IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: (–)-lariciresinol reductase

Reaction: (+)-secoisolariciresinol + NADP+ = (–)-lariciresinol + NADPH + H+

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Glossary: (–)-lariciresinol = 4-[(2R,3S,4S)-4-[(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)methyl]-3-(hydroxymethyl)oxolan-2-yl]-2-methoxyphenol
(+)-secoisolariciresinol = (2S,3S)-2,3-bis[(4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyl)methyl]butane-1,4-diol

Other name(s): pinoresinol/lariciresinol reductase; pinoresinol-lariciresinol reductases; (–)-pinoresinol-(–)-lariciresinol reductase; PLR

Systematic name: (+)-secoisolariciresinol:NADP+ oxidoreductase

Comments: The reaction is catalysed in vivo in the opposite direction to that shown. A multifunctional enzyme that also reduces (–)-pinoresinol [EC, (–)-pinoresinol reductase]. Isolated from the plants Thuja plicata (western red cedar) [1] and Linum corymbulosum [2].

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1. Fujita, M., Gang, D.R., Davin, L.B. and Lewis, N.G. Recombinant pinoresinol-lariciresinol reductases from western red cedar (Thuja plicata) catalyze opposite enantiospecific conversions. J. Biol. Chem. 274 (1999) 618-627. [PMID: 9872995]

2. Hemmati, S., Schmidt, T.J. and Fuss, E. (+)-Pinoresinol/(–)-lariciresinol reductase from Linum perenne Himmelszelt involved in the biosynthesis of justicidin B. FEBS Lett. 581 (2007) 603-610. [PMID: 17257599]

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