Detailed reaction mechanism of macrophomate synthase. Extraordinary enzyme catalyzing five-step transformation from 2-pyrones to benzoates.


Macrophomate synthase from the fungus Macrophoma commelinae IFO 9570 is a Mg(II)-dependent dimeric enzyme that catalyzes an extraordinary, complex five-step chemical transformation from 2-pyrone and oxalacetate to benzoate involving decarboxylation, C-C bond formation, and dehydration. The catalytic mechanism of the whole pathway was investigated in three… (More)

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