IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: nocardicin A epimerase

Reaction: (1) isonocardicin C = nocardicin C
(2) isonocardicin A = nocardicin A

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Other name(s): isonocardicin A epimerase; nocJ (gene name)

Systematic name: nocardicin-C epimerase

Comments: Requires pyridoxal 5'-phosphate. The enzyme, characterized from the bacterium Nocardia uniformis, is involved in the biosynthesis of the monolactam antibiotic nocardicin A. It catalyses the epimerization of the amino group at position 9' from (S)- configuration to (R)-. The enzyme can act on both isonocardicin A and isonocardicin C, but the in vivo substrate appears to be the latter [3].

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, CAS registry number: 118246-75-6


1. Wilson, B.A., Bantia, S., Salituro, G.M., Reeve, A.M. and Townsend, C.A. Cell-free biosynthesis of nocardicin A from nocardicin E and S-adenosylmethionine. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 110 (1988) 8238-8239.

2. Kelly, W.L. and Townsend, C.A. Mutational analysis and characterization of nocardicin C-9' epimerase. J. Biol. Chem. 279 (2004) 38220-38227. [PMID: 15252031]

3. Kelly, W.L. and Townsend, C.A. Mutational analysis of nocK and nocL in the nocardicin a producer Nocardia uniformis. J. Bacteriol. 187 (2005) 739-746. [PMID: 15629944]

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