IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: (R)-amidase

Reaction: (1) (R)-piperazine-2-carboxamide + H2O = (R)-piperazine-2-carboxylate + NH3
(2) β-alaninamide + H2O = β-alanine + NH3

Other name(s): R-stereospecific amidase; R-amidase

Systematic name: (R)-piperazine-2-carboxamide amidohydrolase

Comments: In addition (R)-piperidine-3-carboxamide is hydrolysed to (R)-piperidine-3-carboxylic acid and NH3, and (R)-N-tert-butylpiperazine-2-carboxamide is hydrolysed to (R)-piperazine-2-carboxylic acid and tert-butylamine with lower activity. The enzyme does not act on the other amide substrates which are hydrolysed by EC (amidase).

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1. Komeda, H., Harada, H., Washika, S., Sakamoto, T., Ueda, M. and Asano, Y. A novel R-stereoselective amidase from Pseudomonas sp. MCI3434 acting on piperazine-2-tert-butylcarboxamide. Eur. J. Biochem. 271 (2004) 1580-1590. [PMID: 15066183]

[EC created 2009, modified 2011]

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