Binuclear Copper Clusters as Active Sites for Oxidases

  • Howard S. Mason
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 74)


I would like to review briefly the evidence supporting the concept that binuclear clusters of copper ions form an important category of active site for the enzymes catalyzing the reactions of dioxygen. In addition, I will summarize some results of my coworkers relating to the properties of the binuclear copper clusters in Cancer magister methemocyanin and Agarieus bispora tyrosinase. In these copper proteins the properties of the binuclear clusters are not complicated by the presence of copper ions of other types.


Copper Protein Ascorbate Oxidase Fungal Laccase Blue Copper Protein Cancer Magister 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard S. Mason
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  1. 1.Department of Biochemistry, School of MedicineUniversity of Oregon Health Sciences CenterPortlandUSA

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