GNE is a bifunctional enzyme that initiates and regulates the biosynthesis of N-acetylneuraminic acid (NeuAc), a precursor of sialic acids. It is a rate-limiting enzyme in the sialic acid biosynthetic pathway. Sialic acid modification of cell surface molecules is crucial for their function in many biologic processes, including cell adhesion and signal transduction. Differential sialylation of cell surface molecules is also implicated in the tumorigenicity and metastatic behavior of malignant cells.
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Protein Aliases: Bifunctional UDP-N-acetylglucosamine 2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine kinase; DMRV; GLCNE; IBM2; ManAc kinase; N-acetylmannosamine kinase; N-acylmannosamine kinase; NM; Uae1; UDP-GlcNAc-2-epimerase; UDP-GlcNAc-2-epimerase/ManAc kinase; UDP-N-acetylglucosamine 2-epimerase (hydrolyzing); UDP-N-acetylglucosamine 2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine kinase; UDP-N-acetylglucosamine-2-epimerase/N-acetylmannosamine kinase; Uridine diphosphate-N-acetylglucosamine-2-epimerase
Gene Aliases: 2310066H07Rik; DMRV; GLCNE; GNE; IBM2; NM; Uae1