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arginine:pyruvate transaminase; AruH; ATase
A pyridoxal-phosphate protein. While L-arginine is the best substrate, the enzyme exhibits broad substrate specificity, with L-lysine, L-methionine, L-leucine, L-ornithine and L-glutamine also able to act as substrates, but more slowly. Pyruvate cannot be replaced by 2-oxoglutarate as amino-group acceptor. This is the first catalytic enzyme of the arginine transaminase pathway for L-arginine utilization in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This pathway is only used when the major route of arginine catabolism, i.e. the arginine succinyltransferase pathway, is blocked.