||Contains FAD as prosthetic group. One of several enzymes that catalyse the first step in fatty acids β-oxidation. The enzyme catalyses the oxidation of saturated short-chain acyl-CoA thioesters to give a trans 2,3-unsaturated product by removal of the two pro-R-hydrogen atoms. The enzyme from beef liver accepts substrates with acyl chain lengths of 3 to 8 carbon atoms. The highest activity was reported with either butanoyl-CoA  or pentanoyl-CoA . The enzyme from rat has only 10% activity with hexanoyl-CoA (compared to butanoyl-CoA) and no activity with octanoyl-CoA . cf. EC 22.214.171.124, medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, EC 126.96.36.199, long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase, and EC 188.8.131.52, very-long-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase.
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