IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: S-linalool synthase

Reaction: geranyl diphosphate + H2O = (3S)-linalool + diphosphate

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Glossary: (3S)-linalool = (3S)-3,7-dimethylocta-1,6-dien-3-ol

Other name(s): LIS; Lis; 3S-linalool synthase

Systematic name: geranyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase [(3S)-linalool-forming]

Comments: Requires Mn2+ or Mg2+ for activity. Neither (3S)- nor (3R)-linalyl diphosphate can act as substrate for the enzyme from the flower Clarkia breweri [1]. Unlike many other monoterpene synthases, only a single product, (3S)-linalool, is formed.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 160477-81-6


1. Pichersky, E., Lewinsohn, E. and Croteau, R. Purification and characterization of S-linalool synthase, an enzyme involved in the production of floral scent in Clarkia breweri. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 316 (1995) 803-807. [PMID: 7864636]

2. Lucker, J., Bouwmeester, H.J., Schwab, W., Blaas, J., van der Plas, L.H. and Verhoeven, H.A. Expression of Clarkia S-linalool synthase in transgenic petunia plants results in the accumulation of S-linalyl-β-D-glucopyranoside. Plant J. 27 (2001) 315-324. [PMID: 11532177]

3. Dudareva, N., Cseke, L., Blanc, V.M. and Pichersky, E. Evolution of floral scent in Clarkia: novel patterns of S-linalool synthase gene expression in the C. breweri flower. Plant Cell 8 (1996) 1137-1148. [PMID: 8768373]

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