IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 3,5,7-trioxododecanoyl-CoA synthase

Reaction: 3 malonyl-CoA + hexanoyl-CoA = 3 CoA + 3,5,7-trioxododecanoyl-CoA + 3 CO2

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Other name(s): TKS (ambiguous); olivetol synthase (incorrect)

Systematic name: malonyl-CoA:hexanoyl-CoA malonyltransferase (3,5,7-trioxododecanoyl-CoA-forming)

Comments: A polyketide synthase catalysing the first committed step in the cannabinoids biosynthetic pathway of the plant Cannabis sativa. The enzyme was previously thought to also function as a cyclase, but the cyclization is now known to be catalysed by EC, olivetolic acid cyclase.

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1. Taura, F., Tanaka, S., Taguchi, C., Fukamizu, T., Tanaka, H., Shoyama, Y. and Morimoto, S. Characterization of olivetol synthase, a polyketide synthase putatively involved in cannabinoid biosynthetic pathway. FEBS Lett 583 (2009) 2061-2066. [PMID: 19454282]

2. Gagne, S.J., Stout, J.M., Liu, E., Boubakir, Z., Clark, S.M. and Page, J.E. Identification of olivetolic acid cyclase from Cannabis sativa reveals a unique catalytic route to plant polyketides. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109 (2012) 12811-12816. [PMID: 22802619]

[EC created 2012]

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