Requires Mg2+. In Aquilaria crassna three clones of the enzyme gave about 80% δ-guaiene and 20% α-guaiene (see also EC 184.108.40.206). A fourth clone gave 54% δ-guaiene and 45% α-guaiene .
The enzyme from Pogostemon cablin gives 13% δ-guaiene as well as 37% (-)-patchoulol (see EC 220.127.116.11), 13% α-guaiene (see EC 18.104.22.168), and traces of at least ten other sesquiterpenoids .
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Kumeta, Y. and Ito, M. Characterization of δ-guaiene synthases from cultured cells of Aquilaria, responsible for the formation of the sesquiterpenes in agarwood. Plant Physiol.154 (2010) 1998–2007. [PMID: 20959422]