Are iridoids in leaf beetle larvae synthesized de novo or derived from plant precursors? A methodological approach.


Iridoids, belonging to a group of cyclopentanoid monoterpenoids, are secreted by many species of leaf beetles as a defense against predators. Using chemically modified precursors of iridoid biosynthesis, it has been shown that some leaf beetle larvae can synthesize these iridoids de novo as well as sequester plant-produced molecules. Stable isotope… (More)