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REVIEW: “Blue” Laccases

O. V. Morozova, G. P. Shumakovich, M. A. Gorbacheva, S. V. Shleev, and A. I. Yaropolov*

Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninskii pr. 33, 119071 Moscow, Russia; fax: (495) 954-2732; E-mail: yaropolov@inbi.ras.ru

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Received April 28, 2007
This review concerns copper-containing oxidases--laccases. Principal biochemical and electrochemical properties of laccases isolated from different sources are described, as well as their structure and mechanism of catalysis. Possible applications of laccases in different fields of biotechnology are discussed.
KEY WORDS: laccase, molecular features, structure, bioelectrocatalysis, biotechnology

DOI: 10.1134/S0006297907100112