Aspartate aminotransferase is important for the metabolism of amino acids and Krebs-cycle related
organic acids. In plants, it is involved in nitrogen metabolism and in aspects of carbon and energy
metabolism. The enzyme catalyses the reaction:
L-aspartate + 2-oxoglutarate = oxaloacetate + L-glutamate
Aminotransferases share certain mechanistic features with other pyridoxal-phosphate-dependent enzymes, such as the covalent binding of the pyridoxal-phosphate group to a lysine residue
[PMID: 1990006]. This family includes some aromatic-amino-acid aminotransferases too.
GO:0006520 cellular amino acid metabolic process
GO:0008483 transaminase activity
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