Extension of the Terpene Chemical Space: the Very First Biosynthetic Steps
Reviewartikel, 2022

The structural diversity of terpenes is particularly notable and many studies are carried out to increase it further. In the terpene biosynthetic pathway this diversity is accessible from only two common precursors, i. e. isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) and dimethylallyl diphosphate (DMAPP). Methods recently developed (e. g. the Terpene Mini Path) have allowed DMAPP and IPP to be obtained from a two-step enzymatic conversion of industrially available isopentenol (IOH) and dimethylallyl alcohol (DMAOH) into their corresponding diphosphates. Easily available IOH and DMAOH analogues then offer quick access to modified terpenoids thus avoiding the tedious chemical synthesis of unnatural diphosphates. The aim of this minireview is to cover the literature devoted to the use of these analogues for widening the accessible terpene chemical space.


Julie Couillaud

Aix-Marseille Université

Chalmers, Biologi och bioteknik, Systembiologi

Katia Duquesne

Aix-Marseille Université

Gilles Iacazio

Aix-Marseille Université


1439-4227 (ISSN) 1439-7633 (eISSN)

Vol. 23 9 e202100642


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Biokatalys och enzymteknik

Organisk kemi





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