Reaction: S-adenosyl-L-methionine + dihydroflavodoxin + [formate C-acetyltransferase]-glycine = 5'-deoxyadenosine + L-methionine + flavodoxin semiquinone + [formate C-acetyltransferase]-glycin-2-yl radical
Other name(s): PFL activase; PFL-glycine:S-adenosyl-L-methionine H transferase (flavodoxin-oxidizing, S-adenosyl-L-methionine-cleaving); formate acetyltransferase activating enzyme; formate acetyltransferase-glycine dihydroflavodoxin:S-adenosyl-L-methionine oxidoreductase (S-adenosyl-L-methionine cleaving)
Systematic name: [formate C-acetyltransferase]-glycine dihydroflavodoxin:S-adenosyl-L-methionine oxidoreductase (S-adenosyl-L-methionine cleaving)
Comments: An iron-sulfur protein. A single glycine residue in EC 220.127.116.11, formate C-acetyltransferase, is oxidized to the corresponding radical by transfer of H from its CH2 to AdoMet with concomitant cleavage of the latter. The reaction requires Fe2+. The first stage is reduction of the AdoMet to give methionine and the 5'-deoxyadenosin-5'-yl radical, which then abstracts a hydrogen radical from the glycine residue.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 206367-15-9
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