IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: β-eudesmol synthase

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

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Systematic name: (2E,6E)-farnesyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase (β-eudesmol-forming)

Comments: The recombinant enzyme from ginger (Zingiber zerumbet) gives 62.6% β-eudesmol, 16.8% 10-epi-γ-eudesmol (cf. EC, 10-epi-γ-eudesmol synthase), 10% α-eudesmol (cf. EC, α-eudesmol synthase), and 5.6% aristolene.

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1. Yu, F., Harada, H., Yamasaki, K., Okamoto, S., Hirase, S., Tanaka, Y., Misawa, N. and Utsumi, R. Isolation and functional characterization of a β-eudesmol synthase, a new sesquiterpene synthase from Zingiber zerumbet Smith. FEBS Lett. 582 (2008) 565-572. [PMID: 18242187]

[EC created 2011, modified 2011, modified 2012]

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