IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: benzyl alcohol O-benzoyltransferase

Reaction: benzoyl-CoA + benzyl alcohol = CoA + benzyl benzoate

Glossary: benzyl benzoate = benzoic acid benzyl ester

Other name(s): benzoyl-CoA:benzyl alcohol benzoyltransferase; benzoyl-CoA:benzyl alcohol/phenylethanol benzoyltransferase; benzoyl-coenzyme A:benzyl alcohol benzoyltransferase; benzoyl-coenzyme A:phenylethanol benzoyltransferase

Systematic name: benzoyl-CoA:benzyl alcohol O-benzoyltransferase

Comments: The enzyme is involved in volatile benzenoid and benzoic acid biosynthesis. The enzyme from Petunia hybrida also catalyses the formation of 2-phenylethyl benzoate from benzoyl-CoA and 2-phenylethanol. The apparent catalytic efficiency of the enzyme from Petunia hybrida with benzoyl-CoA is almost 6-fold higher than with acetyl-CoA [1].

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1. Boatright, J., Negre, F., Chen, X., Kish, C.M., Wood, B., Peel, G., Orlova, I., Gang, D., Rhodes, D. and Dudareva, N. Understanding in vivo benzenoid metabolism in Petunia petal tissue. Plant Physiol. 135 (2004) 1993-2011. [PMID: 15286288]

2. D'Auria, J.C., Chen, F. and Pichersky, E. Characterization of an acyltransferase capable of synthesizing benzylbenzoate and other volatile esters in flowers and damaged leaves of Clarkia breweri. Plant Physiol. 130 (2002) 466-476. [PMID: 12226525]

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