17. Heterocycles in Nature

  1. John A. Joule1 and
  2. Keith Mills2

Published Online: 6 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118380208.ch17

Heterocyclic Chemistry at a Glance, Second Edition

Heterocyclic Chemistry at a Glance, Second Edition

How to Cite

Joule, J. A. and Mills, K. (2012) Heterocycles in Nature, in Heterocyclic Chemistry at a Glance, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118380208.ch17

Author Information

  1. 1

    The School of Chemistry, The University of Manchester, UK

  2. 2

    Independent Consultant, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 4 SEP 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470971222

Online ISBN: 9781118380208



  • heterocycles in nature;
  • heterocyclic, _-amino acids and related substances;
  • decarboxylated tryptophan, called tryptamine;
  • heterocyclic vitamins, and co-enzymes;
  • NADP+, large complicated co-enzyme;
  • vitamin B6, transformed into PLP;
  • thiamin pyrophosphate as co-enzyme in biochemical processes;
  • porphobilinogen and ‘Pigments of Life’;
  • retroviruses, inducing reverse transcription;
  • heterocyclic secondary metabolites


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Heterocyclic α-amino acids and related substances

  • Heterocyclic vitamins – co-enzymes

  • Porphobilinogen and the ‘Pigments of Life’

  • Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the store of genetic information, and ribonucleic acid (RNA), its deliverer

  • Heterocyclic secondary metabolites