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Definition of 4-hydroxybenzoate catabolism

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# 4-hydroxybenzoate catabolism in GapMind is based on
# aerobic oxidation to 3,4-hydroxybenzoate (protocatechuate), followed
# by meta, ortho, or para cleavage; or
# reduction to benzoyl-CoA (part of a MetaCyc pathway for
# phenol degradation, metacyc:PHENOLDEG-PWY)

pcaK	4-hydroxybenzoate transporter pcaK	curated:SwissProt::Q43975	curated:SwissProt::Q51955

# Transporters were identified using:
# query: transporter:4-hydroxybenzoate:p-hydroxybenzoate:4-hydroxybenzoic acid:p-hydroxybenzoic acid
4-hydroxybenzoate-transport: pcaK

# The primary substrate for this system is 4-chlorobenzoate, but TCDB
# reports that binding of that substrate to fcbT1 is inhibited by 1 mM
# 4-hydroxybenzoate, suggesting a reasonable affinity for
# 4-hydroxybenzoate as well.
fcbT1	tripartite 4-hydroxybenzoate transporter, substrate-binding component FcbT1	curated:TCDB::Q9RBR1
fcbT2	tripartite 4-hydroxybenzoate transporter, small DctQ-like component FcbT2	curated:TCDB::Q9RBR0
fcbT3	tripartite 4-hydroxybenzoate transporter, large permease subunit FcbT3	curated:TCDB::Q9RBQ9
4-hydroxybenzoate-transport: fcbT1 fcbT2 fcbT3

# Ignore efflux pumps such as aaeB (distantly related to Pf6N2E2_2879).
# Putative NodT/MFP/FUSC type efflux systems are important for utilization --
#	but it is not clear if these are involved in efflux or uptake, so they are also ignored.

# 3-oxoadipate is an intermediate in the ortho-cleavage pathway

# Ignore EC:, 3-oxoacid CoA-transferase, usually active on shorter substrates but who knows?
pcaI	3-oxoadipate CoA-transferase subunit A (PcaI)	curated:CharProtDB::CH_021928	ignore_other:	ignore_other:

pcaJ	3-oxoadipate CoA-transferase subunit B (PcaJ)	curated:BRENDA::P0A102	ignore_other:	ignore_other:

# Two different types of 3-oxoadipate CoA-transferases (EC: are known.
# They are both heteromeric with each subunit containing a CoA-transferase domain
3-oxodipate-CoA-transferase: pcaI pcaJ

# Ignore EC:, 3-oxoacid CoA-transferase, usually active on shorter substrates but who knows?
catI	3-oxoadipate CoA-transferase subunit A (CatI)	curated:SwissProt::Q8VPF3	curated:reanno::WCS417:GFF1318	curated:reanno::pseudo13_GW456_L13:PfGW456L13_4592	curated:reanno::pseudo3_N2E3:AO353_17195	ignore_other:	ignore_other:

catJ	3-oxoadipate CoA-transferase subunit B (CatJ)	curated:SwissProt::Q8VPF2	curated:reanno::WCS417:GFF1319	curated:reanno::pseudo13_GW456_L13:PfGW456L13_4591	curated:reanno::pseudo3_N2E3:AO353_17200	ignore_other:	ignore_other:

3-oxodipate-CoA-transferase: catI catJ

pcaF	succinyl-CoA:acetyl-CoA C-succinyltransferase	EC:

# MetaCyc pathway 3-oxoadipate degradation (metacyc:PWY-2361)
# involves activation by CoA (using succinyl-CoA) and a thiolase
# (succinyltransferase) reaction that splits it to
# acetyl-CoA and succinyl-CoA.
3-oxoadipate-degradation: 3-oxodipate-CoA-transferase pcaF

mhpD	2-hydroxypentadienoate hydratase	EC:

