IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: benzoyl-CoA reductase

Reaction: cyclohexa-1,5-diene-1-carbonyl-CoA + oxidized ferredoxin + 2 ADP + 2 phosphate = benzoyl-CoA + reduced ferredoxin + 2 ATP + 2 H2O

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Other name(s): benzoyl-CoA reductase (dearomatizing)

Systematic name: cyclohexa-1,5-diene-1-carbonyl-CoA:ferredoxin oxidoreductase (aromatizing, ATP-forming)

Comments: An iron-sulfur protein. Requires Mg2+ or Mn2+. Inactive towards aromatic acids that are not CoA esters but will also catalyse the reaction: ammonia + acceptor + 2 ADP + 2 phosphate = hydroxylamine + reduced acceptor + 2 ATP + H2O. In the presence of reduced acceptor, but in the absence of oxidizable substrate, the enzyme catalyses the hydrolysis of ATP to ADP plus phosphate.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EAWAG-BBD, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 176591-18-7


1. Boll, M. and Fuchs, G. Benzoyl-coenzyme A reductase (dearomatizing), a key enzyme of anaerobic aromatic metabolism. ATP dependence of the reaction, purification and some properties of the enzyme from Thauera aromatica strain K172. Eur. J. Biochem. 234 (1995) 921-933. [PMID: 8575453]

2. Kung, J.W., Baumann, S., von Bergen, M., Muller, M., Hagedoorn, P.L., Hagen, W.R. and Boll, M. Reversible biological Birch reduction at an extremely low redox potential. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (2010) 9850-9856. [PMID: 20578740]

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