Contains FAD. The enzyme from the plant Eschscholtzia californica binds the cofactor covalently . Acts on (S)-reticuline and related compounds, converting the N-methyl group into the methylene bridge (’berberine bridge’) of (S)-tetrahydroprotoberberines. The product of the reaction, (S)-scoulerine, is a precursor of protopine, protoberberine and benzophenanthridine alkaloid biosynthesis in plants.
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