Molecule of manganese superoxide dismutase

Molecule of manganese superoxide dismutase

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Caption: Computer graphics representation of manganese superoxide dismutase, an enzyme involved in aerobic respiration. This enzyme, from the bacterium, Bacillus stearothermophilus, scavenges & decomposes the potentially toxic first reduction product, superoxide, of aerobic respiration. A family of such enzymes exists, each capable of binding to different metal ions, found at different locations in the organism. Here, a dimer of two superoxide dismutase subunits is seen bound to a single manganese atom (in green). The alpha carbon backbone of each monomer appears as either a red or blue ribbon.

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Keywords: aerobic, aerobic respiration, chemical, chemistry, compound, compounds, dismutase enzymes, enzyme, enzymes, manganese superoxide dismutas, molecule, molecules, respiration, superoxide, superoxide dismutase enzymes

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