bombykol


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bombykol

[′bäm·bə‚kȯl]
(biology)
The first pheromone to be characterized chemically; it is an unsaturated straight-chain alcohol secreted in microgram amounts by females of the silkworm moth (Bombyx mori) and is capable of attracting male silkworm moths at large distances.
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En 1959, Adolf Butenandt, Premio Nobel de Quimica en 1939 por su trabajo con hormonas sexuales, descubrio una sustancia que liberan las hembras de los gusanos de seda para atraer a los machos, que llamo Bombykol. A diferencia de las hormonas que son secretadas en el organismo, esa sustancia se envia al exterior.
Achiral bombykol (1) poses no stereochemical problem except the olefin geometry.