|PROSITE documentation PDOC00422|
Citrate synthase (EC 188.8.131.52) (CS) is the tricarboxylic acid cycle enzyme that catalyzes the synthesis of citrate from oxaloacetate and acetyl-CoA in an aldol condensation. CS can directly form a carbon-carbon bond in the absence of metal ion cofactors.
In prokaryotes, citrate synthase is composed of six identical subunits. In eukaryotes, there are two isozymes of citrate synthase: one is found in the mitochondrial matrix, the second is cytoplasmic. Both seem to be dimers of identical chains.
There are a number of regions of sequence similarity between prokaryotic and eukaryotic citrate synthases. One of the best conserved contains a histidine which is one of three residues shown  to be involved in the catalytic mechanism of the vertebrate mitochondrial enzyme. We used this region as a signature pattern.Last update:
April 2006 / Pattern revised.
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|1||Authors||Karpusas M., Branchaud B., Remington S.J.|
|Title||Proposed mechanism for the condensation reaction of citrate synthase: 1.9-A structure of the ternary complex with oxaloacetate and carboxymethyl coenzyme A.|