IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 2'-deamino-2'-hydroxyneamine 1-α-D-kanosaminyltransferase

Reaction: (1) UDP-α-D-kanosamine + 2'-deamino-2'-hydroxyneamine = UDP + kanamycin A
(2) UDP-α-D-kanosamine + neamine = UDP + kanamycin B
(3) UDP-α-D-kanosamine + paromamine = UDP + kanamycin C
(4) UDP-α-D-kanosamine + 2'-deamino-2'-hydroxyparomamine = UDP + kanamycin X

For diagram of reaction click here.

Glossary: neamine = (1R,2R,3S,4R,6S)-4,6-diamino-2,3-dihydroxycyclohexyl 2,6-diamino-2,6-dideoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside
paromamine = (1R,2R,3S,4R,6S)-4,6-diamino-2,3-dihydroxycyclohexyl 2-amino-2-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside
UDP-α-D-kanosamine = uridine 5'-[3-(3-amino-3-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranosyl) diphosphate]
kanamycin A = (1S,2R,3R,4S,6R)-4,6-diamino-3-(6-amino-6-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranosyloxy)-2-hydroxycyclohexyl 3-amino-3-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside
kanamycin B = (1R,2S,3S,4R,6S)-4,6-diamino-3-(3-amino-3-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranosyloxy)-2-hydroxycyclohexyl 2,6-diamino-2,6-dideoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside
kanamycin C = (1R,2S,3S,4R,6S)-4,6-diamino-3-(3-amino-3-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranosyloxy)-2-hydroxycyclohexyl 2-amino-2-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside
kanamycin X = (1S,2R,3R,4S,6R)-4,6-diamino-3-(α-D-glucopyranosyloxy)-2-hydroxycyclohexyl 3-amino-3-deoxy-α-D-glucopyranoside

Other name(s): kanE (gene name); kanM2 (gene name)

Systematic name: UDP-α-D-kanosamine:2'-deamino-2'-hydroxyneamine 1-α-D-kanosaminyltransferase

Comments: Involved in the biosynthetic pathway of kanamycins. The enzyme characterized from the bacterium Streptomyces kanamyceticus can also accept UDP-α-D-glucose with lower efficiency [2].

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1. Kudo, F., Sucipto, H. and Eguchi, T. Enzymatic activity of a glycosyltransferase KanM2 encoded in the kanamycin biosynthetic gene cluster. J. Antibiot. (Tokyo) 62 (2009) 707-710. [PMID: 19911031]

2. Sucipto, H., Kudo, F. and Eguchi, T. The last step of kanamycin biosynthesis: unique deamination reaction catalyzed by the α-ketoglutarate-dependent nonheme iron dioxygenase KanJ and the NADPH-dependent reductase KanK. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 51 (2012) 3428-3431. [PMID: 22374809]

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