1. Dinitrophenylation of 2 +/- 0.2mol of residues/mol of enzyme-bound FMN resulted in the complete inactivation of the flavoenzyme L-lactate oxidase. 2. Hydrolysates of the inactivated enzyme contained 1mol each of Nim-Dnp-histidine (abbreviation: Dnp-,2,4-dinitrophenyl-; Nim indicates that either of the N atoms in the imidazole ring is substituted) and epsilon-Dnp-lysine/mol of FMN. 3. Competitive inhibitors decreased the extent of inactivation to a 10% loss of activity, and dinitrophenylation was decreased from 2 to approx. 0.5mol/mol of FMN. Only Nim-Dnp-histidine was detected in the hydrolysates. 4. Although the dinitrophenylated enzyme did not possess enzyme activitiy, L-lactate reduced approx. 50% of the enzyme-bound flavin slowly (0.6min-1), and approx. 50% of the flavin in the modified enzyme-bound flavin slowly (0.6min-1), and approx. 50% of the flavin in the modified enzyme formed a complex with bisulphite. 6. The modified enzyme (2mol of Dnp/mol of FMN) was unable to bind substrate analogues and competitive inhibitors.
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