a glycolytic enzyme that catalyzes the reaction ATP + D-hexose = ADP + D-hexose 6-phosphate. The first and rate-limiting step in glycosis, a pathway that produces energy in the form of ATP from glucose. An allosteric enzyme inhibited by its product glucose-6-phosphate (Glc-6-P). The predominant hexokinase isozyme expressed in insulin-responsive tissues such as skeletal muscle. Acts as a ""glucose sensor"" by trapping glucose inside the cell by catalyzing its phosphorylation to produce Glc-6-P. In vertebrates there are four major glucose-phosphorylating isoenzymes, designated hexokinase I, II, III and IV (glucokinase). Genetic variations of HK2 do not appear to contribute to NIDDM. Note: This description may include information from UniProtKB.
Protein type: Carbohydrate Metabolism - amino sugar and nucleotide sugar; Carbohydrate Metabolism - fructose and mannose; Carbohydrate Metabolism - galactose; Carbohydrate Metabolism - glycolysis and gluconeogenesis; Carbohydrate Metabolism - starch and sucrose; EC 126.96.36.199; Kinase, other; Mitochondrial