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definitions - Glutamate Decarboxylase

Glutamate Decarboxylase (n.)

1.(MeSH)A pyridoxal-phosphate protein that catalyzes the alpha-decarboxylation of L-glutamic acid to form gamma-aminobutyric acid and carbon dioxide. The enzyme is found in bacteria and in invertebrate and vertebrate nervous systems. It is the rate-limiting enzyme in determining GAMMA-AMINOBUTYRIC ACID levels in normal nervous tissues. The brain enzyme also acts on L-cysteate, L-cysteine sulfinate, and L-aspartate. EC

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synonyms - Glutamate Decarboxylase

Glutamate Decarboxylase (n.) (MeSH)

D08.811.520.224.125.250, Glutamate Carboxy-Lyase  (MeSH)

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Glutamate Decarboxylase (n.) [MeSH]


Glutamate decarboxylase

glutamate decarboxylase
EC number
CAS number 9024-58-2
IntEnz IntEnz view
ExPASy NiceZyme view
MetaCyc metabolic pathway
PRIAM profile
PDB structures RCSB PDB PDBe PDBsum
Gene Ontology AmiGO / EGO
Glutamic acid decarboxylase 1
PDB GAD67.jpg
GAD67 derivated from PDB 2okj
Symbol GAD1
Alt. symbols glutamate decarboxylase 1
(brain, 67kD); GAD67
Entrez 2571
HUGO 4092
OMIM 605363
RefSeq NM_000817
UniProt Q99259
Other data
EC number
Locus Chr. 2 q31
glutamic acid decarboxylase 2
Symbol GAD2
Alt. symbols GAD65
Entrez 2572
HUGO 11284
OMIM 4093
RefSeq NM_001047
UniProt Q05329
Other data
EC number
Locus Chr. 10 p11.23

Glutamate decarboxylase or glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) is an enzyme that catalyzes the decarboxylation of glutamate to GABA and CO2. GAD uses PLP as a cofactor. The reaction proceeds as follows:


In mammals, GAD exists in two isoforms encoded by two different genes - GAD1 and GAD2. These isoforms are GAD67 and GAD65 with molecular weights of 67 and 65 kDa, respectively.[1] GAD1 and GAD2 are expressed in the brain where GABA is used as a neurotransmitter, GAD2 is also expressed in the pancreas.

At least two more forms, GAD25 and GAD44 (embryonic; EGAD) are described in the developing brain. They are coded by the alternative transcripts of GAD1, I-80 and I-86: GAD25 is coded by both, GAD44 - only by I-80.[2]


  Role in pathology


Both GAD67 and GAD65 are targets of autoantibodies in people who later develop type 1 diabetes mellitus or latent autoimmune diabetes.[3][4] Injections with GAD65 has been shown to preserve some insulin production for 30 months in humans with type 1 diabetes.[5][6]

  Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Substantial dysregulation of GAD mRNA expression, coupled with downregulation of reelin, is observed in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.[7] The most pronounced downregulation of GAD67 was found in hippocampal stratum oriens layer in both disorders and in other layers and structures of hippocampus with varying degrees.[8]

  Parkinson disease

The bilateral delivery of glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) by an adeno-associated viral vector into the subthalamic nucleus of patients between 30 and 75 years of age with advanced, progressive, levodopa-responsive Parkinson disease resulted in significant improvement over baseline during the course of a six-month study.[9]

  Cerebellar disorders

Intracerebellar administration of GAD autoantibodies to animals increase the excitability of motoneurons and impairs the production of nitric oxide (NO), a molecule involved in learning. Epitope recognition contributes to cerebellar involvement.[10]

  Alteration by drugs

Pregabalin, an antiepileptic drug, increases neuronal GABA levels by producing a dose-dependent increase in glutamic acid decarboxylase activity.[1] Extracts from Centella asiatica (gotu kola) and Valeriana officinalis (valerian) stimulated GAD activity.[11]


  1. ^ Erlander MG, Tillakaratne NJ, Feldblum S, Patel N, Tobin AJ (1991). "Two genes encode distinct glutamate decarboxylases". Neuron 7 (1): 91–100. DOI:10.1016/0896-6273(91)90077-D. PMID 2069816. 
  2. ^ Szabo G, Katarova Z, Greenspan R (November 1994). "Distinct protein forms are produced from alternatively spliced bicistronic glutamic acid decarboxylase mRNAs during development". Mol. Cell. Biol. 14 (11): 7535–45. PMC 359290. PMID 7935469. //www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=359290. 
  3. ^ Baekkeskov S, Aanstoot HJ, Christgau S, Reetz A, Solimena M, Cascalho M, Folli F, Richter-Olesen H, De Camilli P, Camilli PD (1990). "Identification of the 64K autoantigen in insulin-dependent diabetes as the GABA-synthesizing enzyme glutamic acid decarboxylase". Nature 347 (6289): 151–6. DOI:10.1038/347151a0. PMID 1697648. 
  4. ^ Kaufman DL, Erlander MG, Clare-Salzler M, Atkinson MA, Maclaren NK, Tobin AJ (1992). "Autoimmunity to two forms of glutamate decarboxylase in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus". J. Clin. Invest. 89 (1): 283–92. DOI:10.1172/JCI115573. PMC 442846. PMID 1370298. //www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=442846. 
  5. ^ Ludvigsson J, Faresjö M, Hjorth M, Axelsson S, Chéramy M, Pihl M, Vaarala O, Forsander G, Ivarsson S, Johansson C, Lindh A, Nilsson NO, Aman J, Ortqvist E, Zerhouni P, Casas R (October 2008). "GAD treatment and insulin secretion in recent-onset type 1 diabetes". N. Engl. J. Med. 359 (18): 1909–20. DOI:10.1056/NEJMoa0804328. PMID 18843118. 
  6. ^ "Diamyd announces completion of type 1 diabetes vaccine trial with long term efficacy demonstrated at 30 months". Press Release. Diamyd Medical AB. 2008-01-28. http://www.diamyd.com/docs/pressClip.aspx?section=investor&ClipID=420. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  7. ^ Woo TU, Walsh JP, Benes FM (2004). "Density of glutamic acid decarboxylase 67 messenger RNA-containing neurons that express the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor subunit NR2A in the anterior cingulate cortex in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder". Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 61 (7): 649–57. DOI:10.1001/archpsyc.61.7.649. PMID 15237077. 
  8. ^ Benes FM, Lim B, Matzilevich D, Walsh JP, Subburaju S, Minns M (2007). "Regulation of the GABA cell phenotype in hippocampus of schizophrenics and bipolars". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 104 (24): 10164–9. DOI:10.1073/pnas.0703806104. PMC 1888575. PMID 17553960. //www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1888575. 
  9. ^ LeWitt PA, Rezai AR, Leehey MA, Ojemann SG, Flaherty AW, Askandar EN, et al (2011). "AAV2-GAD gene therapy for advanced Parkinson's disease: a double-blind, sham-surgery controlled, randomised trial". Lancet Neurol 10 (4): 309–19. DOI:10.1016/S1474-4422(11)70039-4. PMID 21419704. 
  10. ^ Manto MU, Hampe CS, Rogemond V, Honnorat J. Respective implications of glutamate decarboxylase antibodies in stiff person and cerebellar ataxia. Orphanet J Rare Dis 6:3,2011
  11. ^ pmid18066140, F; Schjøtt J (September 2007). "Effects of traditionally used anxiolytic botanicals on enzymes of the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system". Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology 85 (9): 933–42. DOI:10.1139/Y07-083. PMID 18066140. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18066140. 

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