If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
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Synonyms: methylthioadenosine degradation IV
|Superclasses:||Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Nucleosides and Nucleotides Degradation → S-methyl-5'-thioadenosine Degradation|
5'-Methylthioadenosine (MTA) is a side product of the spermidine biosynthesis I and aminopropylcadaverine biosynthesis pathways. Many organisms are able to recycle MTA via the S-methyl-5-thio-α-D-ribose 1-phosphate degradation pathway. However, while the E. coli 5'-methylthioadenosine/S-adenosylhomocysteine nucleosidase can hydrolyze MTA to adenine and methylthioribose (MTR), MTR can not be further metabolized and is excreted [Hughes06a]. No transporter for MTR is currently known.
Excretion of MTR entails a loss of sulfur, which may explain why putrescine rather than spermidine is the major polyamine in E. coli [Sekowska00].
In early experiments, 5'-methylthioribose was shown to be a normal biosynthetic product that is secreted into the growth medium by E. coli B [Schroeder73].
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