IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: O-fucosylpeptide 3-β-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase

Reaction: UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosamine + [protein with EGF-like domain]-3-O-(α-L-fucosyl)-(L-serine/L-threonine) = UDP + [protein with EGF-like domain]-3-O-[N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl-(1→3)-α-L-fucosyl]-(L-serine/L-threonine)

Glossary: EGF = epidermal growth factor
EGF-like domain = an evolutionary conserved domain containing 30 to 40 amino-acid residues first described from epidermal growth factor

Other name(s): O-fucosylpeptide β-1,3-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase; fringe; UDP-D-GlcNAc:O-L-fucosylpeptide 3-β-N-acetyl-D-glucosaminyltransferase

Systematic name: UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosamine:[protein with EGF-like domain]-3-O-(α-L-fucosyl)-(L-serine/L-threonine) 3-β-N-acetyl-D-glucosaminyltransferase (configuration-inverting)

Comments: The enzyme, found in animals and plants, is involved in the biosynthesis of the tetrasaccharides α-Neu5Ac-(2→3)-β-D-Gal-(1→4)-β-D-GlcNAc-(1→3)-α-L-Fuc and α-Neu5Ac-(2→6)-β-D-Gal-(1→4)-β-D-GlcNAc-(1→3)-α-L-Fuc, which are attached to L-Ser or L-Thr residues within the sequence Cys-Xaa-Xaa-Gly-Gly-Ser/Thr-Cys in EGF-like domains in Notch and Factor-X proteins, respectively. The substrate is provided by EC, peptide-O-fucosyltransferase.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 299203-70-6


1. Moloney, D.J., Panin, V.M., Johnston, S.H., Chen, J., Shao, L., Wilson, R., Wang, Y., Stanley, P., Irvine, K.D., Haltiwanger, R.S. and Vogt, T.F. Fringe is a glycosyltransferase that modifies Notch. Nature 406 (2000) 369-375. [PMID: 10935626]

2. Bruckner, K., Perez, L., Clausen, H. and Cohen, S. Glycosyltransferase activity of Fringe modulates Notch-Delta interactions. Nature 406 (2000) 411-415. [PMID: 10935637]

3. Rampal, R., Li, A.S., Moloney, D.J., Georgiou, S.A., Luther, K.B., Nita-Lazar, A. and Haltiwanger, R.S. Lunatic fringe, manic fringe, and radical fringe recognize similar specificity determinants in O-fucosylated epidermal growth factor-like repeats. J. Biol. Chem. 280 (2005) 42454-42463. [PMID: 16221665]

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