ⓘ Peroxidases or peroxide reductases are a large group of enzymes which play a role in various biological processes. They are named after the fact that they commo ..


ⓘ Peroxidase

Peroxidases or peroxide reductases are a large group of enzymes which play a role in various biological processes. They are named after the fact that they commonly break up peroxides.


1. Functionality

Peroxidases typically catalyze a reaction of the form:

ROOR ′ + 2 e − electron donor + 2 H + → Peroxidase ROH + R ′ OH {\displaystyle {\ce {ROOR+{\overset {electron \atop donor}{2e^{-}}}+2H+-> {ROH}+ROH}}}

1.1. Functionality Optimal substrates

For many of these enzymes the optimal substrate is hydrogen peroxide, but others are more active with organic hydroperoxides such as lipid peroxides. Peroxidases can contain a heme cofactor in their active sites, or alternately redox-active cysteine or selenocysteine residues.

The nature of the electron donor is very dependent on the structure of the enzyme.

  • On the other hand, for an enzyme such as cytochrome c peroxidase, the compounds that donate electrons are very specific, due to a very narrow active site.
  • For example, horseradish peroxidase can use a variety of organic compounds as electron donors and acceptors. Horseradish peroxidase has an accessible active site, and many compounds can reach the site of the reaction.

1.2. Functionality Classification

Protein families that serve as peroxidases include:

  • Haem-using
  • Di-haem cytochrome c peroxidase
  • Catalase
  • DyP-type peroxidase family
  • haem peroxidase and the related animal heme-dependent peroxidases
  • some haloperoxidase
  • Alkyl hydroperoxide reductase
  • Non-heme
  • Manganese peroxidase
  • Thiol: glutathione peroxidase, peroxiredoxin
  • NADH peroxidase
  • vanadium bromoperoxidase

2. Characterization

The glutathione peroxidase family consists of 8 known human isoforms. Glutathione peroxidases use glutathione as an electron donor and are active with both hydrogen peroxide and organic hydroperoxide substrates. Gpx1, Gpx2, Gpx3, and Gpx4 have been shown to be selenium-containing enzymes, whereas Gpx6 is a selenoprotein in humans with cysteine-containing homologues in rodents.

Amyloid beta, when bound to heme, has been shown to have peroxidase activity.

A typical group of peroxidases are the haloperoxidases. This group is able to form reactive halogen species and, as a result, natural organohalogen substances.

A majority of peroxidase protein sequences can be found in the PeroxiBase database.


3. Pathogenic resistance

While the exact mechanisms have yet to be determined, peroxidases are known to play a part in increasing a plants defenses against pathogens. Many members of the Solanaceae, notably Solanum melongena eggplant/aubergine and Capsicum chinense the habanero/Scotch bonnet varieties of chili peppers use Guaiacol and the enzyme guaiacol peroxidase as a defense against the bacterial parasite Ralstonia solanacearum: the gene expression for this enzyme commences within minutes of bacterial attack.


4. Applications

Peroxidase can be used for treatment of industrial waste waters. For example, phenols, which are important pollutants, can be removed by enzyme-catalyzed polymerization using horseradish peroxidase. Thus phenols are oxidized to phenoxy radicals, which participate in reactions where polymers and oligomers are produced that are less toxic than phenols. It also can be used to convert toxic materials into less harmful substances.

There are many investigations about the use of peroxidase in many manufacturing processes like adhesives, computer chips, car parts, and linings of drums and cans. Other studies have shown that peroxidases may be used successfully to polymerize anilines and phenols in organic solvent matrices.

Peroxidases are sometimes used as histological markers. Cytochrome c peroxidase is used as a soluble, easily purified model for cytochrome c oxidase.

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