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Cembrene A
CAS number 31570-39-5
PubChem 5281384
ChemSpider 4444741
Jmol-3D images Image 1
Molecular formula C20H32
Molar mass 272.47 g/mol
Boiling point

150-152 °C at 0.8 mmHg

Except where noted otherwise, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C, 100 kPa)
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Cembrene A, or sometimes neocembrene, is a natural monocyclic diterpene isolated from corals of the genus Nephthea.[1] It is a colorless oil with a faint wax-like odor.

Cembrene A itself has little importance as chemical entity, being a trail pheromone for termites;[2] however, the chemical structure of cembrene is central to a very wide variety of other natural products found both in plants and in animals.[3]

Cembrenes are biosynthesized by macrocyclization of geranylgeranyl pyrophosphate.[3]


External links

  • Cembrene and Casbene Biosynthesis, Queen Mary University of London
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