I.The polyphasic reduction of oxygen to water by purified cytochrome c oxidase

Baltazar D. Reynafarje

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

5 Scopus citations


The time course of oxygen consumption by purified cytochrome oxidase has been studied in reactions where the fully reduced enzyme was rapidly mixed with molecular oxygen. Similar to intact mitochondria (Reynafarje & Davies, Am. J. Physiol. 258, 1990), the enzyme reduces oxygen to water in a kinetically and well defined polyphasic event. The initial rates of O2 consumption depended hyperbolically on O2 concentration, with a bimolecular rate constant of near 107 M-1 s-1. The Vmax of O2 uptake was, however, a complex function of the concentrations of both enzyme and cytochrome c. It is concluded that the reduction of oxygen to water takes place in a cyclic process in which the oxidase undergoes redox changes at rates depending on the relative concentration of the enzyme and its 3 substrates: O2, electrons and protons. No evidence was found for impairments in the intramolecular flow of electrons per se.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)150-156
Number of pages7
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 15 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Molecular Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'I.The polyphasic reduction of oxygen to water by purified cytochrome c oxidase'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this