IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: galactosylxylosylprotein 3-β-galactosyltransferase

Reaction: UDP-α-D-galactose + 4-β-D-galactosyl-O-β-D-xylosyl-[protein] = UDP + 3-β-D-galactosyl-4-β-D-galactosyl-O-β-D-xylosyl-[protein]

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Other name(s): galactosyltransferase II; uridine diphosphogalactose-galactosylxylose galactosyltransferase; UDP-galactose:4-β-D-galactosyl-O-β-D-xylosylprotein 3-β-D-galactosyltransferase; UDP-α-D-galactose:4-β-D-galactosyl-O-β-D-xylosylprotein 3-β-D-galactosyltransferase

Systematic name: UDP-α-D-galactose:4-β-D-galactosyl-O-β-D-xylosyl-[protein] 3-β-D-galactosyltransferase

Comments: Involved in the biosynthesis of the linkage region of glycosaminoglycan chains as part of proteoglycan biosynthesis (chondroitin, dermatan and heparan sulfates). Requires Mn2+.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 56626-21-2 and 56626-19-8


1. Robinson, J.A. and Robinson, H.C. Initiation of chondroitin sulphate synthesis by β-D-galactosides. Substrates for galactosyltransferase II. Biochem. J. 227 (1985) 805-814. [PMID: 3924029]

2. Schwartz, N.B. and Roden, L. Biosynthesis of chondroitin sulfate. Solubilization of chondroitin sulfate glycosyltransferases and partial purification of uridine diphosphate-D-galactose:D-xylose galactosyltransferase. J. Biol. Chem. 250 (1975) 5200-5207. [PMID: 1150655]

3. Bai, X., Zhou, D., Brown, J.R., Crawford, B.E., Hennet, T. and Esko, J.D. Biosynthesis of the linkage region of glycosaminoglycans: cloning and activity of galactosyltransferase II, the sixth member of the β1,3-galactosyltransferase family (β3GalT6). J. Biol. Chem. 276 (2001) 48189-48195. [PMID: 11551958]

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