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MetaCyc Pathway: curcumene biosynthesis
Inferred from experiment

Enzyme View:

Pathway diagram: curcumene biosynthesis

This view shows enzymes only for those organisms listed below, in the list of taxa known to possess the pathway. If an enzyme name is shown in bold, there is experimental evidence for this enzymatic activity.

Superclasses: BiosynthesisSecondary Metabolites BiosynthesisTerpenoids BiosynthesisSesquiterpenoids Biosynthesis

Some taxa known to possess this pathway include : Curcuma longa, Lycopersicon hirsutum glabratum, Pogostemon cablin, Zingiber officinale

Expected Taxonomic Range: Viridiplantae

The sesqueterpenoids α-curcumene, (-)-β-curcumene and γ-curcumene are produced by plants as insect repellents and insect feeding deterrents [Antonious03]. α-curcumene is a chief constituent of the essential oils of Curcuma longa and is synthesized as a racemic mixture of (+)-α-curcumene and (-)-α-curcumene.

Created 22-May-2009 by Pujar A, Boyce Thompson Institute


Antonious03: Antonious GF, Kochhar TS (2003). "Zingiberene and curcumene in wild tomato." J Environ Sci Health B 38(4);489-500. PMID: 12856930

Deguerry06: Deguerry F, Pastore L, Wu S, Clark A, Chappell J, Schalk M (2006). "The diverse sesquiterpene profile of patchouli, Pogostemon cablin, is correlated with a limited number of sesquiterpene synthases." Arch Biochem Biophys 454(2);123-36. PMID: 16970904

Other References Related to Enzymes, Genes, Subpathways, and Substrates of this Pathway

Faraldos10: Faraldos JA, O'Maille PE, Dellas N, Noel JP, Coates RM (2010). "Bisabolyl-derived sesquiterpenes from tobacco 5-epi-aristolochene synthase-catalyzed cyclization of (2Z,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate." J Am Chem Soc 132(12);4281-9. PMID: 20201526

Latendresse13: Latendresse M. (2013). "Computing Gibbs Free Energy of Compounds and Reactions in MetaCyc."

Martin10: Martin DM, Aubourg S, Schouwey MB, Daviet L, Schalk M, Toub O, Lund ST, Bohlmann J (2010). "Functional annotation, genome organization and phylogeny of the grapevine (Vitis vinifera) terpene synthase gene family based on genome assembly, FLcDNA cloning, and enzyme assays." BMC Plant Biol 10;226. PMID: 20964856

Noel10: Noel JP, Dellas N, Faraldos JA, Zhao M, Hess BA, Smentek L, Coates RM, O'Maille PE (2010). "Structural elucidation of cisoid and transoid cyclization pathways of a sesquiterpene synthase using 2-fluorofarnesyl diphosphates." ACS Chem Biol 5(4);377-92. PMID: 20175559

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Please cite the following article in publications resulting from the use of MetaCyc: Caspi et al, Nucleic Acids Research 42:D459-D471 2014
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