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Catalysis of the reaction: L-aspartate = fumarate + NH3. Catalysis of the release of ammonia or one of its derivatives, with the formation of a double bond or ring. Enzymes with this activity may catalyze the actual elimination of the ammonia, amine or amide, e.g. CH-CH(-NH-R) = C=CH- + NH2-R. Others, however, catalyze elimination of another component, e.g. water, which is followed by spontaneous reactions that lead to breakage of the C-N bond, e.g. L-serine ammonia-lyase (EC:, so that the overall reaction is C(-OH)-CH(-NH2) = CH2-CO- + NH3, i.e. an elimination with rearrangement. The sub-subclasses of EC:4.3 are the ammonia-lyases (EC:4.3.1), lyases acting on amides, amidines, etc. (EC:4.3.2), the amine-lyases (EC:4.3.3), and other carbon-nitrogen lyases (EC:4.3.99). Catalysis of the release of ammonia by the cleavage of a carbon-nitrogen bond or the reverse reaction with ammonia as a substrate.

View Gene Ontology (GO) Term


Name: aspartate ammonia-lyase activity
Acc: GO:0008797
Aspect: Molecular Function
Desc: Catalysis of the reaction: L-aspartate = fumarate + NH3.
  • L-aspartate ammonia-lyase (fumarate-forming)
  • L-aspartate ammonia-lyase activity
  • L-aspartase activity
  • aspartase activity
  • fumaric aminase activity
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GO:0008797 - aspartate ammonia-lyase activity (interactive image map)

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