pyruvic decarboxylase

pyruvic decarboxylase

[pī‚rü·vik ‚dē·kär′bäk·sə‚lās]
(biochemistry)
An enzyme found in yeast that, along with thiamine pyrophosphate and magnesium ions, catalyzes the removal of a carboxyl group from pyruvic acid to produce acetaldehyde and carbon dioxide.