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Mol Microbiol. 1998 Jun;28(5):875-82.

Nucleoside diphosphate kinase: role in bacterial growth, virulence, cell signalling and polysaccharide synthesis.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago 60612-7344, USA.


Nucleoside diphosphate kinase (Ndk) is an important enzyme that generates nucleoside triphosphates (NTPs) or their deoxy derivatives by terminal phosphotransfer from an NTP such as ATP or GTP to any nucleoside diphosphate or its deoxy derivative. As NTPs, particularly GTP, are important for cellular macromolecular synthesis and signalling mechanisms, Ndk plays an important role in bacterial growth, signal transduction and pathogenicity. Specific examples of the role of Ndk in regulating growth, NTP formation and cell surface polysaccharide synthesis in two respiratory tract pathogens, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, are discussed.

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