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zeaxanthin:oxygen oxidoreductase (7,8-cleaving)
The enzyme, characterized from the plant Crocus sativus, acts twice on zeaxanthin, cleaving 3-hydroxycyclocitral off each 3-hydroxy end group. It is part of the zeaxanthin degradation pathway in that organism, leading to the different compounds that impart the color, flavor and aroma of the saffron spice.
maximum apocarotenoid accumulation and highest levels of CsZCD gene expression occur during fully developed scarlet stage of stigma development, quantitative RT-PCR enzyme expression analysis, overview