Structural and functional analysis of a lycopene beta-monocyclase gene isolated from a unique marine bacterium that produces myxol.

@article{Teramoto2003StructuralAF,
  title={Structural and functional analysis of a lycopene beta-monocyclase gene isolated from a unique marine bacterium that produces myxol.},
  author={Maki Teramoto and Shinichi Takaichi and Yukie Inomata and Hiroshi Ikenaga and Norihiko Misawa},
  journal={FEBS letters},
  year={2003},
  volume={545 2-3},
  pages={120-6}
}
A gene coding for lycopene beta-monocyclase, which metabolizes lycopene (psi,psi-carotene) to gamma-carotene (beta,psi-carotene), was isolated for the first time from a unique marine bacterium strain P99-3 that produces myxol (a gamma-carotene derivative). This lycopene beta-monocyclase gene (designated crtYm) was included in the gene cluster which contained carotenoid biosynthetic gene (crtI, crtB, crtZ, crtY, and crtA) homologs. CrtYm, the CrtY homolog, metabolized lycopene to gamma-carotene… CONTINUE READING

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