IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: (S)-8-oxocitronellyl enol synthase

Reaction: (S)-8-oxocitronellyl enol + NAD(P)+ = (6E)-8-oxogeranial + NAD(P)H + H+

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Glossary: (S)-8-oxocitronellyl enol = (2E,6S,7E)-8-hydroxy-2,6-dimethylocta-2,7-dienal

Other name(s): CrISY; 8-oxogeranial:NAD(P)+ oxidoreductase (cyclizing, cis,trans-nepetalactol forming); iridoid synthase (incorrect)

Systematic name: (S)-8-oxocitronellyl enol:NAD(P)+ oxidoreductase

Comments: Isolated from the plants Catharanthus roseus, Olea europaea (common olive), and several Nepeta species. The enzyme reduces 8-oxogeranial, generating an unstable product that is subsequently cyclized into several possible products, either non-enzymically or by dedicated cyclases. The products, known as iridoids, are involved in the biosynthesis of many indole alkaloids. cf. EC, 7-epi-iridoid synthase.

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