IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamate—2,6-diaminopimelate ligase

Reaction: ATP + UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamate + meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate = ADP + phosphate + UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate

For diagram of reaction, (click here.

Other name(s): MurE synthetase [ambiguous]; UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamate:meso-2,6-diamino-heptanedioate ligase (ADP-forming); UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamyl-meso-2,6-diaminopimelate synthetase; UDP-N-acetylmuramoylalanyl-D-glutamate—2,6-diaminopimelate ligase

Systematic name: UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamate:meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate γ-ligase (ADP-forming)

Comments: Involved with EC (D-alanine—D-alanine ligase), EC (UDP-N-acetylmuramate—L-alanine ligase), EC (UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanine—D-glutamate ligase) and EC (UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-tripeptide—D-alanyl-D-alanine ligase) in the synthesis of a cell-wall peptide (click here for diagram). This enzyme adds diaminopimelate in Gram-negative organisms and in some Gram-positive organisms; in others EC (UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamate—L-lysine ligase) adds lysine instead. It is the amino group of the L-centre of the diaminopimelate that is acylated.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9075-09-6


1. Mizuno, Y. and Ito, E. Purification and properties of uridine diphosphate N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanyl-D-glutamate:meso-2,6-diaminopimelate ligase. J. Biol. Chem. 243 (1968) 2665-2672. [PMID: 4967958]

2. van Heijenoort, J. Recent advances in the formation of the bacterial peptidoglycan monomer unit. Nat. Prod. Rep. 18 (2001) 503-519. [PMID: 11699883]

[EC created 1972, modified 2002, modified 2010]

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