Pregnenolone metabolized to 17alpha-hydroxyprogesterone in yeast: biochemical analysis of a metabolic pathway.


The cDNA coding for the human 3beta-hydroxy-5-ene steroid dehydrogenase/5-ene-4-ene steroid isomerase (3beta-HSD) has been expressed in yeast. When expressed from identical vectors except for the coding sequence, the specific activity of the type I is lower than that of the type II enzyme. A mutant of the human 3beta-HSD type II lacking the putative… (More)