IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: octanoyl-[GcvH]:protein N-octanoyltransferase

Reaction: [glycine cleavage system H]-N6-octanoyl-L-lysine + a [lipoyl-carrier protein] = glycine cleavage system H + a [lipoyl-carrier protein]-N6-octanoyl-L-lysine

Glossary: GcvH = glycine cleavage system H]

Other name(s): LipL; octanoyl-[GcvH]:E2 amidotransferase; ywfL (gene name)

Systematic name: [glycine cleavage system H]-N6-octanoyl-L-lysine:[lipoyl-carrier protein]-N6-L-lysine octanoyltransferase

Comments: In the bacterium Bacillus subtilis it has been shown that the enzyme catalyses the amidotransfer of the octanoyl moiety from [glycine cleavage system H]-N6-octanoyl-L-lysine (i.e. octanoyl-GcvH) to the E2 subunit (dihydrolipoamide acetyltransferase) of pyruvate dehydrogenase.

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1. Christensen, Q.H., Martin, N., Mansilla, M.C., de Mendoza, D. and Cronan, J.E. A novel amidotransferase required for lipoic acid cofactor assembly in Bacillus subtilis. Mol. Microbiol. 80 (2011) 350-363. [PMID: 21338421]

2. Martin, N., Christensen, Q.H., Mansilla, M.C., Cronan, J.E. and de Mendoza, D. A novel two-gene requirement for the octanoyltransfer reaction of Bacillus subtilis lipoic acid biosynthesis. Mol. Microbiol. 80 (2011) 335-349. [PMID: 21338420]

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