Isolated from Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium smegmatis. This enzyme catalyses the synthesis of monotrans,octacis-decaprenyl-N-acetyl-α-D-glucosaminyl diphosphate (mycobacterial lipid I), an essential lipid intermediate for the biosynthesis of various bacterial cell envelope components. cf. EC 188.8.131.52, UDP-GlcNAc:undecaprenyl-phosphate GlcNAc-1-phosphate transferase.
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