IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: taurine—pyruvate aminotransferase

Reaction: taurine + pyruvate = L-alanine + 2-sulfoacetaldehyde

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Glossary: 2-sulfoacetaldehyde = 2-oxoethanesulfonate
taurine = 2-aminoethanesulfonate

Other name(s): Tpa

Systematic name: taurine:pyruvate aminotransferase

Comments: The enzyme from the bacterium Bilophila wadsworthia requires pryidoxal 5'-phosphate as a cofactor and catalyses a reversible reaction that starts an anaerobic taurine degradation pathway. β-Alanine is also a significant amino group donor. The enzyme from the bacterium Pseudomonas denitrificans PD1222 can also use hypotaurine, producing 2-sulfinoacetaldehyde, which spontaneously hydrolyses to sulfite and acetaldehyde. Unlike, EC, taurine32-oxoglutarate transaminase, 2-oxoglutarate cannot serve as an acceptor for the amino group.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 51901-18-9


1. Laue, H. and Cook, A.M. Biochemical and molecular characterization of taurine:pyruvate transaminase from the anaerobe Bilophila wadsworthia. Eur. J. Biochem. 267 (2000) 6841-6848. [PMID: 11082195]

2. Cook, A.M. and Denger, K. Dissimilation of the C2 sulfonates. Arch. Microbiol. 179 (2002) 1-6. [PMID: 12471498]

3. Masepohl, B., Fuhrer, F. and Klipp, W. Genetic analysis of a Rhodobacter capsulatus gene region involved in utilization of taurine as a sulfur source. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 205 (2001) 105-111. [PMID: 11728723]

4. Felux, A.K., Denger, K., Weiss, M., Cook, A.M. and Schleheck, D. Paracoccus denitrificans PD1222 utilizes hypotaurine via transamination followed by spontaneous desulfination to yield acetaldehyde and, finally, acetate for growth. J. Bacteriol. 195 (2013) 2921-2930. [PMID: 23603744]

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