IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: (–)-menthol dehydrogenase

Reaction: (–)-menthol + NADP+ = (–)-menthone + NADPH + H+

For diagram of reaction click here.

Other name(s): monoterpenoid dehydrogenase

Systematic name: (–)-menthol:NADP+ oxidoreductase

Comments: Not identical with EC (+)-neomenthol dehydrogenase. Acts also on a number of other cyclohexanols and cyclohexenols.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 81811-58-7


1. Kjonaas, R., Martinkus-Taylor, C. and Croteau, R. Metabolism of monoterpenes: conversion of l-menthone to l-menthol and d-neomenthol by stereospecific dehydrogenases from peppermint (Mentha piperita) leaves. Plant Physiol. 69 (1982) 1013-1017.

[EC created 1984]

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