Degree Granting Department
David J. Merkler, Ph.D.
Kinetics, Enzyme, Quinone, Mushroom, Oxygen electrode
Tyrosinase is a widespread, highly studied and important enzyme involved in processes ranging from the browning of mushrooms to roles in mammalian cancer. The enzyme suffers from a noticeable lag phase while the enzyme generates all necessary cofactors from available substrates. There have not been significant studies of the effect on lag from moving through a family of substituted substrates. This thesis reports the results of one such study using a family of N-acyltyramines. The selection of N-acyltyramines was ideal because the substrates in this reaction may be related to synthesis of N-acyldopamines, which serve many important physiological functions. It was concluded that the product formed from N-acetyltyramine is 1-acetyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-indole-6,7-dione, a quinone.
Scholar Commons Citation
Shafer, Jacob A., "N-acyltyramines as substrates for tyrosinase: Enzymatic lag and dopamine precursor" (2009). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.