IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: pyrrole-2-carboxylate decarboxylase

Reaction: (1) pyrrole-2-carboxylate = pyrrole + CO2
(2) pyrrole-2-carboxylate + H2O = pyrrole + HCO3-

Systematic name: pyrrole-2-carboxylate carboxy-lyase

Comments: The enzyme catalyses both the carboxylation and decarboxylation reactions. However, while bicarbonate is the preferred substrate for the carboxylation reaction, decarboxylation produces carbon dioxide. The enzyme is activated by carboxylic acids.

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1. Wieser, M., Fujii, N., Yoshida, T. and Nagasawa, T. Carbon dioxide fixation by reversible pyrrole-2-carboxylate decarboxylase from Bacillus megaterium PYR2910. Eur. J. Biochem. 257 (1998) 495-499. [PMID: 9826198]

2. Omura, H., Wieser, M. and Nagasawa, T. Pyrrole-2-carboxylate decarboxylase from Bacillus megaterium PYR2910, an organic-acid-requiring enzyme. Eur. J. Biochem. 253 (1998) 480-484. [PMID: 9654100]

3. Wieser, M., Yoshida, T. and Nagasawa, T. Microbial synthesis of pyrrole-2-carboxylate by Bacillus megaterium PYR2910. Tetrahedron Lett. 39 (1998) 4309-4310.

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