IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: (–)-β-caryophyllene synthase

Reaction: (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate = (–)-β-caryophyllene + diphosphate

For diagram of reaction click here.

Other name(s): β-caryophyllene synthase; (2E,6E)-farnesyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase (caryophyllene-forming)

Systematic name: (2E,6E)-farnesyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase [(–)-caryophyllene-forming]

Comments: Widely distributed in higher plants, cf. EC (+)-β-caryophyllene synthase.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 110639-18-4


1. Cai, Y., Jia, J.W., Crock, J., Lin, Z.X., Chen, X.Y. and Croteau, R. A cDNA clone for β-caryophyllene synthase from Artemisia annua. Phytochemistry 61 (2002) 523-529. [PMID: 12409018]

[EC created 2011, modified 2011]

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