IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: carnitine decarboxylase

Reaction: carnitine = 2-methylcholine + CO2

Other name(s): carnitine carboxy-lyase

Systematic name: carnitine carboxy-lyase (2-methylcholine-forming)

Comments: Requires ATP.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 37237-38-0


1. Khairallah, E.A. and Wolf, G. Carnitine decarboxylase. The conversion of carnitine to β-methylcholine. J. Biol. Chem. 242 (1967) 32-39. [PMID: 6016331]

[EC created 1972]

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