Chloroperoxidase-catalysed oxidation of 4-chloroaniline to 4-chloronitrosobenze.

The Biochemical journal

PubMedID: 743200

Corbett MD, Chipko BR, Baden DG. Chloroperoxidase-catalysed oxidation of 4-chloroaniline to 4-chloronitrosobenze. Biochem J. 1978;175(2):353-60.
The incubation of 4-chloroaniline with chloroperoxidase and H2O2 resulted in a rapid formation of 4-chloronitrosobenzene. This enzymic oxidation displayed a pH optimum at 4.4 with a Km of 8.1x10(-4)M and catalytic-centre activity of 312. The initial rate of the reaction was strongly affected by the presence of halide ions. 4-Chlorophenylhydroxylamine was even more rapidly converted into the nitroso compound. A reaction mechanism is proposed on the basis of currently accepted theory for the catalytic action of chloroperoxidae. A noteworthy aspect of this new reaction is the difference in the products previously reported for the action of classical peroxidases on anilines and the single nitroso product resulting from chloroperoxidase oxidation.