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CMP-Sialic Acid Synthetase from Neisseria meningitidis group B

recombinant, expressed in E. coli BL21, ≥10 units/mg protein

CTP: N-Acylneuraminate cytidylyltransferase
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Quality Level


expressed in E. coli BL21


lyophilized solid

specific activity

≥10 units/mg protein

mol wt

26.0 kDa

shipped in

dry ice

storage temp.


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General description

Cytidine monophosphate (CMP)-Sialic Acid Synthetase from Neisseria meningitidis group B is encoded in neuA gene. The protein has a molecular weight of 24.8 kDa.


The enzyme has been utilized to synthesize CMP-sialic acid and its derivatives.

Biochem/physiol Actions

Cytidine monophosphate (CMP)-sialic acid synthetase catalyses the conversion of N?acetylneuraminic acid (NeuNAc) to CMP-NeuNAc. CMP-sialic acid synthetase has globular α/β domain and is categorised under αβα three-layered sandwich fold. The dimerization domain aids the interaction between the monomers. It also has mononucleotide binding and NeuAc binding pocket. Mg2+ is essential for the catalytic functionality of CMP-sialic acid synthetase.

Unit Definition

One unit will catalyze the formation of 1 μmol CMP-Neu-5-Ac from Neu-5-Ac and CTP per minute at 37 °C at pH 8.0.

Physical form

Supplied as a lyophilized powder containing Tris-HCl and NaCl.

Analysis Note

Enzymatic activity assays are performed in Tris-HCl buffer (100 mM, pH 8.5) containing Neu-5-Ac (1 mM) and CTP (1 mM) at 37 °C for 30 min and analyzed using capillary electrophoresis with a UV detector (200 nm).

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

Certificate of Analysis

Certificate of Origin

Rahman M Mizanur et al.
Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 76(4), 827-834 (2007-07-03)
In this study, we report the cloning, recombinant expression, and biochemical characterization of a heat-stable CMP-N-acylneuraminic acid (NeuAc) synthetase from Clostridium thermocellum ATCC 27405. A high throughput electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS)-based assay demonstrates that the enzyme has an absolute...
Molecular cloning and analysis of genes for sialic acid synthesis in Neisseria meningitidis group B and purification of the meningococcal CMP-NeuNAc synthetase enzyme.
Ganguli S, et al.
Journal of Bacteriology, 176(15), 4583-4589 (1994)
Rahman M Mizanur et al.
Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 80(5), 757-765 (2008-08-22)
Sialic acids are abundant nine-carbon sugars expressed terminally on glycoconjugates of eukaryotic cells and are crucial for a variety of cell biological functions such as cell-cell adhesion, intracellular signaling, and in regulation of glycoproteins stability. In bacteria, N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac)...
Jessica H Wong et al.
Organic & biomolecular chemistry, 7(1), 27-29 (2008-12-17)
A modular replacement approach to the synthesis of sulfo-nucleotide analogs prepared from condensation of nucleoside aldehydes with bis phosphonate Horner-Wadsworth-Emmons reagents is disclosed. These analogs were shown to be inhibitors of Neisseria meningitidis CSS (NmCSS), which is a key enzyme...
Purification and characterization of the recombinant CMP-sialic acid synthetase from Neisseria meningitides.
Gilbert, M., et al
Biotechnology Letters, 19, 417-420 (1997)


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