IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: N-substituted formamide deformylase

Reaction: N-benzylformamide + H2O = formate + benzylamine

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Other name(s): NfdA

Systematic name: N-benzylformamide amidohydrolase

Comments: Zinc is a cofactor. While N-benzylformamide is the best substrate, the enzyme from Arthrobacter pascens can also act on the N-substituted formamides N-butylformamide, N-allylformamide, N-[2-(cyclohex-1-enyl)ethyl]formamide and N-(1-phenylethyl)formamide, but much more slowly. Amides of other acids do not act as substrates.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 115299-95-1


1. Fukatsu, H., Hashimoto, Y., Goda, M., Higashibata, H. and Kobayashi, M. Amine-synthesizing enzyme N-substituted formamide deformylase: screening, purification, characterization, and gene cloning. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 101 (2004) 13726-13731. [PMID: 15358859]

[EC created 2005]

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