IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 5β-cholestane-3α,7α-diol 12α-hydroxylase

Reaction: (1) 5β-cholestane-3α,7α-diol + [reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + O2 = 5β-cholestane-3α,7α,12α-triol + [oxidized NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + H2O
(2) 7α-hydroxycholest-4-en-3-one + [reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + O2 = 7α,12α-dihydroxycholest-4-en-3-one + [oxidized NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + H2O
(3) chenodeoxycholate + [reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + O2 = cholate + [oxidized NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + H2O

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Glossary: chenodeoxycholate = 3α,7α-dihydroxy-5β-cholan-24-oate
cholate = 3α,7α-12α-trihydroxy-5β-cholan-24-oate

Other name(s): 5β-cholestane-3α,7α-diol 12α-monooxygenase; sterol 12α-hydroxylase (ambiguous); CYP8B1; cytochrome P450 8B1; 7α-hydroxycholest-4-en-3-one 12α-hydroxylase; 7α-hydroxy-4-cholesten-3-one 12α-monooxygenase; chenodeoxycholate 12α monooxygenase

Systematic name: 5β-cholestane-3α,7α-diol,[reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase]:oxygen oxidoreductase (12α-hydroxylating)

Comments: A cytochrome P-450 (heme-thiolate) protein found in mammals. This is the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of the bile acid cholate. The enzyme can also hydroxylate 5β-cholestane-3α,7α-diol at the 25 and 26 position, but to a lesser extent [2].

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