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Accepted name: (–)-α-amorphene synthase
Reaction: (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate = (–)-α-amorphene + diphosphate
For diagram of cadinane sesquiterpenoid biosynthesis, click here
Glossary: (–)-α-amorphene = (1S,4aR,8aS)-4,7-dimethyl-1-(propan-2-yl)-1,2,4a,5,6,8a-hexahydronaphthalene
Systematic name: (2E,6E)-farnesyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase [cyclizing, (–)-α-amorphene-forming]
Comments: The enzyme, found in the bacterium Streptomyces viridochromogenes, is specific for (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate and produces only (–)-α-amorphene.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc
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2.  Rinkel, J., Rabe, P., Garbeva, P. and Dickschat, J.S. Lessons from 1,3-hydride shifts in sesquiterpene cyclizations. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 55 (2016) 13593–13596. [DOI] [PMID: 27666571]
3.  Rabe, P., Schmitz, T. and Dickschat, J.S. Mechanistic investigations on six bacterial terpene cyclases. Beilstein J. Org. Chem. 12 (2016) 1839–1850. [DOI] [PMID: 27829890]
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