Highlight | Structural biology
Despite the phytosanitary (molecular target of herbicides) and pharmaceutical interests (HPPD inhibitors are used as therapeutic agents and are undergoing clinical trials in the treatment of Parkinson's disease), the reaction mechanism of 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate dioxygenase (HPPD) has not yet been fully elucidated. Researchers at the Plant Cell & Physiology laboratory and at the Chemistry and Biology of Metals laboratory determined the role of catalytic residues that may interact with the substrate and with the reaction intermediates of HPPD.
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