IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: monoterpenyl-diphosphatase

Reaction: a monoterpenyl diphosphate + H2O = a monoterpenol + diphosphate

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Other name(s): bornyl pyrophosphate hydrolase; monoterpenyl-pyrophosphatase

Systematic name: monoterpenyl-diphosphate diphosphohydrolase

Comments: A group of enzymes with varying specificity for the monoterpenol moiety. One has the highest activity on sterically hindered compounds such as (+)-bornyl diphosphate; another has highest activity on the diphosphates of primary allylic alcohols such as geraniol.

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1. Croteau, R. and Karp, F. Biosynthesis of monoterpenes: hydrolysis of bornyl pyrophosphate, an essential step in camphor biosynthesis, and hydrolysis of geranyl pyrophosphate, the acyclic precursor of camphor, by enzymes from sage (Salvia officinalis). Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 198 (1979) 523-532. [PMID: 42357]

[EC created 1984]

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