IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: farnesol kinase

Reaction: CTP + (2E,6E)-farnesol = CDP + (2E,6E)-farnesyl phosphate

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Other name(s): FOLK (gene name)

Systematic name: CTP:(2E,6E)-farnesol phosphotransferase

Comments: The enzyme, found in plants and animals, can also use other nucleotide triphosphates as phosphate donor, albeit less efficiently. The plant enzyme can also use geraniol and geranylgeraniol as substrates with lower activity, but not farnesyl phosphate (cf. EC, farnesyl phosphate kinase) [2].

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1. Bentinger, M., Grunler, J., Peterson, E., Swiezewska, E. and Dallner, G. Phosphorylation of farnesol in rat liver microsomes: properties of farnesol kinase and farnesyl phosphate kinase. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 353 (1998) 191-198. [PMID: 9606952]

2. Fitzpatrick, A.H., Bhandari, J. and Crowell, D.N. Farnesol kinase is involved in farnesol metabolism, ABA signaling and flower development in Arabidopsis. Plant J. 66 (2011) 1078-1088. [PMID: 21395888]

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