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Biosynthesis of the defensive alkaloid cicindeloine in Stenus solutus beetles

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Schierling, Andreas ; Dettner, Konrad ; Schmidt, Jürgen ; Seifert, Karlheinz:
Biosynthesis of the defensive alkaloid cicindeloine in Stenus solutus beetles.
In: Naturwissenschaften. Vol. 99 (2012) Issue 8 . - pp. 665-669.
ISSN 1432-1904
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00114-012-0945-x

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To protect themselves from predation and microorganismic infestation, rove beetles of the genus Stenus produce and store bioactive alkaloids like stenusine, 3-(2-methyl-1-butenyl)pyridine, and cicindeloine in their pygidial glands. The biosynthesis of stenusine and 3-(2-methyl-1-butenyl)pyridine was previously investigated in Stenus bimaculatus and Stenus similis, respectively. Both molecules follow the same biosynthetic pathway, where the N-heterocyclic ring is derived from l-lysine and the side chain from l-isoleucine. The different alkaloids are finally obtained by slight modifications of shared precursor molecules. The piperideine alkaloid cicindeloine occurs as a main compound additionally to (E)-3-(2-methyl-1-butenyl)pyridine and traces of stenusine in the pygidial gland secretion of Stenus cicindeloides and Stenus solutus. Feeding of S. solutus beetles with [D,15N]-labeled amino acids followed by GC/MS analysis techniques showed that cicindeloine is synthesized via the identical pathway and precursor molecules as the other two defensive alkaloids.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Additional notes: BAYCEER108857
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology II - Evolutionary Animal Ecology
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Former Professors > Chair Animal Ecology II - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Konrad Dettner
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Bayreuth Center of Ecology and Environmental Research- BayCEER
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Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology
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Research Institutions > Research Centres
Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Former Professors
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 500 Science
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 15:42
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2016 14:17
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/11670