Title

Decyl nitrite: An aldehyde analog in the bacterial bioluminescence reaction

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-27-1974

Abstract

Decyl nitrite was found to be an effective substitute for aliphatic aldehydes in the light producing reactions of bacterial luciferase. Two other aldehyde analogs, decyl formate and decyl formamide, were inactive. A kinetic isotope effect of 1.7 was found for 1- H-dodecanal in comparison to dodecanal. These results support a Baeyer-Villiger type mechanism for bioluminescence proposed previously. Alkyl nitrites may be useful in the study of other enzymic reactions involving aldehyde substrates. © 1974 Academic Press, Inc. 2

Publication Name

Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications

Volume Number

56

First Page

865

Last Page

868

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1016/S0006-291X(74)80268-8

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