Substrate specificity of a dicarboxyl-CoA: dicarboxylic acid coenzyme A transferase from rat liver mitochondria

Biochem Int. 1992 Mar;26(4):767-73.


Substrate specificity of a dicarboxyl-CoA: dicarboxylic acids coenzyme A transferase purified from rat liver mitochondria was assayed. In addition to the previously identified substrates succinyl-CoA, 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-CoA and malonyl-CoA (Francesconi et al.(1989) Biochim. Biophys. Acta, 999, 163-170) also methylmalonyl-CoA, glutaryl-CoA and adipyl-CoA acted as enzyme substrates, with the latter thioester showing the highest apparent affinity. All corresponding dicarboxylic acids, but not oxaloacetic, citric, alpha-ketoglutaric, malic, fumaric and glutamic acids, acted as coenzyme A acceptor substrates. None of the tested monocarboxylic acids, or the corresponding coenzyme A esters, were enzymatically transformed by the here described coenzyme A transferase.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Coenzyme A-Transferases / metabolism*
  • Dicarboxylic Acids
  • In Vitro Techniques
  • Kinetics
  • Mitochondria, Liver / enzymology*
  • Rats
  • Substrate Specificity


  • Dicarboxylic Acids
  • Coenzyme A-Transferases