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ornithine decarboxylase
EC number
CAS number 9024-60-6
IntEnz IntEnz view
ExPASy NiceZyme view
MetaCyc metabolic pathway
PRIAM profile
PDB structures
Gene Ontology AmiGO / EGO
ornithine decarboxylase
Symbol ODC1
Entrez 4953
HUGO 8109
OMIM 165640
RefSeq NM_002539
UniProt P11926
Other data
EC number
Locus Chr. 2 p25

The enzyme ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) participates in the urea cycle, and in the metabolism of glutathione and amino groups. In humans, this protein has 461 amino acids and forms a homodimer.



It catalyzes the decarboxylation of ornithine producing, as a result, diamine putrescine:

This is the first step and the rate limiting step in humans for the production of polyamines, compounds required for cell division.

Clinical significance

ODC gene expression is induced by a large number of biological stimuli including seizure activity in the brain.[1]. Inactivation of ODC by difluoromethylornithine (eflornithine) is used to treat cancer, sickness and facial hair growth in postmenopausal females.

ODC is also an enzyme indispensable to parasites like trypanosoma, giardia and plasmodium. A fact exploited by the drug eflornithine.

Ubiquitin-independent proteasomal degradation

ODC is the most well-characterized cellular protein subject to ubiquitin-independent proteasomal degradation. Although most proteins must first be tagged with multiple ubiquitin molecules before they are bound and degraded by the proteasome, ODC degradation is instead mediated by several recognition sites on the protein and its accessory factor antizyme 1. The ODC degradation process is regulated in a negative feedback loop by its reaction products.[2]

Until a report by Sheaff et al. (2000),[3] which demonstrated that the cyclin-dependent kinase (Cdk) inhibitor p21Cip1 is also degraded by the proteasome in a ubiquitin-independent manner, ODC was the only clear example of ubiquitin-independent proteasomal degradation.[4]

External links


  1. ^ Herberg LJ, Rose IC, de Belleroche JS, Mintz M (1992). "Ornithine decarboxylase induction and polyamine synthesis in the kindling of seizures: the effect of alpha-difluoromethylornithine". Epilepsy Res. 11 (1): 3–7. doi:10.1016/0920-1211(92)90015-L. PMID 1563337.  
  2. ^ Zhang M, Pickart CM, Coffino P (April 2003). "Determinants of proteasome recognition of ornithine decarboxylase, a ubiquitin-independent substrate". EMBO J. 22 (7): 1488–96. doi:10.1093/emboj/cdg158. PMID 12660156.  
  3. ^ Sheaff RJ, Singer JD, Swanger J, Smitherman M, Roberts JM, Clurman BE (February 2000). "Proteasomal turnover of p21Cip1 does not require p21Cip1 ubiquitination". Mol. Cell 5 (2): 403–10. PMID 10882081.  
  4. ^ Verma R, Deshaies RJ (May 2000). "A proteasome howdunit: the case of the missing signal". Cell 101 (4): 341–4. PMID 10830160.  


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