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Accepted name: Botryococcus squalene synthase
Reaction: squalene + diphosphate + NADP+ = presqualene diphosphate + NADPH + H+
For diagram of botryococcus braunii BOT22 squalene and botrycoccene biosynthesis, click here
Other name(s): SSL-2 (gene name)
Systematic name: squalene:NADP+ oxidoreductase
Comments: Isolated from the green alga Botryococcus braunii BOT22. Acts in the reverse direction. cf. EC, squalene synthase, where squalene is formed directly from farnesyl diphosphate.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc
1.  Niehaus, T.D., Okada, S., Devarenne, T.P., Watt, D.S., Sviripa, V. and Chappell, J. Identification of unique mechanisms for triterpene biosynthesis in Botryococcus braunii. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 108 (2011) 12260–12265. [PMID: 21746901]
[EC created 2012]

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