Involvement of 3-dehydroecdysone in the 3-epimerization of ecdysone.

Abstract

The epimerization of ecdysone to 3-epiecdysone has been investigated in a dialysed cytosolic enzyme preparation from midgut of sixth instar Spodoptera littoralis larvae, with particular emphasis on establishing the intermediacy of 3-dehydroecdysone. Incubation of ecdysone with the dialysed cytosolic preparation furnished 3-dehydroecdysone as the only… (More)

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