IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: γ-glutamylcyclotransferase

Reaction: α-(γ-L-glutamyl)-L-amino acid = α-L-amino acid + 5-oxo-L-proline

Other name(s): γ-glutamyl-amino acid cyclotransferase; γ-L-glutamylcyclotransferase; L-glutamic cyclase; (5-L-glutamyl)-L-amino-acid 5-glutamyltransferase (cyclizing); GGCT

Systematic name: α-(γ-L-glutamyl)-L-amino-acid γ-glutamyl cyclotransferase (5-oxo-L-proline producing)

Comments: The enzyme, found in animals and plants, acts on derivatives of L-glutamate, L-2-aminobutanoate, L-alanine and glycine. The enzyme acts as a cyclotransferase, cleaving the amide bond via transamidation using the α-amine of the L-glutamyl residue, releasing it as the cyclic 5-oxo-L-proline.

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1. Bodnaryk, R.P. and McGirr, L. Purification, properties and function of a unique γ-glutamyl cyclotransferase from the housefly, Musca domestica L. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 315 (1973) 352-362.

2. Orlowski, M., Richman, P.G. and Meister, A. Isolation and properties of γ-L-glutamylcyclotransferase from human brain. Biochemistry 8 (1969) 1048-1055. [PMID: 5781001]

3. Oakley, A.J., Yamada, T., Liu, D., Coggan, M., Clark, A.G. and Board, P.G. The identification and structural characterization of C7orf24 as γ-glutamyl cyclotransferase. An essential enzyme in the γ-glutamyl cycle. J. Biol. Chem. 283 (2008) 22031-22042. [PMID: 18515354]

4. Paulose, B., Chhikara, S., Coomey, J., Jung, H.I., Vatamaniuk, O. and Dhankher, O.P. A γ-glutamyl cyclotransferase protects Arabidopsis plants from heavy metal toxicity by recycling glutamate to maintain glutathione homeostasis. Plant Cell 25 (2013) 4580-4595. [PMID: 24214398]

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