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Kinetic basis for the donor nucleotide-sugar specificity of beta1, 4-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase III.

The kinetic basis of the donor substrate specificity of beta1, 4-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase III (GnT-III) was investigated using a purified recombinant enzyme. The enzyme also transfers GalNAc and Glc moieties from their respective UDP-sugars to an acceptor at rates of 0.1-0.2% of that for GlcNAc, but Gal is not transferred at a detectable rate. Kinetic analyses revealed that these inefficient transfers, which are associated with the specificity of the enzyme, are due to the much lower V(max) values, whereas the K(m) values for UDP-GalNAc and UDP-Glc differ only slightly from that for UDP-GlcNAc. It was also found that various other nucleotide-Glc derivatives bind to the enzyme with comparable affinities to those of UDP-GlcNAc and UDP-Glc, although the derivatives do not serve as glycosyl donors. Thus, GnT-III does not appear to distinguish UDP-GlcNAc from other structurally similar nucleotide-sugars by specific binding in the ground state. These findings suggest that the specificity of GnT-III toward the nucleotide-sugar is determined during the catalytic process. This type of specificity may be efficient in preventing a possible mistransfer when other nucleotide-sugars are present in excess over the true donor.[1]


  1. Kinetic basis for the donor nucleotide-sugar specificity of beta1, 4-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase III. Ikeda, Y., Koyota, S., Ihara, H., Yamaguchi, Y., Korekane, H., Tsuda, T., Sasai, K., Taniguchi, N. J. Biochem. (2000) [Pubmed]
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