IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: (+)-sabinene synthase

Reaction: geranyl diphosphate = (+)-sabinene + diphosphate

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Glossary: (+)-sabinene = (+)-thuj-4(10)-ene = (1R,5R)-1-isopropyl-4-methylenebicyclo[3.1.0]hexane

Other name(s): SS

Systematic name: geranyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase [cyclizing, (+)-sabinene-forming]

Comments: Isolated from Salvia officinalis (sage). The recombinant enzyme gave 63% (+)-sabinene, 21% γ-terpinene, and traces of other monoterpenoids. See EC γ-terpinene synthase.

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1. Wise, M.L., Savage, T.J., Katahira, E. and Croteau, R. Monoterpene synthases from common sage (Salvia officinalis). cDNA isolation, characterization, and functional expression of (+)-sabinene synthase, 1,8-cineole synthase, and (+)-bornyl diphosphate synthase. J. Biol. Chem. 273 (1998) 14891-14899. [PMID: 9614092]

2. Peters, R.J. and Croteau, R.B. Alternative termination chemistries utilized by monoterpene cyclases: chimeric analysis of bornyl diphosphate, 1,8-cineole, and sabinene synthases. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 417 (2003) 203-211. [PMID: 12941302]

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