IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 2-hydroxyacyl-CoA lyase

Reaction: (1) a 2-hydroxy-3-methyl-Cn-fatty-acyl-CoA = a 2-methyl-branched Cn-1-fatty aldehyde + formyl-CoA
(2) a (2R)-2-hydroxy-Cn-long-chain fatty acyl-CoA = a Cn-1-long-chain fatty aldehyde + formyl-CoA

Other name(s): HACL1 (gene name); 2-hydroxyphytanoyl-CoA lyase; 2-HPCL

Systematic name: 2-hydroxy-3-methyl fatty-CoA formyl-CoA lyase (2-methyl branched fatty aldehyde-forming)

Comments: Requires Mg2+ and thiamine diphosphate. This peroxisomal enzyme, found in animals, is involved in the α-oxidation of 3-methyl-branched fatty acids like phytanic acid and the shortening of 2-hydroxy long-chain fatty acids.

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1. Foulon, V., Antonenkov, V.D., Croes, K., Waelkens, E., Mannaerts, G.P., Van Veldhoven, P.P. and Casteels, M. Purification, molecular cloning, and expression of 2-hydroxyphytanoyl-CoA lyase, a peroxisomal thiamine pyrophosphate-dependent enzyme that catalyzes the carbon-carbon bond cleavage during α-oxidation of 3-methyl-branched fatty acids. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 96 (1999) 10039-10044. [PMID: 10468558]

2. Foulon, V., Sniekers, M., Huysmans, E., Asselberghs, S., Mahieu, V., Mannaerts, G.P., Van Veldhoven, P.P. and Casteels, M. Breakdown of 2-hydroxylated straight chain fatty acids via peroxisomal 2-hydroxyphytanoyl-CoA lyase: a revised pathway for the α-oxidation of straight chain fatty acids. J. Biol. Chem. 280 (2005) 9802-9812. [PMID: 15644336]

3. Casteels, M., Sniekers, M., Fraccascia, P., Mannaerts, G.P. and Van Veldhoven, P.P. The role of 2-hydroxyacyl-CoA lyase, a thiamin pyrophosphate-dependent enzyme, in the peroxisomal metabolism of 3-methyl-branched fatty acids and 2-hydroxy straight-chain fatty acids. Biochem Soc Trans. 35 (2007) 876-880. [PMID: 17956236]

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