Uridine kinase

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uridine kinase
Uridine-cytidine kinase 2, tetramer, Human
EC no.
CAS no.9026-39-5
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In enzymology, an uridine kinase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

ATP + uridine ADP + UMP

Thus, the two substrates of this enzyme are ATP and uridine, whereas its two products are ADP and UMP.

This enzyme belongs to the family of transferases, specifically those transferring phosphorus-containing groups (phosphotransferases) with an alcohol group as acceptor. The systematic name of this enzyme class is ATP:uridine 5'-phosphotransferase. Other names in common use include pyrimidine ribonucleoside kinase, uridine-cytidine kinase, uridine kinase (phosphorylating), and uridine phosphokinase. This enzyme participates in pyrimidine metabolism.

Structural studies[edit]

As of late 2007, 8 structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, with PDB accession codes 1UDW, 1UEI, 1UEJ, 1UFQ, 1UJ2, 1XRJ, 2JEO, and 2UVQ.


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