Medical Definition of Glycerokinase
An enzyme that catalyses the formation of glycerol 3-phosphate from ATP and glycerol. Dihydroxyacetone and l-glyceraldehyde can also act as acceptors; utp and, in the case of the yeast enzyme, itp and GTP can act as donors. It provides a way for glycerol derived from fats or glycerides to enter the glycolytic pathway.
Chemical name: ATP:glycerol 3-phosphotransferase
Registry number: EC 188.8.131.52
(12 Dec 1998)
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