The enzyme, characterized from the bacteria Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis, is involved in the recycling of the murein peptide, of which L-Ala-D-Glu is a component. In vitro the enzyme from Escherichia coli epimerizes several L-Ala-L-X dipeptides with broader specificity than the enzyme from Bacillus subtilis.
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Gulick, A.M., Schmidt, D.M., Gerlt, J.A. and Rayment, I. Evolution of enzymatic activities in the enolase superfamily: crystal structures of the L-Ala-D/L-Glu epimerases from Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. Biochemistry40 (2001) 15716–15724. [PMID: 11747448]