Melanocrocin, a Polyene Pigment from Melanogaster broomeianus (Basidiomycetes)

Katharina Aulinger 1 , Helmut Besl 2 , Peter Spiteller 1 , Michael Spiteller 3  and Wolfgang Steglich 1
  • 1 Department Chemie der Universität, Butenandtstraße 5-13, Haus F, D-81377 München, Germany.
  • 2 Institut für Botanik der Universität, D-93040 Regensburg, Germany
  • 3 Institut für Umweltforschung, Universität Dortmund, Otto-Hahn-Straße 6, D-44221 Dortmund, Germany

A new polyene pigment, melanocrocin, has been isolated either from fruit bodies or myce­lial cultures of the subterranean fungus Melanogaster broomeianus. The structure of the pig­ment was determined by spectroscopic methods and chemical transformations. Melanocrocin is the N-acyl derivative of ʟ-phenylalanine methyl ester with a polyolefinic carboxylic acid

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