Reaction: thebaine + 2-oxoglutarate + O2 = neopinone + formaldehyde + succinate + CO2
Other name(s): T6ODM
Systematic name: thebaine,2-oxoglutarate:oxygen oxidoreductase (6-O-demethylating)
Comments: Requires Fe2+. Catalyses a step in morphine biosynthesis. The product neopinione spontaneously rearranges to the more stable codeinone. The enzyme also catalyses the 6-O-demethylation of oripavine to morphinone, with lower efficiency.
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number:
1. Hagel, J.M. and Facchini, P.J. Dioxygenases catalyze the O-demethylation steps of morphine biosynthesis in opium poppy. Nat. Chem. Biol. 6 (2010) 273-275. [PMID: 20228795]