UMP kinase

UMP kinase

UMP kinase
EC number
CAS number 9036-23-1
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In enzymology, an UMP kinase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

ATP + UMP \rightleftharpoons ADP + UDP

Thus, the two substrates of this enzyme are ATP and UMP, whereas its two products are ADP and UDP.

This enzyme belongs to the family of transferases, specifically those transferring phosphorus-containing groups (phosphotransferases) with a phosphate group as acceptor. The systematic name of this enzyme class is ATP:UMP phosphotransferase. Other names in common use include uridylate kinase, UMPK, uridine monophosphate kinase, PyrH, UMP-kinase, and SmbA. This enzyme participates in pyrimidine metabolism.

Structural studies

As of March 2010, 19 structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, and are deposited in the PDB. All have a 3-layer (aba) sandwich) architecture (CATH code 3.40.1160.10). These include accession codes 2J4J, 2J4K, 2J4L, and 2VA1.

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  • Gilles AM, Barzu O (1995). "Escherichia coli UMP-kinase, a member of the aspartokinase family, is a hexamer regulated by guanine nucleotides and UTP". Biochemistry. 34 (15): 5066–5074.  
  • Marco-Marin C, Gil-Ortiz F, Rubio V (2005). "The crystal structure of Pyrococcus furiosus UMP kinase provides insight into catalysis and regulation in microbial pyrimidine nucleotide biosynthesis". J. Mol. Biol. 352 (2): 438–454.