IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: trans-anol O-methyltransferase

Reaction: (1) S-adenosyl-L-methionine + trans-anol = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + trans-anethole
(2) S-adenosyl-L-methionine + isoeugenol = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + isomethyleugenol

Glossary: trans-anol = 4-[(1E)-prop-1-en-1-yl]phenol
trans-anethole = 1-methoxy-4-[(1E)-prop-1-en-1-yl]benzene

Other name(s): AIMT1; S-adenosyl-L-methionine:t-anol/isoeugenol O-methyltransferase; t-anol O-methyltransferase

Systematic name: S-adenosyl-L-methionine:trans-anol O-methyltransferase

Comments: The enzyme from anise (Pimpinella anisum) is highly specific for substrates in which the double bond in the propenyl side chain is located between C7 and C8, and, in contrast to EC, (iso)eugenol O-methyltransferase, does not have activity with eugenol or chavicol.

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1. Koeduka, T., Baiga, T.J., Noel, J.P. and Pichersky, E. Biosynthesis of t-anethole in anise: characterization of t-anol/isoeugenol synthase and an O-methyltransferase specific for a C7-C8 propenyl side chain. Plant Physiol. 149 (2009) 384-394. [PMID: 18987218]

[EC created 2013]

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