IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 3-dehydroshikimate dehydratase

Reaction: 3-dehydro-shikimate = 3,4-dihydroxybenzoate + H2O

Systematic name: 3-dehydroshikimate hydro-lyase

Comments: Catalyses an early step in the biosynthesis of petrobactin, a siderophore produced by many bacteria, including the human pathogen Bacillus anthracis. Requires divalent ions, with a preference for Mn2+.

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1. Fox, D.T., Hotta, K., Kim, C.Y. and Koppisch, A.T. The missing link in petrobactin biosynthesis: asbF encodes a (–)-3-dehydroshikimate dehydratase. Biochemistry 47 (2008) 12251-12253. [PMID: 18975921]

2. Pfleger, B.F., Kim, Y., Nusca, T.D., Maltseva, N., Lee, J.Y., Rath, C.M., Scaglione, J.B., Janes, B.K., Anderson, E.C., Bergman, N.H., Hanna, P.C., Joachimiak, A. and Sherman, D.H. Structural and functional analysis of AsbF: origin of the stealth 3,4-dihydroxybenzoic acid subunit for petrobactin biosynthesis. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 105 (2008) 17133-17138. [PMID: 18955706]

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