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Accepted name: arylformamidase
Reaction: N-formyl-L-kynurenine + H2O = formate + L-kynurenine
For diagram of tryptophan catabolism, click here
Other name(s): kynurenine formamidase; formylase; formylkynureninase; formylkynurenine formamidase; formamidase I; formamidase II
Systematic name: aryl-formylamine amidohydrolase
Comments: Also acts on other aromatic formylamines.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, Gene, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 156229-75-3
1.  Hayaishi, O. and Stanier, R.Y. The bacterial oxidation of tryptophan. III. Enzymatic activities of cell-free extracts from bacteria employing the aromatic pathway. J. Bacteriol. 62 (1951) 691–709. [PMID: 14907621]
2.  Jakoby, W.B. Kynurenine formamidase from Neurospora. J. Biol. Chem. 207 (1954) 657–663. [PMID: 13163050]
3.  Mehler, A.H. and Knox, W.E. The conversion of tryptophan to kynurenine in liver. II. The enzymatic hydrolysis of formylkynurenine. J. Biol. Chem. 187 (1950) 431–438. [PMID: 14794728]
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