Chlorophyll Catabolism Leading to the Skeleton of Dinoflagellate and Krill Luciferins: Hypothesis and Model Studies.

@article{Topalov2001ChlorophyllCL,
  title={Chlorophyll Catabolism Leading to the Skeleton of Dinoflagellate and Krill Luciferins: Hypothesis and Model Studies.},
  author={George Topalov and Yoshito Kishi},
  journal={Angewandte Chemie},
  year={2001},
  volume={40 20},
  pages={3892-3894}
}
Remarkable selectivity is exhibited in the photooxidation of 20-methoxychlorin methyl ester (1) to exclusively yield the C1-C20 bond cleaved product 2. This selectivity lends strong support to the hypothesis that a hydroxy or equivalent group at C20 directs the C1-C20 bond cleavage that transforms chlorophylls into krill and dinoflagellate luciferins. 

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