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Carboxy-lyases, also known as decarboxylases, are carbon–carbon lyases that add or remove a carboxyl group from organic compounds. These enzymes catalyze the decarboxylation of amino acids, beta-keto acids and alpha-keto acids.[1]

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Classification and nomenclatureEdit

Carboxy-lyases are categorized under EC number 4.1.1.[2] Usually, they are named after the substrate whose decarboxylation they catalyze, for example Pyruvate decarboxylase catalyzes the decarboxylation of Pyruvate

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  1. ^ http://www.expasy.org/cgi-bin/get-entries?KW=Decarboxylase
  2. ^ "E.C.4.1.1.- Carboxy-lyases". www.biochem.ucl.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2006-11-08.

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