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Phosphorylases are enzymes that catalyze the addition of a phosphate group from an inorganic phosphate (phosphate+hydrogen) to an acceptor.
- A-B + P A + P-B
They include allosteric enzymes that catalyze the production of glucose-1-phosphate from a glucan such as glycogen, starch or maltodextrin. Phosphorylase is also a common name used for glycogen phosphorylase in honor of Earl W. Sutherland Jr. who in the late 1930s discovered the first phosphorylase.
In more general terms, phosphorylases are enzymes that catalyze the addition of a phosphate group from an inorganic phosphate (phosphate+hydrogen) to an acceptor, not to be confused with a phosphatase (a hydrolase) or a kinase (a phosphotransferase). A phosphatase removes a phosphonate group from a donor using water, whereas a kinase transfers a phosphonate group from a donor (usually ATP) to an acceptor.
|Enzyme name||Enzymes class||Reaction||Notes|
(EC 2.4 and EC 2.7.7)
|A-B + H-OP A-OP + H-B||transfer group = A = glycosyl- group or
|P-B + H-OH P-OH + H-B|
|P-B + H-A P-A + H-B||transfer group = P|
|P = phosphonate group, OP = phosphate group, H-OP or P-OH = inorganic phosphate|
The phosphorylases fall into the following categories:
- Glycosyltranferases (EC 2.4)
- Enzymes that break down glucans by removing a glucose residue (break O-glycosidic bond)
- Enzymes that break down nucleosides into their constituent bases and sugars (break N-glycosidic bond)
- Purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNPase)
- Nucleotidyltransferases (EC 2.7.7)
All known phosphorylases share catalytic and structural properties .
Phosphorylase a is the active form of glycogen phosphorylase that is derived from the phosphorylation of the inactive form, phosphorylase b.
Some disorders are related to phosphorylases:
See also 
- Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry 5th ed. pg. 603
- Muscle phosphorylase deficiency - McArdle's Disease Website
- Phosphorylases at the US National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
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