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: acetate fermentation, acetate:succinate CoA transferase/SCoAS cycle, ASCT cycle
|Superclasses:||Generation of Precursor Metabolites and Energy → Fermentation → Pyruvate Fermentation|
Trypanosoma brucei, one of the causative agents of African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), alternates during its life cycle between the bloodstream of its mammalian host and the blood-feeding tsetse fly, Glossina. The parasite exists in different forms during its life cycle. In the mammalian bloodstream it exists as long, slender-forms, while in the insect it appears as stubby forms known as procyclic cells. Profound differences exist in the metabolism of the two forms.
The long slender bloodstream form depends entirely on glycolysis for energy generation and excretes pyruvate as the major end product of carbohydrate metabolism. In the procyclic stage, the end product of glycolysis, pyruvate, is not excreted but further metabolized inside the mitochondrion. pyruvate enters the mitochondrion and is converted by the pyruvate dehydrogenase complex into acetyl-CoA. This acetyl-CoA is not degraded to carbon dioxide via the TCA cycle I (prokaryotic) (even though these enzymes are present in the organism) [vanWeelden03], but is converted instead into acetate [Riviere04]. Acetate is the main end product of glucose metabolism in a number of other trypanosomatides, such as Leishmania infantum and Leishmania mexicana [Van98].
Acetate formation is carried out by acetyl:succinate CoA-transferase (ASCT), an enzyme that transfers the CoA group from acetyl-CoA to succinate, producing succinyl-CoA. Since succinyl-CoA can be restored to succinate, the pathway has been named ASCT cycle. A knockout mutant of Trypanosoma brucei depleted for ASCT showed a reduced acetate production, supporting the role of this enzyme in acetate production. However, ASCT mutants still excrete acetate from glucose metabolism, implying that ASCT is not the only acetate-producing pathway in this parasite [Riviere04].
Occurrence of the ASCT cycle in mitochondria is very restricted; it has only been found in trypanosomatid and some parasitic helminths such as Fasciola hepatica [Prichard68, Barrett78, vanVugt79, Saz96].
ASCT is found in several other organisms that do not have mitochondria, including the hydrogenosome-containing trichomonads (such as Tritrichomonas suis and Trichomonas vaginalis [Steinbuchel86]) and the anaerobic fungus Neocallimastix sp. LM-2[MarvinSikkema93]. Since these organisms do not have the pyruvate decarboxylation to acetyl CoA, they use a different pathway (see the pathway pyruvate fermentation to acetate VI).
Subpathways: acetate formation from acetyl-CoA III (succinate)
Variants: pyruvate fermentation to acetate and alanine , pyruvate fermentation to acetate and lactate I , pyruvate fermentation to acetate and lactate II , pyruvate fermentation to acetate I , pyruvate fermentation to acetate II , pyruvate fermentation to acetate III , pyruvate fermentation to acetate IV , pyruvate fermentation to acetate VI , pyruvate fermentation to acetate VII , pyruvate fermentation to acetate VIII , pyruvate fermentation to acetone , pyruvate fermentation to butanoate , pyruvate fermentation to butanol I , pyruvate fermentation to butanol II , pyruvate fermentation to ethanol I , pyruvate fermentation to ethanol II , pyruvate fermentation to ethanol III , pyruvate fermentation to hexanol , pyruvate fermentation to isobutanol (engineered) , pyruvate fermentation to lactate , pyruvate fermentation to opines , pyruvate fermentation to propanoate I , pyruvate fermentation to propanoate II (acrylate pathway) , superpathway of Clostridium acetobutylicum acidogenic and solventogenic fermentation , superpathway of Clostridium acetobutylicum acidogenic fermentation , superpathway of Clostridium acetobutylicum solventogenic fermentation , superpathway of fermentation (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii)
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