Methylphosphonate synthase is a non-heme iron-dependent oxygenase that converts 2-hydroxyethylphosphonate (2-HEP) to methylphosphonate. On the basis of experiments with two enantiomers of a substrate analog, 2- hydroxypropylphosphonate, catalysis is proposed to commence with stereospecific abstraction of the pro-S hydrogen on C2 of the substrate. Experiments with isotopologues of 2-HEP indicate stereospecific hydrogen transfer of the pro-R hydrogen at C2 of the substrate to the methyl group of methylphosphonate. Kinetic studies with these substrate isotopologues reveal that neither hydrogen transfer is rate limiting under saturating substrate conditions. A mechanism is proposed that is consistent with the available data.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry