EC 4.1.1.80     
Accepted name: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate decarboxylase
Reaction: 4-hydroxyphenylpyruvate = 4-hydroxyphenylacetaldehyde + CO2
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.
References:
1.  Rueffer, M. and Zenk, M.H. Distant precursors of benzylisoquinoline alkaloids and their enzymatic formation. Z. Naturforsch. C: Biosci. 42 (1987) 319–332.
[EC 4.1.1.80 created 2002]