IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: glycerol kinase

Reaction: ATP + glycerol = ADP + sn-glycerol 3-phosphate

Other name(s): glycerokinase; GK; ATP:glycerol-3-phosphotransferase; glycerol kinase (phosphorylating); glyceric kinase

Systematic name: ATP:glycerol 3-phosphotransferase

Comments: Glycerone and L-glyceraldehyde can act as acceptors; UTP (and, in the case of the yeast enzyme, ITP and GTP) can act as donors.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, GTD, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9030-66-4


1. Bergmeyer, H.-U., Holz, G., Kauder, E.M., Möllering, H. and Wieland, O. Kristallisierte Glycerokinase aus Candida mycoderma. Biochem. Z. 333 (1961) 471-480.

2. Bublitz, C. and Kennedy, E.P. Synthesis of phosphatides in isolated mitochondria. III. The enzymatic phosphorylation of glycerol. J. Biol. Chem. 211 (1955) 951-961.

3. Wieland, O. and Suyter, M. Glycerokinase: Isolierung und Eigenschaften des Enzyms. Biochem. Z. 329 (1957) 320-331.

[EC created 1961]

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