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Abstract

Sulfonium compounds have been known to the organic chemist for almost 90 years. During most of this period they remained curiosities, well suited for didactic purposes to illustrate certain similarities to ether adducts and to organic ammonium compounds. Their exploration remained largely in the academic realm, because no unusual practical applications were found in spite of a steady increase in the attention paid to them. An event that occasionally puts a class of compounds into the center of interest is the recognition of its occurrence in nature and of special biological significance. The first natural sulfonium compound was discovered less than 20 years ago, somewhat by chance rather than as the climax of some coveted biochemical problem. Gradually, however, the unique role of sulfonium compounds, especially of S-adenosyl-methionine, in enzymatic group transfer reactions such as transmethylation was recognized, and the recent upsurge of interest has been exceptional.

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Sulfonium Group Adenosine Triphosphate Methyl Iodide Methyl Donor Homoserine Lactone 
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  • Fritz Schlenk
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  1. 1.ArgonneUSA

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