Identification and active expression of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis gene encoding 5-phospho-{alpha}-d-ribose-1-diphosphate: decaprenyl-phosphate 5-phosphoribosyltransferase, the first enzyme committed to decaprenylphosphoryl-d-arabinose synthesis.


Decaprenylphosphoryl-d-arabinose, the lipid donor of mycobacterial d-arabinofuranosyl residues, is synthesized from phosphoribose diphosphate rather than from a sugar nucleotide. The first committed step in the process is the transfer of a 5-phosphoribosyl residue from phosphoribose diphosphate to decaprenyl phosphate to form decaprenylphosphoryl-5… (More)


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