IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 4-methylphenol dehydrogenase (hydroxylating)

Reaction: 4-methylphenol + 4 oxidized azurin + H2O = 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde + 4 reduced azurin + 4 H+ (overall reaction)
(1a) 4-methylphenol + 2 oxidized azurin + H2O = 4-hydroxybenzyl alcohol + 2 reduced azurin + 2 H+
(1b) 4-hydroxybenzyl alcohol + 2 oxidized azurin = 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde + 2 reduced azurin + 2 H+

Glossary: 4-methylphenol = 4-cresol = p-cresol

Other name(s): pchCF (gene names); p-cresol-(acceptor) oxidoreductase (hydroxylating); p-cresol methylhydroxylase; 4-cresol dehydrogenase (hydroxylating)

Systematic name: 4-methylphenol:oxidized azurin oxidoreductase (methyl-hydroxylating)

Comments: This bacterial enzyme contains a flavin (FAD) subunit and a cytochrome c subunit. The flavin subunit abstracts two hydrogen atoms from the substrate, forming a quinone methide intermediate, then hydrates the latter at the benzylic carbon with a hydroxyl group derived from water. The protons are lost to the bulk solvent, while the electrons are passed to the heme on the cytochrome subunit, and from there to azurin, a small copper-binding protein that is co-localized with the enzyme in the periplasm. The first hydroxylation forms 4-hydroxybenzyl alcohol; a second hydroxylation converts this into 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde.

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