Reaction: maleimide + H2O = maleamic acid
Other name(s): imidase; cyclic imide hydrolase; cyclic-imide amidohydrolase (decyclicizing) [misprint]
Systematic name: cyclic-imide amidohydrolase (decyclizing)
Comment: Succinimide and glutarimide, and sulfur-containing cyclic imides, such as rhodanine, can also act as substrates for the enzyme from Blastobacter sp. A17p-4. The reverse, cyclization, reaction is also catalysed, but much more slowly. It has lower activity towards cyclic ureides, which are the substrates of EC 188.8.131.52, dihydropyrimidinase.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 9030-74-4
1. Ogawa, J., Soong, C.L., Honda, M. and Shimizu, S. Imidase, a new dihydropyrimidinase-like enzyme involved in the metabolism of cyclic imides. Eur. J. Biochem. 243 (1997) 322-327. [PMID: 9030755]