PMID: 8134Aug 24, 1976

Photooxidation of methionine with immobilized methylene blue as photooxidizer

Biochimica Et Biophysica Acta
C Lewis, W H Scouten


Methylene blue immobilized on porous glass beads was used to catalyze the photooxidation of methionine alone and the methionine residues of lysozyme. A solution of 2 mM methionine in 50% acetic acid was oxidized to methionine sulfoxide in the presence of immobilized methylene blue after 6 h of photooxidation at 37 degrees C. Selective photooxidation of the methionyl residues in lysozyme was achieved after 26 h of reaction in 84% acetic acid at 4 degrees C. The specific activity of lysozyme exposed to light in the presence of methylene blue decreased by 94%, while that of a lysozyme solution in the presence of methylene blue not exposed to light decreased by 21%. The lysozyme solution exposed to light but not containing the methylene blue beads lost 33% of its specific activity after the same period of photooxidation. It was shown that the decrease in enzyme activity was not caused by adsorption of the enzyme onto the beads.


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