Reaction: cholesterol + [reduced NADPHhemoprotein reductase] + O2 = 7α-hydroxycholesterol + [oxidized NADPHhemoprotein reductase] + H2O
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Other name(s): cholesterol 7α-hydroxylase; CYP7A1 (gene name)
Systematic name: cholesterol,NADPHhemoprotein reductase:oxygen oxidoreductase (7α-hydroxylating)
Comments: A P-450 heme-thiolate liver protein that catalyses the first step in the biosynthesis of bile acids. The direct electron donor to the enzyme is EC 188.8.131.52, NADPHhemoprotein reductase.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, CAS registry number:
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