The enzyme is involved in synthesis of paratose and tyvelose, unusual 3,6-dideoxyhexose sugars that form part of the O-antigen in the lipopolysaccharides of several enteric bacteria. Isolated from Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhi (Salmonella typhi).
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