Accepted name: benzoate—CoA ligase
Reaction: ATP + benzoate + CoA = AMP + diphosphate + benzoyl-CoA
Other name(s): benzoate—coenzyme A ligase; benzoyl-coenzyme A synthetase; benzoyl CoA synthetase (AMP forming)
Systematic name: benzoate:CoA ligase (AMP-forming)
Comments: Also acts on 2-, 3- and 4-fluorobenzoate, but only very slowly on the corresponding chlorobenzoates.
1.  Hutber, G.N. and Ribbons, D.W. Involvement of coenzyme-A esters in the metabolism of benzoate and cyclohexanecarboxylate by Rhodopseudomonas palustris. J. Gen. Microbiol. 129 (1983) 2413–2420.
2.  Schennen, U., Braun, K. and Knackmuss, H.-J. Anaerobic degradation of 2-fluorobenzoate by benzoate-degrading, denitrifying bacteria. J. Bacteriol. 161 (1985) 321–325. [PMID: 2857161]
[EC created 1989]