ⓘ Retinol dehydrogenase. In enzymology, a retinol dehydrogenase is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction retinol + NAD + ⇌ {\displaystyle \rightleftharpo ..


ⓘ Retinol dehydrogenase

In enzymology, a retinol dehydrogenase is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

retinol + NAD + ⇌ {\displaystyle \rightleftharpoons } retinal + NADH + H +

Sometimes, in addition to or along with NAD +, NADP + can act as a preferred cofactor in the reaction as well. The substrate of the enzyme can be all- trans - or - cis - retinol. There are at least over 20 different isolated enzymes with RDH activity to date. Thus, the two substrates of this enzyme are retinol and NAD +, whereas its 3 products are retinal, NADH or NADPH in the case where NADP + is a cofactor, and H +.

This enzyme belongs to the family of oxidoreductases, specifically those acting on the CH-OH group of donor with NAD + or NADP + as acceptor. The systematic name of this enzyme class is retinol:NAD + oxidoreductase. Other names in common use include retinol vitamin A1 dehydrogenase, MDR, microsomal retinol dehydrogenase, all-trans retinol dehydrogenase, retinal reductase, and retinene reductase. This enzyme participates in retinol metabolism. Occasionally, the literature refers to retinol dehydrogenase as an enzyme that oxidizes retinol in general, such as class IV alcohol dehydrogenase ADH4, which reportedly is the most efficient retinol oxidation in the human alcohol dehydrogenase ADH family.


1. Structure

As one of the most important RDH, 11- cis -retinol dehydrogenase catalyzes the 11- cis retinaldehyde the most common visual pigments in higher animals formation. The enzyme is mainly expressed in the retinal pigment epithelium RPE and is part of short-chain dehydrogenase SDR / reductase superfamily. The integral membrane enzyme is anchored to the membranes by its two hydrophobic chains. The catalytic domain of 11- cis -retinol dehydrogenase is restricted to the lumenal compartment, suggesting its origin from compartmentalized process. 11- cis -retinol dehydrogenase is also mainly associated to the smooth endoplasmic reticulum of RPE cells. The 32-kDa integral membrane protein p32 was found to act as the stereospecific 11- cis -retinol dehydrogenase in the presence of NAD + cofactor, and p32 catalyzes the biosynthesis of 11- cis retinal commonly found visual chromophore.

One of the widely studied genes of retinol dehydrogenase RDH12, which encodes retinol dehydrogenase is part of the superfamily of short-chained alcohol dehydrogenases and reductases. RDH12 is mainly expressed in neuroretina and is composed of 7 exons encoding a 360-amino acid peptide.

Zinc molecules serve as the ligand cofactor with the cofactor NAD. The retinol will interact with the enzyme at the area between those two cofactors.

However, not all retinol dehydrogenases in visual cycle are identified, and this remains challenging to scientists due to the overlapping expressions and activity redundancy among two large RDH and RDH-like producing classes: microsomal short-chain dehydrogenase/reductase and cytosolic medium-chain alcohol dehydrogenases.

In Bovine, retinol dehydrogenase is found as a part of retinal rod outer segments and shows difficulty when separating from membrane. Its Stokes radius is 8.5 nm in Lubrol 12A9 mixed micelle.


2. Function

Retinoid dehydrogenases/reductases oxidoreductases, including retinol dehydrogenase, catalyze the key oxidation-reduction reactions in the visual cycle, converting vitamin A to 11- cis retinal, which is the chromophore of the rod and cone photoreceptors. It is believed that RDHs at rod and cone are different, but related and can catalyze the same reaction. RDH12 is the primary enzyme that reduces all- trans retinal released from bleached photopigments during recovery phase in the visual cycle. The RDH12 enzyme can use either cis or trans retinoid isomers as substrates and can also function as both dehydrogenase i.e. retinol to retinal and reductase i.e. retinal to retinol.

The conversion of retinol to retinal is the rate-limiting step in the retinoic acid biosynthesis. In vertebrates, the retinoic acid is the ligand that controls nuclear receptor signaling pathway, which is responsible for growth and development as well as epithelial maintenance, therefore can be used for cancer and acne treatment. In human, ADH4 can exhibit at least 10 folds higher V max /K m than other ADH.

Some retinol dehydrogenases are in extra-ocular tissues, such as human retinol dehydrogenase-4 RoDH-4, which converts retinol and 1- cis -retinol to different aldehydes in liver and skin. It was also found that 13- cis -retinoic acid isotretinoin, 3.4-didehydroretinoic acid, and 3.4-didehydroretinol can act as competitive inhibitor of the 3α-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase oxidative activity of the enzyme. This can potentially explain how isotretinoin, the active ingredient is Roaccutane Accutane, can suppress sebaceous glands and be used for severe acne treatment.


3. Disease relevance

The missense mutation in gene rdh5, which codes for microsomal 11- cis -retinol dehydrogenase RDH5, causes fundus albipunctatus, whose symptoms include retinal white-spot accumulation, stationary night blindness caused by delay in cone and rod photopigment regeneration, and elderly cone dystrophy.

At least 20 mutations in rdh12 gene, which encodes retinol dehydrogenase, can be associated to diseases, including severe and early-onset autosomal recessive retinal dystrophy arRD, or Leber congenital amaurosis. Patients suffer from cone and rod malfunction since childhood and develop legal blindness when reaching adulthood. This suggests that RDH12 might play a central role in the visual cycle and can be a promising therapeutic target. A possible mechanism of the accelerated degradation among RDH12 mutants is the polyubiquitination by cytosolic ubiquitin ligases and subsequent degradation by proteosome. Its conformation aberration provokes the aforementioned accelerated degradation.

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