IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: (+)-isoafricanol synthase

Reaction: (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate + H2O = (+)-isoafricanol + diphosphate

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Glossary: (+)-isoafricanol = (1aS,4aR,5R,7aS,7bR)-3,3,5,7b-tetramethyldecahydro-4aH-cyclopropa[e]azulen-4a-ol

Systematic name: (2E,6E)-farnesyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase [cyclizing, (+)-isoafricanol-forming]

Comments: (+)-Isoafricanol is a sesquiterpene alcohol. Its synthesis has been shown to occur in the bacteria Streptomyces violaceusniger and Streptomyces malaysiensis.

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1. Riclea, R., Citron, C.A., Rinkel, J. and Dickschat, J.S. Identification of isoafricanol and its terpene cyclase in Streptomyces violaceusniger using CLSA-NMR. Chem. Commun. (Camb.) 50 (2014) 4228-4230. [PMID: 24626486]

2. Rabe, P., Samborskyy, M., Leadlay, P.F. and Dickschat, J.S. Isoafricanol synthase from Streptomyces malaysiensis. Org. Biomol. Chem. 15 (2017) 2353-2358. [PMID: 28247907]

[EC created 2017]

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