IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: indole-3-glycerol-phosphate synthase

Reaction: 1-(2-carboxyphenylamino)-1-deoxy-D-ribulose 5-phosphate = 1-C-(indol-3-yl)glycerol 3-phosphate + CO2 + H2O

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Other name(s): indoleglycerol phosphate synthetase; indoleglycerol phosphate synthase; indole-3-glycerophosphate synthase; 1-(2-carboxyphenylamino)-1-deoxy-D-ribulose-5-phosphate carboxy-lyase (cyclizing)

Systematic name: 1-(2-carboxyphenylamino)-1-deoxy-D-ribulose-5-phosphate carboxy-lyase [cyclizing; 1-C-(indol-3-yl)glycerol-3-phosphate-forming]

Comments: In some organisms, this enzyme is part of a multifunctional protein, together with one or more other components of the system for the biosynthesis of tryptophan [EC (anthranilate phosphoribosyltransferase), EC (anthranilate synthase), EC (tryptophan synthase) and EC (phosphoribosylanthranilate isomerase)].

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9031-60-1


1. Creighton, T.E. and Yanofsky, C. Indole-3-glycerol phosphate synthetase of Escherichia coli, an enzyme of the tryptophan operon. J. Biol. Chem. 241 (1966) 4616-4624. [PMID: 5332729]

2. Creighton, T.E. and Yanofsky, C. Chorismate to tryptophan (Escherichia coli) - anthranilate synthetase, PR transferase, PRA isomerase, InGP synthetase, tryptophan synthetase. Methods Enzymol. 17A (1970) 365-380.

3. Hütter, R., Niederberger, P. and DeMoss, J.A. Tryptophan biosynthetic genes in eukaryotic microorganisms. Annu. Rev. Microbiol. 40 (1986) 55-77. [PMID: 16526091]

[EC created 1972]

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