Reaction: 5-methyltetrahydrofolate + 2 oxidized ferredoxin = 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate + 2 reduced ferredoxin + 2 H+
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Other name(s): 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase
Systematic name: 5-methyltetrahydrofolate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase
Comments: An iron-sulfur flavoprotein that also contains zinc. The enzyme from Clostridium formicoaceticum catalyses the reduction of methylene blue, menadione, benzyl viologen, rubredoxin or FAD with 5-methyltetrahydrofolate and the oxidation of reduced ferredoxin or FADH2 with 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate. However, unlike EC 220.127.116.11, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (NADPH); EC 18.104.22.168, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (NADH); or EC 22.214.171.124, methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase [NAD(P)H], there is no activity with either NADH or NADP.
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1. Clark, J.E. and Ljungdahl, L.G. Purification and properties of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, an iron-sulfur flavoprotein from Clostridium formicoaceticum. J. Biol. Chem. 259 (1984) 10845-10849. [PMID: 6381490]