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The inorganic biochemistry of molybdoenzymes

  • Robert C. Bray (a1)

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Molybednum-containing enzymes (Coughlan, 1980; Spiro, 1985) occupy a significant place in the development of the field now termed inorganic biochemistry. The importance of the metal as a biological trace element depends on its involvement in the known, and perhaps other as yet unknown, molybdoenzymes. That it plays a role in biological nitrogen fixation, the process whereby the enzyme nitrogenase in the root nodules of plants converts atmospheric nitrogen into ammonia, was recognized in the 1930s. The metal is also a constituent of a variety of other enzymes, having first been found in a mammalian enzyme, xanthine oxidase, in the 1950s.

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