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Mechanistic and structural studies into the biosynthesis of the bacterial sugar pseudaminic acid (Pse5Ac7Ac)

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JournalOrganic and Biomolecular Chemistry
DateAccepted/In press - 20 Dec 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 23 Dec 2019
Pages (from-to)799-809
Early online date23/12/19
Original languageEnglish


The non-mammalian nonulosonic acid sugar pseudaminic acid (Pse) is present on the surface of a number of human pathogens including Campylobacter jejuni and Helicobacter pylori and other bacteria such as multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii. It is likely important for evasion of the host immune sysyem, and also plays a role in bacterial motility through flagellin glycosylation. Herein we review the mechanistic and structural characterisation of the enzymes responsible for the biosynthesis of the Pse parent structure, Pse5Ac7Ac in bacteria.

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