2Innovations and High Technologies MSU Ltd., 109559 Moscow, Russia
3Bach Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Leninsky pr. 32, 119071 Moscow, Russia
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Received June 27, 2008; Revision received August 13, 2008
D-Amino acids play a key role in regulation of many processes in living cells. FAD-dependent D-amino acid oxidase (DAAO) is one of the most important enzymes responsible for maintenance proper level of D-amino acids. The most interesting and important data for regulation of the nervous system, hormone secretion, and other processes by D-amino acids as well as development of different diseases under changed DAAO activity are presented. The mechanism of regulation is complex and multi-parametric because the same enzyme simultaneously influences the level of different D-amino acids, which can result in opposing effects. Use of DAAO for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes is also considered.
KEY WORDS: D-amino acid oxidase, physiological role, practical application