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 D-ribose:NADP+ 1-oxidoreductase. Other names in common use include D-ribose dehydrogenase (NADP+), NADP+-pentose-dehydrogenase, and ribose 1-dehydrogenase (NADP+).
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