5'-Nucleotidase/apyrase (IPR006179)

Short name: 5_nucleotidase/apyrase

Family relationships


5'-nucleotidases EC: [PMID: 1637327] are enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of phosphate esterified at carbon 5' of the ribose and deoxyribose portions of nucleotide molecules. 5'-nucleotidase is a ubiquitous enzyme found in a wide variety of species and which occurs in different cellular locations. The extracellular 5'-nucleotidase from mammals and Discopyge ommata (Electric ray) isozyme is a homodimeric disulphide-bonded glycoprotein attached to the membrane by a GPI-anchor, and requires zinc for its activity. Vibrio parahaemolyticus 5'-nucleotidase (gene nutA) is bound to the membrane by a lipid chain, and requires chloride and magnesium ions for its activity. It is involved in degrading extracellular 5'-nucleotides for nutritional needs.

Periplasmic bacterial 5'-nucleotidase (gene ushA), also known as UDP-sugar hydrolase EC:, can degrade UDP-glucose and other nucleotide diphosphate sugars. It produces sugar-1-phosphate which can then be used by the cell. UshA seems to require cobalt for its activity. 5'-Nucleotidases are evolutionary related to the periplasmic bacterial 2',3'-cyclic-nucleotide 2'-phosphodiesterase EC: (gene cpdB), which catalyzes two consecutive reactions: it first converts 2',3'-cyclic-nucleotide to 3'-nucleotide and then acts as a 3'-nucleotidase; and mosquito apyrase EC: (ATP-diphosphohydrolase) [PMID: 7846038], which catalyzes the hydrolysis of ATP into AMP and facilitates hematophagy by preventing ADP-dependent platelet aggregation in the host.

CD73 (also called ecto-5'-nucleotidase) possesses the enzymatic activity of a 5'-nucleotidase and catalyses the dephosphorylation of purine and pyrimidine ribo- and deoxyribonucleoside monophosphates to their corresponding nucleosides. Triggering of lymphocyte CD73 with mAb causes phosphorylation and dephosphorylation of certain, yet unknown protein substrates [PMID: 9015312]. A possible function for CD73 is to regulate the availability of adenosine for interaction with cell surface adenosine receptor by converting AMP to adenosine. In common with other GPI anchored surface proteins CD73 can mediate costimulatory signals in T cell activation [PMID: 2550543].

GO terms

Biological Process

GO:0009166 nucleotide catabolic process

Molecular Function

GO:0016787 hydrolase activity

Cellular Component

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Contributing signatures

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