IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: halimadienyl-diphosphate synthase

Reaction: geranylgeranyl diphosphate = tuberculosinyl diphosphate

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Glossary: tuberculosinyl diphosphate = halima-5,13-dien-15-yl diphosphate

Other name(s): Rv3377c; halimadienyl diphosphate synthase; tuberculosinol diphosphate synthase; halima-5(6),13-dien-15-yl-diphosphate lyase (cyclizing); halima-5,13-dien-15-yl-diphosphate lyase (decyclizing)

Systematic name: halima-5,13-dien-15-yl-diphosphate lyase (ring-opening)

Comments: Requires Mg2+ for activity. This enzyme is found in pathogenic prokaryotes such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis but not in non-pathogens such as Mycobacterium smegmatis so may play a role in pathogenicity. The product of the reaction is subsequently dephosphorylated yielding tuberculosinol (halima-5,13-dien-15-ol).

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1. Nakano, C., Okamura, T., Sato, T., Dairi, T. and Hoshino, T. Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv3377c encodes the diterpene cyclase for producing the halimane skeleton. Chem. Commun. (Camb.) (2005) 1016-1018. [PMID: 15719101]

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