IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: molybdopterin molybdotransferase

Reaction: adenylyl-molybdopterin + molybdate = molybdenum cofactor + AMP + H2O

For diagram of reaction click here.

Glossary: molybdopterin = H2Dtpp-mP = [(5aR,8R,9aR)-2-amino-4-oxo-6,7-bis(sulfanyl)-1,5,5a,8,9a,10-hexahydro-4H-pyrano[3,2-g]pteridin-8-yl]methyl dihydrogen phosphate
molybdate = tetraoxidomolybdate(2-) = MoO42–
molybdenum cofactor = MoCo = MoO2(OH)Dtpp-mP = {[(5aR,8R,9aR)-2-amino-4-oxo-6,7-bis(sulfanyl-κS)-1,5,5a,8,9a,10-hexahydro-4H-pyrano[3,2-g]pteridin-8-yl]methyl dihydrogenato(2-) phosphate}(dioxo)molybdate

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

Systematic name: adenylyl-molybdopterin:molybdate molybdate transferase (AMP-forming)

Comments: Catalyses the insertion of molybdenum into the ene-dithiol group of molybdopterin. In eukaryotes this reaction is catalysed by the N-terminal domain of a fusion protein whose C-terminal domain catalyses EC, molybdopterin adenylyltransferase. Requires divalent cations such as Mg2+ or Zn2+ for activity.

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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. Nichols, J.D., Xiang, S., Schindelin, H. and Rajagopalan, K.V. Mutational analysis of Escherichia coli MoeA: two functional activities map to the active site cleft. Biochemistry 46 (2007) 78-86. [PMID: 17198377]

3. Llamas, A., Otte, T., Multhaup, G., Mendel, R.R. and Schwarz, G. The Mechanism of nucleotide-assisted molybdenum insertion into molybdopterin. A novel route toward metal cofactor assembly. J. Biol. Chem. 281 (2006) 18343-18350. [PMID: 16636046]

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