Aliases for KYNU Gene
External Ids for KYNU Gene
Previous GeneCards Identifiers for KYNU Gene
Kynureninase is a pyridoxal-5'-phosphate (pyridoxal-P) dependent enzyme that catalyzes the cleavage of L-kynurenine and L-3-hydroxykynurenine into anthranilic and 3-hydroxyanthranilic acids, respectively. Kynureninase is involved in the biosynthesis of NAD cofactors from tryptophan through the kynurenine pathway. Alternative splicing results in multiple transcript variants. [provided by RefSeq, Nov 2010]
GeneCards Summary for KYNU Gene
KYNU (Kynureninase) is a Protein Coding gene. Diseases associated with KYNU include Hydroxykynureninuria and Vertebral, Cardiac, Renal, And Limb Defects Syndrome 2. Among its related pathways are superpathway of tryptophan utilization and Tryptophan metabolism. Gene Ontology (GO) annotations related to this gene include protein homodimerization activity and kynureninase activity.
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot Summary for KYNU Gene
Catalyzes the cleavage of L-kynurenine (L-Kyn) and L-3-hydroxykynurenine (L-3OHKyn) into anthranilic acid (AA) and 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid (3-OHAA), respectively. Has a preference for the L-3-hydroxy form. Also has cysteine-conjugate-beta-lyase activity.