Chemical Aspects of Biosynthesis

Paperback | December 1, 1994

byJohn Mann

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This concise text provides a straightforward introduction to the chemistry involved in the biosynthesis of natural products. The first chapter explains the connections between primary and secondary metabolites, outlines the chemistry mediated by the major enzyme cofactors, and describes themethods for the elucidation of biosynthetic pathways. The different classes of secondary metabolites are then discussed, with emphasis placed on the pharmacological and toxiocological significance of the various compounds. The final chapter offers an insight into the ecological significance of awide variety of natural products. Suggestions for further reading are provided.

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This concise text provides a straightforward introduction to the chemistry involved in the biosynthesis of natural products. The first chapter explains the connections between primary and secondary metabolites, outlines the chemistry mediated by the major enzyme cofactors, and describes themethods for the elucidation of biosynthetic p...

John Mann is at University of Reading.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:96 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.24 inPublished:December 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198556764

ISBN - 13:9780198556763

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Fatty acids and derivatives2. Polyketides3. Terpenoids and steroids: the isoprenoids4. The shikimic acid pathway: biosynthesis of phenols, lignans, flavonoids, etc.5. Alkaloids6. Ecological chemistryReferences and further readingIndex

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`...a good introduction to the area of secondary metabolism.'Chemistry in Britain, September 1995