Chemistry and biology of roseophilin and the prodigiosin alkaloids: a survey of the last 2500 years.

@article{Frstner2003ChemistryAB,
  title={Chemistry and biology of roseophilin and the prodigiosin alkaloids: a survey of the last 2500 years.},
  author={Alois F{\"u}rstner},
  journal={Angewandte Chemie},
  year={2003},
  volume={42 31},
  pages={3582-603}
}
The pyrrole alkaloids of the prodigiosin family make up an unusual chapter in the chemistry of natural products. Owing to the characteristic red color of these secondary metabolites, colonies of the Gram-negative-producing bacteria may strikingly resemble droplets of blood. This phenomenon caused considerable confusion in the past and was likely responsible for many seemingly miraculous (prodigious) events. After the eventual transition from superstition to science, the prodigiosins started to… CONTINUE READING

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