Zeapyranolactone − A novel strigolactone from maize

Tatsiana V. Charnikhova, Katharina Gaus, Alexandre Lumbroso, Mark Sanders, Jean Paul Vincken, Alain De Mesmaeker, Carolien P. Ruyter-Spira, Claudio Screpanti, Harro J. Bouwmeester*

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The structure of a new strigolactone present in the root exudate and root extract of maize hybrid cv NK Falkone plants was elucidated and characterized as zeapyranolactone: Methyl.(E)-3-((4-methyl-5-oxo-2,5-dihydrofuran-2-yl)oxy)-2-(4,4,5-trimethyl-2-oxo-2,3,4,6,7,7a-hexahydrocyclopenta[b]pyran-7-yl)acrylate. Unlike any other strigolactone published so far, it contains a 4,4-dimethyltetrahydropyran-2-one as A ring. The impact of the elucidation of this structure on the earlier postulated biosynthetic pathway of another maize strigolactone, zealactone, is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)172-178
JournalPhytochemistry Letters
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018


  • Maize (Zea mays)
  • NMR
  • Prep-HPLC–MS
  • Strigolactones
  • Zeapyranolactone


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