A pyridoxal-phosphate protein. The enzyme cleaves a carbon-sulfur bond, releasing bisulfite and an unstable enamine product that tautomerizes to an imine form, which undergoes a hydrolytic deamination to form pyruvate and ammonia. The latter reaction, which can occur spontaneously, can also be catalysed by EC 126.96.36.199, 2-iminobutanoate/2-iminopropanoate deaminase. D-Cysteine can also act as a substrate, but more slowly. It is converted into hydrogen sulfide, pyruvate, and ammonia. This inducible enzyme from the marine bacterium Silicibacter pomeroyi DSS-3 forms part of the cysteate-degradation pathway.