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Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 Pathway: cinnamate and 3-hydroxycinnamate degradation to 2-oxopent-4-enoate
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Pathway diagram: cinnamate and 3-hydroxycinnamate degradation to 2-oxopent-4-enoate

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Locations of Mapped Genes:

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Genetic Regulation Schematic

Genetic regulation schematic for cinnamate and 3-hydroxycinnamate degradation to 2-oxopent-4-enoate

Superclasses: Degradation/Utilization/AssimilationAromatic Compounds DegradationPhenolic Compounds Degradation

General Background

Phenylpropanoid compounds are abundant in natural environments where they can originate from putrefaction of proteins in soil or as breakdown products of plant materials such as lignin, various oils, and resins. Microbial catabolism of phenylpropanoids plays an important role in the natural degradation of these compounds (in [Diaz98]).

The degradation of the phenylpropanoids trans-cinnamate, 3-phenylpropionate (3-phenylpropanoate) and their hydroxylated derivatives has been reported in several members of the Proteobacteria and Actinobacteria [Dagley65, Andreoni86, Strickland73, Barnes97] including Escherichia coli K-12 and other strains of E. coli [Burlingame83a]. In E. coli K-12 this pathway is one of only two aromatic-ring-cleavage pathways that are found in the organism. The other aromatic-ring-cleavage pathway is phenylacetate degradation I (aerobic).

About This Pathway

The mhp and hca encoded enzymes of the pathway shown here can metabolize both trans-cinnamate and its hydroxylated derivatives, and 3-phenylpropionate and its hydroxylated derivatives (as shown in pathway 3-phenylpropanoate and 3-(3-hydroxyphenyl)propanoate degradation to 2-oxopent-4-enoate). In these pathways 2,3-dihydroxy-trans-cinnamate and 3-(2,3-dihydroxyphenyl)propionate undergo ring cleavage by the meta-cleaving dioxygenase MhpB [Diaz98].

This pathway ultimately yields fumarate and 2-oxopent-4-enoate, which is further degraded to pyruvate and acetyl-CoA as described in the linked pathway 2-oxopentenoate degradation. This pathway, including the portion that is described in 2-oxopentenoate degradation, has eight steps, making it one of the longest catabolic sequences known in E. coli [Burlingame86, Bugg93, Ferrandez97].

E. coli K-12 can grow on 3-phenylpropionate, 3-(3-hydroxyphenyl)propionate, or 3-hydroxy-trans-cinnamate as sole source of carbon and energy. It cannot grow on trans-cinnamate for unknown reasons, although whole cells can readily oxidize this compound after growth with 3-phenylpropionate [Burlingame83a, Diaz98].

The fact that E. coli can degrade aromatic acids suggests a wider natural distribution for E. coli than the anaerobic environment of the animal gut [Burlingame83a]. As a facultative anaerobe, E. coli must be able to survive and grow in habitats such as soil, water and food, during interhost transfer.

Review: [Diaz01]

Created 17-Jan-2011 by Caspi R, SRI International
Last-Curated 27-Apr-2012 by Fulcher C, SRI International


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GOA01: GOA, MGI (2001). "Gene Ontology annotation based on Enzyme Commission mapping." Genomics 74;121-128.

GOA01a: GOA, DDB, FB, MGI, ZFIN (2001). "Gene Ontology annotation through association of InterPro records with GO terms."

GOA06: GOA, SIB (2006). "Electronic Gene Ontology annotations created by transferring manual GO annotations between orthologous microbial proteins."

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Henderson97: Henderson IM, Bugg TD (1997). "Pre-steady-state kinetic analysis of 2-hydroxy-6-keto-nona-2,4-diene-1,9-dioic acid 5,6-hydrolase: kinetic evidence for enol/keto tautomerization." Biochemistry 36(40);12252-8. PMID: 9315863

Lam97: Lam WW, Bugg TD (1997). "Purification, characterization, and stereochemical analysis of a C-C hydrolase: 2-hydroxy-6-keto-nona-2,4-diene-1,9-dioic acid 5,6-hydrolase." Biochemistry 36(40);12242-51. PMID: 9315862

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Li06a: Li C, Li JJ, Montgomery MG, Wood SP, Bugg TD (2006). "Catalytic role for arginine 188 in the C-C hydrolase catalytic mechanism for Escherichia coli MhpC and Burkholderia xenovorans LB400 BphD." Biochemistry 45(41);12470-9. PMID: 17029402

Li08a: Li C, Hassler M, Bugg TD (2008). "Catalytic promiscuity in the alpha/beta-hydrolase superfamily: hydroxamic acid formation, C--C bond formation, ester and thioester hydrolysis in the C--C hydrolase family." Chembiochem 9(1);71-6. PMID: 18058773

Mendel04: Mendel S, Arndt A, Bugg TD (2004). "Acid-base catalysis in the extradiol catechol dioxygenase reaction mechanism: site-directed mutagenesis of His-115 and His-179 in Escherichia coli 2,3-dihydroxyphenylpropionate 1,2-dioxygenase (MhpB)." Biochemistry 43(42);13390-6. PMID: 15491145

Mendel05: Mendel S, Arndt A, Bugg TD (2005). "Lactone synthesis activity in a site-directed mutant of an extradiol catechol dioxygenase enzyme." Chem Commun (Camb) (5);666-8. PMID: 15672171

Rajagopala14: Rajagopala SV, Sikorski P, Kumar A, Mosca R, Vlasblom J, Arnold R, Franca-Koh J, Pakala SB, Phanse S, Ceol A, Hauser R, Siszler G, Wuchty S, Emili A, Babu M, Aloy P, Pieper R, Uetz P (2014). "The binary protein-protein interaction landscape of Escherichia coli." Nat Biotechnol 32(3);285-90. PMID: 24561554

Schlosrich06: Schlosrich J, Eley KL, Crowley PJ, Bugg TD (2006). "Directed evolution of a non-heme-iron-dependent extradiol catechol dioxygenase: identification of mutants with intradiol oxidative cleavage activity." Chembiochem 7(12);1899-908. PMID: 17051653

Spence96: Spence EL, Kawamukai M, Sanvoisin J, Braven H, Bugg TD (1996). "Catechol dioxygenases from Escherichia coli (MhpB) and Alcaligenes eutrophus (MpcI): sequence analysis and biochemical properties of a third family of extradiol dioxygenases." J Bacteriol 1996;178(17);5249-56. PMID: 8752345

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