# Q2XQZ7 is misannotated in BRENDA
mhpE	4-hydroxy-2-oxovalerate aldolase	EC:	ignore:BRENDA::Q2XQZ7

import ethanol.steps:acetaldehyde-degradation

# (2Z)-2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate (HPD) is a common intermediate in the aerobic
# degradation of many aromatic compounds.
# In MetaCyc pathway 2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate degradation (metacyc:PWY-5162),
# HPD is hydrated to (S)-4-hydroxy-2-oxopentanoate and an aldolase cleaves it
# to pyruvate and acetaldehyde.
2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate-degradation: mhpD mhpE acetaldehyde-degradation

# Anaerobic degradation of 4-hydroxybenzoate is via benzoyl-CoA.
# Our rules also allow for the aerobic pathway for degradation of
# benzoyl-CoA.  (We don't know if this actually occurs.)

import leucine.steps:atoB # acetyl-CoA acetyltransferase 
import phenylacetate.steps:benzoyl-CoA-degradation

pobA	4-hydroxybenzoate 3-monooxygenase	EC:	EC:

ligA	protocatechuate 4,5-dioxygenase, alpha subunit	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-15116	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-3165	ignore_other:

ligB	protocatechuate 4,5-dioxygenase, beta subunit	curated:BRENDA::G2IQQ3	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-15117	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-3166	ignore_other:

ligC	2-hydroxy-4-carboxymuconate-6-semialdehyde dehydrogenase	EC:

ligI	2-pyrone-4,6-dicarboxylate hydrolase	EC:

# This isomerization can occur spontaneously, but the enzyme is probably required for good growth
# (i.e., fitness data for utilization of 4-vinylphenol or gallic acid).
# This enzyme is named gllD in MetaCyc.
# Note that ligU = uniprot:Q0KJL4 is reported to carry out a different isomerization of 4-oxalomesaconate
# as part of this pathway. I believe this is just a question of whether to treat the product
# as the enol form (in UniProt) or the keto form (in MetaCyc).
ligU	4-oxalomesaconate tautomerase	EC:	curated:SwissProt::Q0KJL4

# SwissProt G2IQQ5 = ligJ is described as using the enol form,
# (3Z)-2-oxo-4-carboxy-3-hexenedioate, of the substrate, but it yields the same product
ligJ	4-carboxy-2-hydroxymuconate hydratase	EC:	curated:SwissProt::G2IQQ5

ligK	4-oxalocitramalate aldolase	EC:

# EC: is 2-aminomuconate 6-semialdehyde dehydrogenase, but it is also reported
# to act on 2-hydroxymuconate-6-semialdehyde; many of these proteins
# are very similar to EC:
praB	2-hydroxymuconate 6-semialdehyde dehydrogenase	EC:	EC:

praC	2-hydroxymuconate tautomerase	EC:

praD	2-oxohex-3-enedioate decarboxylase	EC:

# Dehydrogenase praB forms 2-hydroxymuconate, tautomerase praC forms
# (3E)-2-oxohex-3-enedioate (2-oxalocrotonate), and decarboxylase praD yields
# 2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate (HPD).
# (This series of steps is part of protocatechuate para-cleavage, metacyc:PWY-6336,
#  or catechol degradation II, metacyc:PWY-5419.)
2-hydroxymuconate-6-semialdehyde-degradation: praB praC praD 2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate-degradation

xylF	2-hydroxymuconate semialdehyde hydrolase	EC:

# Or, hydrolase xylF forms HPD and formate.
# (This is part of a MetaCyc pathway for catechol degradation, metacyc:P183-PWY.)
2-hydroxymuconate-6-semialdehyde-degradation: xylF 2-hydroxypenta-2,4-dienoate-degradation

# In the meta-cleavage pathway (metacyc:P184-PWY), the 4,5-dioxygenase
# ligAB splits protocatechuate to
# 4-carboxy-2-hydroxymuconate-6-semialdehyde. (In solution, this is in
# the hemiacetal form.) The semialdehyde is oxidized to
# 2-pyrone-4,6-dicarboxylate, hydrolyzed to
# (1E)-4-oxobut-1-ene-1,2,4-tricarboxylate, tautomerized to
# (1E,3E)-4-hydroxybuta-1,3-diene-1,2,4-tricarboxylate, hydrated to
# 2-hydroxy-4-oxobutane-1,2,4-tricarboxylate (4-oxalocitramalate), and
# split by an aldolase to pyruvate and oxaloacetate.
protocatechuate-degradation: ligA ligB ligC ligI ligU ligJ ligK

