Reaction: (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate = (+)-α-santalene + diphosphate
For diagram of reaction click here and mechanism click here.
Glossary: ()-exo-α-bergamotene = ()-trans-α-bergamotene = (1S,5S,6R)-2,6-dimethyl-6-(4-methylpent-3-en-1-yl)bicyclo[3.1.1]hept-2-ene
Systematic name: (2E,6E)-farnesyl-diphosphate lyase (cyclizing, (+)-α-santalene-forming)
Comments: The enzyme synthesizes a mixture of sesquiterpenoids from (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate. As well as (+)-α-santalene, ()-β-santalene and ()-exo-α-bergamotene are formed with traces of (+)-epi-β-santalene. See EC 18.104.22.168 [()-β-santalene synthase], and EC 22.214.171.124 [()-exo-α-bergamotene synthase]. cf. EC 126.96.36.199 α-santalene synthase [(2Z,6Z)-farnesyl diphosphate cyclizing]
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number:
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