IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: [heparan sulfate]-glucosamine 3-sulfotransferase 3

Reaction: 3'-phosphoadenylyl sulfate + [heparan sulfate]-glucosamine = adenosine 3',5'-bisphosphate + [heparan sulfate]-glucosamine 3-sulfate

Glossary: 3'-phosphoadenylyl sulfate = PAPS
heparan sulfate: for definition click here

Other name(s): glucosaminyl 3-O-sulfotransferase 3a, 3b; heparan sulfate D-glucosaminyl 3-O-sulfotransferase 3A; isoform/isozyme 3a and 3b (3-OST-3A, 3-OST-3B, HS3ST3A, HS3ST3B); 3'-phosphoadenylyl-sulfate:[heparan sulfate]-glucosamine 3-sulfotransferase

Systematic name: 3'-phosphoadenylyl-sulfate:[heparan sulfate]-glucosamine 3-sulfonotransferase

Comments: Two major substrates contain the tetrasaccharides: → undetermined 2-sulfo-uronic acid→ GlcN2S→ IdoA2S→ GlcN*→ and → undetermined 2-sulfo-uronic acid→ GlcN2S→ IdoA2S→ GlcN6S*→ (symbols as in 2-Carb-38) with modification of the N-unsubstituted glucosamine residue (shown with an asterisk) [1,4]. Modification of selected sequences containing N-sulfo-glucosamine residues cannot yet be excluded. The 3-O-sulfated heparan sulfate can be utilized by Herpes simplex virus type 1 as an entry receptor to infect the target cells [2]. There are two isozymes, known as 3-OST-3A and 3-OST-3B, which have identical catalytic domains but are encoded by different mammalian genes [3]. The specificity of this enzyme differs from that of the other [heparan sulfate]-glucosamine 3-sulfotransferases. It is inefficient at modifying precursors of the antithrombin binding site [in contrast to EC ([heparan sulfate]-glucosamine 3-sulfotransferase 1)] and it does not modify glucosamine preceded by GlcA2S [unlike EC ([heparan sulfate]-glucosamine 3-sulfotransferase 2)].

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1. Liu, J., Shriver, Z., Blaiklock, P., Yoshida, K., Sasisekharan, R. and Rosenberg, R.D. Heparan sulfate D-glucosaminyl 3-O-sulfotransferase 3A sulfates N-unsubstituted glucosamine. J. Biol. Chem. 274 (1999) 38155-38162. [PMID: 10608887]

2. Shukla, D., Liu, J., Blaiklock, P., Shworak, N.W., Bai, X., Esko, J.D., Cohen, G.H., Eisenberg, R.J., Rosenberg, R.D. and Spear, P.G. A novel role for 3-O-sulfated heparan sulfate in Herpes simplex virus 1 entry. Cell 99 (1999) 13-22. [PMID: 10520990]

3. Shworak, N.W., Liu, J., Petros, L.M., Copeland, N.G., Jenkins N.A. and Rosenberg, R.D. Diversity of the extensive heparan sulfate D-glucosaminyl 3-O-sulfotransferase (3-OST) multigene family. J. Biol. Chem. 274 (1999) 5170-5184. [PMID: 9988767]

4. Liu, J., Shworak, N.W., Sina, P., Schwartz, J.J., Zhang, L., Fritze, L.M.S. and Rosenberg, R.D. Expression of heparan sulfate D-glucosaminyl 3-O-sulfotransferase isoforms reveals novel substrate specificities. J. Biol. Chem. 274 (1999) 5185-5192. [PMID: 9988768]

[EC created 2001]

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