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Accepted name: phenylalanine N-monooxygenase
Reaction: L-phenylalanine + 2 [reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + 2 O2 = (E)-phenylacetaldoxime + 2 [oxidized NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + CO2 + 3 H2O (overall reaction)
(1a) L-phenylalanine + [reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + O2 = N-hydroxy-L-phenylalanine + [oxidized NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + H2O
(1b) N-hydroxy-L-phenylalanine + [reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + O2 = N,N-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine + [oxidized NADPH—hemoprotein reductase] + H2O
(1c) N,N-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine = (E)-phenylacetaldoxime + CO2 + H2O
Other name(s): phenylalanine N-hydroxylase; CYP79A2 (gene name); CYP79D16 (gene name)
Systematic name: L-phenylalanine,[reduced NADPH—hemoprotein reductase]:oxygen oxidoreductase (N-hydroxylating)
Comments: This cytochrome P-450 (heme-thiolate) enzyme, found in plants, catalyses two successive N-hydroxylations of L-phenylalanine, a committed step in the biosynthesis of benzylglucosinolate and the cyanogenic glucosides (R)-prunasin and (R)-amygdalin. The product of the two hydroxylations, N,N-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine, is labile and undergoes dehydration followed by decarboxylation, producing an oxime. It is still not known whether the decarboxylation is spontaneous or catalysed by the enzyme.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, Gene, KEGG, MetaCyc
1.  Wittstock, U. and Halkier, B.A. Cytochrome P450 CYP79A2 from Arabidopsis thaliana L. Catalyzes the conversion of L-phenylalanine to phenylacetaldoxime in the biosynthesis of benzylglucosinolate. J. Biol. Chem. 275 (2000) 14659–14666. [DOI] [PMID: 10799553]
2.  Yamaguchi, T., Yamamoto, K. and Asano, Y. Identification and characterization of CYP79D16 and CYP71AN24 catalyzing the first and second steps in L-phenylalanine-derived cyanogenic glycoside biosynthesis in the Japanese apricot, Prunus mume Sieb. et Zucc. Plant Mol. Biol. 86 (2014) 215–223. [DOI] [PMID: 25015725]
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