IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid kinase

Accepted name: anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid kinase

Reaction: ATP + 1,6-anhydro-N-acetyl-β-muramate + H2O = ADP + N-acetylmuramate 6-phosphate

Other name(s): anhMurNAc kinase; AnmK

Systematic name: ATP:1,6-anhydro-N-acetyl-β-muramate 6-phosphotransferase

Comments: This enzyme, along with EC, N-acetylmuramic acid 6-phosphate etherase, is required for the utilization of anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid in proteobacteria. The substrate is either imported from the medium or derived from the bacterium's own cell wall murein during cell wall recycling. The product N-acetylmuramate 6-phosphate is produced as a 7:1 mixture of the α- and β-anomers.

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1. Uehara, T., Suefuji, K., Valbuena, N., Meehan, B., Donegan, M. and Park, J.T. Recycling of the anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid derived from cell wall murein involves a two-step conversion to N-acetylglucosamine-phosphate. J. Bacteriol. 187 (2005) 3643-3649. [PMID: 15901686]

2. Uehara, T., Suefuji, K., Jaeger, T., Mayer, C. and Park, J.T. MurQ etherase is required by Escherichia coli in order to metabolize anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid obtained either from the environment or from its own cell wall. J. Bacteriol. 188 (2006) 1660-1662. [PMID: 16452451]

3. Bacik, J.P., Whitworth, G.E., Stubbs, K.A., Yadav, A.K., Martin, D.R., Bailey-Elkin, B.A., Vocadlo, D.J. and Mark, B.L. Molecular basis of 1,6-anhydro bond cleavage and phosphoryl transfer by Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1,6-anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid kinase. J. Biol. Chem. 286 (2011) 12283-12291. [PMID: 21288904]

[EC created 2011, modified 2011]

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