Uridine diphosphoglucose (UDPG)
Strominger, Jack L. Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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A compound in which α-glucopyranose is esterified, at carbon atom 1, with the terminal phosphate group of uridine-5′-pyrophosphate (that is, uridine diphosphate, UDP). On very mild acid hydrolysis, glucose and UDP are liberated. Uridine diphosphoglucose occurs in animal, plant, and microbial cells and is synthesized enzymatically from uridine triphosphate (UTP) and α-glucose-1-phosphate by UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase, as shown in reaction (1).
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