IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: α-gurjunene synthase

Reaction: (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate = (–)-α-gurjunene + diphosphate

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

Comments: Initial cyclization probably gives biyclogermacrene in an enzyme bound form which is not released to the medium. The enzyme from Solidago canadensis also forms a small amount of (+)-γ-gurjunene [1].

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1. Schmidt, C.O., Bouwmeester, H.J., Bulow, N. and Konig, W.A. Isolation, characterization, and mechanistic studies of (–)-α-gurjunene synthase from Solidago canadensis. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 364 (1999) 167-177. [PMID: 10190971]

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