Loganin is an iridoid glycoside of interest as both an intermediate in the biosynthesis of indole alkaloids in plants and as a bioactive compound itself. Loganic acid methyltransferase catalyzes the methylation of a monoterpenoid glycoside precursor to produce loganin and demonstrates stereospecificity for the (6S,7R) substrate. We have biochemically characterized this biocatalyst and elucidated the basis for its strict substrate specificity. These studies could help facilitate the design of new classes of monoterpenoid indole alkaloids of pharmaceutical interest.
- monoterpenoid indole alkaloids
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Molecular Medicine
- Molecular Biology
- Organic Chemistry