IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: lysine racemase

Reaction: L-lysine = D-lysine

Systematic name: lysine racemase

Comments: The enzyme is involved in a lysine catabolic pathway.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, GTD, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9024-10-6


1. Huang, H.T. and Davisson, J.W. Distribution of lysine racemase in bacteria. J. Bacteriol. 76 (1958) 495-498. [PMID: 13598707]

2. Huang, H.T. dl-Lysine production by lysine racemase. Patent US2944943, Chem. Abstr., 54 (1960), 20073.

3. Chen, I.C., Lin, W.D., Hsu, S.K., Thiruvengadam, V. and Hsu, W.H. Isolation and characterization of a novel lysine racemase from a soil metagenomic library. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 75 (2009) 5161-5166. [PMID: 19502445]

4. Kato, S., Hemmi, H. and Yoshimura, T. Lysine racemase from a lactic acid bacterium, Oenococcus oeni: structural basis of substrate specificity. J. Biochem. 152 (2012) 505-508. [PMID: 23035128]

[EC created 1961]

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