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Dr. Jeroen S. Dickschat, Nelson L. Brock, Christian A. Citron and Prof. Dr. Bettina Tudzynski Biosynthesis of Sesquiterpenes by the Fungus Fusarium verticillioides ChemBioChem 12

Article first published online: 11 JUL 2011 | DOI: 10.1002/cbic.201100268

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Finding common ground: The volatiles released by Fusarium verticillioides are mainly composed of biosynthetically related sesquiterpenes with trichodiene as the principle component. The absolute configurations of several sesquiterpenes revealed a common biosynthesis via the (R)-bisabolyl cation (see scheme). Feeding experiments gave insights into the stereochemical course of late cyclisation steps towards trichodiene.

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