IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: glutamate synthase (NADH)

Reaction: 2 L-glutamate + NAD+ = L-glutamine + 2-oxoglutarate + NADH + H+
(1a) L-glutamate + NH3 = L-glutamine + H2O
(1b) L-glutamate + NAD+ + H2O = NH3 + 2-oxoglutarate + NADH + H+

For diagram of reaction click here.

Other name(s): glutamate (reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) synthase; NADH: GOGAT; L-glutamate synthase (NADH); L-glutamate synthetase; NADH-glutamate synthase; NADH-dependent glutamate synthase

Systematic name: L-glutamate:NAD+ oxidoreductase (transaminating)

Comments: A flavoprotein (FMN). The reaction takes place in the direction of L-glutamate production. The protein is composed of two domains, one hydrolysing L-glutamine to NH3 and L-glutamate (cf. EC, glutaminase), the other combining the produced NH3 with 2-oxoglutarate to produce a second molecule of L-glutamate (cf. EC, glutamate dehydrogenase).

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, ExplorEnz, IUBMB, KEGG, MetaCyc, CAS registry number: 65589-88-0


1. Roon, R.J., Even, H.L. and Larimore, F. Glutamate synthase: properties of the reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide-dependent enzyme from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. J. Bacteriol. 118 (1974) 89-95. [PMID: 4362465]

2. Boland, M.J. and Benny, A.G. Enzymes of nitrogen metabolism in legume nodules. Purification and properties of NADH-dependent glutamate synthase from lupin nodules. Eur. J. Biochem. 79 (1977) 355-362. [PMID: 21790]

3. Masters, D.S., Jr. and Meister, A. Inhibition of homocysteine sulfonamide of glutamate synthase purified from Saccharomyces cerevisiae. J. Biol. Chem 257 (1982) 8711-8715. [PMID: 7047525]

4. Anderson, M.P., Vance, C.P., Heichel, G.H. and Miller, S.S. Purification and characterization of NADH-glutamate synthase from alfalfa root nodules. Plant Physiol. 90 (1989) 351-358. [PMID: 16666762]

5. Blanco, L., Reddy, P.M., Silvente, S., Bucciarelli, B., Khandual, S., Alvarado-Affantranger, X., Sanchez, F., Miller, S., Vance, C. and Lara-Flores, M. Molecular cloning, characterization and regulation of two different NADH-glutamate synthase cDNAs in bean nodules. Plant Cell Environ 31 (2008) 454-472. [PMID: 18182018]

[EC created 1978, modified 2019]

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