GapMind for Amino acid biosynthesis


L-leucine biosynthesis in Pseudomonas fluorescens GW456-L13

Best path

ilvH, ilvI, ilvC, ilvD, leuA, leuC, leuD, leuB, ilvE

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Overview: Leucine biosynthesis in GapMind is based on MetaCyc pathway L-leucine biosynthesis (link). This begins with the initial steps of valine biosynthesis (see link), up to 3-methyloxobutanoate.

9 steps (9 with candidates)

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Step Description Best candidate 2nd candidate
ilvH acetohydroxybutanoate synthase catalytic subunit PfGW456L13_1538 PfGW456L13_3207
ilvI acetohydroxybutanoate synthase regulatory subunit PfGW456L13_1539
ilvC ketol-acid reductoisomerase PfGW456L13_1540
ilvD (R)-2,3-dihydroxy-3-methylbutanoate dehydratase PfGW456L13_973 PfGW456L13_3725
leuA 2-isopropylmalate synthase PfGW456L13_4854
leuC 3-isopropylmalate dehydratase, large subunit PfGW456L13_3948 PfGW456L13_3592
leuD 3-isopropylmalate dehydaratase, small subunit PfGW456L13_3947 PfGW456L13_3593
leuB 3-isopropylmalate dehydrogenase PfGW456L13_3945 PfGW456L13_2643
ilvE leucine transaminase PfGW456L13_3544 PfGW456L13_4923

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 Aug 03 2021. The underlying query database was built on Aug 03 2021.



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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).

For more information, see the paper from 2019 on GapMind for amino acid biosynthesis, the paper from 2022 on GapMind for carbon sources, or view the source code, or see changes to Amino acid biosynthesis since the publication.

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