Nucleoside-phosphate kinase

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In enzymology, a nucleoside-phosphate kinase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction[1]

ATP + nucleoside phosphate ADP + nucleoside diphosphate

Thus, the two substrates of this enzyme are ATP and nucleoside monophosphate, whereas its two products are ADP and nucleoside diphosphate.[2][3]

This enzyme belongs to the family of transferases, specifically those transferring phosphorus-containing groups (phosphotransferases) with a phosphate group as acceptor.[4] The systematic name of this enzyme class is ATP:nucleoside-phosphate phosphotransferase. This enzyme is also called NMP-kinase, or nucleoside-monophosphate kinase.


A number of crystal structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, revealing that they share a common ATP binding domain. This section of the enzyme is commonly referred to as the P-loop,[5] in reference to its interaction with the phosphoryl groups on ATP. This binding domain also consists of a β sheet flanked by α helices.

The [P-loop] typically has the amino acid sequence of Gly-X-X-X-X-Gly-Lys.[6] Similar sequences are found in many other nucleotide-binding proteins.

Adenylate kinase, an example nucleoside-phosphate kinase, is shown here in both an open, unbound conformation[7] (left) and with the lid domain closed around Ap5A (right). The P-loop is shown here in green while Ap5A is orange.


Metal ion interaction[edit]

To allow for interaction with this class of enzymes, ATP must first bind to a metal ion such as magnesium or manganese.[8] The metal ion forms a complex with the phosphoryl-group, as well as several water molecules.[9] These water molecules then form hydrogen bonds to a conserved aspartate residue on the enzyme.[10]

The metal ion interaction facilitates binding by holding the ATP molecule in a position allowing for specific binding to the active site and by providing additional points for binding between the substrate and the enzyme. This increases the binding energy.

Conformational changes[edit]

Binding of ATP causes the P-loop to move, in turn making the lid domain lower and secure the ATP in place.[11][12] Nucleoside monophosphate binding induces further changes that render the enzyme catalytically capable of facilitating a transfer of the phosphoryl group from ATP to nucleoside monophosphate.[13]

The necessity of these conformational changes prevents the wasteful hydrolysis of ATP.

This enzyme mechanism is an example of catalysis by approximation: the nucleoside-phosphate kinase binds the substrates to bring them together in the correct position for the phosphoryl group to be transferred.

Biological function[edit]

Similar catalytic domains are present in a variety of proteins, including:


When a phylogenetic tree composed of members of the nucleoside-phosphate kinase family was made,[14] it showed that these enzymes had originally diverged from a common ancestor into long and short varieties. This first change was drastic – the three-dimensional structure of the lid domain changed significantly.

Following the evolution of long and short varieties of NMP-kinases, smaller changes in the amino acid sequences resulted in the differentiation of subcellular localization.


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