IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: N-acetylglucosaminide α-(2,6)-sialyltransferase

Reaction: CMP-N-acetyl-β-neuraminate + N-acetyl-α-neuraminyl-(2→3)-β-D-galactosyl-(1→3)-N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl-R = CMP + N-acetyl-α-neuraminyl-(2→3)-β-D-galactosyl-(1→3)-[N-acetyl-α-neuraminyl-(2→6)]-N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl-R

Other name(s): α-N-acetylneuraminyl-2,3-β-galactosyl-1,3-N-acetylglucosaminide 6-α-sialyltransferase; N-acetylglucosaminide (α 2→6)-sialyltransferase; ST6GlcNAc

Systematic name: CMP-N-acetylneuraminate:N-acetyl-α-neuraminyl-(2→3)-β-D-galactosyl-(1→3)-N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminide N-acetyl-β-D-glucosamine-6-α-N-acetylneuraminyltransferase (configuration-inverting)

Comments: Attaches N-acetylneuraminic acid in α-2,6-linkage to N-acetyl-β-D-glucosamine. The enzyme from rat liver also acts on β-D-galactosyl-(1→3)-N-acetyl-β-D-glucosaminyl residues, but more slowly.

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1. Paulson, J.C., Weinstein, J. and de Souza-e-Silva, U. Biosynthesis of a disialylated sequence in N-linked oligosaccharides: identification of an N-acetylglucosaminide (α 2→6)-sialyltransferase in Golgi apparatus from rat liver. Eur. J. Biochem. 140 (1984) 523-530. [PMID: 6547092]

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