Metabolism of the Aromatic Amino Acids by Fungi

  • Chi-Kit Wat
  • G. H. N. Towers
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 12)


This review is concerned with the biochemical transformations of phenylalanine, tyrosine and tryptophan and the subsequent incorporation of the derived aromatic metabolites into pigments, antibiotics and other physiologically active compounds in fungi. There has been a considerable amount of new information published about these secondary metabolites since this topic was last reviewed159,166-168,185. The shikimate-chorismate pathway will not be discussed nor will the aromatic metabolites derived strictly through the polyketide or mevalonate pathways be included. latter topics have been reviewed recently101,170and the shikimate pathway is discussed in detail by Floss in this volume.


Aspergillus Niger Cinnamic Acid Aromatic Amino Acid Phenylacetic Acid Protocatechuic Acid 
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  1. 1.Botany DepartmentUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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