IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: lysine 2,3-aminomutase

Reaction: L-lysine = (3S)-3,6-diaminohexanoate

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Systematic name: L-lysine 2,3-aminomutase

Comments: This enzyme is a member of the ’AdoMet radical’ (radical SAM) family. It contains pyridoxal phosphate and a [4Fe-4S] cluster and binds an exchangeable S-adenosyl-L-methionine molecule. Activity in vitro requires a strong reductant such as dithionite and strictly anaerobic conditions. A 5′-deoxyadenosyl radical is generated during the reaction cycle by reductive cleavage of S-adenosyl-L-methionine, mediated by the iron-sulfur cluster. S-adenosyl-L-methionine is regenerated at the end of the reaction.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, GTD, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9075-20-1


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4. Lieder, K.W., Booker, S., Ruzicka, F.J., Beinert, H., Reed, G.H. and Frey, P.A. S-Adenosylmethionine-dependent reduction of lysine 2,3-aminomutase and observation of the catalytically functional iron-sulfur centers by electron paramagnetic resonance. Biochemistry 37 (1998) 2578–2585. [PMID: 9485408]

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6. Frey, P.A. and Reed, G.H. Pyridoxal-5′-phosphate as the catalyst for radical isomerization in reactions of PLP-dependent aminomutases. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1814 (2011) 1548–1557. [PMID: 21435400]

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