Reaction: [(1→4)-N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl]n+m + reduced acceptor + O2 = [(1→4)-N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl]m-1-(1→4)-N-acetyl-2-deoxy-2-amino-D-glucono-1,5-lactone + [(1→4)-N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl]n + acceptor + H2O
Other name(s): LPMO (ambiguous); CBP21; chitin oxidohydrolase
Systematic name: chitin, hydrogen-donor:oxygen oxidoreductase (N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl C1-hydroxylating/C4-dehdrogenating)
Comments: The enzyme cleaves chitin in an oxidative manner, releasing fragments of chitin with an N-acetylamino-D-glucono-1,5-lactone at the reducing end. The initially formed lactone at the reducing end of the shortened chitin chain quickly hydrolyses spontaneously to the aldonic acid. In vitro ascorbate can serve as reducing agent. The enzyme contains copper at the active site.
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