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J Antibiot (Tokyo). 1984 Sep;37(9):1038-43.

Anticapsin, an active-site directed irreversible inhibitor of glucosamine-6-phosphate synthetase from Escherichia coli.


Glucosamine-6-phosphate synthetase from Escherichia coli K-12 is progressively inactivated L-beta-(2,3-epoxycyclohexyl-4-on)alanine (anticapsin). With increasing concentrations of anticapsin the reaction exhibits rate saturation: the minimum inactivation half-time is 1.15 minutes, with a Kin alpha ct of 2.5 microM. Glutamine and competitive inhibitors protect against inactivation. Fructose-6-phosphate promotes the inactivation rate. It is concluded that anticapsin is an active-site directed glutamine analog in the reaction catalyzed by glucosamine-6-phosphate synthetase.

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