Reaction: (1) S-adenosyl-L-methionine + a 5-hydroxyfurocoumarin = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + a 5- methoxyfurocoumarin (general reaction)
(2) S-adenosyl-L-methionine + bergaptol = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + bergapten
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Glossary: bergaptol = 5-hydroxypsoralen
O-methylbergaptol = bergapten = 5-methoxypsoralen
Other name(s): furanocoumarin 5-methyltransferase; furanocoumarin 5-O-methyltransferase; bergaptol 5-O-methyltransferase; bergaptol O-methyltransferase; bergaptol methyltransferase; S-adenosyl-L-methionine:bergaptol O-methyltransferase; BMT; S-adenosyl-L-methionine:5-hydroxyfuranocoumarin 5-O-methyltransferase
Systematic name: S-adenosyl-L-methionine:5-hydroxyfurocoumarin 5-O-methyltransferase
Comments: Converts bergaptol into bergapten, which has therapeutic potential in the treatment of psoriasis as it has photosensitizing and antiproliferative activities . The enzyme methylates the 5-hydroxy group of some hydroxy- and methylcoumarins, such as 5-hydroxyxanthotoxin , but has little activity on non-coumarin phenols . Caffeate, 5-hydroxyferulate and daphnetin are not substrates . Cu2+, Zn2+ and Co2+ cause enzyme inhibition . (see also EC 220.127.116.11, 8-hydroxyfuranocoumarin 8-O-methyltransferase)
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 67339-12-2, 101637-31-4
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