Cloning and sequencing of Escherichia coli murZ and purification of its product, a UDP-N-acetylglucosamine enolpyruvyl transferase. Academic Article uri icon


  • The Escherichia coli gene murZ, encoding the enzyme UDP-N-acetylglucosamine enolpyruvyl transferase, has been cloned and sequenced. Identified by screening an E. coli genomic library for clones that conferred phosphomycin resistance, murZ encoded a 419-amino-acid polypeptide and was mapped to 69.3 min on the E. coli chromosome. MurZ protein was purified to near homogeneity and found to have the expected UDP-N-acetylglucosamine enolpyruvyl transferase activity. Sequence analysis of the predicted product revealed 44% identity to OrfR from Bacillus subtilis (K. Trach, J.W. Chapman, P. Piggot, D. LeCoq, and J.A. Hoch, J. Bacteriol. 170:4194-4208, 1988), suggesting that orfR may also encode a UDP-N-acetylglucosamine enolpyruvyl transferase enzyme. MurZ is also homologous to the aromatic amino acid biosynthetic enzyme enolpyruvyl shikimate phosphate synthase, the other enzyme known to catalyze an enolpyruvyl transfer.

author list (cited authors)

  • Marquardt, J. L., Siegele, D. A., Kolter, R., & Walsh, C. T.

complete list of authors

  • Marquardt, JL||Siegele, DA||Kolter, R||Walsh, CT

publication date

  • January 1, 1992 11:11 AM