Study of tyrosine and dopa enantiomers as tyrosinase substrates initiating L‐ and D‐melanogenesis pathways

Fernández Juliá, Pedro Jesús, Tudela‐Serrano, Jose, Garcia-Molina, Francisco, Garcia-Canovas, Francisco, García-Jiménez, Antonio and Munoz, Jose (2020) Study of tyrosine and dopa enantiomers as tyrosinase substrates initiating L‐ and D‐melanogenesis pathways. Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry. ISSN 0885-4513 (In Press)

bab.1998.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0.

Download (1MB) | Preview
Official URL:


Tyrosinase starts melanogenesis and determines its course, catalysing the oxidation by molecular oxygen of tyrosine to dopa, and that of dopa to dopaquinone. Then, non‐enzymatic coupling reactions lead to dopachrome, which evolves towards melanins. Recently, it has been reported that D‐tyrosine acts as tyrosinase inhibitor and depigmenting agent. The action of tyrosinase on the enantiomers of tyrosine (L‐tyrosine and D‐tyrosine) and dopa (L‐dopa and D‐dopa) were studied for the first time focusing on quantitative transient phase kinetics. Post‐steady‐state transient phase studies revealed that L‐dopachrome is formed more rapidly than D‐dopachrome. This is due to the lower values of Michaelis constants for L‐enantiomers than for D‐enantiomers, although the maximum rates are equal for both enantiomers. A deeper analysis of the inter‐steady‐state transient phase of monophenols, demonstrated that the enantiomer D‐tyrosine causes a longer lag period, and a lower steady‐state rate, than L‐tyrosine at the same concentration. Therefore, D‐melanogenesis from D‐tyrosine occurs more slowly than does L‐melanogenesis from L‐tyrosine, which suggests the apparent inhibition of melanin biosynthesis by D‐tyrosine.As conclusion, D‐tyrosine acts as a real substrate of tyrosinase, with low catalytic efficiency and, therefore, delays the formation of D‐melanins.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Tyrosinase; Dopa; Tyrosine; melanogenesis; lag phase.
Subjects: C700 Molecular Biology, Biophysics and Biochemistry
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 15:51
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2020 16:00

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics