Copper has been progressively removed from dopamine-β-hydroxylase by incubation with chelex resin. The relationship between the activity (A) and the copper/protein ratio (r) has been shown to be of the form A⊥r2 which implies that the enzyme catalysed reaction is second order with respect to protein bound copper. These results support a model for the catalytic mechanism involving binuclear copper sites rather than the four copper atoms in the enzyme acting independently.
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