IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: diaminopimelate decarboxylase

Reaction: meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate = L-lysine + CO2

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Other name(s): diaminopimelic acid decarboxylase; meso-diaminopimelate decarboxylase; DAP-decarboxylase; meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate carboxy-lyase

Systematic name: meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate carboxy-lyase (L-lysine-forming)

Comments: A pyridoxal-phosphate protein.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9024-75-3


1. Denman, R.F., Hoare, D.S. and Work, E. Diaminopimelic acid decarboxylase in pyridoxin-deficient Escherichia coli. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 16 (1955) 442-443.

[EC created 1961]

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