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: the kynurenine pathway
|Superclasses:||Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Amino Acids Degradation → Tryptophan Degradation|
Aerobic L-tryptophan degradation, also known as the L-kynurenine pathway, is the major route of L-tryptophan degradation in mammals. This complex network of biochemical transformations generates a number of neurologically active compounds, including quinolinate and kynurenate, some of which associated with neurological disorders (or a recent review see [Stone02]). The enzymology of the kynurenine pathway in humans and in yeast has been largely elucidated over the last 20 years, and the genes for most of the enzymes have been identified [AlberatiGiani96, AlberatiGiani97, Calderone02, Comings95, Kucharczyk98, Iwamoto95, Schott71].
This pathway spans the cytoplasmic and mitochondrial compartments. The first 8 reactions occur in the cytoplasm, but 2-oxoadipate is transported into the mitochondrial matrix where the rest of the reactions occur.
Variants: tryptophan degradation I (via anthranilate) , tryptophan degradation II (via pyruvate) , tryptophan degradation IV (via indole-3-lactate) , tryptophan degradation V (side chain pathway) , tryptophan degradation VI (via tryptamine) , tryptophan degradation VII (via indole-3-pyruvate) , tryptophan degradation VIII (to tryptophol) , tryptophan degradation IX , tryptophan degradation X (mammalian, via tryptamine) , tryptophan degradation XI (mammalian, via kynurenine) , tryptophan degradation XII (Geobacillus)
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AlberatiGiani97: Alberati-Giani D, Cesura AM, Broger C, Warren WD, Rover S, Malherbe P (1997). "Cloning and functional expression of human kynurenine 3-monooxygenase." FEBS Lett 410(2-3);407-12. PMID: 9237672
Calderone02: Calderone V, Trabucco M, Menin V, Negro A, Zanotti G (2002). "Cloning of human 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid dioxygenase in Escherichia coli: characterisation of the purified enzyme and its in vitro inhibition by Zn2+." Biochim Biophys Acta 1596(2);283-92. PMID: 12007609
Comings95: Comings DE, Muhleman D, Dietz G, Sherman M, Forest GL (1995). "Sequence of human tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase (TDO2): presence of a glucocorticoid response-like element composed of a GTT repeat and an intronic CCCCT repeat." Genomics 29(2);390-6. PMID: 8666386
Kucharczyk98: Kucharczyk R, Zagulski M, Rytka J, Herbert CJ (1998). "The yeast gene YJR025c encodes a 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid dioxygenase and is involved in nicotinic acid biosynthesis." FEBS Lett 424(3);127-30. PMID: 9539135
Schott71: Schott HH, Staudinger H, Ullrich V (1971). "The regulatory function of L-kynurenine 3-hydroxylase (EC 18.104.22.168) for the biosynthesis of pyridine nucleotides in anaerobically and aerobically grown Saccharomyces cerevisiae." Hoppe Seylers Z Physiol Chem 352(12);1654-8. PMID: 5145249
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