The use of deuterated camphor as a substrate in (1)H ENDOR studies of hydroxylation by cryoreduced oxy P450cam provides new evidence of the involvement of compound I. Academic Article uri icon


  • Electron paramagnetic resonance and (1)H electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopies have been used to analyze intermediate states formed during the hydroxylation of (1R)-camphor (H(2)-camphor) and (1R)-5,5-dideuterocamphor (D(2)-camphor) as induced by cryoreduction (77 K) and annealing of the ternary ferrous cytochrome P450cam-O(2)-substrate complex. Hydroxylation of H(2)-camphor produced a primary product state in which 5-exo-hydroxycamphor is coordinated with Fe(III). ENDOR spectra contained signals derived from two protons [Fe(III)-bound C5-OH(exo) and C5-H(endo)] from camphor. When D(2)-camphor was hydroxylated under the same condition in H(2)O or D(2)O buffer, both ENDOR H(exo) and H(endo) signals are absent. For D(2)-camphor in H(2)O buffer, H/D exchange causes the C5-OH(exo) signal to reappear during relaxation upon annealing to 230 K; for H(2)-camphor in D(2)O, the magnitude of the C5-OH(exo) signal decreases via H/D exchange. These observations clearly show that Compound I is the reactive species in the hydroxylation of camphor in P450cam.

published proceedings

  • Biochemistry

author list (cited authors)

  • Davydov, R., Dawson, J. H., Perera, R., & Hoffman, B. M.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Davydov, Roman||Dawson, John H||Perera, Roshan||Hoffman, Brian M

publication date

  • January 2013