This enzyme belongs to the family of transferases, specifically those transferring aryl or alkyl groups other than methyl groups. The systematic name of this enzyme class is phosphoenolpyruvate:N-acetyl-D-mannosamine C-(1-carboxyvinyl)transferase (phosphate-hydrolysing, 2-carboxy-2-oxoethyl-forming). Other names in common use include (NANA)condensing enzyme, N-acetylneuraminate pyruvate-lyase (pyruvate-phosphorylating), and NeuAc synthase. This enzyme participates in aminosugars metabolism.
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