The enzyme, found in vertebrates, has no activity toward α-(γ-L-glutamyl)-L-amino acids (cf. EC 18.104.22.168, γ-glutamylcyclotransferase). The enzyme acts as a cyclotransferase, cleaving the amide bond via transamidation using the α-amine of the γ-L-glutamyl residue, releasing it as the cyclic 5-oxo-L-proline.
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