IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: fluoroacetyl-CoA thioesterase

Reaction: fluoroacetyl-CoA + H2O = fluoroacetate + CoA

Systematic name: fluoroacetyl-CoA hydrolase

Comments: Fluoroacetate is extremely toxic. It reacts with CoA to form fluoroacetyl-CoA, which substitutes for acetyl CoA and reacts with EC (citrate synthase) to produce fluorocitrate, a metabolite of which binds very tightly to EC (aconitase) and halts the TCA cycle. This enzyme hydrolyses fluoroacetyl-CoA before it can react with citrate synthase, and thus confers fluoroacetate resistance on the organisms that produce it. It has been described in the poisonous plant Dichapetalum cymosum and the bacterium Streptomyces cattleya, both of which are fluoroacetate producers.

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1. Meyer, J.J.M., Grobbelaar, N., Vleggaar, R. and Louw, A.I. Fluoroacetyl-coenzyme-A hydrolase-like activity in Dichapetalum cymosum. J. Plant Physiol. 139 (1992) 369-372.

2. Huang, F., Haydock, S.F., Spiteller, D., Mironenko, T., Li, T.L., O'Hagan, D., Leadlay, P.F. and Spencer, J.B. The gene cluster for fluorometabolite biosynthesis in Streptomyces cattleya: a thioesterase confers resistance to fluoroacetyl-coenzyme A. Chem. Biol. 13 (2006) 475-484. [PMID: 16720268]

3. Dias, M.V., Huang, F., Chirgadze, D.Y., Tosin, M., Spiteller, D., Dry, E.F., Leadlay, P.F., Spencer, J.B. and Blundell, T.L. Structural basis for the activity and substrate specificity of fluoroacetyl-CoA thioesterase FlK. J. Biol. Chem. 285 (2010) 22495-22504. [PMID: 20430898]

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