EC - (2Z,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate synthase

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Accepted name:
(2Z,6E)-farnesyl diphosphate synthase
Other names:
(Z)-farnesyl diphosphate synthase
Z-farnesyl diphosphate synthase
Systematic name:
geranyl-diphosphate:isopentenyl-diphosphate geranylcistransferase




Requires Mg2+ or Mn2+ for activity. The product of this reaction is an intermediate in the synthesis of decaprenyl phosphate, which plays a central role in the biosynthesis of most features of the mycobacterial cell wall, including peptidoglycan, linker unit galactan and arabinan. Neryl diphosphate can also act as substrate.

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Enzymes and pathways: NC-IUBMB , BRENDA , DIAGRAM , ExplorEnz , ENZYME@ExPASy , KEGG , MetaCyc , UniPathway
Structural data: CSA , EC2PDB
Gene Ontology: GO:0033850


  1. Schulbach, M.C., Mahapatra, S., Macchia, M., Barontini, S., Papi, C., Minutolo, F., Bertini, S., Brennan, P.J. and Crick, D.C.
    Purification, enzymatic characterization, and inhibition of the Z-farnesyl diphosphate synthase from Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
    J. Biol. Chem. 276 : 11624-11630 (2001). [PMID: 11152452]

[EC created 2007, modified 2010]