IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: arginine decarboxylase

Reaction: L-arginine = agmatine + CO2

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Glossary: agmatine = (4-aminobutyl)guanidine

Other name(s): L-arginine carboxy-lyase; SpeA

Systematic name: L-arginine carboxy-lyase (agmatine-forming)

Comments: A pyridoxal-phosphate protein.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9024-77-5


1. Blethen, S.L., Boeker, E.A. and Snell, E.E. Argenine decarboxylase from Escherichia coli. I. Purification and specificity for substrates and coenzyme. J. Biol. Chem. 243 (1968) 1671-1677. [PMID: 4870599]

2. Ramakrishna, S. and Adiga, P.R. Arginine decarboxylase from Lathyrus sativus seedlings. Purification and properites. Eur. J. Biochem. 59 (1975) 377-386. [PMID: 1252]

3. Taylor, E.S. and Gale, E.F. Studies on bacterial amino-acid decarboxylases. 6. Codecarboxylase content and action of inhibitors. Biochem. J. 39 (1945) 52-58.

[EC created 1961]

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