6-alkyl-3,4-dihydro-2H -pyrans: Chemical secretion compounds in neotropical harvestmen

Daniele F.O. Rocha, Kerry Hamilton, Caroline C.S. Gonçalves, Glauco MacHado, Anita J. Marsaioli

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The defensive secretions of five neotropical species of harvestmen (Opiliones: Gonyleptidae) from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest were analyzed and chemically characterized by GC-MS and NMR methods. Three of the species, Cobania picea, Roweria virescens, and Serracutisoma proximum, secrete a mixture of 2,3-dimethyl-1,4-benzoquinone and 2-ethyl-3-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone. The secretions produced by the other two species, Iporangaia pustulosa and Neosadocus maximus, contain 1-hepten-3-one, 5-methyl-1-hexen-3-one, and 1-(6-butyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)pentanone (1) as major components, as well as 2,3-dimethyl-1,4-benzoquinone and 2-ethyl-3-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone as minor constituents. The dihydropyran 1-(6-butyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyran-2-yl)pentanone (1) is a new natural product, composed of two 1-hepten-3-one subunits formally linked in a hetero-Diels-Alder reaction. The natural product was proven to be racemic, and its biogenetic origin is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)658-663
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 25 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Organic Chemistry


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