This view shows enzymes only for those organisms listed below, in the list of taxa known to possess the pathway. If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
Synonyms: L-proline utilization
|Superclasses:||Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Amino Acids Degradation → Proteinogenic Amino Acids Degradation → L-proline Degradation|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Agrobacterium tumefaciens, Arabidopsis thaliana col, Bradyrhizobium japonicum, Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655, Homo sapiens, Photobacterium leiognathi leiognathi, Rhodobacter capsulatus, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Salmonella enterica enterica serovar Typhimurium, Sinorhizobium meliloti Rm2011, Solanum tuberosum
L-proline can be catabolized to L-glutamate by the action of two enzymatic activities: EC 184.108.40.206, proline dehydrogenase (PDH) (sometimes referred to as proline oxidase) and EC 220.127.116.11, L-glutamate γ-semialdehyde dehydrogenase (previously known as Δ-pyrroline-5-carboxylate dehydrogenase, or P5CDH).
Whereas in eukaryotes PDH and P5CDH are encoded by two different genes, in most bacteria, including enteric bacteria [Menzel81, Menzel81a], Rhodobacter capsulatus [Keuntje95], Bradyrhizobium japonicum [Straub96], Photobacterium leiognathi leiognathi [Lin96], Agrobacterium tumefaciens [Cho96], and Sinorhizobium meliloti Rm2011 [Soto00], both steps are catalyzed by a single polypeptide encoded by the putA gene. The enzyme is highly conserved among different microorganisms, but its genetic organization and control of expression are highly divergent [Soto00].
Saccharomyces cerevisiae is able to utilize proline as a sole nitrogen source. L-proline is catabolized within the mitochondrial matrix. Since both enzymes are encoded in the nucleus and synthesized in the cytoplasm, they are imported into the mitochondria before they become active [Brandriss79, Brandriss83].
L-proline can serve as a total source of carbon and energy or of nitrogen for Escherichia coli. In the two steps (both of which are catalyzed by a product of putA) shown here, proline is converted to L-glutamate, which is further degraded to 2-oxoglutarate, an intermediate of the TCA cycle I (prokaryotic). Curiously, L-glutamate, the product of L-proline degradation, cannot itself serve as a total source of carbon and energy for Escherichia coli because L-glutamate transport supplies exogenous L-glutamate at an inadequate rate.
The pathway is shown here in three steps because L-glutamate-5-semialdehyde is an intermediate between (S)-1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate and L-glutamate. The hydrolysis of (S)-1-pyrroline-5-carboxylate to L-glutamate-5-semialdehyde occurs spontaneously.
Created 22-May-1996 by Riley M, Marine Biological Laboratory
Revised 30-Sep-2005 by Caspi R, SRI International
Revised 14-Jul-2006 by Ingraham JL, UC Davis
Revised 17-Apr-2013 by Caspi R, SRI International
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