IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: farnesal dehydrogenase

Reaction: (2E,6E)-farnesal + NAD+ + H2O = (2E,6E)-farnesoate + NADH + 2 H+

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Glossary: farnesal = 3,7,11-trimethyldodeca-2,6,10-trienal
farnesoate = 3,7,11-trimethyldodeca-2,6,10-trienoate

Other name(s): AaALDH3

Systematic name: farnesal:NAD+ oxidoreductase

Comments: Invoved in juvenile hormone production in insects. The enzyme was described from the corpora allata of Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly), Manduca sexta (tobacco hornworm) and Aedes aegypti (dengue mosquito).

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1. Madhavan, K., Conscience-Egli, M., Sieber, F. and Ursprung, H. Farnesol metabolism in Drosophila melanogaster: ontogeny and tissue distribution of octanol dehydrogenase and aldehyde oxidase. J Insect Physiol 19 (1973) 235-241. [PMID: 4631837]

2. Baker, F.C., Mauchamp, B., Tsai, L.W. and Schooley, D.A. Farnesol and farnesal dehydrogenase(s) in corpora allata of the tobacco hornworm moth, Manduca sexta. J. Lipid Res. 24 (1983) 1586-1594. [PMID: 6366103]

3. Rivera-Perez, C., Nouzova, M., Clifton, M.E., Garcia, E.M., LeBlanc, E. and Noriega, F.G. Aldehyde dehydrogenase 3 converts farnesal into farnesoic acid in the corpora allata of mosquitoes. Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 43 (2013) 675-682. [PMID: 23639754]

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