Homologous Superfamily

Six-hairpin glycosidase-like (IPR008928)

Short name: 6-hairpin_glycosidase-like


The biosynthesis of disaccharides, oligosaccharides and polysaccharides involves the action of hundreds of different glycosyltransferases. These enzymes catalyse the transfer of sugar moieties from activated donor molecules to specific acceptor molecules, forming glycosidic bonds. A classification of glycosyltransferases using nucleotide diphospho-sugar, nucleotide monophospho-sugar and sugar phosphates (EC:2.4.1.-) and related proteins into distinct sequence based families has been described [PMID: 9334165]. This classification is available on the CAZy (CArbohydrate-Active EnZymes) web site. The same three-dimensional fold is expected to occur within each of the families. Because 3-D structures are better conserved than sequences, several of the families defined on the basis of sequence similarities may have similar 3-D structures and therefore form 'clans'.

The six-hairpin glycoside transferase domain contains up to seven alpha-hairpins arranged in closed circular array. Protein families that contain domains with this structure include glucoamylases, various endocellulases and exocellulases (catalytic domain), N-acyl-D-glucosamine 2-epimerases, bacterial maltose phosphorylase (central domain), and bacterial glucoamylases (C-terminal domain).

GO terms

Biological Process

No terms assigned in this category.

Molecular Function

GO:0003824 catalytic activity

Cellular Component

No terms assigned in this category.

Contributing signatures

Signatures from InterPro member databases are used to construct an entry.