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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

Abstract

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.