Amino acid kinase

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acetylglutamate kinase from thermotoga maritima complexed with its inhibitor arginine
Symbol AA_kinase
Pfam PF00696
InterPro IPR001048
SCOP 1e19

In molecular biology, the amino acid kinase domain is a protein domain. It is found in protein kinases with various specificities, including the aspartate, glutamate and uridylate kinase families. In prokaryotes and plants the synthesis of the essential amino acids lysine and threonine is predominantly regulated by feed-back inhibition of aspartate kinase (AK) and dihydrodipicolinate synthase (DHPS). In Escherichia coli, thrA, metLM, and lysC encode aspartokinase isozymes that show feedback inhibition by threonine, methionine, and lysine, respectively.[1] The lysine-sensitive isoenzyme of aspartate kinase from spinach leaves has a subunit composition of 4 large and 4 small subunits.[2]

In plants although the control of carbon fixation and nitrogen assimilation has been studied in detail, relatively little is known about the regulation of carbon and nitrogen flow into amino acids. The metabolic regulation of expression of an Arabidopsis thaliana aspartate kinase/homoserine dehydrogenase (AK/HSD) gene, which encodes two linked key enzymes in the biosynthetic pathway of aspartate family amino acids has been studied.[3] The conversion of aspartate into either the storage amino acid asparagine or aspartate family amino acids may be subject to a coordinated, reciprocal metabolic control, and this biochemical branch point is a part of a larger, coordinated regulatory mechanism of nitrogen and carbon storage and utilization.


  1. ^ Kikuchi Y, Kojima H, Tanaka T (April 1999). "Mutational analysis of the feedback sites of lysine-sensitive aspartokinase of Escherichia coli". FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 173 (1): 211–5. doi:10.1111/j.1574-6968.1999.tb13504.x. PMID 10220897. 
  2. ^ Kochhar S, Kochhar VK, Sane PV (April 1998). "Subunit structure of lysine sensitive aspartate kinase from spinach leaves". Biochem. Mol. Biol. Int. 44 (4): 795–806. doi:10.1080/15216549800201842. PMID 9584993. 
  3. ^ Zhu-Shimoni JX, Galili G (March 1998). "Expression of an arabidopsis aspartate Kinase/Homoserine dehydrogenase gene is metabolically regulated by photosynthesis-related signals but not by nitrogenous compounds". Plant Physiol. 116 (3): 1023–8. doi:10.1104/pp.116.3.1023. PMC 35071free to read. PMID 9501134. 

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