IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: limonene dehydrogenase

Reaction: (1) (S)-limonene + H2O + acceptor = (–)-perillyl alcohol + reduced acceptor
(2) (R)-limonene + H2O + acceptor = (+)-perillyl alcohol + reduced acceptor

Glossary: limonene = 1-methyl-4-(prop-1-en-2-yl)cyclohex-1-ene
perillyl alcohol = [4-(prop-1-en-2-yl)cyclohex-1-en-1-yl]methanol
(–)-perillyl alcohol = (S)-perillyl alcohol = [(4S)-4-(prop-1-en-2-yl)cyclohex-1-en-1-yl]methanol
(+)-perillyl alcohol = (R)-perillyl alcohol = [(4R)-4-(prop-1-en-2-yl)cyclohex-1-en-1-yl]methanol
(–)-limonene = (S)-limonene = (4S)-1-methyl-4-(prop-1-en-2-yl)cyclohexene
(+)-limonene = (R)-limonene = (4R)-1-methyl-4-(prop-1-en-2-yl)cyclohexene

Other name(s): ctmAB (gene names)

Systematic name: limonene:acceptor oxidoreductase (7-hydroxylating)

Comments: Contains FAD. The enzyme, characterized from the bacterium Castellaniella defragrans 65Phen, hydroxylates the R- and S-enantiomers at a similar rate. The in vivo electron acceptor may be a heterodimeric electron transfer flavoprotein (ETF).

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1. Petasch, J., Disch, E.M., Markert, S., Becher, D., Schweder, T., Huttel, B., Reinhardt, R. and Harder, J. The oxygen-independent metabolism of cyclic monoterpenes in Castellaniella defragrans 65Phen. BMC Microbiol. 14 (2014) 164. [PMID: 24952578]

2. Puentes-Cala, E., Liebeke, M., Markert, S. and Harder, J. Limonene dehydrogenase hydroxylates the allylic methyl group of cyclic monoterpenes in the anaerobic terpene degradation by Castellaniella defragrans. J. Biol. Chem. 293 (2018) 9520-9529. [PMID: 29716998]

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