This view shows enzymes only for those organisms listed below, in the list of taxa known to possess the pathway. If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Hormones Biosynthesis → Plant Hormones Biosynthesis → Auxins Biosynthesis|
|Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Amino Acids Degradation → Proteinogenic Amino Acids Degradation → L-tryptophan Degradation|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Agrobacterium tumefaciens, Azospirillum brasilense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Azotobacter vinelandii, Bradyrhizobium japonicum, Burkholderia pyrrocinia, Enterobacter cloacae, Escherichia coli K4, Pantoea agglomerans, Pseudomonas chlororaphis chlororaphis, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Sinorhizobium meliloti Rm2011, Sulfolobus tokodaii 7
The metabolism of tryptophan to indole-3-acetate (indole acetic acid, IAA) via indole-3-pyruvate and indole-3-acetaldehyde has been documented in several nonpathogenic plant-associated bacteria, such as Bradyrhizobium japonicum [Kaneshiro83], Rhizobium leguminosarum [BadenochJones82] and Azotobacter vinlandii [GarciaTabares87], as well as the tumorigenic Agrobacterium tumefaciens [Kaper58], Pseudomonas savastanoi [Kuo73], and Pantoea agglomerans pv. gypsophilae [Manulis91]. In addition, a recent report described the presence of this pathway in the archaeon Sulfolobus sp. strain 7, a hyperthermophilic organism which is not associated with plants.
Initially it was difficult to prove the existence of this pathway, due to low rate of IAA synthesis, and the fact that indole-3-pyruvate is converted to IAA non-enzymatically. However, work done with the organism Enterobacter cloacae, which produces IAA in a higher rate, enabled the elucidation of the pathway and the identification of its components.
The key enzyme of this pathway is indole-3-pyruvate carboxylase (IPDC), as the two other enzymes which participate in this pathway are usually present in most bacteria, including those that cannot produce IAA. Upon expression of the E. cloacae IPDC enzyme in the heterologous hosts Escherichia coli, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pantoea agglomerans, Pseudomonas putida, Pseudomonas fluorescens, and Agrobacterium tumefaciens, all of these organisms were able to convert L-tryptophan to IAA [Koga91, Koga95]. Furthermore, experiments have shown that IPDC is solely responsible for the regulation of this pathway, and that the first enzyme in the pathway, L-tryptophan aminotransferase, operates very close to equilibrium [Koga94].
There has been a report that in certain organisms ( Burkholderia pyrrocinia, formerly known as Pseudomonas pyrrocinia, and Pseudomonas chlororaphis, formerly known as Pseudomonas aureofaciens) the pathway continues further: IAA is metabolized to indole-3-caboxaldehyde, which is converted by dehydrogenation to indole-3-carboxylate. The later undergoes spontaneous decarboxylation into indole [Lubbe83].
Variants: indole-3-acetate activation I, indole-3-acetate activation II, indole-3-acetate biosynthesis I, indole-3-acetate biosynthesis II, indole-3-acetate biosynthesis III (bacteria), indole-3-acetate biosynthesis IV (bacteria), indole-3-acetate biosynthesis V (bacteria and fungi), L-tryptophan degradation I (via anthranilate), L-tryptophan degradation II (via pyruvate), L-tryptophan degradation III (eukaryotic), L-tryptophan degradation IV (via indole-3-lactate), L-tryptophan degradation VIII (to tryptophol), L-tryptophan degradation IX, L-tryptophan degradation to 2-amino-3-carboxymuconate semialdehyde, L-tryptophan degradation V (side chain pathway), L-tryptophan degradation VI (via tryptamine), L-tryptophan degradation X (mammalian, via tryptamine), L-tryptophan degradation XI (mammalian, via kynurenine), L-tryptophan degradation XII (Geobacillus), methyl indole-3-acetate interconversion
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