IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: teichoic acid poly(glycerol phosphate) polymerase

Reaction: n CDP-glycerol + 4-O-[(2R)-glycerophospho]-N-acetyl-β-D-mannosaminyl-(1→4)-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosaminyl-diphospho-ditrans,octacis-undecaprenol = n CMP + 4-O-{poly[(2R)-glycerophospho]-(2R)-glycerophospho}-N-acetyl-β-D-mannosaminyl-(1→4)-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosaminyl-diphospho-ditrans,octacis-undecaprenol

Other name(s): teichoic-acid synthase; cytidine diphosphoglycerol glycerophosphotransferase; poly(glycerol phosphate) polymerase; teichoic acid glycerol transferase; glycerophosphate synthetase; CGPTase; CDP-glycerol glycerophosphotransferase (ambiguous); Tag polymerase; CDP-glycerol:poly(glycerophosphate) glycerophosphotransferase; tagF (gene name); tarF (gene name) (ambiguous)

Systematic name: CDP-glycerol:4-O-[(2R)-glycerophospho]-N-acetyl-β-D-mannosaminyl-(1→4)-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosaminyl-diphospho-ditrans,octacis-undecaprenol glycerophosphotransferase

Comments: Involved in the biosynthesis of poly glycerol phosphate teichoic acids in bacterial cell walls. This enzyme adds 30-50 glycerol units to the linker molecule, but only after it has been primed with the first glycerol unit by EC, teichoic acid poly(glycerol phosphate) primase. cf. EC, teichoic acid glycerol-phosphate transferase.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 9076-71-5


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2. Schertzer, J.W. and Brown, E.D. Purified, recombinant TagF protein from Bacillus subtilis 168 catalyzes the polymerization of glycerol phosphate onto a membrane acceptor in vitro. J. Biol. Chem. 278 (2003) 18002-18007. [PMID: 12637499]

3. Schertzer, J.W., Bhavsar, A.P. and Brown, E.D. Two conserved histidine residues are critical to the function of the TagF-like family of enzymes. J. Biol. Chem. 280 (2005) 36683-36690. [PMID: 16141206]

4. Pereira, M.P., Schertzer, J.W., D'Elia, M.A., Koteva, K.P., Hughes, D.W., Wright, G.D. and Brown, E.D. The wall teichoic acid polymerase TagF efficiently synthesizes poly(glycerol phosphate) on the TagB product lipid III. Chembiochem 9 (2008) 1385-1390. [PMID: 18465758]

5. Sewell, E.W., Pereira, M.P. and Brown, E.D. The wall teichoic acid polymerase TagF is non-processive in vitro and amenable to study using steady state kinetic analysis. J. Biol. Chem. 284 (2009) 21132-21138. [PMID: 19520862]

6. Lovering, A.L., Lin, L.Y., Sewell, E.W., Spreter, T., Brown, E.D. and Strynadka, N.C. Structure of the bacterial teichoic acid polymerase TagF provides insights into membrane association and catalysis. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 17 (2010) 582-589. [PMID: 20400947]

7. Brown, S., Meredith, T., Swoboda, J. and Walker, S. Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis W23 make polyribitol wall teichoic acids using different enzymatic pathways. Chem. Biol. 17 (2010) 1101-1110. [PMID: 21035733]

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