Methylaspartate mutase

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methylaspartate mutase
EC no.
CAS no.9032-97-7
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In enzymology, a methylaspartate mutase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

L-threo-3-methylaspartate L-glutamate

Hence, this enzyme has one substrate, L-threo-3-methylaspartate, and one product, L-glutamate.

This enzyme belongs to the family of isomerases, specifically those intramolecular transferases transferring other groups. The systematic name of this enzyme class is L-threo-3-methylaspartate carboxy-aminomethylmutase. Other names in common use include glutamate mutase, glutamic mutase, glutamic isomerase, glutamic acid mutase, glutamic acid isomerase, methylaspartic acid mutase, beta-methylaspartate-glutamate mutase, and glutamate isomerase. This enzyme participates in c5-branched dibasic acid metabolism. It employs one cofactor, cobamide.

Structural studies[edit]

As of late 2007, 8 structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, with PDB accession codes 1B1A, 1BE1, 1CB7, 1CCW, 1FMF, 1I9C, 1ID8, and 2PWH.


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