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Accepted name: ditrans,polycis-undecaprenyl-diphosphate synthase [(2E,6E)-farnesyl-diphosphate specific]
Reaction: (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate + 8 isopentenyl diphosphate = 8 diphosphate + ditrans,octacis-undecaprenyl diphosphate
For diagram of di- and tritrans,polycis-polyprenol biosynthesis, click here
Other name(s): di-trans,poly-cis-undecaprenyl-diphosphate synthase; undecaprenyl-diphosphate synthase; bactoprenyl-diphosphate synthase; UPP synthetase; undecaprenyl diphosphate synthetase; undecaprenyl pyrophosphate synthetase; di-trans,poly-cis-decaprenylcistransferase
Systematic name: (2E,6E)-farnesyl-diphosphate:isopentenyl-diphosphate cistransferase (adding 8 isopentenyl units)
Comments: Undecaprenyl pyrophosphate synthase catalyses the consecutive condensation reactions of a farnesyl diphosphate with eight isopentenyl diphosphates, in which new cis-double bonds are formed, to generate undecaprenyl diphosphate that serves as a lipid carrier for peptidoglycan synthesis of bacterial cell wall [3].
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB, CAS registry number: 52350-87-5
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5.  Fujikura, K., Zhang, Y.W., Fujihashi, M., Miki, K. and Koyama, T. Mutational analysis of allylic substrate binding site of Micrococcus luteus B-P 26 undecaprenyl diphosphate synthase. Biochemistry 42 (2003) 4035–4041. [DOI] [PMID: 12680756]
6.  Fujihashi, M., Zhang, Y.W., Higuchi, Y., Li, X.Y., Koyama, T. and Miki, K. Crystal structure of cis-prenyl chain elongating enzyme, undecaprenyl diphosphate synthase. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 98 (2001) 4337–4342. [DOI] [PMID: 11287651]
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