IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: mycolipenoyl-CoA—2-(long-chain-fatty acyl)-trehalose mycolipenoyltransferase

Reaction: a mycolipenoyl-CoA + a 2-(long-chain-fatty acyl)-trehalose = a 2-(long-chain fatty acyl)-3-mycolipenoyl-trehalose + CoA

Glossary: a mycolipenoyl-CoA = a (2E,2S,4S,6S)-2,4,6-trimethyl-2-enoyl-CoA
polyacyltrehalose = PAT = a 2-(long-chain fatty acyl)-2',3,4',6-tetramycolipenoyl-trehalose

Other name(s): papA3 (gene name)

Systematic name: mycolipenoyl-CoA:2-(long-chain-fatty acyl)-trehalose 3-mycolipenoyltransferase

Comments: The enzyme, characterized from the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis, participates in the biosynthesis of polyacyltrehalose (PAT), a pentaacylated, trehalose-based glycolipid found in the cell wall of pathogenic strains. The enzyme catalyses two successive activities - it first transfers an acyl (often palmitoyl) group to position 2 (see EC, long-chain-acyl-CoA—trehalose acyltransferase), followed by the transfer of a mycolipenyl group to position 3.

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1. Hatzios, S.K., Schelle, M.W., Holsclaw, C.M., Behrens, C.R., Botyanszki, Z., Lin, F.L., Carlson, B.L., Kumar, P., Leary, J.A. and Bertozzi, C.R. PapA3 is an acyltransferase required for polyacyltrehalose biosynthesis in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. J. Biol. Chem 284 (2009) 12745-12751. [PMID: 19276083]

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