glycerol kinasemedical dictionary


<cell biology> 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

(12 Dec 1998)