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|Superclasses:||Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Amino Acids Degradation → Proteinogenic Amino Acids Degradation → L-glutamine Degradation|
L-glutamine is the amino group donor for many cellular biosynthetic reactions and serves as a storage reservoir of ammonia, playing an important role in nitrogen metabolism. In eukaryotes, L-glutamine is converted to L-glutamate by glutaminase, the enzyme responsible for L-glutamine catabolism. In plants, bacteria, and archaea, L-glutamine can also be converted to L-glutamate by the reversible glutamate synthase reaction, also known as GOGAT for glutamine: α-oxoglutarate aminotransferase (see pathway L-glutamine degradation II). [Voet04, Gottschalk86]
About This Pathway
Wild-type Escherichia coli K-12 grows only poorly on L-glutamine as the sole source of carbon, although mutants that gain the ability to utilize L-glutamine can be isolated easily [Masters81]. In contrast, L-glutamine supports rapid growth as the sole source of nitrogen, although growth is biphasic with a transition in mid-log phase [Atkinson02a]. No mutants unable to utilize L-glutamine as the sole source of nitrogen have been identified.
Two enzymes able to degrade L-glutamine, glutaminase and glutaminase B, were purified from Escherichia coli B; no mutants were identified at the time, and thus the identity of the genes encoding them has not been established. Recently, two genes encoding glutaminases with properties resembling those of glutaminase A and B have been identified in Escherichia coli K-12 [Brown08]. Reviewed in Reitzer, L., Catabolism of Amino Acids and Related Compounds, Module 3.4.7 [ECOSAL].
Variants: L-glutamine degradation II
Unification Links: EcoCyc:GLUTAMINDEG-PWY
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Brown08: Brown G, Singer A, Proudfoot M, Skarina T, Kim Y, Chang C, Dementieva I, Kuznetsova E, Gonzalez CF, Joachimiak A, Savchenko A, Yakunin AF (2008). "Functional and structural characterization of four glutaminases from Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis." Biochemistry 47(21);5724-35. PMID: 18459799
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Anderson83: Anderson PM (1983). "CTP synthetase from Escherichia coli: an improved purification procedure and characterization of hysteretic and enzyme concentration effects on kinetic properties." Biochemistry 22(13);3285-92. PMID: 6349684
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Chen89a: Chen KC, Vannais DB, Jones C, Patterson D, Davidson JN (1989). "Mapping of the gene encoding the multifunctional protein carrying out the first three steps of pyrimidine biosynthesis to human chromosome 2." Hum Genet 82(1);40-4. PMID: 2565865
ChungBok97: Chung-Bok MI, Vincent N, Jhala U, Watford M (1997). "Rat hepatic glutaminase: identification of the full coding sequence and characterization of a functional promoter." Biochem J 324 ( Pt 1);193-200. PMID: 9164856
Ciustea05: Ciustea M, Gutierrez JA, Abbatiello SE, Eyler JR, Richards NG (2005). "Efficient expression, purification, and characterization of C-terminally tagged, recombinant human asparagine synthetase." Arch Biochem Biophys 440(1);18-27. PMID: 16023613
Coleman77: Coleman PF, Suttle DP, Stark GR (1977). "Purification from hamster cells of the multifunctional protein that initiates de novo synthesis of pyrimidine nucleotides." J Biol Chem 252(18);6379-85. PMID: 19472
Davidson90a: Davidson JN, Rao GN, Niswander L, Andreano C, Tamer C, Chen KC (1990). "Organization and nucleotide sequence of the 3' end of the human CAD gene." DNA Cell Biol 9(9);667-76. PMID: 1979741
Delannay99: Delannay S, Charlier D, Tricot C, Villeret V, Pierard A, Stalon V (1999). "Serine 948 and threonine 1042 are crucial residues for allosteric regulation of Escherichia coli carbamoylphosphate synthetase and illustrate coupling effects of activation and inhibition pathways." J Mol Biol 286(4);1217-28. PMID: 10047492
Deras99: Deras ML, Chittur SV, Davisson VJ (1999). "N2-hydroxyguanosine 5'-monophosphate is a time-dependent inhibitor of Escherichia coli guanosine monophosphate synthetase." Biochemistry 38(1);303-10. PMID: 9890911
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