Reaction: acetyl-CoA + a malonyl-[acyl-carrier protein] = an acetoacetyl-[acyl-carrier protein] + CoA + CO2
Other name(s): 3-oxoacyl:ACP synthase III; 3-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein synthase III; KASIII; KAS III; FabH; β-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein synthase III; β-ketoacyl-ACP synthase III; β-ketoacyl (acyl carrier protein) synthase III
Systematic name: acetyl-CoA:malonyl-[acyl-carrier protein] C-acyltransferase
Comments: Involved in the dissociated (or type II) fatty-acid biosynthesis system that occurs in plants and bacteria. In contrast to EC 188.8.131.52 (β-ketoacyl-ACP synthase I) and EC 184.108.40.206 (β-ketoacyl-ACP synthase II), this enzyme specifically uses CoA thioesters rather than acyl-ACP as the primer . In addition to the above reaction, the enzyme can also catalyse the reaction of EC 220.127.116.11, [acyl-carrier-protein] S-acetyltransferase, but to a much lesser extent . The enzyme is responsible for initiating both straight- and branched-chain fatty-acid biosynthesis , with the substrate specificity in an organism reflecting the fatty-acid composition found in that organism [2,5]. For example, Streptococcus pneumoniae, a Gram-positive bacterium, is able to use both straight- and branched-chain (C4C6) acyl-CoA primers  whereas Escherichia coli, a Gram-negative organism, uses primarily short straight-chain acyl CoAs, with a preference for acetyl-CoA [4,5].
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 1048646-78-1
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2. Han, L., Lobo, S. and Reynolds, K.A. Characterization of β-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein synthase III from Streptomyces glaucescens and its role in initiation of fatty acid biosynthesis. J. Bacteriol. 180 (1998) 4481-4486. [PMID: 9721286]
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4. Choi, K.H., Kremer, L., Besra, G.S. and Rock, C.O. Identification and substrate specificity of β-ketoacyl (acyl carrier protein) synthase III (mtFabH) from Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J. Biol. Chem. 275 (2000) 28201-28207. [PMID: 10840036]
5. Qiu, X., Choudhry, A.E., Janson, C.A., Grooms, M., Daines, R.A., Lonsdale, J.T. and Khandekar, S.S. Crystal structure and substrate specificity of the β-ketoacyl-acyl carrier protein synthase III (FabH) from Staphylococcus aureus. Protein Sci. 14 (2005) 2087-2094. [PMID: 15987898]
6. Li, Y., Florova, G. and Reynolds, K.A. Alteration of the fatty acid profile of Streptomyces coelicolor by replacement of the initiation enzyme 3-ketoacyl acyl carrier protein synthase III (FabH). J. Bacteriol. 187 (2005) 3795-3799. [PMID: 15901703]
7. Cronan, J.E., Jr. and Rock, C.O. Biosynthesis of membrane lipids. In: Neidhardt, F.C. (Ed.), Escherichia coli and Salmonella: Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2nd edn, vol. 1, ASM Press, Washington, DC, 1996, pp. 612-636.