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Arginine‐95 is important for recruiting superoxide to the active site of the FerB flavoenzyme of Paracoccus denitrificans

Latest updated: May 26, 2020

Vojtěch Sedláček, Igor Kučera

FEBS letters, Volume 593, Issue7, April 2019, Pages 697-702



Ferric reductase B (FerB) is a flavin mononucleotide (FMN)‐containing NAD(P)H:acceptor oxidoreductase structurally close to the Gluconacetobacter hansenii chromate reductase (ChrR). The crystal structure of ChrR was previously determined with a chloride bound proximal to FMN in the vicinity of Arg101, and the authors suggested that the anionic electron acceptors, chromate and uranyl tricarbonate, bind similarly. Here, we identify the corresponding arginine residue in FerB (Arg95) as being important for the reaction of FerB with superoxide. Four mutants at position 95 were prepared and found kinetically to have impaired capacity for superoxide binding. Stopped‐flow data for the flavin cofactor showed that the oxidative step is rate limiting for catalytic turnover. The findings are consistent with a role for FerB as a superoxide scavenging contributor.


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