Biosynthesis of the insect pheromone (S)-4-methyl-3-heptanone

Andrew P. Jarvis, Jürgen Liebig, Bert Hölldobler, Neil J. Oldham

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Using stable isotope-labelled probes and mass spectrometry, the insect pheromone (S)-4-methyl-3-heptanone is shown to be biosynthesised from three propionate units following a polyketide/fatty acid-type metabolic route.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1196-1197
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Communications
Issue number10
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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