IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: capsaicin synthase

Reaction: (6E)-8-methylnon-6-enoyl-CoA + vanillylamine = CoA + capsaicin

Other name(s): CS (gene name) (ambiguous); Pun1 (locus name)

Systematic name: (6E)-8-methylnon-6-enoyl-CoA:vanillylamine 8-methylnon-6-enoyltransferase

Comments: The enzyme, found only in plants that belong to the Capsicum genus, catalyses the last step in the biosynthesis of capsaicinoids. The enzyme catalyses the acylation of vanillylamine by a branched-chain fatty acid. The exact structure of the fatty acid determines the type of capsaicinoid formed.

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2. Stewart, C., Jr., Kang, B.C., Liu, K., Mazourek, M., Moore, S.L., Yoo, E.Y., Kim, B.D., Paran, I. and Jahn, M.M. The Pun1 gene for pungency in pepper encodes a putative acyltransferase. Plant J. 42 (2005) 675-688. [PMID: 15918882]

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