IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: arginine N-succinyltransferase

Reaction: succinyl-CoA + L-arginine = CoA + N2-succinyl-L-arginine

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Other name(s): arginine succinyltransferase; AstA; arginine and ornithine N2-succinyltransferase; AOST; AST (ambiguous); succinyl-CoA:L-arginine 2-N-succinyltransferase

Systematic name: succinyl-CoA:L-arginine N2-succinyltransferase

Comments: Also acts on L-ornithine. This is the first enzyme in the arginine succinyltransferase (AST) pathway for the catabolism of arginine [1]. This pathway converts the carbon skeleton of arginine into glutamate, with the concomitant production of ammonia and conversion of succinyl-CoA into succinate and CoA. The five enzymes involved in this pathway are EC (arginine N-succinyltransferase), EC (N-succinylarginine dihydrolase), EC (succinylornithine transaminase), EC (succinylglutamate-semialdehyde dehydrogenase) and EC (succinylglutamate desuccinylase) [2,6].

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 99676-48-9


1. Vander Wauven, C., Jann, A., Haas, D., Leisinger, T. and Stalon, V. N2-succinylornithine in ornithine catabolism of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Arch. Microbiol. 150 (1988) 400-404. [PMID: 3144259]

2. Vander Wauven, C. and Stalon, V. Occurrence of succinyl derivatives in the catabolism of arginine in Pseudomonas cepacia. J. Bacteriol. 164 (1985) 882-886. [PMID: 2865249]

3. Tricot, C., Vander Wauven, C., Wattiez, R., Falmagne, P. and Stalon, V. Purification and properties of a succinyltransferase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa specific for both arginine and ornithine. Eur. J. Biochem. 224 (1994) 853-861. [PMID: 7523119]

4. Itoh, Y. Cloning and characterization of the aru genes encoding enzymes of the catabolic arginine succinyltransferase pathway in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J. Bacteriol. 179 (1997) 7280-7290. [PMID: 9393691]

5. Schneider, B.L., Kiupakis, A.K. and Reitzer, L.J. Arginine catabolism and the arginine succinyltransferase pathway in Escherichia coli. J. Bacteriol. 180 (1998) 4278-4286. [PMID: 9696779]

6. Cunin, R., Glansdorff, N., Pierard, A. and Stalon, V. Biosynthesis and metabolism of arginine in bacteria. Microbiol. Rev. 50 (1986) 314-352. [PMID: 3534538]

[EC created 1989, modified 2006]

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