IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: molybdopterin adenylyltransferase

Reaction: ATP + molybdopterin = diphosphate + adenylyl-molybdopterin

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Glossary: molybdopterin = H2Dtpp-mP = ((5aR,8R,9aR)-2-amino-6,7-dimercapto-4-oxo-4,5,5a,8,9a,10-hexahydro-1H-pyrano[3,2-g]pteridin-8-yl)methyl dihydrogen phosphate = [(5aR,8R,9aR)-2-amino-4-oxo-6,7-disulfanyl-1,5,5a,8,9a,10-hexahydro-4H-pyrano[3,2-g]pteridin-8-yl]methyl dihydrogen phosphate

Other name(s): MogA; Cnx1 (ambiguous)

Systematic name: ATP:molybdopterin adenylyltransferase

Comments: Catalyses the activation of molybdopterin for molybdenum insertion. In eukaryotes, this reaction is catalysed by the C-terminal domain of a fusion protein that also includes molybdopterin molybdotransferase (EC The reaction requires a divalent cation such as Mg2+ or Mn2+.

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1. Nichols, J.D. and Rajagopalan, K.V. In vitro molybdenum ligation to molybdopterin using purified components. J. Biol. Chem. 280 (2005) 7817-7822. [PMID: 15632135]

2. Kuper, J., Palmer, T., Mendel, R.R. and Schwarz, G. Mutations in the molybdenum cofactor biosynthetic protein Cnx1G from Arabidopsis thaliana define functions for molybdopterin binding, molybdenum insertion, and molybdenum cofactor stabilization. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 97 (2000) 6475-6480. [PMID: 10823911]

3. Llamas, A., Mendel, R.R. and Schwarz, G. Synthesis of adenylated molybdopterin: an essential step for molybdenum insertion. J. Biol. Chem. 279 (2004) 55241-55246. [PMID: 15504727]

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