IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: phenylacetaldehyde oxime monooxygenase

Reaction: (E)-phenylacetaldehyde oxime + [reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + O2 = (R)-mandelonitrile + [oxidized NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + 2 H2O (overall reaction)
(1a) (E)-phenylacetaldehyde oxime = (Z)-phenylacetaldehyde oxime
(1b) (Z)-phenylacetaldehyde oxime = phenylacetonitrile + H2O
(1c) phenylacetonitrile + [reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + O2 = (R)-mandelonitrile + [oxidized NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + H2O

Glossary: (R)-mandelonitrile = (2R)-hydroxy(phenyl)acetonitrile

Other name(s): CYP71AN24 (gene name)

Systematic name: (E)-phenylacetaldehyde oxime,[reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase]:oxygen oxidoreductase

Comments: This cytochrome P-450 (heme-thiolate) enzyme is involved in the biosynthesis of the cyanogenic glucosides (R)-prunasin and (R)-amygdalin. It catalyses three different activities - isomerization of the (E) isomer to the (Z) isomer, dehydration, and C-hydroxylation.

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1. Yamaguchi, T., Yamamoto, K. and Asano, Y. Identification and characterization of CYP79D16 and CYP71AN24 catalyzing the first and second steps in L-phenylalanine-derived cyanogenic glycoside biosynthesis in the Japanese apricot, Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc. Plant Mol. Biol. 86 (2014) 215-223. [PMID: 25015725]

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