IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: UDP-N-acetylmuramate—L-alanine ligase

Reaction: ATP + UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-muramate + L-alanine = ADP + phosphate + UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-muramoyl-L-alanine

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Other name(s): MurC synthetase; UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanine synthetase; uridine diphospho-N-acetylmuramoylalanine synthetase; UDP-N-acetylmuramoylalanine synthetase; L-alanine-adding enzyme; UDP-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine synthetase; UDPMurNAc-L-alanine synthetase; L-Ala ligase; uridine diphosphate N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase; uridine 5'-diphosphate-N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine synthetase; uridine-diphosphate-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase; UDP-MurNAc:L-alanine ligase; alanine-adding enzyme; UDP-N-acetylmuramyl:L-alanine ligase

Systematic name: UDP-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase (ADP-forming)

Comments: Involved in the synthesis of a cell-wall peptide in bacteria.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9023-52-3


1. Ito, E. and Strominger, J.L. Enzymatic synthesis of the peptide in bacterial uridine nucleotides. I. Enzymatic addition of L-alanine, D-glutamic acid, and L-lysine. J. Biol. Chem. 237 (1962) 2689-2695.

2. Nathenson, S.G., Strominger, J.L. and Ito, E. Enzymatic synthesis of the peptide in bacterial uridine nucleotides. IV. Purification and properties of D-glutamic acid-adding enzyme. J. Biol. Chem. 239 (1964) 1773-1776.

3. 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 1965, modified 2002]

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