IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate decarboxylase

Reaction: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate = 4-hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde + CO2

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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.

[EC created 2002]

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