IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: undecaprenyl-diphosphooligosaccharide—protein glycotransferase

Reaction: tritrans,heptacis-undecaprenyl diphosphooligosaccharide + [protein]-L-asparagine = tritrans,heptacis-undecaprenyl diphosphate + a glycoprotein with the oligosaccharide chain attached by N-β-D-glycosyl linkage to protein L-asparagine

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Other name(s): PglB

Systematic name: tritrans,heptacis-undecaprenyl-diphosphooligosaccharide:protein-L-asparagine N-β-D-oligosaccharidotransferase

Comments: A bacterial enzyme that has been isolated from Campylobacter jejuni [1] and Campylobacter lari [2]. It forms a glycoprotein by the transfer of a glucosyl-N-acetylgalactosaminyl-N,N'-diacetylbacillosamine (GalNAc2(Glc)GalNAc3diNAcBac) polysaccharide and related oligosaccharides to the side-chain of an L-asparagine residue in the sequence -Asp/Glu-Xaa-Asn-Xaa'-Ser/Thr- (Xaa and Xaa' not Pro) in nascent polypeptide chains. Requires Mn2+ or Mg2+. Occurs on the external face of the plasma membrane. The polyprenol involved is normally tritrans,heptacis-undecaprenol but a decaprenol is used by some species.

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1. Maita, N., Nyirenda, J., Igura, M., Kamishikiryo, J. and Kohda, D. Comparative structural biology of eubacterial and archaeal oligosaccharyltransferases. J. Biol. Chem. 285 (2010) 4941-4950. [PMID: 20007322]

2. Lizak, C., Gerber, S., Numao, S., Aebi, M. and Locher, K.P. X-ray structure of a bacterial oligosaccharyltransferase. Nature 474 (2011) 350-355. [PMID: 21677752]

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