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  • Sabato D'Auria, CNR
  • Chris Grant, University of Manchester
  • John Honek, University of Waterloo
  • Albert Jeltsch, Universität Stuttgart

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    Redundant zinc binding site in Dihydroorotase?

    Despite possessing an apparently viable second β-zinc binding site, the A. Aeolicus DHO-ATC protein complex appears to require the binding of only one zinc ion for activation, as additional zinc neither binds to the enzyme nor influences its catalytic ability.

    BMC Biochemistry 2013, 14:36



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John F. Honek

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