Bacterial L-serine dehydratases: a new family of enzymes containing iron-sulfur clusters.

Two families of enzymes are described which catalyse identical chemical reactions but differ in their prosthetic groups and hence in their mechanism of action. One family, the pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent L-threonine dehydratases, also use L-serine as substrate. The other, hitherto unrecognized family is the iron-dependent, highly specific… CONTINUE READING