IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: phosphatidyl-N-methylethanolamine N-methyltransferase

Reaction: S-adenosyl-L-methionine + phosphatidyl-N-methylethanolamine = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + phosphatidyl-N-dimethylethanolamine

Other name(s): phosphatidylmonomethylethanolamine methyltransferase; methyltransferase II; phospholipid methyltransferase; PLMT; phosphatidyl-N-methylethanolamine methyltransferase; phosphatidyl-N-monomethylethanolamine methyltransferase; phosphatidylethanolamine methyltransferase I; phosphatidylmonomethylethanolamine methyltransferase

Systematic name: S-adenosyl-L-methionine:phosphatidyl-N-methylethanolamine N-methyltransferase

Comments: The enzyme also catalyses the transfer of a further methyl group, producing phosphatidylcholine.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 67167-73-1


1. Hirata, F., Viveros, O.H., Diliberto, E.J., Jr. and Axelrod, J. Identification and properties of two methyltransferases in conversion of phosphatidylethanolamine to phosphatidylcholine. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 75 (1978) 1718-1721. [PMID: 25437]

2. Schneider, W.J. and Vance, D.E. Conversion of phosphatidylethanolamine to phosphatidylcholine in rat liver. Partial purification and characterization of the enzymatic activities. J. Biol. Chem. 254 (1979) 3886-3891. [PMID: 438165]

[EC created 1984]

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