IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 3-oxo-5α-steroid 4-dehydrogenase (NADP+)

Reaction: a 3-oxo-5α-steroid + NADP+ = a 3-oxo-Δ4-steroid + NADPH + H+

Other name(s): cholestenone 5α-reductase; testosterone Δ4-5α-reductase; steroid 5α-reductase; 3-oxosteroid Δ4-dehydrogenase; 5α-reductase; steroid 5α-hydrogenase; 3-oxosteroid 5α-reductase; testosterone Δ4-hydrogenase; 4-ene-3-oxosteroid 5α-reductase; reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate:Δ4-3-ketosteroid 5α-oxidoreductase; 4-ene-5α-reductase; Δ4-3-ketosteroid 5α-oxidoreductase; cholest-4-en-3-one 5α-reductase; testosterone 5α-reductase; 3-oxo-5α-steroid 4-dehydrogenase

Systematic name: 3-oxo-5α-steroid:NADP+ Δ4-oxidoreductase

Comments: The enzyme catalyses the conversion of assorted 3-oxo-Δ4 steroids into their corresponding 5α form. Substrates for the mammalian enzyme include testosterone, progesterone, and corticosterone. Substrates for the plant enzyme are brassinosteroids such as campest-4-en-3-one and (22α)-hydroxy-campest-4-en-3-one. cf. EC, 3-oxo-5α-steroid 4-dehydrogenase (acceptor).

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 37255-34-8


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[EC created 1972, modified 2012]

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