Accepted name: diaminobutyrate decarboxylase
Reaction: L-2,4-diaminobutanoate = propane-1,3-diamine + CO2
Other name(s): DABA DC; L-2,4-diaminobutyrate decarboxylase; L-2,4-diaminobutanoate carboxy-lyase
Systematic name: L-2,4-diaminobutanoate carboxy-lyase (propane-1,3-diamine-forming)
Comments: A pyridoxal-phosphate protein that requires a divalent cation for activity [1]. N4-Acetyl-L-2,4-diaminobutanoate, 2,3-diaminopropanoate, ornithine and lysine are not substrates. Found in the proteobacteria Haemophilus influenzae and Acinetobacter baumannii. In the latter, this enzyme is cotranscribed with the dat gene that encodes EC, diaminobutyrate—2-oxoglutarate transaminase, which can supply the substrate for this enzyme.
1.  Yamamoto, S., Tsuzaki, Y., Tougou, K. and Shinoda, S. Purification and characterization of L-2,4-diaminobutyrate decarboxylase from Acinetobacter calcoaceticus. J. Gen. Microbiol. 138 (1992) 1461–1465. [PMID: 1512577]
2.  Ikai, H. and Yamamoto, S. Cloning and expression in Escherichia coli of the gene encoding a novel L-2,4-diaminobutyrate decarboxylase of Acinetobacter baumannii. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 124 (1994) 225–228. [PMID: 7813892]
3.  Ikai, H. and Yamamoto, S. Identification and analysis of a gene encoding L-2,4-diaminobutyrate:2-ketoglutarate 4-aminotransferase involved in the 1,3-diaminopropane production pathway in Acinetobacter baumannii. J. Bacteriol. 179 (1997) 5118–5125. [PMID: 9260954]
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