Requires Mg2+. The enzyme is absolutely specific for GDPmannose and 3-phosphoglycerate, and transfers the mannosyl group with retention of configuration. In the hyperthermophilic archaeon Pyrococcus horikoshii, the mannosyl-3-phosphoglycerate formed is subsequently dephosphorylated by a specific phosphatase, EC 220.127.116.11 (mannosyl-3-phosphoglycerate phosphatase), producing mannosylglycerate.
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