Reaction: taurine + pyruvate = L-alanine + 2-sulfoacetaldehyde
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Glossary: 2-sulfoacetaldehyde = 2-oxoethanesulfonate
taurine = 2-aminoethanesulfonate
Other name(s): Tpa
Systematic name: taurine:pyruvate aminotransferase
Comments: The enzyme from the bacterium Bilophila wadsworthia requires pryidoxal 5'-phosphate as a cofactor and catalyses a reversible reaction that starts an anaerobic taurine degradation pathway. β-Alanine is also a significant amino group donor. The enzyme from the bacterium Pseudomonas denitrificans PD1222 can also use hypotaurine, producing 2-sulfinoacetaldehyde, which spontaneously hydrolyses to sulfite and acetaldehyde. Unlike, EC 188.8.131.52, taurine32-oxoglutarate transaminase, 2-oxoglutarate cannot serve as an acceptor for the amino group.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 51901-18-9
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