, Volume 56, Issue 4, pp 819-822

Spinazarin and ethylspinazarin, pigments of the sea urchin Scaphechinus mirabilis

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2,3,5,8-Tetrahydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone (spinazarin) and 6-ethyl-2,3,5,8-tetrahydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone (ethylspinazarin) were first isolated from the sea urchin Scaphechinus mirabilis. The structures of spinazarins were established based on analysis of spectroscopic data. A preparative synthetic route to ethylspinazarin was proposed.