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Franke, S; Ibarra, F; Schulz, C M; Twele, R; Poldy, J; Barrow, R A; Peakall, R; Schiestl, F P; Francke, W (2009). The discovery of 2,5-dialkylcyclohexan-1,3-diones as a new class of natural products. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 106(22):8877-8882.

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Abstract

Orchids employing sexual deceit attract males of their pollinator species through specific volatile signals that mimic female-released sex pheromones. One of these signals proved to be 2-ethyl-5-propylcyclohexan-1,3-dione (chiloglottone1), a new natural product that was shown to be most important in the relations between orchids of the genus Chiloglottis, native to Australia, and corresponding pollinator species. Systematic investigations on the mass spectrometric fragmentation pattern of 2,5-dialkylcyclohexan-1,3-diones identified key ions providing information about the structures of the substituents at positions 2 and 5. Results enabled us to identify 2-ethyl-5-pentylcyclohexan-1,3-dione (chiloglottone2) and 2-butyl-5-methylcyclohexan-1,3-dione (chiloglottone3) as new natural products that play a decisive role in the pollination syndrome of some Chiloglottis species. During field bioassays, pure synthetic samples of chiloglottone1-3 or mixtures thereof proved to be attractive to the corresponding orchid pollinators. Because of their likely biogenesis from ubiquitous fatty acid precursors, 2,5-dialkylcyclohexan-1,3-diones may represent a hitherto overlooked, widespread class of natural products.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Systematic Botany and Botanical Gardens
DDC:580 Plants (Botany)
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:19 Aug 2009 13:33
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 16:59
Publisher:National Academy of Sciences
ISSN:0027-8424
Additional Information:Copyright: National Academy of Sciences USA
Publisher DOI:10.1073/pnas.0900646106
Official URL:http://www.pnas.org
PubMed ID:19470640

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