In the reverse reaction, the 2′-hydroxyisoflavone (2′-hydroxydaidzein) is reduced to an isoflavanone. Also acts on 2′-hydroxyformononetin and to a small extent on 2′-hydroxygenistein. Involved in the biosynthesis of the phytoalexin glyceollin. The isoflavones biochanin A, daidzein and genestein as well as the flavonoids apigenin, kaempferol and quercetin do not act as substrates.
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