Pinoresinol: A lignol of plant origin serving for defense in a caterpillar.

@article{Schroeder2006PinoresinolAL,
  title={Pinoresinol: A lignol of plant origin serving for defense in a caterpillar.},
  author={Frank C Schroeder and Marta L del Campo and Jacqualine Bonnie Grant and Douglas B. Weibel and Scott R. Smedley and Kelly L. Bolton and Jerrold Meinwald and Thomas Eisner},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2006},
  volume={103 42},
  pages={15497-501}
}
Pinoresinol, a lignan of wide distribution in plants, is found to occur as a minor component in the defensive secretion produced by glandular hairs of caterpillars of the cabbage butterfly, Pieris rapae. The compound or a derivative is appropriated by the larva from its normal food plant (the cabbage, Brassica oleracea). Pinoresinol was shown to be absent from the secretion if the larva was given a cabbage-free diet but present in the effluent if that diet was supplemented with pinoresinol… CONTINUE READING
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