Reaction: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate = 4-hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde + CO2
For diagram click here.
Other name(s): 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate carboxy-lyase
Systematic name: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate carboxy-lyase (4-hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde-forming)
Comments: Reacts with dopamine to give the benzylisoquinoline alkaloid skeleton.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 109300-96-1
1. Rueffer, M. and Zenk, M.H. Distant precursors of benzylisoquinoline alkaloids and their enzymatic formation. Z. Naturforsch. C: Biosci. 42 (1987) 319-332.