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Cyclization Enzymes in the Biosynthesis of Monoterpenes, Sesquiterpenes, and Diterpenes

  • Edward M. Davis
  • Rodney Croteau
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Part of the Topics in Current Chemistry book series (TOPCURRCHEM, volume 209)

Abstract

Terpene synthases catalyze the first committed steps in the biosynthesis of monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and diterpenes. An overview is presented of the enzymology and mechanism of these terpene synthases, and their molecular cloning, expression, and sequence analysis. Detailed structural and functional evaluation of four representative monoterpene, sesquiterpene, and diterpene synthases is also presented.

Keywords

Terpene Monoterpene Sesquiterpene Diterpene Cyclase Geranyl diphosphate Farnesyl diphosphate Geranylgeranyl diphosphate 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward M. Davis
    • 1
  • Rodney Croteau
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Biological ChemistryWashington State UniversityPullmanUSA

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