GapMind for Amino acid biosynthesis


L-arginine biosynthesis in Desulfuromusa kysingii DSM 7343

Best path

argJ, argB, argC, argD, carA, carB, argI, argG, argH


Overview: Arginine biosynthesis in GapMind is based on MetaCyc pathways L-arginine biosynthesis I via L-acetyl-ornithine (link), II (acetyl cycle) (link), III via N-acetyl-L-citrulline (link), or IV via LysW-ornithine (link). GapMind also includes L-arginine biosynthesis with succinylated intermediates, as in Bacteroidetes (PMC5764234). These pathways all involve the activation of glutamate (by aceylation, succinylation, or attachment of LysW), followed by phosphorylation, reduction and transamination, to activated ornithine. In most pathways, this intermediate is cleaved to ornithine before transcarbamoylation, but in the N-acetylcitrulline or succinylated pathways, transcarbamoylation occurs before hydrolysis. In the final two steps, citrulline is converted to arginine by ArgG and ArgH.

21 steps (18 with candidates)

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Step Description Best candidate 2nd candidate
argJ ornithine acetyltransferase BLU87_RS12045
argB N-acylglutamate kinase BLU87_RS01680
argC N-acylglutamylphosphate reductase BLU87_RS05725
argD N-acetylornithine aminotransferase BLU87_RS01675 BLU87_RS04965
carA carbamoyl phosphate synthase subunit alpha BLU87_RS11165
carB carbamoyl phosphate synthase subunit beta BLU87_RS11170
argI ornithine carbamoyltransferase BLU87_RS01670 BLU87_RS11155
argG arginosuccinate synthetase BLU87_RS01660
argH argininosuccinate lyase BLU87_RS01650
Alternative steps:
argA N-acylglutamate synthase BLU87_RS12045 BLU87_RS01680
argD'B N-succinylornithine aminotransferase BLU87_RS01675 BLU87_RS04965
argE N-acetylornithine deacetylase BLU87_RS04420 BLU87_RS01550
argE'B N-succinylcitrulline desuccinylase
argF' acetylornithine transcarbamoylase BLU87_RS01670
argF'B N-succinylornithine carbamoyltransferase BLU87_RS01670
argX glutamate--LysW ligase BLU87_RS05285
lysJ [LysW]-glutamate-semialdehyde aminotransferase BLU87_RS04965 BLU87_RS01675
lysK [LysW]-ornithine hydrolase
lysW 2-aminoadipate/glutamate carrier protein
lysY [LysW]-glutamate-6-phosphate reductase BLU87_RS05725
lysZ [LysW]-glutamate kinase BLU87_RS01680

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