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Synonyms: isoprenoid pathway, MVA pathway, isopentenyl diphosphate biosynthesis, dimethylallyl diphosphate biosynthesis
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Secondary Metabolites Biosynthesis → Terpenoids Biosynthesis → Hemiterpenes Biosynthesis → Isopentenyl Diphosphate Biosynthesis|
The biosynthesis of isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) can occur via two distinct routes: the mevalonate pathway I (MVA pathway, this pathway) and the methylerythritol phosphate pathway I (MEP pathway). In the former, IPP is synthesized from the condensation of three acetyl-CoA molecules; in contrast, in the MEP pathway IPP is synthesized via the condensation of pyruvate and D-glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate.
For many years, the MVA pathway was considered to be the sole source of IPP in all living organisms, however, several inconsistencies led to the discovery of the MEP pathway in bacteria and plants. The MEP pathway is present in most eubacteria, in unicellular green algae, in the chloroplasts of phototrophic organisms and in some unicellular eukaryotes related to photosynthetic phyla, such as the Plasmodium parasites.
The mevalonate pathway is found in animals, fungi, the cytoplasm of phototrophic organisms, archaea, and some eubacteria.
About This Pathway
In eukaryotic cells, the mevalonate pathway leads to plant sterol biosynthesis, ergosterol biosynthesis I and dolichol biosynthesis via the formation of farnesyl diphosphate (FPP). IPP from this pathway is also used to synthesize cytosolic geranylgeranyl diphosphate (GGPP) which is used (along with FPP) for the prenylation of proteins. In plants, the mevalonate pathway is also a source of isoprene units for the biosynthesis of a variety of terpenoids (cytokinins, brassinosteroids, sesquiterpenes, polyprenoids).
All the enzymes of this pathway have been isolated from bacteria. Additionally, a number of plant homologues have been demonstrated to be fully functional, largely through functional complementation of bacterial and yeast mutant strains.
Superpathways: superpathway of geranylgeranyldiphosphate biosynthesis I (via mevalonate), superpathway of cholesterol biosynthesis, superpathway of ergosterol biosynthesis I, Methanobacterium thermoautotrophicum biosynthetic metabolism
Unification Links: AraCyc:PWY-922
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