Structure/function studies on enzymes in the diaminopimelate pathway of bacterial cell wall biosynthesis

Timothy L. Born, John S. Blanchard

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Within the past 18 months work has continued on the structure and mechanisms of enzymes involved in the diaminopimelic acid/lysine biosynthetic pathway. A novel structure has been determined for a PLP-independent epimerase, and structures with bound substrates have been solved for two other enzymes. Additionally, new studies have appeared describing the chemical mechanisms of three enzymes in the pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)607-613
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Chemical Biology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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