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Name
Peptidoglycan biosynthesis
Description
Peptidoglycan is a macromolecule made of long aminosugar strands cross-linked by short peptides. It forms the cell wall in bacteria surrounding the cytoplasmic membrane. The glycan strands are typically comprised of repeating N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) and N-acetylmuramic acid (MurNAc) disaccharides. Each MurNAc is linked to a peptide of three to five amino acid residues. Disaccharide subunits are first assembled on the cytoplasmic side of the bacterial membrane on a polyisoprenoid anchor (lipid I and II). Polymerization of disaccharide subunits by transglycosylases and cross-linking of glycan strands by transpeptidases occur on the other side of the membrane. Bacterial cell wall biosynthesis inhibitors form a major class of antibiotics.
Class
Metabolism; Glycan biosynthesis and metabolism
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Reference
  Authors
Bouhss A, Trunkfield AE, Bugg TD, Mengin-Lecreulx D
  Title
The biosynthesis of peptidoglycan lipid-linked intermediates.
  Journal
FEMS Microbiol Rev 32:208-33 (2008)
DOI:10.1111/j.1574-6976.2007.00089.x
Reference
  Authors
Lloyd AJ, Gilbey AM, Blewett AM, De Pascale G, El Zoeiby A, Levesque RC, Catherwood AC, Tomasz A, Bugg TD, Roper DI, Dowson CG
  Title
Characterization of tRNA-dependent peptide bond formation by MurM in the synthesis of Streptococcus pneumoniae peptidoglycan.
  Journal
J Biol Chem 283:6402-17 (2008)
DOI:10.1074/jbc.M708105200
Reference
  Authors
Barreteau H, Kovac A, Boniface A, Sova M, Gobec S, Blanot D
  Title
Cytoplasmic steps of peptidoglycan biosynthesis.
  Journal
FEMS Microbiol Rev 32:168-207 (2008)
DOI:10.1111/j.1574-6976.2008.00104.x
Reference
  Authors
van Heijenoort J
  Title
Recent advances in the formation of the bacterial peptidoglycan monomer unit.
  Journal
Nat Prod Rep 18:503-19 (2001)
DOI:10.1039/a804532a
Reference
  Authors
van Heijenoort  J
  Title
Formation of the glycan chains in the synthesis of bacterial peptidoglycan.
  Journal
Glycobiology 11:25R-36R (2001)
DOI:10.1093/glycob/11.3.25R
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