The allene oxide synthase (AOS) was purified from corn (Zea mays) seeds to homogeneity and characterized partially. The corn AOS was a hemoprotein cytochrome P450 with a molecular weight and pI of 53,000 and 6.0, respectively. The corn AOS was found to be irreversibly inactivated by a substrate, 13-hydroperoxyoctadienoic acid. The rate of the enzyme inactivation was higher at low pHs. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.
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