Accepted name: N-acetylmuramic acid 6-phosphate etherase
Reaction: (R)-lactate + N-acetyl-D-glucosamine 6-phosphate = N-acetylmuramate 6-phosphate + H2O
Other name(s): MurNAc-6-P etherase; MurQ
Systematic name: (R)-lactate hydro-lyase (adding N-acetyl-D-glucosamine 6-phosphate; N-acetylmuramate 6-phosphate-forming)
Comments: This enzyme, along with EC, anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid kinase, is required for the utilization of anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid in proteobacteria. The substrate is either imported from the medium or derived from the bacterium’s own cell wall murein during cell wall recycling.
1.  Jaeger, T., Arsic, M. and Mayer, C. Scission of the lactyl ether bond of N-acetylmuramic acid by Escherichia coli "etherase". J. Biol. Chem. 280 (2005) 30100–30106. [PMID: 15983044]
2.  Uehara, T., Suefuji, K., Valbuena, N., Meehan, B., Donegan, M. and Park, J.T. Recycling of the anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid derived from cell wall murein involves a two-step conversion to N-acetylglucosamine-phosphate. J. Bacteriol. 187 (2005) 3643–3649. [PMID: 15901686]
3.  Uehara, T., Suefuji, K., Jaeger, T., Mayer, C. and Park, J.T. MurQ etherase is required by Escherichia coli in order to metabolize anhydro-N-acetylmuramic acid obtained either from the environment or from its own cell wall. J. Bacteriol. 188 (2006) 1660–1662. [PMID: 16452451]
4.  Hadi, T., Dahl, U., Mayer, C. and Tanner, M.E. Mechanistic studies on N-acetylmuramic acid 6-phosphate hydrolase (MurQ): an etherase involved in peptidoglycan recycling. Biochemistry 47 (2008) 11547–11558. [PMID: 18837509]
5.  Jaeger, T. and Mayer, C. N-acetylmuramic acid 6-phosphate lyases (MurNAc etherases): role in cell wall metabolism, distribution, structure, and mechanism. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 65 (2008) 928–939. [PMID: 18049859]
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