The enzyme, characterized from the bacterium Peptoclostridium difficile, participates in an L-leucine fermentation pathway. The reaction proceeds via formation of a covalent anhydride intermediate between a conserved aspartate residue and the acyl group of the CoA thioester substrate.
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