IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: UDP-N-acetylmuramate L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate ligase

Reaction: ATP + UDP-N-acetyl-α-D-muramate + L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate = ADP + phosphate + UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate

Glossary: meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate = meso-2,6-diaminopimelate

Other name(s): murein peptide ligase; Mpl; yjfG (gene name); UDP-MurNAc:L-Ala-γ-D-Glu-meso-A2pm ligase; UDP-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-diaminopimelate ligase

Systematic name: UDP-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioate ligase

Comments: The enzyme catalyses the reincorporation into peptidoglycan of the tripeptide L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-2,6-meso-diaminoheptanedioate released during the maturation and constant remodeling of this bacterial cell wall polymer that occur during cell growth and division. The enzyme can also use the tetrapeptide L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioyl-D-alanine or the pentapeptide L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-2,6-diaminoheptanedioyl-D-alanyl-D-alanine in vivo and in vitro. Requires Mg2+.

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1. Mengin-Lecreulx, D., van Heijenoort, J. and Park, J.T. Identification of the mpl gene encoding UDP-N-acetylmuramate: L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-diaminopimelate ligase in Escherichia coli and its role in recycling of cell wall peptidoglycan. J. Bacteriol. 178 (1996) 5347-5352. [PMID: 8808921]

2. Herve, M., Boniface, A., Gobec, S., Blanot, D. and Mengin-Lecreulx, D. Biochemical characterization and physiological properties of Escherichia coli UDP-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanyl-γ-D-glutamyl-meso-diaminopimelate ligase. J. Bacteriol. 189 (2007) 3987-3995. [PMID: 17384195]

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