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Hexokinase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae

lyophilized powder, ≥350 units/mg protein, Protein ≥10 % by biuret

ATP:D-Hexose-6-phosphotransferase, Hexokinase from yeast
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lyophilized powder

Quality Level

specific activity

≥350 units/mg protein

mol wt

dimer 110 kDa


Protein, ≥10% biuret

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foreign activity

L-Glutamic dehydrogenase ≤0.05%
Creatine phosphokinase, myokinase, 6-phosphogluconic dehydrogenase and alcohol dehydrogenase ≤0.001%
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase ≤0.005%
Glutathione reductase ≤0.005%
Phosphoglucose isomerase ≤0.002%

storage temp.


Gene Information

bakers yeast ... HXK1(850614) , HXK2(852639)

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General description

Hexokinase (HK) from yeast is 486 amino acid containing enzyme with a α/β fold. It comprises a large and small domain separated by an active site cleft. Conserved glycine residues are essential for the ATP and glucose binding. The two isoforms are HKI and HKII encoded by HXK1 and HXK2 gene, respectively.


Hexokinase from Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been used:
  • to investigate its amyloid fibril forming tendency using biophysical methods
  • in tracking ATP depletion in peroxisomes and reticulocyte lysates in import assays
  • in the synthesis of Mg-ADP-actin from Mg-ATP actin monomers


1500 units in poly bottle

Biochem/physiol Actions

Catalyzes the phosphorylation of D-hexose sugars at the C6 position utilizing ATP as a phosphate source.

The rate of phosphorylation varies with different hexoses (pH 7.5, 30 °C).
D-fructose KM: 0.33 mM
D-glucose KM: 0.12 mM
D-mannose KM: 0.05 mM

Yeast hexokinase exists as two similar isoforms, PI and PII (A and B), with isoelectric points of 5.25 and 4, respectively.

Molecular Weight: ~ 54 kDa (monomer)
~110 kDa (dimer)
Optimal pH: 7.5 to 9.0
Extinction Coefficient: E1% = 8.85 (PI) and 9.47 (PII) at 280 nm

Activators: Hexokinase requires Mg2+ ions (KM = 2.6 mM) for activity. Hexokinase is activated by catecholamines and related compounds.

Inhibitors: sorbose-1-phosphate, polyphosphates, 6-deoxy-6-fluoroglucose, 2-C-hydroxy-methylglucose, xylose, lyxose, and thiol reactive compounds (Hg2+ and 4-chloromercuribenzoate)
Hexokinase II is a crucial enzyme in glucose metabolism. Deletion of gene in S. cerevisiae in the presence of high glucose displays oxidative growth and results in the production of high biomass as well as shortened diauxic shift. Hexokinase II is also involved in glucose repression.

Unit Definition

One unit will phosphorylate 1.0 μmole of D-glucose per min at pH 7.6 at 25 °C, unless otherwise indicated below.

Physical form

Lyophilized powder containing phosphate/citrate pH approx. 7.0

Other Notes

Predominantly the PII isoform, produced from an overexpressing yeast strain.

Storage Class Code

13 - Non Combustible Solids



Flash Point(F)

Not applicable

Flash Point(C)

Not applicable

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