If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
Locations of Mapped Genes:
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Amino Acids Biosynthesis → Proteinogenic Amino Acids Biosynthesis → L-cysteine Biosynthesis|
The pathway of cysteine biosynthesis is a two-step conversion starting from L-serine and yielding L-cysteine.
This pathway is regulated at the genetic level in its second step, wtih both cysteine synthase isozymes being under the positive control of the cysteine-responsive transcription factor CysB. It is also subject to very strong feedback inhibition of its first step by the final pathway product, cysteine.
Although two cysteine synthase isozymes exist, only cysteine synthase A (CysK) forms a complex with serine acetyltransferase. CysK is also the only one of the two cysteine synthases that is required for cell viability on cysteine-free medium.
Both steps in this pathway are reversible. Based on genetic and proteomic data, it appears that the cysteine synthases may actually act as a sulfur scavenging system during sulfur starvation, stripping sulfur off of L-cysteine, generating any number of variant amino acids in the process.
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