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Thursday, February 14

How Anaerobic Microbes Catalyze Methyl Transfer Reactions:
Metal-Based Nucleophiles and Bioorganometallic Mechanisms

Stephen W. Ragsdale, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
Environmental Sciences Division Seminar
3:00 PM — 4:00 PM, Building 1520, Beech River Room (202)
Contact: Liyuan Liang (, 865.241.3933


This lecture will focus on enzymatic methyl transfer reactions involving vitamin B12 (cobalamin)- and nickel-containing enzymes. Studies over the past decade have uncovered novel reactions in which low valent metal centers act as nucleophiles to initiate the formation of organometallic alkyl-metal species. In addition, these metalloenzymes are regulated by redox state and perform formidable conformational changes during the catalytic cycle.