2) oxidation and H(2) production, using CO as a complementary probe. The hydrogenases are DdHydAB and CaHydA from the bacteria Desulfovibrio desulfuricans and Clostridium acetobutylicu...Expand abstract
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