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The use of the lactone motif in chemical communication

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Abstract

Covering: up to 2014

A wide variety of organisms communicate via the chemical channel using small molecules. A structural feature quite often found is the lactone motif. In the present paper, the current knowledge on such lactones will be described, concentrating on the structure, chemistry, function, biosynthesis and synthesis of these compounds. Lactone semiochemicals from insects, vertebrates and bacteria, which this article will focus on, are particularly well investigated. In addition, some ideas on the advantageous use of lactones as volatile signals, which promoted their evolutionary development, will be discussed.

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The article was received on 20 Jan 2015 and first published on 15 May 2015


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5NP00006H
Citation: Nat. Prod. Rep., 2015,32, 1042-1066
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    The use of the lactone motif in chemical communication

    S. Schulz and S. Hötling, Nat. Prod. Rep., 2015, 32, 1042
    DOI: 10.1039/C5NP00006H

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