Catalytic Properties of Horseradish Peroxidase Reconstituted with the 8-(Hydroxymethyl)- and 8-Formylheme Derivatives

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Recent studies suggest that 8-(thiomethyl)- and 8-formylheme modifications may be present in, respectively, lactoperoxidase and myeloperoxidase. To examine whether these heme modifications contribute to the unusual catalytic properties of the mammalian peroxidases, we have reconstituted apohorseradish peroxidase (HRP) with 8-(hydroxymethyl)heme (8HM-HRP) and 8-formylheme (8F-HRP) and have characterized the reconstituted enzymes. Native HRP and 8HM-HRP have identical spectra in the ferric, compound I, and compound II states. In contrast, the Soret band of 8F-HRP is at 417 rather than 402 nm and that of its compound II species is at 436 rather than 416 nm. Compound I was observed as a transient species with 8F-HRP. The rate of formation of compound I was the same for native and 8HM-HRP, but the pseudo-first-order constant for decay of compound I was 0.021 s-1 for 8HM-HRP and 0.010 S-1 for native HRP. The rates of oxidation of guaiacol, iodide, and thioanisole are the same for native HRP and 8HM-HRP but are significantly slower for 8F-HRP. The stereospecificity of thioanisole oxidation is the same for native and 8HM-HRP, but differs for 8F-HRP. For guaiacol, which was studied in detail, Km = 2.3 mM and kcat = 33 s-1 for 8F-HRP versus Km = 1.8 mM and kcat = 104 s-1 for native HRP. 8HM-HRP oxidizes ethylhydrazine and azide to the ethyl and azidyl radicals, respectively, and is simultaneously inactivated. 8F-HRP is also slowly inactivated by ethylhydrazine and azide. Inactivation of 8HM-HRP by azide is associated with the formation of a heme adduct with the electronic absorption and mass spectrometric properties expected of δ-meso-azido-8-(hydroxymethyl)heme. Neither of the reconstituted enzymes oxidizes styrene, chloride, or bromide at detectable rates. The catalytic properties of HRP and 8HM-HRP are thus similar whereas those of 8F-HRP are altered, but in neither instance does the modification convey the ability to oxidize bromide or chloride ions. © 1993, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.

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