GapMind for Amino acid biosynthesis


L-isoleucine biosynthesis in Desulfovibrio oxyclinae DSM 11498

Best path

cimA, leuC, leuD, leuB, ilvI, ilvH, ilvC, ilvD?, ilvE


Overview: Isoleucine biosynthesis in GapMind is based on MetaCyc pathways L-isoleucine biosynthesis I (from threonine) (link), II via citramalate (link), or IV from propanoate (link). These pathways share a common intermediate, 2-oxobutanoate, but vary in how the 2-oxobutanoate is formed. Pathway IV is included because propanoate is a common fermentative end product and need not be a nutrient requirement, but it is not always clear if it could be the main pathway to isoleucine. Pathway III (link), via glutamate mutase, is not included because the first step (glutamate mutase, EC has not been linked to sequence and because no organism has been demonstrated to rely on this pathway to form oxobutanoate. MetaCyc L-isoleucine biosynthesis V describes biosynthesis from 2-methylbutanoate, which is a fermentation end product in the rumen; this is an an unusual precursor so we did not include it.

13 steps (11 with candidates)

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Step Description Best candidate 2nd candidate Known gap?
cimA (R)-citramalate synthase B149_RS0102555 B149_RS0101700  
leuC 3-isopropylmalate dehydratase / citramalate isomerase, large subunit B149_RS0101705 B149_RS0107400  
leuD 3-isopropylmalate dehydaratase / citramalate isomerase, small subunit B149_RS0101710 B149_RS0107400  
leuB 3-methylmalate dehydrogenase / 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase B149_RS0101715 B149_RS0113780  
ilvI acetolactate/acetohydroxybutanoate synthase catalytic subunit B149_RS0112070 B149_RS0109980  
ilvH acetolactate/acetohydroxybutanoate synthase regulatory subunit B149_RS0112065 B149_RS0109975  
ilvC 2-hydroxy-3-ketol-acid reductoisomerase B149_RS0112060  
ilvD? dihydroxy-acid dehydratase known gap
ilvE isoleucine transaminase B149_RS0111840 B149_RS0109030  
Alternative steps:
ilvA threonine deaminase  
ofoa 2-oxobutanoate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase, alpha subunit B149_RS0111050 B149_RS0100295  
ofob 2-oxobutanoate:ferredoxin oxidoreductase, beta subunit B149_RS0111045 B149_RS0100300  
prpE propionyl-CoA synthetase B149_RS0106290 B149_RS0113155  

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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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).

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by Morgan Price, Arkin group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory