Uridine diphosphate

Uridine diphosphate, abbreviated UDP, is a nucleotide diphosphate. It is an ester of pyrophosphoric acid with the nucleoside uridine. UDP consists of the pyrophosphate group, the pentose sugar ribose, and the nucleobase uracil.

Uridine diphosphate
IUPAC name
Uridine 5′-(trihydrogen diphosphate)
Preferred IUPAC name
[(2R,3S,4R,5R)-5-(2,4-Dioxo-3,4-dihydropyrimidin-1(2H)-yl)-3,4-dihydroxyoxolan-2-yl]methyl trihydrogen diphosphate
ECHA InfoCard 100.000.372
MeSH Uridine+diphosphate
  • InChI=1S/C9H12N2O6.2H3O4P/c12-3-4-6(14)7(15)8(17-4)11-2-1-5(13)10-9(11)16;2*1-5(2,3)4/h1-2,4,6-8,12,14-15H,3H2,(H,10,13,16);2*(H3,1,2,3,4)/t4-,6-,7-,8-;;/m1../s1 Y
Molar mass 404.161
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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UDP is an important factor in glycogenesis. Before glucose can be stored as glycogen in the liver and muscles, the enzyme UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase forms a UDP-glucose unit by combining glucose 1-phosphate with uridine triphosphate, cleaving a pyrophosphate ion in the process. Then, the enzyme glycogen synthase combines UDP-glucose units to form a glycogen chain. The UDP molecule is cleaved from the glucose ring during this process and can be reused by UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase.[1][2]

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