IUBMB Enzyme Nomenclature


Accepted name: berbamunine synthase

Reaction: (S)-N-methylcoclaurine + (R)-N-methylcoclaurine + NADPH + H+ + O2 = berbamunine + NADP+ + 2 H2O

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Other name(s): (S)-N-methylcoclaurine oxidase (C-O phenol-coupling)

Systematic name: (S)-N-methylcoclaurine,NADPH:oxygen oxidoreductase (C-O phenol-coupling)

Comments: A heme-thiolate enzyme (P-450). Forms the bisbenzylisoquinoline alkaloid berbamunine by phenol oxidation of N-methylcoclaurine without the incorporation of oxygen into the product. Reaction of two molecules of (R)-N-methylcoclaurine gives the dimer guattagaumerine.

Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG, Metacyc, CAS registry number: 144941-42-4


1. Stadler, R. and Zenk, M.H. The purification and characterization of a unique cytochrome P-450 enzyme from Berberis stolifera plant cell cultures. J. Biol. Chem. 268 (1993) 823-831. [PMID: 8380416]

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