The Enzyme Database

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Accepted name: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate decarboxylase
Reaction: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate = 4-hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde + CO2
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Other name(s): 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate carboxy-lyase
Systematic name: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate carboxy-lyase (4-hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde-forming)
Comments: Reacts with dopamine to give the benzylisoquinoline alkaloid skeleton.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, Gene, KEGG, MetaCyc, CAS registry number: 109300-96-1
1.  Rueffer, M. and Zenk, M.H. Distant precursors of benzylisoquinoline alkaloids and their enzymatic formation. Z. Naturforsch. C: Biosci. 42 (1987) 319–332.
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