IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: steroid C-25 hydroxylase

Reaction: cholest-4-en-3-one + acceptor + H2O = 25-hydroxycholest-4-en-3-one + reduced acceptor

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Other name(s): s25dA1 (gene name); s25dA1B3 (gene name); s25dA1C3 (gene name); cholesterol C-25 dehydrogenase; steroid C-25 dehydrogenase

Systematic name: cholest-4-en-3-one:acceptor oxidoreductase (25-hydroxylating)

Comments: The enzyme, characterized from the bacterium Sterolibacterium denitrificans, participates in the anaerobic degradation of cholesterol. The enzyme can accept several substrates including vitamin D3. The enzyme contains a bis(guanylyl molybdopterin) cofactor, five [Fe-S] clusters, and one heme b. cf. EC, cholesterol 25-monooxygenase, an oxygen-requiring eukaryotic enzyme that catalyses a similar transformation.

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