Carbonyl reductase (NADPH)

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carbonyl reductase (NADPH)
carbonyl reductase tetramer, Mouse
EC no.
CAS no.89700-36-7
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MetaCycmetabolic pathway
PDB structuresRCSB PDB PDBe PDBsum
Gene OntologyAmiGO / QuickGO
Ribbon diagram of human carbonyl reductase 1, in complex with NADPH and a small molecule inhibitor (not shown). From PDB: 1WMA​.

In enzymology, a carbonyl reductase (NADPH) (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction


Thus, the two products of this enzyme are R-CHOH-R' and NADP+, whereas its 3 substrates are R-CO-R', NADPH, and H+.

This enzyme belongs to the family of oxidoreductases, specifically those acting on the CH-OH group of donor with NAD+ or NADP+ as acceptor. The systematic name of this enzyme class is secondary-alcohol:NADP+ oxidoreductase. Other names in common use include aldehyde reductase 1, prostaglandin 9-ketoreductase, xenobiotic ketone reductase, NADPH-dependent carbonyl reductase, ALR3, carbonyl reductase, nonspecific NADPH-dependent carbonyl reductase, aldehyde reductase 1, and carbonyl reductase (NADPH). This enzyme participates in arachidonic acid metabolism, and has recently been shown to catabolize S-Nitrosoglutathione, as a means to degrade NO in an NADPH-dependent manner.

Structural studies[edit]

As of late 2007, 4 structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, with PDB accession codes 1CYD, 1WMA, 2HRB, and 2PFG.


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