IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: carnitine O-acetyltransferase

Reaction: acetyl-CoA + carnitine = CoA + O-acetylcarnitine

Other name(s): acetyl-CoA-carnitine O-acetyltransferase; acetylcarnitine transferase; carnitine acetyl coenzyme A transferase; carnitine acetylase; carnitine acetyltransferase; carnitine-acetyl-CoA transferase; CATC

Systematic name: acetyl-CoA:carnitine O-acetyltransferase

Comments: Also acts on propanoyl-CoA and butanoyl-CoA (cf. EC carnitine O-palmitoyltransferase and EC carnitine O-octanoyltransferase).

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, GTD, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9029-90-7


1. Chase, J.F.A., Pearson, D.J. and Tubbs, P.K. The preparation of crystalline carnitine acetyltransferase. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 96 (1965) 162-165.

2. Friedman, S. and Fraenkel, G. Reversible enzymatic acetylation of carnitine. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 59 (1955) 491-501.

3. Miyazawa, S., Ozasa, H., Furuta, S., Osumi, T. and Hashimoto, T. Purification and properties of carnitine acetyl transferase from rat liver. J. Biochem. (Tokyo) 93 (1983) 439-451.

[EC created 1961]

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