Recent Advances in The Chemistry and Biochemistry of Quinone Pigments

  • R. H. Thomson
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 12)


Of the several hundred quinones found in plants the majority are relatively simple benzoquinones, naphthoquinones, or anthraquinones (Thomson64). Their biogenesis is fairly well understood but, unlike most groups of secondary metabolites, they do not have a common origin (Bentley7). Some derive from shikimate, some are polyketides, many are of mixed origin while others may be modified flavonoids or terpenes. It is therefore most convenient to continue to classify natural quinones in terms of structure, particularly with reference to the parent cyclic or polycyclic skeleton. As the simpler types are well documented I will concentrate mainly on those quinones which have less common skeletal structures, a high proportion of which are produced by micro-organisms.


Glyceryl Ether Allylic Alcohol Purple Pigment Phenolic Coupling Heterocyclic Quinone 
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  • R. H. Thomson
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of AberdeenScotland

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