Reaction: L-aspartate = β-alanine + CO2
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Other name(s): aspartate α-decarboxylase; L-aspartate α-decarboxylase; aspartic α-decarboxylase; L-aspartate 1-carboxy-lyase
Systematic name: L-aspartate 1-carboxy-lyase (β-alanine-forming)
Comments: The Escherichia coli enzyme contains a pyruvoyl group.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9024-58-2
1. Williamson, J.M. and Brown, G.M. Purification and properties of L-aspartate-α-decarboxylase, an enzyme that catalyzes the formation of β-alanine in Escherichia coli. J. Biol. Chem. 254 (1979) 8074-8082. [PMID: 381298]