Choline-phosphate cytidylyltransferase

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choline-phosphate cytidylyltransferase
EC no.
CAS no.9026-34-0
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Choline-phosphate cytidylyltransferase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

CTP + choline phosphate diphosphate + CDP-choline

where the two substrates of this enzyme are CTP and choline phosphate, and the two products are diphosphate and CDP-choline. It is responsible for regulating phosphatidylcholine content in membranes.

This enzyme belongs to the family of transferases, specifically those transferring phosphorus-containing nucleotide groups (nucleotidyltransferases). The systematic name of this enzyme class is CTP:choline-phosphate cytidylyltransferase. Other names in common use include phosphorylcholine transferase, CDP-choline pyrophosphorylase, CDP-choline synthetase, choline phosphate cytidylyltransferase, CTP-phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase, CTP:phosphorylcholine cytidylyltransferase, cytidine diphosphocholine pyrophosphorylase, phosphocholine cytidylyltransferase, phosphorylcholine cytidylyltransferase, and phosphorylcholine:CTP cytidylyltransferase. This enzyme participates in aminophosphonate metabolism and glycerophospholipid metabolism.

Structural studies[edit]

As of late 2007, two structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, with PDB accession codes 1PEH and 1PEI.


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