IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: sanguinarine reductase

Reaction: (1) dihydrosanguinarine + NAD(P)+ = sanguinarine + NAD(P)H + H+
(2) dihydrochelirubine + NAD(P)+ = chelirubine + NAD(P)H + H+

For diagram of reaction click here.

Glossary: sanguinarine = 13-methyl-2H,10H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-i][1,3]dioxolo[4',5':4,5]benzo[1,2-c]phenanthridinium
dihydrosanguinarine = 13-methyl-13,14-dihydro-2H,10H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-i][1,3]dioxolo[4',5':4,5]benzo[1,2-c]phenanthridine
chelirubine = 5-methoxy-13-methyl-2H,10H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-i][1,3]dioxolo[4',5':4,5]benzo[1,2-c]phenanthridinium
dihydrochelirubine = 5-methoxy-13-methyl-13,14-dihydro-2H,10H-[1,3]dioxolo[4,5-i][1,3]dioxolo[4',5':4,5]benzo[1,2-c]phenanthridinium

Systematic name: dihydrosanguinarine:NAD(P)+ oxidoreductase

Comments: The enzyme, purified from the California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), is involved in detoxifying the phytoalexin sanguinarine produced by poppy itself (cf. EC, dihydrobenzophenanthridine oxidase), when it binds to the cell wall of the poppy cell. The reaction with NADPH is up to three times faster than that with NADH at low concentrations (<10 μM) of the dinucleotide. At higher concentrations the reaction with NADPH is inhibited but not that with NADH [1].

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1. Weiss, D., Baumert, A., Vogel, M. and Roos, W. Sanguinarine reductase, a key enzyme of benzophenanthridine detoxification. Plant Cell Environ 29 (2006) 291-302. [PMID: 17080644]

2. Vogel, M., Lawson, M., Sippl, W., Conrad, U. and Roos, W. Structure and mechanism of sanguinarine reductase, an enzyme of alkaloid detoxification. J. Biol. Chem. 285 (2010) 18397-18406. [PMID: 20378534]

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