Reaction: an (R)-2-hydroxycarboxylate + NADP+ = a 2-oxocarboxylate + NADPH + H+
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Other name(s): ddh (gene name)
Systematic name: (R)-2-hydroxycarboxylate:NADP+ oxidoreductase
Comments: This enzyme, characterized from the halophilic archaeon Haloferax mediterranei and the mold Aspergillus oryzae, catalyses a stereospecific reduction of 2-oxocarboxylic acids into the corresponding D-2-hydroxycarboxylic acids. The enzyme prefers substrates with a main chain of 5 carbons (such as 4-methyl-2-oxopentanoate) to those with a shorter chain, and can use NADH with much lower efficiency. cf. EC 126.96.36.1995, (D)-2-hydroxyacid dehydrogenase (NAD+).
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 81210-65-3
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