GapMind for Amino acid biosynthesis


L-lysine biosynthesis in Nitratiruptor tergarcus DSM 16512

Best path

asp-kinase, asd, dapA, dapB, dapD, dapC, dapE, dapF, lysA


Overview: Lysine biosynthesis in GapMind is based on MetaCyc pathways L-lysine biosynthesis I via diaminopimelate (DAP) and succinylated intermediates (link), II with DAP and acetylated intermediates (link), III with DAP and no blocking group (link), V via 2-aminoadipate and LysW carrier protein (link), and VI with DAP aminotransferase (link). Most of these pathways involve tetrahydrodipicolinate and meso-diaminopimelate, with variations in how the amino group is introduced. Pathway V instead involves L-2-aminoadipate and LysW-attached intermediates. Lysine biosynthesis IV (link), via 2-aminoadipate and saccharopine, is only reported to occur in eukaryotes and is not described here.

25 steps (21 with candidates)

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Step Description Best candidate 2nd candidate
asp-kinase aspartate kinase B8779_RS05980
asd aspartate semi-aldehyde dehydrogenase B8779_RS04605
dapA 4-hydroxy-tetrahydrodipicolinate synthase B8779_RS08465
dapB 4-hydroxy-tetrahydrodipicolinate reductase B8779_RS00525
dapD tetrahydrodipicolinate succinylase B8779_RS01240
dapC N-succinyldiaminopimelate aminotransferase B8779_RS08925 B8779_RS08250
dapE succinyl-diaminopimelate desuccinylase B8779_RS08790
dapF diaminopimelate epimerase B8779_RS02565
lysA diaminopimelate decarboxylase B8779_RS04255
Alternative steps:
dapH tetrahydrodipicolinate acetyltransferase B8779_RS00630 B8779_RS05065
dapL N-acetyl-diaminopimelate deacetylase B8779_RS00750
DAPtransferase L,L-diaminopimelate aminotransferase B8779_RS00555 B8779_RS06960
dapX acetyl-diaminopimelate aminotransferase B8779_RS06960 B8779_RS08365
ddh meso-diaminopimelate D-dehydrogenase
hcs homocitrate synthase B8779_RS09685
hicdh homo-isocitrate dehydrogenase B8779_RS06295
lysJ [LysW]-2-aminoadipate semialdehyde transaminase B8779_RS06270 B8779_RS08250
lysK [LysW]-lysine hydrolase
lysN 2-aminoadipate:2-oxoglutarate aminotransferase B8779_RS06960 B8779_RS08250
lysT homoaconitase large subunit B8779_RS01390
lysU homoaconitase small subunit B8779_RS06290
lysW 2-aminoadipate/glutamate carrier protein
lysX 2-aminoadipate-LysW ligase
lysY [LysW]-2-aminoadipate 6-phosphate reductase B8779_RS09160
lysZ [LysW]-2-aminoadipate 6-kinase B8779_RS08125

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