pcaH	protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase, alpha subunit	curated:BRENDA::A0A193DXA9	curated:BRENDA::A8I4B7	curated:BRENDA::I0DHJ0	curated:BRENDA::Q0SH26	curated:CharProtDB::CH_121294	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-14209	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-3186	ignore_other:

pcaG	protocatechuate 3,4-dioxygenase, beta subunit	curated:BRENDA::A0A193DXP2	curated:BRENDA::A8I4B3	curated:BRENDA::I0DHJ1	curated:BRENDA::Q0SH27	curated:CharProtDB::CH_121290	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-14210	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-3185	ignore_other:

# RR42_RS32055 (A0A0C4YE08) is a somewhat diverged pcaB, confirmed by fitness data
pcaB	3-carboxymuconate cycloisomerase	EC:	uniprot:A0A0C4YE08

pcaC	4-carboxymuconolactone decarboxylase	EC:

pcaD	3-oxoadipate enol-lactone hydrolase	EC:

# In the ortho-cleavage pathway (metacyc:PROTOCATECHUATE-ORTHO-CLEAVAGE-PWY),
# the 3,4-oxygenase pcaHG cleaves the ring to 3-carboxy-cis,cis-muconate, a
# cycloisomerase forms 4-carboxymuconolactone
# (2-carboxy-2,5-dihydro-5-oxofuran-2-yl)-acetate), a decarboxylase
# forms 3-oxoadipate enol lactone
# ((4,5-dihydro-5-oxofuran-2-yl)-acetate), and a hydrolase forms
# 3-oxoadipate.
protocatechuate-degradation: pcaH pcaG pcaB pcaC pcaD 3-oxoadipate-degradation

praA	protocatechuate 2,3-dioxygenase	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-15106

# In the para-cleavage pathway (metacyc:PWY-6336),
# the 2,3-dioxygenase praA forms
# (2Z,4Z)-2-hydroxy-5-carboxymuconate-6-semialdehyde, which spontaneously decarboxylates to
# (2Z,4E)-2-hydroxy-6-oxohexa-2,4-dienoate, also known as 2-hydroxymuconate 6-semialdehyde.
protocatechuate-degradation: praA 2-hydroxymuconate-6-semialdehyde-degradation

# An aerobic route for degradation of 4-hydroxybenzoate involves
# 4-hydroxybenzoate 3-monooxygenase pobA, which forms protocatechuate
# (3,4-dihydroxybenzoate).
all: 4-hydroxybenzoate-transport pobA protocatechuate-degradation

# benzoyl-CoA ligases (EC: may have this activity as well, i.e. see PMID:12897012
# (discussing uniprot:Q8GQN9).
# Q8VUF1 (probably a benzoyl-CoA ligase) is misannotated in BRENDA as benzoyl-CoA reductase.
hcl	4-hydroxybenzoyl-CoA ligase	EC:	curated:SwissProt::Q8GQN9	ignore_other:	ignore:BRENDA::Q8VUF1

# EC: has been transferred to EC:, but currently the annotations still use
hcrA	4-hydroxybenzoyl-CoA reductase, alpha subunit	curated:SwissProt::O33819	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-14376	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-17404	ignore_other:	ignore_other:

hcrB	4-hydroxybenzoyl-CoA reductase, beta subunit	curated:SwissProt::O33820	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-14377	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-17405	ignore_other:	ignore_other:

hcrC	4-hydroxybenzoyl-CoA reductase, gamma subunit	curated:SwissProt::O33818	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-14378	curated:metacyc::MONOMER-17403	ignore_other:	ignore_other:

# Alternatively, 4-hydroxybenzoate can be activated to 4-hydroxybenzoyl-CoA by hcl
# and reduced to benzoyl-CoA by hcrABC (metacyc:PHENOLDEG-PWY).
all: 4-hydroxybenzoate-transport hcl hcrA hcrB hcrC benzoyl-CoA-degradation



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