At5g04620: ATBIOF (BIOTIN F)

The cDNA encoding 7-keto-8-aminopelargonic acid (KAPA) synthase, the first committed enzyme of the biotin synthesis pathway has been cloned and its molecular function confirmed (functional complementation of an E. coli mutant). The subcellular localization of the enzyme (cytosol) proves that the biotin biosynthesis in plants takes place in different compartments which differs from the biosynthetic route found in microorganisms.