This enzyme belongs to the family of ligases, specifically those forming carbon-nitrogen bonds as acid-D-amino-acid ligases (peptide synthases). The systematic name of this enzyme class is UDP-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase (ADP-forming). Other names in common use include MurC synthetase, UDP-N-acetylmuramoyl-L-alanine synthetase, uridine diphospho-N-acetylmuramoylalanine synthetase, UDP-N-acetylmuramoylalanine synthetase, L-alanine-adding enzyme, UDP-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine synthetase, UDPMurNAc-L-alanine synthetase, L-Ala ligase, uridine diphosphate N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase, uridine 5'-diphosphate-N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine synthetase, uridine-diphosphate-N-acetylmuramate:L-alanine ligase, UDP-MurNAc:L-alanine ligase, alanine-adding enzyme, and UDP-N-acetylmuramyl:L-alanine ligase. This enzyme participates in d-glutamine and d-glutamate metabolism and peptidoglycan biosynthesis.
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