Thymidylate kinase

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thymidylate kinase
Thymidylate kinase dimer, Human
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Thymidylate kinase
Pfam PF02223
InterPro IPR000062

Thymidylate kinase (EC; dTMP kinase) catalyzes the phosphorylation of thymidine 5'-monophosphate (dTMP) to form thymidine 5'-diphosphate (dTDP) in the presence of ATP and magnesium:


ATP + thymidine 5'-phosphate ADP + thymidine 5'-diphosphate

Thymidylate kinase is a ubiquitous enzyme of about 25 Kd and is important in the dTTP synthesis pathway for DNA synthesis. The function of dTMP kinase in eukaryotes comes from the study of a cell cycle mutant, cdc8, in Saccharomyces cerevisiae . Structural and functional analyses suggest that the cDNA codes for authentic human dTMP kinase. The mRNA levels and enzyme activities corresponded to cell cycle progression and cell growth stages. [1]

Thymidylate kinase's subfamily is predicted thymidylate kinase, TKRP1. InterPro :  IPR014505

Human protein DTYMK contains this domain.

Structural studies

As of late 2007, 40 structures have been solved for this class of enzymes, with PDB accession codes 1E2D, 1E2E, 1E2F, 1E2G, 1E2Q, 1E98, 1E99, 1E9A, 1E9B, 1E9C, 1E9D, 1E9E, 1E9F, 1G3U, 1GSI, 1GTV, 1MRN, 1MRS, 1N5I, 1N5J, 1N5K, 1N5L, 1NMX, 1NMY, 1NMZ, 1NN0, 1NN1, 1NN3, 1NN5, 1TMK, 1W2G, 1W2H, 2CCG, 2CCJ, 2CCK, 2PBR, 2TMK, 3TMK, 4TMK, and 5TMP.

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Thymidine kinase is an enzyme, a phosphotransferase : 2'-deoxythymidine kinase, ATP-thymidine 5'-phosphotransferase, EC that catalyzes the reaction:


  1. Li C, Huang SH, Tang A, Drisco B, Zhang SQ, Seeger R, Jong A (1994). "Human dTMP kinase: gene expression and enzymatic activity coinciding with cell cycle progression and cell growth". DNA Cell Biol. 13 (5): 461–471. doi:10.1089/dna.1994.13.461. PMID   8024690.
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