Shikimate dehydrogenase (DH) is an amino acid DH family member. Shikimate pathway links metabolism of carbohydrates to de novo biosynthesis of aromatic amino acids, quinones and folate. It is essential in plants, bacteria, and fungi but absent in mammals, thus making enzymes involved in this pathway ideal targets for broad spectrum antibiotics and herbicides. Shikimate DH catalyzes the reduction of 3-hydroshikimate to shikimate using the cofactor NADH. Amino acid DH-like NAD(P)-binding domains are members of the Rossmann fold superfamily and include glutamate, leucine, and phenylalanine DHs, methylene tetrahydrofolate DH, methylene-tetrahydromethanopterin DH, methylene-tetrahydropholate DH/cyclohydrolase, Shikimate DH-like proteins, malate oxidoreductases, and glutamyl tRNA reductase. Amino acid DHs catalyze the deamination of amino acids to keto acids with NAD(P)+ as a cofactor. The NAD(P)-binding Rossmann fold superfamily includes a wide variety of protein families including NAD(P)- binding domains of alcohol DHs, tyrosine-dependent oxidoreductases, glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate DH, lactate/malate DHs, formate/glycerate DHs, siroheme synthases, 6-phosphogluconate DHs, amino acid DHs, repressor rex, NAD-binding potassium channel domain, CoA-binding, and ornithine cyclodeaminase-like domains. These domains have an alpha-beta-alpha configuration. NAD binding involves numerous hydrogen and van der Waals contacts.