Homologous Superfamily

Aldehyde oxidase/xanthine dehydrogenase, molybdopterin binding domain superfamily (IPR037165)

Short name: AldOxase/xan_DH_Mopterin-bd_sf

Overlapping entries


Aldehyde oxidase (EC: catalyses the conversion of an aldehyde in the presence of oxygen and water to an acid and hydrogen peroxide. The enzyme is a homodimer, and requires FAD, molybdenum and two 2FE-2S clusters as cofactors. Xanthine dehydrogenase (EC: catalyses the hydrogenation of xanthine to urate, and also requires FAD, molybdenum and two 2FE-2S clusters as cofactors. This activity is often found in a bifunctional enzyme with xanthine oxidase (EC: activity too. The enzyme can be converted from the dehydrogenase form to the oxidase form irreversibly by proteolysis or reversibly through oxidation of sulphydryl groups.

The aldehyde oxido-reductase (Mop) from the sulphate reducing anaerobic Gram-negative bacterium Desulfovibrio gigas is a homodimer of 907 amino acid residues subunits and is a member of the xanthine oxidase family. The protein contains a molybdopterin cofactor (Mo-co) and two different [2Fe-2S] centres. It is folded into four domains of which the first two bind the iron sulphur centres and the last two are involved in Mo-co binding. Mo-co is a molybdenum molybdopterin cytosine dinucleotide. Molybdopterin forms a tricyclic system with the pterin bicycle annealed to a pyran ring. The molybdopterin dinucleotide is deeply buried in the protein. The cis-dithiolene group of the pyran ring binds the molybdenum, which is coordinated by three more (oxygen) ligands [PMID: 7502041].

This superfamily represents the molybdopterin binding domain.

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0055114 oxidation-reduction process

Molecular Function

GO:0016491 oxidoreductase activity

Cellular Component

No terms assigned in this category.

Contributing signatures

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