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Family: Carn_acyltransf (PF00755)

Summary: Choline/Carnitine o-acyltransferase

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Choline/Carnitine o-acyltransferase
PDB 1ndi EBI.jpg
Structure of carnitine acetyltransferase.[1]
Symbol Carn_acyltransf
Pfam PF00755
Pfam clan CL0149
InterPro IPR000542
SCOP 1ndi
OPM superfamily 183
OPM protein 2h3u

Carnitine O-palmitoyltransferase (also called carnitine palmitoyltransferase) is a mitochondrial transferase enzyme (EC involved in the metabolism of palmitoylcarnitine into palmitoyl-CoA. A related transferase is carnitine acyltransferase.



Acyl-CoA from cytosol to the mitochondrial matrix

Human forms of CPT

There are four different forms of CPT in humans:

See also


  1. ^ Jogl G, Tong L (January 2003). "Crystal structure of carnitine acetyltransferase and implications for the catalytic mechanism and fatty acid transport". Cell 112 (1): 113–22. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(02)01228-X. PMID 12526798. 

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InterPro entry IPR000542

A number of eukaryotic acetyltransferases can, on the basis of sequence similarities, be grouped together into a family. These enzymes include:

  • Choline o-acetyltransferase EC, an enzyme that catalyses the biosynthesis of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine [PUBMED:3480542].
  • Carnitine o-acetyltransferase EC [PUBMED:8420957].
  • Peroxisomal carnitine octanoyltransferase EC, a fatty acid beta-oxidation pathway enzyme which is involved in the transport of medium-chain acyl-coenzyme A's from peroxisome to mitochondria [PUBMED:3233218].
  • Mitochondrial carnitine palmitoyltransferases I and II EC (CPT), enzymes involved in fatty acid metabolism and transport [PUBMED:8449948].
  • Mycoplasma pneumoniae putative acetyltransferase C09_orf600.

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Pfam Clan

This family is a member of clan CoA-acyltrans (CL0149), which has the following description:

All characterised families in this clan are involved in CoA-dependent acyltransferase. All families have a characteristic HXXXD motif.

The clan contains the following 7 members:

2-oxoacid_dh AATase Carn_acyltransf CAT Condensation Transferase WES_acyltransf


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Seed source: Pfam-B_438 (release 2.1)
Previous IDs: none
Type: Family
Author: Bateman A
Number in seed: 465
Number in full: 2776
Average length of the domain: 497.10 aa
Average identity of full alignment: 27 %
Average coverage of the sequence by the domain: 79.29 %

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Model details:
Parameter Sequence Domain
Gathering cut-off 22.3 22.3
Trusted cut-off 22.4 22.8
Noise cut-off 22.1 22.2
Model length: 537
Family (HMM) version: 16
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For those sequences which have a structure in the Protein DataBank, we use the mapping between UniProt, PDB and Pfam coordinate systems from the PDBe group, to allow us to map Pfam domains onto UniProt sequences and three-dimensional protein structures. The table below shows the structures on which the Carn_acyltransf domain has been found. There are 45 instances of this domain found in the PDB. Note that there may be multiple copies of the domain in a single PDB structure, since many structures contain multiple copies of the same protein seqence.

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