Correlation between loss of pro-chiral hydrogen and E, Z geometry in isoprenoid biosynthesis

  • V. Banthorpe D
  • A. Bunton C
  • Cori O
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Abstract

Biosynthesis of several mono- and sesqui-terpenes that possess E or Z double bonds, or which are generally considered to be derived from precursors possessing such geometries, involved loss of the pro-4S hydrogen of mevalonate in the construction of the double bond. These results confirm and extend previous observations. A recent claim to have newly discovered such a stereochemical correlation is rejected. © 1985.

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  • Biosynthesis
  • alkene formation
  • monoterpenes
  • sesquiterpenes
  • stereochemical correlations.

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Authors

  • Derek V. Banthorpe

  • Clifford A. Bunton

  • Osvaldo Cori

  • Martin J.O. Francis

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