Carbon monoxide oxygenase activity of cytochrome cd1

Biochemistry. 1988 Jul 12;27(14):5383-8. doi: 10.1021/bi00414a064.


Cytochrome cd1 from the denitrifying bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa catalyzes the oxygenation of carbon monoxide by dioxygen. A minimum estimate of the turnover number for this activity is 7 mol of carbon dioxide produced per hour per mole of cytochrome subunit at 30 degrees C and pH 7. The reaction is 98% inhibited by 2.5 mM cyanide, but catalase has no effect. The reaction accounts for the unusual reduction of ferric cytochrome in the presence of carbon monoxide, but no additional reducing agent. The reaction is independent of the steady-state oxidation level of the cytochrome during turnover. Under anaerobic conditions, ferricyanide plus water may substitute for dioxygen as the source of oxidizing equivalents and atomic oxygen.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Aldehyde Oxidoreductases / metabolism*
  • Carbon Monoxide / pharmacology
  • Catalase / metabolism
  • Cyanides / metabolism
  • Cytochrome c Group
  • Cytochromes / metabolism*
  • Nitrite Reductases*
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa / enzymology*


  • Cyanides
  • Cytochrome c Group
  • Cytochromes
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • cytochrome cd1
  • Catalase
  • Aldehyde Oxidoreductases
  • carbon monoxide-methylene blue oxidoreductase
  • Nitrite Reductases