Requires Mg2+ for activity. The displacement of the diphosphate group of farnesyl diphosphate occurs with retention of configuration . In the soil-dwelling bacterium Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2), the product of this reaction is used by EC 184.108.40.206, epi-isozizaene 5-monooxygenase, to produce the sesquiterpene antibiotic albaflavenone .
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