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: 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex, 2-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase complex
|Superclasses:||Generation of Precursor Metabolites and Energy → Respiration|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Bacillus subtilis, Deinococcus radiodurans, Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655, Geobacillus stearothermophilus, Homo sapiens, Mus musculus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas putida, Rattus norvegicus, Sulfolobus solfataricus, Synechocystis
2-oxo acid dehydrogenase complexes convert 2-oxo acids to the corresponding acyl-CoA derivatives and produce NADH and CO2 in an irreversible reaction. Five members of this family are known at present, including the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDHC), the 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex (OGDHC - this pathway), the branched-chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase complex (BCDHC), the glycine cleavage complex (GDHC), and the acetoin dehydrogenase complex (ADHC). They all function at strategic points in (usually aerobic) catabolic pathways and are subject to stringent control [deKok98].
With the exception of GDHC, the 2-oxo acid dehydrogenase complexes share a common structure. They consist of three main components, namely a 2-oxo acid dehydrogenase (E1), a dihydrolipoamide acyltransferase (E2), and dihydrolipoamide dehydrogenase (E3). In Gram-positive bacteria and mitochondria, the E1 component is a heterodimer composed of two subunits, while in Gram-negative bacteria it is made of a single type of subunit.
In all cases described so far, many copies of each subunit assemble to form the full complex. For example, the Escherichia coli K-12 pyruvate dehydrogenase comprises 24, 24, and 12 units of the E1, E2, and E3 components, respectively. The core of the complex is made of either 24 (Gram-negative bacteria) or 60 (mitochondria) E2 units, which contain the lipoyl active site in the form of lipoyllysine, as well as binding sites for the other two subunits. E1, which contains a thiamine diphosphate cofactor, catalyzes the binding of the 2-oxo acid to the lipoyl group of E2, which then transfers an acyl group (the nature of the acyl group depends on the particular enzyme) to coenzyme A, forming an acyl-CoA. During this transfer, the lipoyl group is reduced to dihydrolipoyl. E3 then transfers the protons to NAD, forming NADH and restoring the dihydrolipoyllysine group back to lipoyllysine.
Cryoelectron microscopy of PDHC from Geobacillus stearothermophilus [Milne02] and ox kidney [Zhou01] has revealed that the E2 inner core is surrounded by an outer shell of E1 and E3 components, with the lipoyl domains confined to the annular space between them where they must make successive journeys between the three types of active sites (E1-E3), which are physically far apart [Fries03].
About This Pathway
The pathway illustrated here presents the reactions catalyzed by the 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex, a key enzyme of the TCA cycle I (prokaryotic). These reactions can be summarized by the general reaction
which is the form commonly found in the TCA cycle.
Unification Links: EcoCyc:PWY-5084
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