EC - N-terminal methionine Nα-acetyltransferase NatE

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Accepted name:
N-terminal methionine Nα-acetyltransferase NatE
Other names:
NAA50 (gene name)
Systematic name:
acetyl-CoA:N-terminal-Met-Ala/Ser/Val/Thr/Lys/Leu/Phe/Tyr-[protein] Met-Nα-acetyltransferase



N-terminal-acetylases (NATs) catalyse the covalent attachment of an acetyl moiety from acetyl-CoA to the free α-amino group at the N-terminus of a protein. This irreversible modification neutralizes the positive charge at the N-terminus, makes the N-terminal residue larger and more hydrophobic, and prevents its removal by hydrolysis. It may also play a role in membrane targeting and gene silencing. NatE is found in all eukaryotic organisms and plays an important role in chromosome resolution and segregation. It specifically targets N-terminal L-methionine residues attached to Lys, Val, Ala, Tyr, Phe, Leu, Ser, and Thr. There is some substrate overlap with EC, N-terminal methionine Nα-acetyltransferase NatC. In addition, the acetylation of Met followed by small residues such as Ser, Thr, Ala, or Val suggests a kinetic competition between NatE and EC, methionyl aminopeptidase. The enzyme also has the activity of EC, histone acetyltransferase, and autoacetylates several of its own lysine residues. Formerly EC

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Enzymes and pathways: NC-IUBMB , BRENDA , ExplorEnz , ENZYME@ExPASy , KEGG , MetaCyc , UniPathway
Structural data: CSA , EC2PDB
UniProtKB/Swiss-Prot: (18) [show] [UniProt]


  1. Hou, F., Chu, C. W., Kong, X., Yokomori, K., Zou, H.
    The acetyltransferase activity of San stabilizes the mitotic cohesin at the centromeres in a shugoshin-independent manner.
    J. Cell Biol. 177 : 587-597 (2007). [PMID: 17502424]
  2. Pimenta-Marques, A., Tostoes, R., Marty, T., Barbosa, V., Lehmann, R., Martinho, R. G.
    Differential requirements of a mitotic acetyltransferase in somatic and germ line cells.
    Dev. Biol. 323 : 197-206 (2008). [PMID: 18801358]
  3. Evjenth, R., Hole, K., Karlsen, O. A., Ziegler, M., Arnesen, T., Lillehaug, J. R.
    Human Naa50p (Nat5/San) displays both protein N alpha- and N epsilon-acetyltransferase activity.
    J. Biol. Chem. 284 : 31122-31129 (2009). [PMID: 19744929]
  4. Van Damme, P., Hole, K., Gevaert, K., Arnesen, T.
    N-terminal acetylome analysis reveals the specificity of Naa50 (Nat5) and suggests a kinetic competition between N-terminal acetyltransferases and methionine aminopeptidases.
    Proteomics 15 : 2436-2446 (2015). [PMID: 25886145]

[created 1989 as EC, part-transferred 2016 to EC]