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ENZYME entry: EC

Accepted Name
3-beta-hydroxysteroid-4-alpha-carboxylate 3-dehydrogenase (decarboxylating).
Alternative Name(s)
3-beta-hydroxy-4-alpha-methylcholestenecarboxylate 3-dehydrogenase (decarboxylating).
3-beta-hydroxy-4-beta-methylcholestenecarboxylate 3-dehydrogenase (decarboxylating).
3-beta-hydroxy-4-beta-methylcholestenoate dehydrogenase.
Sterol 4-alpha-carboxylic decarboxylase.
Sterol-4-alpha-carboxylate 3-dehydrogenase (decarboxylating).
Reaction catalysed
A 3-beta-hydroxysteroid-4-alpha-carboxylate + NAD(P)(+) <=> a 3-oxosteroid + CO(2) + NAD(P)H
  • The enzyme participates in the biosynthesis of several important sterols such as ergosterol and cholesterol.
  • It is part of a three enzyme system that removes methyl groups from the C-4 position of steroid molecules.
  • The first enzyme, EC, catalyzes three successive oxidations of the methyl group, resulting in a carboxyl group; the second enzyme, EC, catalyzes an oxidative decarboxylation that results in a reduction of the 3-beta-hydroxy group at the C-3 carbon to an oxo group; and the last enzyme, EC, reduces the 3-oxo group back to a 3-beta-hydroxyl.
  • If a second methyl group remains at the C-4 position, this enzyme also catalyzes its epimerization from 4-beta to 4-alpha orientation, so it could serve as a substrate for a second round of demethylation.
  • Cf. EC
PRIAM enzyme-specific profiles1.1.1.170
KEGG Ligand Database for Enzyme Nomenclature1.1.1.170
IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature1.1.1.170
MEDLINEFind literature relating to
O43050, ERG26_SCHPO;  P53199, ERG26_YEAST;  Q9FX01, HSDD1_ARATH;  

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