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Bacterial naphthoquinone meroterpenoid natural products defy biosynthetic logic via classical biochemical paradigms. Now, an enzyme promoted α-hydroxyketone rearrangement catalysed by vanadium-dependent haloperoxidases reveals a conserved biosynthetic reaction in this molecular class that further has inspired a concise biomimetic synthesis of naphthomevalin, a prominent member of the napyradiomycin meroterpenes.NEXT ARTICLE
Enzymes are proteins that catalyze (i.e., increase the rates of) chemical reactions. In enzymatic reactions, the molecules at the beginning of the process, called substrates, are converted into different molecules, called products. Almost all chemical re...