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:||Generation of Precursor Metabolites and Energy → Acetyl-CoA Biosynthesis|
Expected Taxonomic Range: Magnoliophyta
Acetyl-CoA is a central metabolite that plays important roles in many aspects of metabolism. In plant cells, there are at least four distinct acetyl-CoA pools in different subcellular compartments, the cytosol, the mitochondrion, the plastid, and the microbody. Each pool is used in the biosynthesis of distinct metabolites in the corresponding subcellular location. The cytosolic acetyl-CoAs are substrates for the synthesis of many secondary metabolites including flavonoids and terpenoids, and very long chain fatty acids which are themselves substrates for storage lipids and cuticle waxes. The mitochondrial acetyl-CoAs feed into the TCA cycle for the generation of energy and reducing power. The plastid acetyl-CoAs serve as precursors of de novo fatty acid biosynthesis. In the glyoxysome, acetyl-CoAs generated from the breakdown of storage lipids are converted to carbohydrates via the glyoxylate cycle and gluconeogenesis.
Research advances in the recent years have addressed questions concerning where the individual acetyl-CoA pools are made from, especially for the mitochondrial, plastid and cytosolic pools. In the mitochondrion and plastid, acetyl-CoA is derived from pyruvate by pyruvate dehydrogenase complex composed of three enzyme activities, pyruvate dehydrogenase, dihydrolipoyl acetyltransferase, and dihydrolipoyl dehydrogenase. Pyruvate is generated from glycolysis in the cytosol which then enters the mitochondrion. In the plastid, pyruvate is generated from the Calvin cycle. Plants have two forms of pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, one in the plastid and the other in the mitochondrion. The two complexes differ in many aspects of enzyme characteristics and regulations. In the cytosol, acetyl-CoA is generated from citrate, which itself is derived from the TCA cycle and exported out of the mitochondrion. The conversion of citrate to acetyl-CoA is catalyzed by citrate-ATP lyase. This enzyme activity has only been detected in plants and vertebrates.
Unification Links: AraCyc:PWY-5173
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