Heterocyclic Scaffolds II:

Volume 26 of the series Topics in Heterocyclic Chemistry pp 31-46


Indoles: Industrial, Agricultural and Over-the-Counter Uses

  • Timothy C. BardenAffiliated withIronwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Email author 

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Indole-containing compounds are best known for their medicinal properties in the pharmaceutical industry. Although to a lesser degree, the indole motif none-the-less appears in many significant products across the entire chemical industry. This chapter describes the role that indole plays in a more commodity setting and provides examples illustrating these uses.


Agriculture Animal health Cyanine dye Dietary supplements Diindolylmethane Essential oils Flavoring Indigoid dye Indole-3-carbinol Melatonin Nutraceutical Perfume Pigments Textile dyes Tryptophan