The human ACADSB gene is located on chromosome 10; its exact localization has been identified as 10q25-q26. The open reading frame (ORF) encodes a precursor protein that contains 431 amino acids; post-translational processing results in a mature protein with 399 amino acids. The cDNA is significantly similar to the cDNA of other members of the acyl-CoA dehydrogenase family; its structure is closest to that of short chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase. The structure of the catalytic pocket has also been studied; position 104 at the bottom of the substrate-binding pocket has been identified as important in determining the length of the primary carbon chain that can be accommodated. Altering residues at positions 105 and 177 have been demonstrated to affect the rate of the dehydrogenation reactions.
Short/branched chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase(ACADSB) is a member of the acyl-CoA dehydrogenase family of enzymes that catalyze the dehydrogenation of acyl-CoA derivatives in the metabolism of fatty acids or branch chained amino acids. Substrate specificity is the primary characteristic used to define members of this gene family. The ACADSB gene product has the greatest activity towards the short branched chain acyl-CoA derivative, (S)-2-methylbutyryl-CoA, but also reacts significantly with other 2-methyl branched chain substrates and with short straight chain acyl-CoAs. The encoded protein is also involved in L-leucine catabolism.
Mutations in the ACADSB gene have been associated with 2-Methylbutyryl-CoA dehydrogenase (MBD) deficiency, an autosomalrecessivemetabolic disorder of impaired isoleucine degradation. Many mutations across the gene’s 10 exons have been identified, with the mutations causing exon skipping and other transcriptional and translational errors. The disorder may be detected by MS/MS-based routine newborn screening due to the heightened presence of 2-methylbutyrylcarnitine in tissue samples. The disorder may also be identified using urinary organic acid analysis, by detecting the presence of 2-methylbutyryl glycinuria. While many individuals with a mutation in this gene may be asymptomatic, some patients have been reported to have symptoms in early infancy. Infants may experience apneic episodes, generalized muscle atrophy, hypotonia, lethargy, seizures, and delayed motor development. Patients may also experience metabolic symptoms such as hypothermia and hypoglycemia. Finally, genetic polymorphisms of the ACADSB gene may also be involved in the development of hypertension in the Japanese population.
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