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Synonyms: Leloir pathway
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Carbohydrates Biosynthesis → Sugars Biosynthesis → Sugar Nucleotides Biosynthesis|
|Degradation/Utilization/Assimilation → Carbohydrates Degradation → Sugars Degradation → Galactose Degradation|
The biological interconversion of galactose and glucose takes place only by way of the Leloir pathway (here named galactose degradation I (Leloir pathway)) and requires the three enzymes galactokinase , galactose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase and UDP-glucose 4-epimerase.
The only biological importance of these enzymes appears to be to provide for the interconversion of galactosyl and glucosyl groups. galactose-1-epimerase also participates by producing the galactokinase substrate α-D-galactose from its β-anomer [Frey96]. The cycle requires an initial amount of UDP-D-glucose, which is produced by UTP--glucose-1-phosphate uridylyltransferase (EC 22.214.171.124) [Neidhardt96]
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Bingham87: Bingham AH, Busby SJ (1987). "Translation of galE and coordination of galactose operon expression in Escherichia coli: effects of insertions and deletions in the non-translated leader sequence." Mol Microbiol 1(1);117-24. PMID: 2838723
Blackburn76: Blackburn P, Ferdinand W (1976). "The concerted inactivation of Escherichia coli uridine diphosphate galactose 4-epimerase by sugar nucleotide together with a free sugar." Biochem J 155(2);225-9. PMID: 779771
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