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Accepted name: benzyl alcohol O-benzoyltransferase
Reaction: benzoyl-CoA + benzyl alcohol = CoA + benzyl benzoate
Glossary: benzyl benzoate = benzoic acid benzyl ester
Other name(s): benzoyl-CoA:benzyl alcohol benzoyltransferase; benzoyl-CoA:benzyl alcohol/phenylethanol benzoyltransferase; benzoyl-coenzyme A:benzyl alcohol benzoyltransferase; benzoyl-coenzyme A:phenylethanol benzoyltransferase
Systematic name: benzoyl-CoA:benzyl alcohol O-benzoyltransferase
Comments: The enzyme is involved in volatile benzenoid and benzoic acid biosynthesis. The enzyme from Petunia hybrida also catalyses the formation of 2-phenylethyl benzoate from benzoyl-CoA and 2-phenylethanol. The apparent catalytic efficiency of the enzyme from Petunia hybrida with benzoyl-CoA is almost 6-fold higher than with acetyl-CoA [1].
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc
1.  Boatright, J., Negre, F., Chen, X., Kish, C.M., Wood, B., Peel, G., Orlova, I., Gang, D., Rhodes, D. and Dudareva, N. Understanding in vivo benzenoid metabolism in Petunia petal tissue. Plant Physiol. 135 (2004) 1993–2011. [DOI] [PMID: 15286288]
2.  D'Auria, J.C., Chen, F. and Pichersky, E. Characterization of an acyltransferase capable of synthesizing benzylbenzoate and other volatile esters in flowers and damaged leaves of Clarkia breweri. Plant Physiol. 130 (2002) 466–476. [DOI] [PMID: 12226525]
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