4-aminobutyrate transaminase

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4-aminobutyrate transaminase
EC number
CAS number 9037-67-6
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Gene Ontology AmiGO / EGO
4-aminobutyrate transaminase
Symbol ABAT
Entrez 18
OMIM 137150
RefSeq NM_020686
UniProt P80404
Other data
Locus Chr. 16 p13.2

In enzymology, 4-aminobutyrate transaminase (EC, also called GABA transaminase or 4-aminobutyrate aminotransferase, is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction:

4-aminobutanoate + 2-oxoglutarate \rightleftharpoons succinate semialdehyde + L-glutamate

Thus, the two substrates of this enzyme are 4-aminobutanoate (GABA) and 2-oxoglutarate. The two products are succinate semialdehyde and L-glutamate.

This enzyme belongs to the family of transferases, specifically the transaminases, which transfer nitrogenous groups. The systematic name of this enzyme class is 4-aminobutanoate:2-oxoglutarate aminotransferase. This enzyme participates in 5 metabolic pathways: alanine and aspartate metabolism, glutamate metabolism, beta-alanine metabolism, propanoate metabolism, and butanoate metabolism. It employs one cofactor, pyridoxal phosphate.

Structural Studies

As of late 2007, 9 structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, with PDB accession codes 1OHV, 1OHW, 1OHY, 1SF2, 1SFF, 1SZK, 1SZS, 1SZU, and 2EO5.



  1. Bioassay-guided fractionation of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis L.) using an in vitro measure of GABA transaminase activity. Awad R, Muhammad A, Durst T, Trudeau VL and Arnason JT, Phytother Res., August 2009, volume 23, issue 8, pages 1075-1081, doi:10.1002/ptr.2712
  • Scott EM, Jakoby WB (1959). "Soluble gamma-aminobutyric-glutamic transaminase from Pseudomonas fluorescens". J. Biol. Chem. 234 (4): 932–936. PMID 13654294. 
  • Aurich H (1961). "Ueber die beta-Alanin-alpha-Ketoglutarat-Transaminase aus Neurospora crassa". Hoppe-Seyler's Z. Physiol. Chem. 326: 25–33. doi:10.1515/bchm2.1961.326.1.25. 
  • Schousboe A, Wu JY, Roberts E (1973). "Purification and characterization of the 4-aminobutyrate:2-ketoglutarate transaminase from mouse brain". Biochemistry 12 (15): 2868–73. doi:10.1021/bi00739a015. PMID 4719123. 

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