Catalytic Amine Oxidation under Ambient Aerobic Conditions: Mimicry of Monoamine Oxidase B: Mimicry of Monoamine Oxidase B

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  • External authors:
  • Alexander T Murray
  • Myles J H Dowley
  • Fabienne Pradaux-Caggiano
  • Amgalanbaatar Baldansuren
  • Alistair J Fielding
  • Christopher H Hendon
  • Aron Walsh
  • Guy C Lloyd-Jones
  • Matthew P John
  • David R Carbery


The flavoenzyme monoamine oxidase (MAO) regulates mammalian behavioral patterns by modulating neurotransmitters such as adrenaline and serotonin. The mechanistic basis which underpins this enzyme is far from agreed upon. Reported herein is that the combination of a synthetic flavin and alloxan generates a catalyst system which facilitates biomimetic amine oxidation. Mechanistic and electron paramagnetic (EPR) spectroscopic data supports the conclusion that the reaction proceeds through a radical manifold. This data provides the first example of a biorelevant synthetic model for monoamine oxidase B activity.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8997-9000
Number of pages4
JournalAngewandte Chemie (International ed. in English)
Issue number31
StatePublished - 27 Jul 2015