Contains zinc and cobamide. The enzyme becomes inactivated occasionally during its cycle by oxidation of Co(I) to Co(II). Reactivation by reductive methylation is catalysed by the enzyme itself, with S-adenosyl-L-methionine as the methyl donor and a reducing system. For the mammalian enzyme, the reducing system involves NADPH and EC 184.108.40.206
, [methionine synthase] reductase. In bacteria, the reducing agent is flavodoxin, and no further catalyst is needed (the flavodoxin is kept in the reduced state by NADPH and EC 220.127.116.11
, ferredoxin---NADP+ reductase). Acts on the monoglutamate as well as the triglutamate folate, in contrast with EC 18.104.22.168
, 5-methyltetrahydropteroyltriglutamate---homocysteine S-methyltransferase, which acts only on the triglutamate.