Carotenoid 5,6-epoxides

J. Deli, Ágnes Farkas, P. Molnár

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Carotenoid epoxides are widely distributed in nature. Carotenoids that possess an 5,6-epoxy group are common in plants and algae, and include the major leaf xanthophylls violaxanthin and neoxanthin as well as the algal products fucoxanthin and peridinin which are the most abundant of all natural carotenoids. Violaxanthin and neoxanthin are also precursors of the plant growth regulators xanthoxin and abscisic acid. Here we describe the occurrence of carotenoid 5,6-epoxides, their chemical synthesis, the separation of stereoisomers and some transformations of 5,6-epoxy-carotenoids, as well as their biological activities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEpoxides
Subtitle of host publicationSynthesis, Reactions and Uses
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages36
ISBN (Electronic)9781536129618
ISBN (Print)9781536129601
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017



  • Biological activity
  • Carotenoid epoxide
  • Occurrence
  • Separation
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)

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Deli, J., Farkas, Á., & Molnár, P. (2017). Carotenoid 5,6-epoxides. In Epoxides: Synthesis, Reactions and Uses (pp. 107-142). Nova Science Publishers, Inc..