The Kinetics and Mechanisms of Phosphoenolpyruvate Hydrolysis

S. J. Benkovic, K. J. Schray

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The hydrolytic mechanisms of phosphoenolpyruvate and its reference compound ethyl phosphoenolpyruvate have been investigated. Rate constants for the protomeric species, activation energies, D2O and nonaqueous solvent effects, and methyl phosphate- inorganic phosphate product distribution in methanol- H2O solvent have led to the postulation of: (1) abnormally rapid phosphoenolpyruvate mono- and dianion and ethyl phosphoenolpyruvate monoanion hydrolysis via metaphosphate expulsion possibly involving a cyclic transition state, (2) unusual neutral species hydrolysis, (3) only small (3-40-fold) rate enhancement which was attributable to enol-ketone conversion energy, and (4) no demonstrable kinetically important role for the neighboring group of phosphoenolpyruvate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4090-4096
Number of pages7
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 1968

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry


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