Purine-nucleoside phosphorylase

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In enzymology, a purine-nucleoside phosphorylase (EC is an enzyme that catalyzes the chemical reaction

purine nucleoside + phosphate purine + alpha-D-ribose 1-phosphate

Thus, the two substrates of this enzyme are purine nucleoside and phosphate, whereas its two products are purine and alpha-D-ribose 1-phosphate.

This enzyme belongs to the family of glycosyltransferases, specifically the pentosyltransferases. The systematic name of this enzyme class is purine-nucleoside:phosphate ribosyltransferase. Other names in common use include inosine phosphorylase, PNPase, PUNPI, PUNPII, inosine-guanosine phosphorylase, nucleotide phosphatase, purine deoxynucleoside phosphorylase, purine deoxyribonucleoside phosphorylase, purine nucleoside phosphorylase, and purine ribonucleoside phosphorylase. This enzyme participates in 3 metabolic pathways: purine metabolism, pyrimidine metabolism, and nicotinate and nicotinamide metabolism.

Structural studies

As of late 2007, 85 structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, with PDB accession codes 1A69, 1A9O, 1A9P, 1A9Q, 1A9R, 1A9S, 1A9T, 1B8N, 1B8O, 1ECP, 1FXU, 1G2O, 1I80, 1K9S, 1LV8, 1LVU, 1M73, 1N3I, 1NW4, 1OTX, 1OTY, 1OU4, 1OUM, 1OV6, 1OVG, 1PBN, 1PF7, 1PK7, 1PK9, 1PKE, 1PR0, 1PR1, 1PR2, 1PR4, 1PR5, 1PR6, 1PW7, 1PWY, 1Q1G, 1QE5, 1RCT, 1RFG, 1RR6, 1RSZ, 1RT9, 1TCU, 1TCV, 1TD1, 1ULA, 1ULB, 1V2H, 1V3Q, 1V41, 1V45, 1V48, 1VFN, 1VHJ, 1VHW, 1VMK, 1XE3, 1YQQ, 1YRY, 1Z33, 1Z34, 1Z35, 1Z36, 1Z37, 1Z38, 1Z39, 2A0W, 2A0X, 2A0Y, 2AC7, 2AI1, 2AI2, 2AI3, 2B94, 2BSX, 2I4T, 2ISC, 2OC4, 2OC9, 2ON6, 3PNP, and 4PNP.


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The CAS registry number for this enzyme class is 9030-21-1.

Gene Ontology (GO) codes