UDP-Glucose 6-Dehydrogenase (UGDH)

  • Yanusz Wegrowski
  • Andrew A. Pitsillides
Reference work entry


Uridine diphosphate-α-d-glucose 6-dehydrogenase (UGDH, EC is the four-electron transfer enzyme responsible for the oxidation of 6-hydroxyl group of UDP-α-d-glucose (UDP-Glc) to produce UDP-α-d-glucuronic acid (UDP-GlcA). The latter is the substrate for numerous transferases (described elsewhere in this book) which are engaged in the synthesis of hyaluronan (HA), heparin/heparan sulfate, and chondroitin/dermatan sulfate and numerous glucuronides essential in the detoxification of xenobiotics and toxic or insoluble products of metabolism. UDP-GlcA can also be enzymatically decarboxylated to form UDP-xylose, the priming sugar in the synthesis of sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). UDP-xylose is also an endogenous negative feedback inhibitor of UGDH activity.


Sulfated Glycosaminoglycan Cysteine Thiol Hyaluronan Synthesis Bovine Enzyme Crude Tissue Extract 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biochimie Médicale et Biologie MoléculaireUniversité; de ReimsReimsFrance
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Basic SciencesRoyal Veterinary CollegeLondonUK

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