The Biosynthesis of Isoquinoline Alkaloids

  • R. B. Herbert
Part of the Proceedings in Life Sciences book series (LIFE SCIENCES)


The tetrahydroisoquinoline skeleton occurs in numerous plant alkaloids. The simplest bearers of this structural unit are exemplified by anhalonidine (12) (Sect. 2). Slightly more elaborate are the benzylisoquinoline alkaloids exemplified at their simplest by reticuline (25) and papaverine (27) (Sect. 3).


Cinnamic Acid Oxidative Coupling Mevalonic Acid Phenol Oxidation Isoquinoline Alkaloid 
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  • R. B. Herbert
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  1. 1.Department of Organic ChemistryUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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