Thiols, Disulfides, and Thioesters

  • Ryan J. Huxtable
Part of the Biochemistry of the Elements book series (BOTE, volume 6)


The thiol group is among the chemically most reactive functions occurring within the cell. This versatile and important function is centrally involved in enzymatic processes and cellular structure. The biochemistry of few other functions expresses so well our understanding of the underlying chemistry. As a result, model chemical reactions for thiols have been evolved that explain much of the biochemistry of this ubiquitous function. Thiols, responsible for the odor that has uniquely associated sulfur-containing compounds with Lucifer and his works (e.g., Tennyson: “... near me stood, in fuming sulphur blue and green, a fiend...”), have helped demystify the processes of life.


Fatty Acid Synthesis Lipoic Acid Flavin Adenine Dinucleotide Pantothenic Acid Acyl Carrier Protein 


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