IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: poly(ribitol-phosphate) β-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase

Reaction: n UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosamine + 4-O-(D-ribitylphospho)n-di[(2R)-1-glycerophospho]-N-acetyl-β-D-mannosaminyl-(1→4)-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosaminyl-diphospho-ditrans,octacis-undecaprenol = n UDP + 4-O-(2-N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl-D-ribitylphospho)n-di[(2R)-1-glycerophospho]-N-acetyl-β-D-mannosaminyl-(1→4)-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosaminyl-diphospho-ditrans,octacis-undecaprenol

Other name(s): TarS

Systematic name: UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosamine:4-O-(D-ribitylphospho)n-di[(2R)-1-glycerophospho]-N-acetyl-β-D-mannosaminyl-(1→4)-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosaminyl-diphospho-ditrans,octacis-undecaprenol β-N-acetyl-D-glucosaminyltransferase (configuration-inverting)

Comments: Involved in the biosynthesis of poly(ribitol-phosphate) teichoic acids in the cell wall of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. This enzyme adds an N-acetyl-β-D-glucosamine to the OH group at the 2 position of the ribitol phosphate units. cf. EC [poly(ribitol-phosphate) α-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase].

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1. Nathenson, S. G., Strominger, J. L. Enzymatic synthesis of N-acetylglucosaminylribitol linkages in teichoic acid from Staphylococcus aureus, strain Copenhagen. J. Biol. Chem. 238 (1963) 3161-3169. [PMID: 14085356]

2. Brown, S., Xia, G., Luhachack, L.G., Campbell, J., Meredith, T.C., Chen, C., Winstel, V., Gekeler, C., Irazoqui, J.E., Peschel, A. and Walker, S. Methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus requires glycosylated wall teichoic acids. Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 109 (2012) 18909-18914. [PMID: 23027967]

3. Sobhanifar, S., Worrall, L.J., King, D.T., Wasney, G.A., Baumann, L., Gale, R.T., Nosella, M., Brown, E.D., Withers, S.G. and Strynadka, N.C. Structure and mechanism of Staphylococcus aureus TarS, the wall teichoic acid β-glycosyltransferase involved in methicillin resistance. PLoS Pathog. 12 (2016) e1006067. [PMID: 27973583]

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