IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: D-proline reductase

Reaction: 5-aminopentanoate + a [PrdC protein with a selenide-sulfide bridge] = D-proline + a [PrdC protein with thiol/selenol residues]

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Other name(s): prdAB (gene names); D-proline reductase (dithiol)

Systematic name: 5-aminopentanoate:[PrdC protein] oxidoreductase (cyclizing)

Comments: A pyruvoyl- and L-selenocysteine-containing enzyme found in a number of Clostridial species. The pyruvoyl group, located on the PrdA subunit, binds the substrate, while the selenocysteine residue, located on the PrdB subunit, attacks the α-C-atom of D-proline, leading to a reductive cleavage of the C-N-bond of the pyrrolidine ring and formation of a selenoether. The selenoether is cleaved by a cysteine residue of PrdB, resulting in a mixed selenide-sulfide bridge, which is restored to its reduced state by another selenocysteine protein, PrdC. 5-aminopentanoate is released from PrdA by hydrolysis, regenerating the pyruvoyl moiety. The resulting mixed selenide-sulfide bridge in PrdC is reduced by NADH.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, ExplorEnz, KEGG, MetaCyc, CAS registry number: 37255-43-9


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