Cyclopentanoid Terpene Biosynthesis in a Phasmid Insect and in Catmint

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Science  07 Jan 1966:
Vol. 151, Issue 3706, pp. 79-80
DOI: 10.1126/science.151.3706.79


The stick insect, Anisomorpha buprestoides, and the catmint, Nepeta cataria, produce closely related cyclopentanoid terpenes, anisomorphal and nepetalactone. Tracer experiments with isotopes indicate that anisomorphal is synthesized by the walking stick from normal terpene precursors (acetate or mevalonate). In the catmint plant, isolated leaf disks synthesized nepetalactone, utilizing the same precursors.