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Review | Regular issue | Vol 1, No. 1, 1973, pp.181-221
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/R-1973-01-0181
Electro-oxidation and Isoquinoline Alkaloid Biosynthesis

James M. Bobbitt*

*Department of Chemistry, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-3060, U.S.A.

Abstract

Phenol oxidation is one of the major organic reactions used in nature for the production of various metabolites, both primary and secondary, and is especially important in the biosynthesis of the isoquinoline alkaloids. Electro-oxidation, can be more precisely controlled than any of the many known oxidation methods and, furthermore, is a heterogeneous reaction with the possibility of surface phenomena. In this article, those areas in which electro-oxidation has been, or may be, used to study biomimetic syntheses of the isoquinoline alkaloids will be summarized.