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Glycerol kinase

glycerol kinase
EC number
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MetaCyc metabolic pathway
PRIAM profile
PDB structures RCSB PDB PDBe PDBsum
glycerol kinase
Symbol GK
Entrez 2710
HUGO 4289
OMIM 300474
RefSeq NM_000167
UniProt P32189
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EC number
Locus Chr. X p21.3

Glycerol kinase is a phosphotransferase enzyme involved in triglycerides and glycerophospholipids synthesis.

Glycerol kinase catalyzes the transfer of a phosphate from ATP to glycerol thus forming glycerol phosphate (ATP + glycerol <=> ADP + sn-glycerol 3-phosphate). Adipocytes lack glycerol kinase so they cannot metabolize the glycerol produced during triacyl glycerol degradation. This glycerol is instead shuttled to the liver via the blood where it is:

  • phosphorylated by glycerol kinase to glycerol phosphate
  • converted to DHAP (dihydroxyacetone phosphate) which can participate in glycolysis or gluconeogenesis.

Enzyme regulation

This protein may use the morpheein model of allosteric regulation. [1]


Glycerol Kinase (alternative name, ATP:glycerol 3-phosphotransferase or Glycerokinase) adopts a ribonuclease H-like fold consisting of an alpha-beta 2-layer sandwich of CATH family 3.30.420.40. As of March 2010, there were 20 structures of this protein in the PDB, most of which are homodimeric.

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  1. ^ T. Selwood and E. K. Jaffe. (2011). "Dynamic dissociating homo-oligomers and the control of protein function.". Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 519 (2): 131–43. PMC 3298769. PMID 22182754. doi:10.1016/ 
  • Biochemistry, Champe, P.C., Harvey, R.A., Ferrier, D.R., 3rd ed., 2005.

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