The Enzyme Database

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EC 2.1.1.161     
Accepted name: dimethylglycine N-methyltransferase
Reaction: S-adenosyl-L-methionine + N,N-dimethylglycine = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + betaine
Glossary: betaine = glycine betaine = N,N,N-trimethylglycine = N,N,N-trimethylammonioacetate
Other name(s): BsmB; DMT
Systematic name: S-adenosyl-L-methionine:N,N-dimethylglycine N-methyltransferase (betaine-forming)
Comments: This enzyme, from the marine cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. WH8102, differs from EC 2.1.1.157, sarcosine/dimethylglycine N-methyltransferase in that it cannot use sarcosine as an alternative substrate [1]. Betaine is a ’compatible solute’ that enables cyanobacteria to cope with osmotic stress by maintaining a positive cellular turgor.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc
References:
1.  Lu, W.D., Chi, Z.M. and Su, C.D. Identification of glycine betaine as compatible solute in Synechococcus sp. WH8102 and characterization of its N-methyltransferase genes involved in betaine synthesis. Arch. Microbiol. 186 (2006) 495–506. [PMID: 17019606]
[EC 2.1.1.161 created 2007]
 
 


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