IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: UDP-2-acetamido-2-deoxy-ribo-hexuluronate aminotransferase

Reaction: UDP-2-acetamido-3-amino-2,3-dideoxy-α-D-glucuronate + 2-oxoglutarate = UDP-2-acetamido-2-deoxy-D-ribo-hex-3-uluronate + L-glutamate

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Other name(s): WbpE; WlbC

Systematic name: UDP-2-acetamido-3-amino-2,3-dideoxy-α-D-glucuronate:2-oxoglutarate aminotransferase

Comments: A pyridoxal 5'-phosphate protein. This enzyme participates in the biosynthetic pathway for UDP-α-D-ManNAc3NAcA (UDP-2,3-diacetamido-2,3-dideoxy-α-D-mannuronic acid), an important precursor of B-band lipopolysaccharide. The enzymes from Pseudomonas aeruginosa serotype O5 and Thermus thermophilus form a complex with the previous enzyme in the pathway, EC (UDP-N-acetyl-2-amino-2-deoxyglucuronate oxidase).

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1. Westman, E.L., McNally, D.J., Charchoglyan, A., Brewer, D., Field, R.A. and Lam, J.S. Characterization of WbpB, WbpE, and WbpD and reconstitution of a pathway for the biosynthesis of UDP-2,3-diacetamido-2,3-dideoxy-D-mannuronic acid in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. J. Biol. Chem. 284 (2009) 11854-11862. [PMID: 19282284]

2. Larkin, A. and Imperiali, B. Biosynthesis of UDP-GlcNAc(3NAc)A by WbpB, WbpE, and WbpD: enzymes in the Wbp pathway responsible for O-antigen assembly in Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. Biochemistry 48 (2009) 5446-5455. [PMID: 19348502]

3. Larkin, A., Olivier, N.B. and Imperiali, B. Structural analysis of WbpE from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1: a nucleotide sugar aminotransferase involved in O-antigen assembly. Biochemistry 49 (2010) 7227-7237. [PMID: 20604544]

[EC created 2012]

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