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Synonyms: pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, acetyl-CoA biosynthesis I (pyruvate dehydrogenase complex)
|Superclasses:||Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Carboxylates Degradation|
|Generation of Precursor Metabolites and Energy → Acetyl-CoA Biosynthesis|
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 - this pathway), the 2-oxoglutarate dehydrogenase complex (OGDHC), 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 thiamin 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
In the pathway illustrated here, pyruvate is converted to acetyl-CoA and CO2, a key reaction of central metabolism, which links the substrate-level phosphorylation pathway glycolysis (which ends with the generation of pyruvate) to the TCA cycle I (prokaryotic), which accepts the input of acetyl-CoA.
The pyruvate dehydrogenase, which in Escherichia coli consists of 24 E1 subunits, 24 E2 subunits, and 12 E3 subunits, catalyzes three reactions that constitute a cycle. The three reactions can be summarized by the reaction
During aerobic growth of Escherichia coli the cycle is an essential source of acetyl-CoA to feed the TCA cycle I (prokaryotic) and thereby to satisfy the cellular requirements for the precursor metabolites it forms. Mutant strains defective in the complex require an exogenous source of acetate during aerobic growth, but not under anaerobic conditions,since during anaerobic growth pyruvate formate lyase generates acetyl-CoA from pyruvate. Mutant strains lacking pyruvate formate lyase have the reverse phenotype [ECOSAL].
Plants have two forms of pyruvate dehydrogenase complex, one in the plastid and the other in the mitochondrion. The two complexes have distinct physiological roles. The plastid pyruvate dehydrogenase complex provides the main acetyl-CoA source for de novo fatty acid biosynthesis (fatty acid biosynthesis initiation I). The mitochondrial complex provides acetyl-CoA for the TCA cycle I (prokaryotic) cycle and NADH for oxidative phosphorylation. Both complexes are feedback inhibited by acetyl-CoA and NADH. However the two complexes differ in other aspects of enzyme characteristics. The mitochondrial complex but not the plastid one is regulated by phosphorylation. The plastid complex requires higher Mg2+ concentration and more alkaline pH for maximal enzyme activity [TovarMendez03].
Unification Links: EcoCyc:PYRUVDEHYD-PWY
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