GapMind for Amino acid biosynthesis


L-proline biosynthesis in Desulfobacca acetoxidans DSM 11109

Best path

proB, proA, proC


Overview: Proline biosynthesis in GapMind is based on MetaCyc pathways L-proline biosynthesis I from L-glutamate (link) and III via L-ornithine aminotransferase (link). GapMind also describes proline synthesis via ornithine cyclodeaminase (PMID:11489875). Pathway II from arginine (link) should perhaps be included, but is not; it is reported in nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria and the bacteria it was reported in also have pathway I. Pathway IV is not included because it is not reported in prokaryotes (link). Also, pathway III is described in MetaCyc as occuring only in plants, but it has been reported in the archaeon Thermococcus kodakarensis (PMC5846162).

17 steps (13 with candidates)

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Step Description Best candidate 2nd candidate
proB glutamate 5-kinase DESAC_RS06835 DESAC_RS06840
proA gamma-glutamylphosphate reductase DESAC_RS06840
proC pyrroline-5-carboxylate reductase DESAC_RS10725
Alternative steps:
argA N-acylglutamate synthase DESAC_RS13635 DESAC_RS13625
argB N-acylglutamate kinase DESAC_RS12330
argC N-acylglutamylphosphate reductase DESAC_RS00695
argD N-acetylornithine aminotransferase DESAC_RS12335 DESAC_RS07485
argE N-acetylornithine deacetylase
argJ ornithine acetyltransferase DESAC_RS13635
argX glutamate--LysW ligase
cyclodeaminase ornithine cyclodeaminase DESAC_RS01600
lysJ [LysW]-glutamate-semialdehyde aminotransferase DESAC_RS12910 DESAC_RS12335
lysK [LysW]-ornithine hydrolase
lysW 2-aminoadipate/glutamate carrier protein
lysY [LysW]-glutamate-6-phosphate reductase DESAC_RS00695
lysZ [LysW]-glutamate kinase DESAC_RS12330
OAT L-ornithine 5-aminotransferase DESAC_RS07485 DESAC_RS12910

Confidence: high confidence medium confidence low confidence
? – known gap: despite the lack of a good candidate for this step, this organism (or a related organism) performs the pathway

This GapMind analysis is from Apr 09 2024. The underlying query database was built on Apr 09 2024.



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About GapMind

Each pathway is defined by a set of rules based on individual steps or genes. Candidates for each step are identified by using ublast (a fast alternative to protein BLAST) against a database of manually-curated proteins (most of which are experimentally characterized) or by using HMMer with enzyme models (usually from TIGRFam). Ublast hits may be split across two different proteins.

A candidate for a step is "high confidence" if either:

where "other" refers to the best ublast hit to a sequence that is not annotated as performing this step (and is not "ignored").

Otherwise, a candidate is "medium confidence" if either:

Other blast hits with at least 50% coverage are "low confidence."

Steps with no high- or medium-confidence candidates may be considered "gaps." For the typical bacterium that can make all 20 amino acids, there are 1-2 gaps in amino acid biosynthesis pathways. For diverse bacteria and archaea that can utilize a carbon source, there is a complete high-confidence catabolic pathway (including a transporter) just 38% of the time, and there is a complete medium-confidence pathway 63% of the time. Gaps may be due to:

GapMind relies on the predicted proteins in the genome and does not search the six-frame translation. In most cases, you can search the six-frame translation by clicking on links to Curated BLAST for each step definition (in the per-step page).

For more information, see:

If you notice any errors or omissions in the step descriptions, or any questionable results, please let us know

by Morgan Price, Arkin group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory