Metabolism of monoterpenes: demonstration that (+)-cis-isopulegone, not piperitenone, is the key intermediate in the conversion of (-)-isopiperitenone to (+)-pulegone in peppermint (Mentha piperita).

Abstract

Piperitenone is commonly considered to be the key intermediate in the conversion of (-)-isopiperitenone to (+)-pulegone in peppermint; however, [3H]piperitenone gave rise only to the inert metabolite (+)-piperitone when incubated with peppermint leaf discs. Under identical conditions, (-)-[3H]isopiperitenone was efficiently incorporated into (+)-pulegone… (More)

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