Maltose phosphorylase

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maltose phosphorylase
maltose phosphorylase dimer, Lactobacillus brevis
EC no.
CAS no.9030-19-7
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In enzymology, a maltose phosphorylase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

maltose + phosphate D-glucose + beta-D-glucose 1-phosphate

Thus, the two substrates of this enzyme are maltose and phosphate, whereas its two products are D-glucose and beta-D-glucose 1-phosphate.

This enzyme belongs to the family of glycosyltransferases, specifically the hexosyltransferases. The systematic name of this enzyme class is maltose:phosphate 1-beta-D-glucosyltransferase. This enzyme participates in starch and sucrose metabolism.

Structural studies[edit]

As of late 2007, only one structure has been solved for this class of enzymes, with the PDB accession code 1H54.


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