Polyphosphate:AMP Phosphotransferase as a Polyphosphate-Dependent Nucleoside Monophosphate Kinase in Acinetobacter Johnsonii 210A

J Bacteriol. 2005 Mar;187(5):1859-65. doi: 10.1128/JB.187.5.1859-1865.2005.


We have cloned the gene for polyphosphate:AMP phosphotransferase (PAP), the enzyme that catalyzes phosphorylation of AMP to ADP at the expense of polyphosphate [poly(P)] in Acinetobacter johnsonii 210A. A genomic DNA library was constructed in Escherichia coli, and crude lysates of about 6,000 clones were screened for PAP activity. PAP activity was evaluated by measuring ATP produced by the coupled reactions of PAP and purified E. coli poly(P) kinases (PPKs). In this coupled reaction, PAP produces ADP from poly(P) and AMP, and the resulting ADP is converted to ATP by PPK. The isolated pap gene (1,428 bp) encodes a protein of 475 amino acids with a molecular mass of 55.8 kDa. The C-terminal region of PAP is highly homologous with PPK2 homologs isolated from Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1. Two putative phosphate-binding motifs (P-loops) were also identified. The purified PAP enzyme had not only strong PAP activity but also poly(P)-dependent nucleoside monophosphate kinase activity, by which it converted ribonucleoside monophosphates and deoxyribonucleoside monophosphates to ribonucleoside diphosphates and deoxyribonucleoside diphosphates, respectively. The activity for AMP was about 10 times greater than that for GMP and 770 and about 1,100 times greater than that for UMP and CMP.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acinetobacter / enzymology*
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphate Group Acceptor) / chemistry
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphate Group Acceptor) / metabolism*
  • Polyphosphates / metabolism*
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Substrate Specificity


  • Polyphosphates
  • Phosphotransferases (Phosphate Group Acceptor)
  • polyphosphate AMP phosphotransferase

Associated data

  • GENBANK/AB092983