IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: chanoclavine-I aldehyde reductase

Reaction: dihydrochanoclavine-I aldehyde + NADP+ = chanoclavine-I aldehyde + NADPH + H+

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Glossary: chanoclavine-I aldehyde = (1E)-2-methyl-3-[(4R,5R)-4-(methylamino)-1,3,4,5-tetrahydrobenz[cd]indol-5-yl]prop-2-enal

Other name(s): FgaOx3; easA (gene name)

Systematic name: chanoclavine-I aldehyde:NAD+ oxidoreductase

Comments: Contains FMN. The enzyme participates in the biosynthesis of fumigaclavine C, an ergot alkaloid produced by some fungi of the Trichocomaceae family. The enzyme catalyses the reduction of chanoclavine-I aldehyde to dihydrochanoclavine-I aldehyde. This hydrolyses spontaneously to form 6,8-dimethyl-6,7-didehydroergoline, which is converted to festuclavine by EC, festuclavine dehydrogenase.

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1. Coyle, C.M., Cheng, J.Z., O'Connor, S.E. and Panaccione, D.G. An old yellow enzyme gene controls the branch point between Aspergillus fumigatus and Claviceps purpurea ergot alkaloid pathways. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 76 (2010) 3898-3903. [PMID: 20435769]

2. Cheng, J.Z., Coyle, C.M., Panaccione, D.G. and O'Connor, S.E. A role for Old Yellow Enzyme in ergot alkaloid biosynthesis. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132 (2010) 1776-1777. [PMID: 20102147]

3. Wallwey, C., Matuschek, M., Xie, X.L. and Li, S.M. Ergot alkaloid biosynthesis in Aspergillus fumigatus: Conversion of chanoclavine-I aldehyde to festuclavine by the festuclavine synthase FgaFS in the presence of the old yellow enzyme FgaOx3. Org. Biomol. Chem. 8 (2010) 3500-3508. [PMID: 20526482]

4. Xie, X., Wallwey, C., Matuschek, M., Steinbach, K. and Li, S.M. Formyl migration product of chanoclavine-I aldehyde in the presence of the old yellow enzyme FgaOx3 from Aspergillus fumigatus: a NMR structure elucidation. Magn. Reson. Chem. 49 (2011) 678-681. [PMID: 21898587]

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