We studied the laccase-catalysed oxygenation of methoxyphenolic food ingredients, such as 2-methoxyphenol (guaiacol) and 2,6-dimethoxyphenol (syringol), isomers such as 3- and 4-methoxyphenol, and 2,3-, 3,4- and 3,5-dimethoxyphenol. These methoxyphenolic substrates generate unstable free radicals, which leads to the erroneous determination of steady state rates. The addition of small quantities of ascorbic acid as coupling reagent generates a lag period because it reduces free radicals to methoxyphenols. Measurement of the length of the lag period provides the reliable determination of true steady state rates. We describe the application of this chronometric method to the kinetic characterization of the oxidation of the above methoxyphenolic substrates by Trametes versicolor laccase.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Biological Macromolecules|
|Early online date||18 Nov 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 15 May 2020|