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Accepted name: diaminobutyrate acetyltransferase
Reaction: acetyl-CoA + L-2,4-diaminobutanoate = CoA + (2S)-4-acetamido-2-aminobutanoate
For diagram of ectoine biosynthesis, click here
Other name(s): L-2,4-diaminobutyrate acetyltransferase; L-2,4-diaminobutanoate acetyltransferase; EctA; diaminobutyric acid acetyltransferase; DABA acetyltransferase; 2,4-diaminobutanoate acetyltransferase; DAB acetyltransferase; DABAcT; acetyl-CoA:L-2,4-diaminobutanoate 4-N-acetyltransferase
Systematic name: acetyl-CoA:L-2,4-diaminobutanoate N4-acetyltransferase
Comments: Requires Na+ or K+ for maximal activity [3]. Ornithine, lysine, aspartate, and α-, β- and γ-aminobutanoate cannot act as substrates [3]. However, acetyl-CoA can be replaced by propanoyl-CoA, although the reaction proceeds more slowly [3]. Forms part of the ectoine-biosynthesis pathway.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 130456-92-7
1.  Peters, P., Galinski, E.A. and Truper, H.G. The biosynthesis of ectoine. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 71 (1990) 157–162.
2.  Ono, H., Sawada, K., Khunajakr, N., Tao, T., Yamamoto, M., Hiramoto, M., Shinmyo, A., Takano, M. and Murooka, Y. Characterization of biosynthetic enzymes for ectoine as a compatible solute in a moderately halophilic eubacterium, Halomonas elongata. J. Bacteriol. 181 (1999) 91–99. [PMID: 9864317]
3.  Reshetnikov, A.S., Mustakhimov, I.I., Khmelenina, V.N. and Trotsenko, Y.A. Cloning, purification, and characterization of diaminobutyrate acetyltransferase from the halotolerant methanotroph Methylomicrobium alcaliphilum 20Z. Biochemistry (Mosc) 70 (2005) 878–883. [PMID: 16212543]
4.  Kuhlmann, A.U. and Bremer, E. Osmotically regulated synthesis of the compatible solute ectoine in Bacillus pasteurii and related Bacillus spp. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 68 (2002) 772–783. [PMID: 11823218]
5.  Louis, P. and Galinski, E.A. Characterization of genes for the biosynthesis of the compatible solute ectoine from Marinococcus halophilus and osmoregulated expression in Escherichia coli. Microbiology 143 (1997) 1141–1149. [PMID: 9141677]
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