Free Radicals in the Catalytic Chemistry of Hemoproteins

  • Paul R. Ortiz de Montellano
Conference paper


The monooxygenases and peroxidases, two of the major types of catalytic hemoproteins, are catalytically distinguished in that cytochrome P-450 enzymes transfer an oxygen atom to their substrates whereas peroxidases abstract one electron from theirs. In general, diffusible free radicals are produced by the peroxidases but not monooxygenases. Solid evidence nevertheless suggests that cytochrome P450-catalyzed reactions proceed via free radical intermediates that are trapped before they diffuse away from the enzymatically generated ferryl oxygen species.


Heme Group P450 Monooxygenases cytOChrome P450 Monooxygenases Catalytic Chemistry Free Radical Intermediate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul R. Ortiz de Montellano
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  1. 1.Department of Pharmaceutical ChemistrySchool of Pharmacy, University of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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