Reaction: S-adenosyl-L-methionine + (indol-3-yl)acetate = S-adenosyl-L-homocysteine + methyl (indol-3-yl)acetate
Other name(s): IAA carboxylmethyltransferase; IAMT
Systematic name: S-adenosyl-L-methionine:(indol-3-yl)acetate O-methyltransferase
Comments: Binds Mg2+. The enzyme is found in plants and is important for regulation of the plant hormone (indol-3-yl)acetate. The product, methyl (indol-3-yl)acetate is inactive as hormone .
Links to other databases: BRENDA, EXPASY, KEGG Metacyc, CAS registry number:
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