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MetaCyc Chimeric Pathway: superpathway of taurine degradation

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Pathway diagram: superpathway of taurine degradation

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.

Superclasses: Degradation/Utilization/AssimilationInorganic Nutrients MetabolismNitrogen Compounds MetabolismTaurine Degradation
Degradation/Utilization/AssimilationInorganic Nutrients MetabolismSulfur Compounds MetabolismTaurine Degradation

Some taxa known to possess parts of the pathway include : Achromobacter superficialis, Bilophila wadsworthia RZATAU, Desulfonispora thiosulfatigenes GKNTAU, Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655, Paracoccus denitrificans NKNIS, Rhodococcus opacus

Expected Taxonomic Range: Bacteria

Note: This is a chimeric pathway, comprising reactions from multiple organisms, and typically will not occur in its entirety in a single organism. The taxa listed here are likely to catalyze only subsets of the reactions depicted in this pathway.

Please note: This pathway does not represent a single organism. Rather, it is a super-pathway assembled from many pathways found in a variety of organisms, whose purpose is to provide an overview of the metabolic capabilities of the ecosystem, pertaining to degradation of taurine.

Taurine (2-aminoethanesulfonate), a natural occuring amino acid analogue of β-alanine, plays several important roles in mammals and is essential to newborns of many species. The main functions of taurine in mammals include bile acid conjugation, detoxification, osmoregulation, membrane stabilization, and regulation of intracellular Ca2+ homeostasis. While plants or animals cannot degrade taurine, several species of bacteria and fungi are capable of doing that. For example, Pseudomonas aeruginosa TAU-5 can grow on taurine as the sole source of carbon, nitrogen, sulfur and energy [Shimamoto79].

Some anaerobic bacteria can use taurine for respiration as either an electron acceptor (eg. Bilophila wadsworthia RZATAU) or an electron donor (eg. Castellaniella defragrans NKNTAU, Paracoccus denitrificans NKNIS, and Paracoccus pantotrophus NKNCYSA). Others can use it as a fermentative substrate (eg. Desulfonispora thiosulfatigenes GKNTAU) [Cook02, Denger97].

The different species often utilize different pathways, resulting in conversion of taurine into different sulfur compounds. For example: Bilophila wadsworthia RZATAU converts taurine to sulfoacetaldehyde [Laue00], which is cleaved to sulfite [Laue01], and eventually converted to sulfide by a sulfite reductase [Laue97]. A. defragrans NKNTAU [Denger97a], Paracoccus denitrificans NKNIS (as reported in [Cook02]), and P. pantotrophus NKNCYSA (as reported in [Cook02]), all convert taurine to sulfate (additional products are ammonia and CO2), while Desulfonispora thiosulfatigenes GKNTAU converts taurine to thiosulfate, ammonia and acetate [Denger97].

Taurine degradation is known to be initiated by at least three different types of reactions: transamination, which appears to be the most widespread [Shimamoto79, Toyama72, Toyama72a, Toyama78], oxidation [Kondo71], and oxygenation [Eichhorn97]. In the first two cases sulfoacetaldehyde is an intermediate, whereas in the third case taurine is converted to sulfite and 2-aminoacetaldehyde [Eichhorn97].

Two aminotransferases involved in taurine dissimilation have been described, taurine:pyruvate aminotransferase in Pseudomonas aeruginosa TAU-5 and Bilophila wadsworthia RZATAU [Shimamoto79, Laue00] and taurine:α-ketoglutarate aminotransferase in Achromobacter superficialis [Toyama72, Toyama72a, Toyama78]. Cook and Denger [Cook02] speculated that the physiological role of taurine:α-ketoglutarate aminotransferase in Achromobacter superficialis is for transamination of β-alanine and not taurine, since the enzyme is induced by β-alanine and not taurine.

Taurine:pyruvate aminotransferase transfers the amino group from taurine to L-alanine. Alanine dehydrogenase (EC catalyzes the oxidative deamination of alanine to pyruvate, regenerating the amino-group acceptor pyruvate, and releasing ammonium. Alanine dehydrogenase from Bilophila wadsworthia RZATAU was purified and characterized [Laue00a].

It should be noted that the taurine:pyruvate aminotransferase has been found in both aerobic ( Pseudomonas aeruginosa TAU-5) and unaerobic ( Bilophila wadsworthia RZATAU) organisms.

Subpathways: taurine degradation I, taurine degradation II, taurine degradation IV, taurine degradation III, sulfoacetaldehyde degradation I

Created 30-Jun-2004 by Caspi R, SRI International


Cook02: Cook AM, Denger K (2002). "Dissimilation of the C2 sulfonates." Arch Microbiol 179(1);1-6. PMID: 12471498

Denger97: Denger K, Laue H, Cook AM (1997). "Thiosulfate as a metabolic product: the bacterial fermentation of taurine." Arch Microbiol 168(4);297-301. PMID: 9297467

Denger97a: Denger K, Laue H, Cook AM (1997). "Anaerobic taurine oxidation: a novel reaction by a nitrate-reducing Alcaligenes sp." Microbiology 143 ( Pt 6);1919-24. PMID: 9202468

Eichhorn97: Eichhorn E, van der Ploeg JR, Kertesz MA, Leisinger T (1997). "Characterization of alpha-ketoglutarate-dependent taurine dioxygenase from Escherichia coli." J Biol Chem 1997;272(37);23031-6. PMID: 9287300

Kondo71: Kondo H, Anada H, Osawa K, Ishimoto M (1971). "Formation of sulfoacetaldehyde from taurine in bacterial extracts." J Biochem (Tokyo) 69(3);621-3. PMID: 5551654

Laue00: Laue H, Cook AM (2000). "Biochemical and molecular characterization of taurine:pyruvate aminotransferase from the anaerobe Bilophila wadsworthia." Eur J Biochem 267(23);6841-8. PMID: 11082195

Laue00a: Laue H, Cook AM (2000). "Purification, properties and primary structure of alanine dehydrogenase involved in taurine metabolism in the anaerobe Bilophila wadsworthia." Arch Microbiol 174(3);162-7. PMID: 11041346

Laue01: Laue H, Friedrich M, Ruff J, Cook AM (2001). "Dissimilatory sulfite reductase (desulfoviridin) of the taurine-degrading, non-sulfate-reducing bacterium Bilophila wadsworthia RZATAU contains a fused DsrB-DsrD subunit." J Bacteriol 183(5);1727-33. PMID: 11160104

Laue97: Laue H, Denger K, Cook AM (1997). "Taurine reduction in anaerobic respiration of Bilophila wadsworthia RZATAU." Appl Environ Microbiol 63(5);2016-21. PMID: 9143131

Shimamoto79: Shimamoto G, Berk RS (1979). "Catabolism of taurine in Pseudomonas aeruginosa." Biochim Biophys Acta 569(2);287-92. PMID: 113035

Toyama72: Toyama S, Soda K (1972). "Occurrence of taurine: -ketoglutarate aminotransferase in bacterial extracts." J Bacteriol 109(2);533-8. PMID: 5058441

Toyama72a: Toyama S, Misono H, Soda K (1972). "Crystalline taurine: -ketoglutarate aminotransferase from Achromobacter superficialis." Biochem Biophys Res Commun 46(3);1374-9. PMID: 5012173

Toyama78: Toyama S, Misono H, Soda K (1978). "Properties of taurine: alpha-ketoglutarate aminotransferase of Achromobacter superficialis. Inactivation and reactivation of enzyme." Biochim Biophys Acta 523(1);75-81. PMID: 629994

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