IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: D-xylose reductase

Reaction: xylitol + NAD(P)+ = D-xylose + NAD(P)H + H+

Other name(s): XylR; XyrA; msXR; dsXR; monospecific xylose reductase; dual specific xylose reductase; NAD(P)H-dependent xylose reductase; xylose reductase

Systematic name: xylitol:NAD(P)+ oxidoreductase

Comments: Xylose reductase catalyses the initial reaction in the xylose utilization pathway, the NAD(P)H dependent reduction of xylose to xylitol.

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1. Neuhauser, W., Haltrich, D., Kulbe, K.D. and Nidetzky, B. NAD(P)H-dependent aldose reductase from the xylose-assimilating yeast Candida tenuis. Isolation, characterization and biochemical properties of the enzyme. Biochem. J. 326 (1997) 683-692. [PMID: 9307017]

2. Nidetzky, B., Bruggler, K., Kratzer, R. and Mayr, P. Multiple forms of xylose reductase in Candida intermedia: comparison of their functional properties using quantitative structure-activity relationships, steady-state kinetic analysis, and pH studies. J. Agric. Food Chem. 51 (2003) 7930-7935. [PMID: 14690376]

3. Iablochkova, E.N., Bolotnikova, O.I., Mikhailova, N.P., Nemova, N.N. and Ginak, A.I. The activity of xylose reductase and xylitol dehydrogenase in yeasts. Mikrobiologiia 72 (2003) 466-469. [PMID: 14526534] (in Russian)

4. Chen, L.C., Huang, S.C., Chuankhayan, P., Chen, C.D., Huang, Y.C., Jeyakanthan, J., Pang, H.F., Men, L.C., Chen, Y.C., Wang, Y.K., Liu, M.Y., Wu, T.K. and Chen, C.J. Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray crystallographic analysis of xylose reductase from Candida tropicalis. Acta Crystallogr. Sect. F Struct. Biol. Cryst. Commun. 65 (2009) 419-421. [PMID: 19342796]

5. Verduyn, C., Van Kleef, R., Frank, J., Schreuder, H., Van Dijken, J.P. and Scheffers, W.A. Properties of the NAD(P)H-dependent xylose reductase from the xylose-fermenting yeast Pichia stipitis. Biochem. J. 226 (1985) 669-677. [PMID: 3921014]

6. Fernandes, S., Tuohy, M.G. and Murray, P.G. Xylose reductase from the thermophilic fungus Talaromyces emersonii: cloning and heterologous expression of the native gene (Texr) and a double mutant (TexrK271R + N273D) with altered coenzyme specificity. J Biosci 34 (2009) 881-890. [PMID: 20093741]

7. Lee, J.K., Koo, B.S. and Kim, S.Y. Cloning and characterization of the xyl1 gene, encoding an NADH-preferring xylose reductase from Candida parapsilosis, and its functional expression in Candida tropicalis. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 69 (2003) 6179-6188. [PMID: 14532079]

8. Woodyer, R., Simurdiak, M., van der Donk, W.A. and Zhao, H. Heterologous expression, purification, and characterization of a highly active xylose reductase from Neurospora crassa. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 71 (2005) 1642-1647. [PMID: 15746370]

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