This view shows enzymes only for those organisms listed below, in the list of taxa known to possess the pathway. If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.
|Superclasses:||Biosynthesis → Cofactors, Prosthetic Groups, Electron Carriers Biosynthesis → Polyprenyl Biosynthesis|
Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Aeromonas hydrophila , Arthrobacter nicotianae , Arthrobacter ureafaciens , Azotobacter vinelandii , Bordetella pertussis , Brevibacterium iodinum , Brevibacterium linens , Brevibacterium sterolicum , Corynebacterium diphtheriae , Corynebacterium flavescens , Corynebacterium kutscheri , Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis , Corynebacterium renale , Corynebacterium ulcerans , Corynebacterium xerosis , Cupriavidus necator , Deinococcus radiodurans , Ectothiorhodospira haloalkaliphila , Enterobacter aerogenes , Escherichia coli K-12 substr. MG1655 , Halobacterium salinarum , Halobacterium sp. NCIMB 763 , Halococcus morrhuae , Haloferax volcanii , Halorubrum saccharovorum , Halorubrum trapanicum , Lactobacillus mali , Micrococcus luteus , Nocardia asteroides , Nocardia brasiliensis , Nocardia farcinica , Nocardia transvalensis , Nocardia vaccinii , Pimelobacter simplex , Proteus mirabilis , Proteus vulgaris , Rhodococcus corynebacterioides , Rhodococcus equi , Rhodococcus erythropolis , Rhodococcus fascians , Rhodococcus rhodnii , Rhodococcus rhodochrous , Rhodococcus ruber , Rubrivivax gelatinosus , Salinivibrio costicola , Serratia marcescens , Staphylococcus aureus , Stenotrophomonas maltophilia , Streptomyces gardneri , Thermus aquaticus , Thermus thermophilus , Virgibacillus pantothenticus , Xanthomonas campestris , Xanthomonas citri , Xanthomonas oryzae , Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
In this pathway multiple units of isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) undergo a series of polymerizations to form a polyisoprenoid chain.
Additional isoprenoid units are added to a maximal length that is determined by the specific enzyme. Most organisms generate polyprenyl chains of predominantly one length. Once completed, the polyprenyl chain is incorporated into other molecules, such as quinones. The enzyme that attaches the polyprenyl chain to the quinone precursor molecule does not have a preference towards a particular length. Thus, the length of the polyprenyl chain in the mature quinone molecule is determined by the predominant polyprenyl diphosphate synthase enzyme of the organism.
In most organisms there is one type of a predominant quinone, with a specific polyprenyl chain length. However, most organisms also have minor amounts of quinones with a different polyprenyl chain length. Quinones containing chains of 8 prenyl units are found in all kingdoms of life. They are particularly common among the Archaea (in the form of menaquinone-8) and the Enterobacteriaceae. For a review detailing the distribution of polyprenyl chain length in different bacteria, see [Collins81].
In Escherichia coli K-12 the initial addition of two isoprenyl units to form (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate is catalyzed by geranyl diphosphate synthase / farnesyl diphosphate synthase, encoded by ispA. Additional isoprenoid units are added sequentially to a maximal length of 8 units by octaprenyl diphosphate synthase, encoded by ispB.
Superpathways: superpathway of menaquinol-8 biosynthesis I , superpathway of demethylmenaquinol-8 biosynthesis , superpathway of ubiquinol-8 biosynthesis (prokaryotic) , superpathway of menaquinol-8 biosynthesis II , polyisoprenoid biosynthesis (E. coli) , superpathway of chorismate metabolism
Unification Links: EcoCyc:PWY-5783
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