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Accepted name: microsomal epoxide hydrolase
Reaction: (1) cis-stilbene oxide + H2O = (1R,2R)-1,2-diphenylethane-1,2-diol
(2) 1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-N-methyl-N-[(3-methyloxetan-3-yl)methyl]methanamine + H2O = 2-({[(4-methoxyphenyl)methyl](methyl)amino}methyl)-2-methylpropane-1,3-diol
Glossary: oxirane = ethylene oxide = a 3-membered oxygen-containing ring
oxetane = 1,3-propylene oxide = a 4-membered oxygen-containing ring
Other name(s): microsomal oxirane/oxetane hydrolase; epoxide hydratase (ambiguous); microsomal epoxide hydratase (ambiguous); epoxide hydrase; microsomal epoxide hydrase; arene-oxide hydratase (ambiguous); benzo[a]pyrene-4,5-oxide hydratase; benzo(a)pyrene-4,5-epoxide hydratase; aryl epoxide hydrase (ambiguous); cis-epoxide hydrolase; mEH; EPHX1 (gene name)
Systematic name: cis-stilbene-oxide hydrolase
Comments: This is a key hepatic enzyme that catalyses the hydrolytic ring opening of oxiranes (epoxides) and oxetanes to give the corresponding diols. The enzyme is involved in the metabolism of numerous substrates including the stereoselective hydrolytic ring opening of 7-oxabicyclo[4.1.0]hepta-2,4-dienes (arene oxides) to the corresponding trans-dihydrodiols. The reaction proceeds via a triad mechanism and involves the formation of an hydroxyalkyl-enzyme intermediate. Five epoxide-hydrolase enzymes have been identified in vertebrates to date: EC (leukotriene-A4 hydrolase), EC (hepoxilin-epoxide hydrolase), EC (microsomal epoxide hydrolase), EC (soluble epoxide hydrolase) and EC (cholesterol-5,6-oxide hydrolase).
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc, PDB
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