IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 2-hydroxy-3-oxoadipate synthase

Reaction: 2-oxoglutarate + glyoxylate = 2-hydroxy-3-oxoadipate + CO2

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Glossary: thiamine diphosphate

Other name(s): 2-hydroxy-3-oxoadipate glyoxylate-lyase (carboxylating); α-ketoglutaric-glyoxylic carboligase; oxoglutarate: glyoxylate carboligase

Systematic name: 2-oxoglutarate:glyoxylate succinaldehydetransferase (decarboxylating)

Comments: The bacterial enzyme requires thiamine diphosphate. The product decarboxylates to 5-hydroxy-4-oxopentanoate. The enzyme can decarboxylate 2-oxoglutarate. Acetaldehyde can replace glyoxylate.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9054-72-2


1. Schlossberg, M.A., Bloom, R.J., Richert, D.A. and Westerfield, W.W. Carboligase activity of α-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase. Biochemistry 9 (1970) 1148-1153. [PMID: 5418712]

2. Schlossberg, M.A., Richert, D.A., Bloom, R.J. and Westerfield, W.W. Isolation and identification of 5-hydroxy-4-ketovaleric acid as a product of α-ketoglutarate: glyoxylate carboligase. Biochemistry 7 (1968) 333-337. [PMID: 4320439]

3. Stewart, P.R. and Quayle, J.R. The synergistic decarboxylation of glyoxalate and 2-oxoglutarate by an enzyme system from pig-liver mitochondria. Biochem. J. 102 (1967) 885-897.

[EC created 1972 as EC, transferred 2002 to EC]

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