IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: erythrose-4-phosphate dehydrogenase

Reaction: D-erythrose 4-phosphate + NAD+ + H2O = 4-phosphoerythronate + NADH + 2 H+

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Other name(s): erythrose 4-phosphate dehydrogenase; E4PDH; GapB; Epd dehydrogenase; E4P dehydrogenase

Systematic name: D-erythrose 4-phosphate:NAD+ oxidoreductase

Comments: This enzyme was originally thought to be a glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (EC, but this has since been disproved, as glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate is not a substrate [1,2]. Forms part of the pyridoxal-5'-phosphate coenzyme biosynthesis pathway in Escherichia coli, along with EC (4-phosphoerythronate dehydrogenase), EC (phosphoserine transaminase), EC (4-hydroxythreonine-4-phosphate dehydrogenase), EC (pyridoxine 5'-phosphate synthase) and EC (pyridoxamine-phosphate oxidase).

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 131554-04-6


1. Zhao, G., Pease, A.J., Bharani, N. and Winkler, M.E. Biochemical characterization of gapB-encoded erythrose 4-phosphate dehydrogenase of Escherichia coli K-12 and its possible role in pyridoxal 5'-phosphate biosynthesis. J. Bacteriol. 177 (1995) 2804-2812. [PMID: 7751290]

2. Boschi-Muller, S., Azza, S., Pollastro, D., Corbier, C. and Branlant, G. Comparative enzymatic properties of GapB-encoded erythrose-4-phosphate dehydrogenase of Escherichia coli and phosphorylating glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase. J. Biol. Chem. 272 (1997) 15106-15112. [PMID: 9182530]

3. Yang, Y., Zhao, G., Man, T.K. and Winkler, M.E. Involvement of the gapA- and epd (gapB)-encoded dehydrogenases in pyridoxal 5'-phosphate coenzyme biosynthesis in Escherichia coli K-12. J. Bacteriol. 180 (1998) 4294-4299. [PMID: 9696782]

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