A member of a family of sulfate-activating enzymes causes murine brachymorphism.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Sulfation is critical to the function of a wide variety of biomolecules. This common modification requires the enzymatic synthesis of an activated sulfate donor, phosphoadenosine-phosphosulfate (PAPS). In higher organisms PAPS synthesis is catalyzed by a bifunctional sulfurylase kinase (SK) polypeptide having both ATP-sulfurylase and adenosine-phosphosulfate kinase activities. We report the identification of a gene family encoding murine SK proteins with these two activities. A family member, SK2, colocalizes with the locus for the autosomal recessive murine phenotype brachymorphism. Brachymorphic mice have normal lifespans, but abnormal hepatic detoxification, bleeding times, and postnatal growth, the latter being attributed to undersulfation of cartilage proteoglycan. A missense mutation in the SK2 coding sequence of bm mice that alters a highly conserved amino acid residue destroys adenosine-phosphosulfate kinase activity and therefore the ability of SK2 to synthesize PAPS. We conclude that a family of SK genes are responsible for sulfate activation in mammals, that a mutation in SK2 causes murine brachymorphism, and that members of this gene family have nonredundant, tissue-specific roles.

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Cited Authors

  • Kurima, K; Warman, ML; Krishnan, S; Domowicz, M; Krueger, RC; Deyrup, A; Schwartz, NB

Published Date

  • July 21, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 95 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 8681 - 8685

PubMed ID

  • 9671738

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC21136

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0027-8424

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.95.15.8681


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States