Alpha-methylacyl-Co A Racemase

Alpha-methylacyl-Co A Racemase

In enzymology, an alpha-methylacyl-CoA racemase also known as AMACR is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

(2R)-2-methylacyl-CoA (2S)-2-methylacyl-CoA

In mammalian cells, the enzyme is responsible for converting (2R)-methylacyl-CoA esters to their (2S)-methylacyl-CoA epimers and known substrates include coenzyme A esters of pristanic acid (mostly derived from phytanic acid, a 3-methyl branched-chain fatty acid that is abundant in the diet) and bile acids derived from cholesterol. This transformation is required in order to degrade (2R)-methylacyl-CoA esters by β-oxidation, which requires the (2S) epimer. The enzyme is known to be localised in peroxisomes and mitochondria, both of which are known to β-oxidise 2-methylacyl-CoA esters.

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