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Information on EC - L-galactonolactone dehydrogenase

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This enzyme catalyses the final step in the biosynthesis of L-ascorbic acid in higher plants and in nearly all higher animals with the exception of primates and some birds . The enzyme is very specific for its substrate L-galactono-1,4-lactone as D-galactono-gamma-lactone, D-gulono-gamma-lactone, L-gulono-gamma-lactone, D-erythronic-gamma-lactone, D-xylonic-gamma-lactone, L-mannono-gamma-lactone, D-galactonate, D-glucuronate and D-gluconate are not substrates . FAD, NAD+, NADP+ and O2 (cf. EC, L-galactonolactone oxidase) cannot act as electron acceptor .
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The expected taxonomic range for this enzyme is: Eukaryota, Bacteria
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