Electronic structure contributions to function in bioinorganic chemistry

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Science  12 Mar 1993:
Vol. 259, Issue 5101, pp. 1575-1581
DOI: 10.1126/science.8384374


Many metalloenzymes exhibit distinctive spectral features that are now becoming well understood. These reflect active site electronic structures that can make significant contributions to catalysis. Copper proteins provide well-characterized examples in which the unusual electronic structures of their active sites contribute to rapid, long-range electron transfer reactivity, oxygen binding and activation, and the multielectron reduction of dioxygen to water.