IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: aspartate 1-decarboxylase

Reaction: L-aspartate = β-alanine + CO2

For diagram of reaction click here.

Other name(s): aspartate α-decarboxylase; L-aspartate α-decarboxylase; aspartic α-decarboxylase; L-aspartate 1-carboxy-lyase

Systematic name: L-aspartate 1-carboxy-lyase (β-alanine-forming)

Comments: The Escherichia coli enzyme contains a pyruvoyl group.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9024-58-2


1. Williamson, J.M. and Brown, G.M. Purification and properties of L-aspartate-α-decarboxylase, an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of β-alanine in Escherichia coli. J. Biol. Chem. 254 (1979) 8074-8082. [PMID: 381298]

[EC created 1961, deleted 1972, reinstated 1984]

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