The synthesis of (S)-β-macrocarpene from (2E,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate proceeds in two steps. The first step is the cyclization to (S)-β-bisabolene. The second step is the isomerization to (S)-β-macrocarpene (cf. EC 18.104.22.168, (S)-β-macrocarpene synthase). The enzyme requires Mg2+ or Mn2+ for activity.
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