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Issue 7, 2015
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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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Submitted
20 Jan 2015
First published
15 May 2015

This article is Open Access

Nat. Prod. Rep., 2015,32, 1042-1066
Article type
Review Article

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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