Oxygenases and Oxidases:Hypothesis

  • H. S. Mason
Conference paper
Part of the Colloquium der Gesellschaft für Biologische Chemie 14.–16. April 1983 in Mosbach/Baden book series (MOSBACH, volume 34)


I thank Professors Sund and Ullrich for their kind invitation to join this celebration of Otto Warburg’s 100th birthday. It is now more than 50 years since he and Negelein established cytochrome a3 as the “oxygen transporting” or autoxidizable component of the respiratory chain (Warburg and Negelein 1928), laying foundations for the modern structure of bioenergetics (Keilin 1966). Twenty-five years later, a new mode of dioxygen utilization was discovered (Mason et al. 1955; Hayaishi et al. 1955) and the number and variety of known biological dioxygen activation reactions greatly increased. The chemical biology of dioxygen is now very diverse and involves intercession of many dioxygen binding and activating proteins (Keevil and Mason 1978; Mason 1981).


Prosthetic Group Sulfite Oxidase Heme Pocket Blue Copper Protein External Type 
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  • H. S. Mason
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  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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