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MetaCyc Pathway: L-ascorbate biosynthesis IV

If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.

Synonyms: vitamin C biosynthesis, L-ascorbic acid biosynthesis IV

Superclasses: Biosynthesis Cofactors, Prosthetic Groups, Electron Carriers Biosynthesis Vitamins Biosynthesis Ascorbate Biosynthesis

Some taxa known to possess this pathway include ? : Bos taurus , Capra hircus , Mesocricetus auratus , Mus musculus , Rattus norvegicus , Sus scrofa

Expected Taxonomic Range: Vertebrata

Vitamin C (L-ascorbate), a reducing agent and antioxidant, is a cofactor in reactions catalyzed by copper-dependent monooxygenases and iron-dependent dioxygenases. It is synthesized, in vertebrates having this capacity, from D-glucuronate. This compound is formed through direct hydrolysis of UDP-α-D-glucuronate by enzyme(s) bound to the endoplasmic reticulum membrane. They share many properties with, and are most likely identical to, UDP-glucuronosyltransferases [Linster07].

L-ascorbate can be biosynthesized by plants (see L-ascorbate biosynthesis I (L-galactose pathway)), some bacteria (see L-ascorbate biosynthesis III) and many vertebrates. It is used in the pharmaceutical industry for the production of vitamin supplements, cosmetics and therapeutic preparations. It is also used in the food, beverage and animal feed industries.

L-ascorbate is an essential vitamin in the diet of humans, non-human primates and certain other vertebrates that cannot biosynthesize it (some fish and birds, bats and guinea pigs). These species rely on mechanisms for efficient uptake and recycling of this vitamin (see pathway ascorbate recycling (cytosolic)). It is taken up in the intestine, transported in plasma and delivered to tissues. Its recycling in erythrocytes has been described (reviewed in [May98a]). It has roles in collagen biosynthesis, as an antioxidant, as a cofactor in reactions catalyzed by some metal-dependent mono- and dioxygenases, and may be involved in cell signaling reactions and transcription factor activation. A deficiency of vitamin C leads to the disorder scurvy (reviewed in [Bremus06, Linster07]). Yeasts are known to biosynthesize D-erythroascorbate, a 5-carbon analog of ascorbate. It functions as an antioxidant, but it lacks antiscorbutic activity (prevention of scurvy) (reviewed in [Bremus06]).

The mammalian liver pathway for L-ascorbate biosynthesis is shown here. D-glucuronate is formed from hydrolysis of UDP-α-D-glucuronate by a membrane-bound enzyme(s) of the endoplasmic reticulum, probably UDP-glucuronidase(s) (reviewed in [Linster07]. The ultimate precursor of UDP-α-D-glucuronate is D-glucose (see pathway UDP-D-xylose biosynthesis). D-glucuronate is reduced to L-gulonate by a NADP+-dependent aldehyde reductase. A broad specificity lactonase then forms L-gulono-1,4-lactone. The L-gulono-1,4-lactone is oxidized to L-ascorbate by L-gulonolactone oxidase via an intermediate lactone which spontaneously isomerizes to L-ascorbate. The production of hydrogen peroxide by this endoplasmic reticulum enzyme is unusual and transfer of electrons to another acceptor might occur in intact cells, as has been shown for plant homologues of this enzyme. L-Gulonolactone oxidase is deficient in humans and other animals unable to biosynthesize L-ascorbate due to mutations in the gene encoding it [Nishikimi94]. Reviewed in [Linster07, May98a]).

Subpathways: UDP-α-D-glucuronate biosynthesis (from UDP-glucose) , UDP-glucose biosynthesis

Variants: L-ascorbate biosynthesis I (L-galactose pathway) , L-ascorbate biosynthesis II (L-gulose pathway) , L-ascorbate biosynthesis III , L-ascorbate biosynthesis V , L-ascorbate biosynthesis VI (engineered pathway)

Created 14-May-2007 by Evsikov A , The Jackson Laboratory
Revised 24-Sep-2008 by Fulcher CA , SRI International


Bremus06: Bremus C, Herrmann U, Bringer-Meyer S, Sahm H (2006). "The use of microorganisms in L-ascorbic acid production." J Biotechnol 124(1);196-205. PMID: 16516325

Linster07: Linster CL, Van Schaftingen E (2007). "Vitamin C. Biosynthesis, recycling and degradation in mammals." FEBS J 274(1);1-22. PMID: 17222174

May98a: May JM (1998). "Ascorbate function and metabolism in the human erythrocyte." Front Biosci 3;d1-10. PMID: 9405334

Nishikimi94: Nishikimi M, Fukuyama R, Minoshima S, Shimizu N, Yagi K (1994). "Cloning and chromosomal mapping of the human nonfunctional gene for L-gulono-gamma-lactone oxidase, the enzyme for L-ascorbic acid biosynthesis missing in man." J Biol Chem 269(18);13685-8. PMID: 8175804

Other References Related to Enzymes, Genes, Subpathways, and Substrates of this Pathway

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Boles94: Boles E, Liebetrau W, Hofmann M, Zimmermann FK (1994). "A family of hexosephosphate mutases in Saccharomyces cerevisiae." Eur J Biochem 220(1);83-96. PMID: 8119301

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Garcia93: Garcia E, Garcia P, Lopez R (1993). "Cloning and sequencing of a gene involved in the synthesis of the capsular polysaccharide of Streptococcus pneumoniae type 3." Mol Gen Genet 239(1-2);188-95. PMID: 8510646

Graille06: Graille M, Baltaze JP, Leulliot N, Liger D, Quevillon-Cheruel S, van Tilbeurgh H (2006). "Structure-based functional annotation: yeast ymr099c codes for a D-hexose-6-phosphate mutarotase." J Biol Chem 281(40);30175-85. PMID: 16857670

Grangeasse03: Grangeasse C, Obadia B, Mijakovic I, Deutscher J, Cozzone AJ, Doublet P (2003). "Autophosphorylation of the Escherichia coli protein kinase Wzc regulates tyrosine phosphorylation of Ugd, a UDP-glucose dehydrogenase." J Biol Chem 278(41);39323-9. PMID: 12851388

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Ha04: Ha MN, Graham FL, D'Souza CK, Muller WJ, Igdoura SA, Schellhorn HE (2004). "Functional rescue of vitamin C synthesis deficiency in human cells using adenoviral-based expression of murine l-gulono-gamma-lactone oxidase." Genomics 83(3);482-92. PMID: 14962674

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