Accepted name: aklaviketone reductase
Reaction: aklavinone + NADP+ = aklaviketone + NADPH + H+
Glossary: aklavinone = methyl (1R,2R,4S)-2-ethyl-2,4,5,7-tetrahydroxy-6,11-dioxo-1,2,3,4,6,11-hexahydrotetracene-1-carboxylate
aklaviketone = methyl (1R,2R)-2-ethyl-2,5,7-trihydroxy-4,6,11-trioxo-1,2,3,4,6,11-hexahydrotetracene-1-carboxylate
Other name(s): dauE (gene name); aknU (gene name)
Systematic name: aklavinone:NADP+ oxidoreductase
Comments: The enzyme is involved in the synthesis of the aklavinone aglycone, a common precursor for several anthracycline antibiotics including aclacinomycins, daunorubicin and doxorubicin. The enzyme from the Gram-negative bacterium Streptomyces sp. C5 produces daunomycin.
1.  Dickens, M.L., Ye, J. and Strohl, W.R. Cloning, sequencing, and analysis of aklaviketone reductase from Streptomyces sp. strain C5. J. Bacteriol. 178 (1996) 3384–3388. [PMID: 8655529]
[EC created 2013]

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