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EC 4.2.3.32     
Accepted name: levopimaradiene synthase
Reaction: (+)-copalyl diphosphate = abieta-8(14),12-diene + diphosphate
For diagram of abietadiene, abietate, isopimaradiene, labdadienol and sclareol biosynthesis, click here and for diagram of abietadiene, levopimaradiene and isopimara-7,15-diene biosynthesis, click here
Glossary: levopimaradiene = abieta-8(14),12-diene
Other name(s): PtTPS-LAS; LPS; copalyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase [abieta-8(14),12-diene-forming]
Systematic name: (+)-copalyl-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase [abieta-8(14),12-diene-forming]
Comments: In Ginkgo, the enzyme catalyses the initial cyclization step in the biosynthesis of ginkgolides, a structurally unique family of diterpenoids that are highly specific platelet-activating-factor receptor antagonists [1]. Levopimaradiene is widely distributed in higher plants. In some species the enzyme also forms abietadiene, palustradiene, and neoabietadiene [2].
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc
References:
1.  Schepmann, H.G., Pang, J. and Matsuda, S.P. Cloning and characterization of Ginkgo biloba levopimaradiene synthase which catalyzes the first committed step in ginkgolide biosynthesis. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 392 (2001) 263–269. [DOI] [PMID: 11488601]
2.  Ro, D.K. and Bohlmann, J. Diterpene resin acid biosynthesis in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda): functional characterization of abietadiene/levopimaradiene synthase (PtTPS-LAS) cDNA and subcellular targeting of PtTPS-LAS and abietadienol/abietadienal oxidase (PtAO, CYP720B1). Phytochemistry 67 (2006) 1572–1578. [DOI] [PMID: 16497345]
[EC 4.2.3.32 created 2008, modified 2012]
 
 
EC 4.2.3.44     
Accepted name: isopimara-7,15-diene synthase
Reaction: (+)-copalyl diphosphate = isopimara-7,15-diene + diphosphate
For diagram of abietadiene, abietate, isopimaradiene, labdadienol and sclareol biosynthesis, click here and for diagram of abietadiene, levopimaradiene and isopimara-7,15-diene biosynthesis, click here
Glossary: isopimara-7,15-diene = 13α-pimara-7,15-diene
Other name(s): PaTPS-Iso; copalyl diphosphate-lyase (isopimara-7,15-diene-forming)
Systematic name: (+)-copalyl diphosphate-lyase (isopimara-7,15-diene-forming)
Comments: The enzyme only gave isopimara-7,15-diene.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc
References:
1.  Martin, D.M., Faldt, J. and Bohlmann, J. Functional characterization of nine Norway Spruce TPS genes and evolution of gymnosperm terpene synthases of the TPS-d subfamily. Plant Physiol. 135 (2004) 1908–1927. [DOI] [PMID: 15310829]
[EC 4.2.3.44 created 2009]
 
 
EC 4.2.3.132     
Accepted name: neoabietadiene synthase
Reaction: (+)-copalyl diphosphate = neoabietadiene + diphosphate
For diagram of abietane diterpenoids biosynthesis, click here
Glossary: neoabietadiene = abieta-8(14),13(15)-diene
Other name(s): TPS-LAS
Systematic name: (+)-copaly-diphosphate diphosphate-lyase (cyclizing, neoabietadiene-forming)
Comments: Isolated from Abies grandis (grand fir) [1]. This class I enzyme forms about equal proportions of abietadiene, levopimaradiene and neoabietadiene. See also EC 4.2.3.18, abieta-7,13-diene synthase and EC 4.2.3.32, levopimaradiene synthase. An X-ray study of this multifunctional enzyme showed that the class I activity is in the α domain, while (+)-copalyl diphosphate synthase activity (EC 5.5.1.12, a class II activity) is in the β and γ domains [2]. In Pinus taeda (loblolly pine) the major product is levopimaradiene, with less abietadiene and neoabietadiene [3].
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, MetaCyc
References:
1.  Peters, R.J., Flory, J.E., Jetter, R., Ravn, M.M., Lee, H.J., Coates, R.M. and Croteau, R.B. Abietadiene synthase from grand fir (Abies grandis): characterization and mechanism of action of the "pseudomature" recombinant enzyme. Biochemistry 39 (2000) 15592–15602. [DOI] [PMID: 11112547]
2.  Zhou, K., Gao, Y., Hoy, J.A., Mann, F.M., Honzatko, R.B. and Peters, R.J. Insights into diterpene cyclization from structure of bifunctional abietadiene synthase from Abies grandis. J. Biol. Chem. 287 (2012) 6840–6850. [DOI] [PMID: 22219188]
3.  Ro, D.K. and Bohlmann, J. Diterpene resin acid biosynthesis in loblolly pine (Pinus taeda): functional characterization of abietadiene/levopimaradiene synthase (PtTPS-LAS) cDNA and subcellular targeting of PtTPS-LAS and abietadienol/abietadienal oxidase (PtAO, CYP720B1). Phytochemistry 67 (2006) 1572–1578. [DOI] [PMID: 16497345]
[EC 4.2.3.132 created 2012]
 
 


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