EC - Bacteriochlorophyllide-a dehydrogenase

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Accepted name:
bacteriochlorophyllide-a dehydrogenase
Other name:
bchC (gene name)
Systematic name:
3-deacetyl-3-(1-hydroxyethyl)bacteriochlorophyllide-a:NAD+ oxidoreductase (bacteriochlorophyllide a-forming)



The enzyme, together with EC, chlorophyllide-a reductase, and EC, chlorophyllide-a 31-hydratase, is involved in the conversion of chlorophyllide a to bacteriochlorophyllide a. The enzymes can act in multiple orders, resulting in the formation of different intermediates, but the final product of the cumulative action of the three enzymes is always bacteriochlorophyllide a. The enzyme oxidizes a hydroxyl group on ring A, converting it to an oxo group.

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Enzymes and pathways: NC-IUBMB , BRENDA , ExplorEnz , ENZYME@ExPASy , KEGG , MetaCyc , UniPathway
Structural data: CSA , EC2PDB


  1. Wellington, C. L., Beatty, J. T.
    Promoter mapping and nucleotide sequence of the bchC bacteriochlorophyll biosynthesis gene from Rhodobacter capsulatus.
    Gene 83 : 251-261 (1989). [PMID: 2555268]
  2. McGlynn, P., Hunter, C. N.
    Genetic analysis of the bchC and bchA genes of Rhodobacter sphaeroides.
    Mol. Gen. Genet. 236 : 227-234 (1993). [PMID: 8437569]
  3. Lange, C., Kiesel, S., Peters, S., Virus, S., Scheer, H., Jahn, D., Moser, J.
    Broadened Substrate Specificity of 3-Hydroxyethyl Bacteriochlorophyllide a Dehydrogenase (BchC) Indicates a New Route for the Biosynthesis of Bacteriochlorophyll a.
    J. Biol. Chem. 290 : 19697-19709 (2015). [PMID: 26088139]

[EC created 2016]