IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase system

Reaction: 2-oxoglutarate + CoA + NAD+ = succinyl-CoA + CO2 + NADH

Other name(s): 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex

Systematic name: 2-oxoglutarate:NAD+ 2-oxidoreductase (CoA-succinylating)

Comments: The 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase system is a large enzyme complex that belongs to the 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase system family, which also includes EC, branched-chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase system, EC, pyruvate dehydrogenase system, EC, acetoin dehydrogenase system. With the exception of the glycine cleavage system, which contains 4 components, the 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase systems share a common structure, consisting of three main components, namely a 2-oxoacid dehydrogenase (E1), a dihydrolipoamide acyltransferase (E2), and a dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase (E3). This enzyme system converts 2-oxoglutarate to succinyl-CoA and produces NADH and CO2 in a complicated series of irreversible reactions. The reaction catalysed by this system is the sum of three activities: EC, oxoglutarate dehydrogenase (succinyl-transferring) (E1), EC, dihydrolipoyllysine-residue succinyltransferase (E2) and EC, dihydrolipoyl dehydrogenase (E3).

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