IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: monoterpenol O-acetyltransferase

Reaction: acetyl-CoA + a monoterpenol = CoA + a monoterpenol acetate ester

For diagram of reaction click here.

Other name(s): menthol transacetylase

Systematic name: acetyl-CoA:monoterpenol O-acetyltransferase

Comments: (–)-Menthol, (+)-neomenthol, borneol, and also cyclohexanol and decan-1-ol can be acetylated.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 78990-59-7


1. Croteau, R. and Hooper, C.L. Metabolism of monoterpenes. Acetylation of (–)-menthol by a soluble enzyme preparation from peppermint (Mentha piperita) leaves. Plant Physiol. 61 (1978) 737-742.

2. Martinkus, C. and Croteau, R. Metabolism of monoterpenes - evidence for compartmentation of L-menthone metabolism in peppermint (Mentha piperita) leaves. Plant Physiol. 68 (1981) 99-106.

[EC created 1984]

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