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Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Pathway: 8-amino-7-oxononanoate biosynthesis I

If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.

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Synonyms: 7-keto-8-aminopelargonate biosynthesis I

Superclasses: Biosynthesis Cofactors, Prosthetic Groups, Electron Carriers Biosynthesis Vitamins Biosynthesis Biotin Biosynthesis 7-Keto,8-aminopelargonate Biosynthesis

Biotin is an essential cofactor for carboxyl group transfer enzymes such as acetyl-CoA carboxylase, and is required by all forms of life [Neidhardt96].

Despite the importance and prevalance of biotin, its detailed biosynthetic pathway remained enigmatic for over 70 years. The first complete pathway for biotin synthesis was suggested for its synthesis in E. coli [Lin10].

Biotin consists of two fused heterocyclic rings and a pentanoate side chain, derived from a pimelate-like structure. The early steps of the pathway, which are described here, describe the synthesis of the precursor of the pimelate moiety. The late steps of the pathway, which are responsible for forming the two rings in the structure of biotin, are described in biotin biosynthesis from 8-amino-7-oxononanoate I.

The origins of the biotin carbon atoms in E. coli are known from 13C NMR analysis of products labeled in vivo [Ifuku94, Sanyal94]. The C3, C5 and C7 carbons are derived from carbon C1 of acetate, while the C2, C4 and C6 carbons are derived from carbon C2 of acetate. The C1 carbon originates from CO2. This labeling pattern indicated that the pimeloyl moiety of biotin is formed by head-to-tail incorporation of three intact acetate units, similar to the synthesis of fatty acids [Sanyal94]. As the biotin C1 and C7 atoms show different labeling patterns, free pimelic acid (a symmetrical molecule) could not be an intermediate, and thus it has been assumed that pimeloyl-CoA is the precursor [Webb07].

The elucidation of the pathway proved difficult, mostly since only two genes, bioC and bioH, were implicated in the synthesis of the pimeloyl moiety [Cleary72, Lemoine96, Rolfe68]. Based on these finding, there have been several suggestions that enzymes of the fatty acid biosynthesis pathway are involved, although none of these suggestions could explain the full process [Sanyal94, Lezius63]. An inclusive model was finally suggested in 2010 [Lin10] and later refined. Based on this model, BioC converts the free carboxyl group of a malonyl-[acp] to its methyl ester by transfer of a methyl group from S-adenosyl-L-methionine [Lin12a]. The newly acquired methyl group mimics the methyl ends of normal fatty acyl chains, and enables the esterified a malonyl-[acp] methyl ester to enter the fatty acid synthetic pathway.

Two reiterations of the fatty acid elongation cycle (see fatty acid elongation -- saturated) produce pimeloyl-[acp] methyl ester, which is cleaved by BioH to give pimeloyl-[acp]. The [acp] protein is then removed in a complex reaction catalyzed by BioF, forming 8-amino-7-oxononanoate, the first intermediate in biotin ring assembly.

According to this model, the introduction of the methyl ester early in the pathway disguises the biotin synthetic intermediates so that they become substrates for the fatty acid synthetic pathway. When the synthesis of the pimeloyl moiety is complete and disguise is no longer needed, the methyl group is removed to free the carboxyl group that will eventually be used to attach biotin to its target metabolic enzymes.

An in vitro system that uses dialyzed cell extracts was used in combination with several mutant strains and purified proteins to verify the proposed pathway [Lin10].

Superpathways: biotin biosynthesis I

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