Quinone methide formation from 4‐alkylcatechols: a novel reaction catalyzed by cuticular polyphenol oxidase

@article{Sugumaran1983QuinoneMF,
  title={Quinone methide formation from 4‐alkylcatechols: a novel reaction catalyzed by cuticular polyphenol oxidase},
  author={Manickam Sugumaran and Herbert Lipke},
  journal={FEBS Letters},
  year={1983},
  volume={155}
}
Oxidation of 4‐alkylcatechols by cuticular polyphenol oxidase gives quinone methides as initial products as opposed to the conventional quinones. This new reaction accounts for several conflicting observations on the catecholamine chemistry in insect cuticle. 
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