Synthesis and lateral root-inducing activity of 3-hydroxymethyl-2-substituted-4-butanolides

Shunsuke Kakiuchi, Naotaka Yamada, Shinichiro Fujiie, Hidetaka Tsukada, Eiji Taniguchi, Eiichi Kuwano

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A series of 3-hydroxymethyl-2-substituted-4-butanolides was synthesized and evaluated for their activity to induce lateral root in the lettuce seedlings. 2-Benzoyl-3-hydroxy-methyl-4-butanolide stimulated the emergence of lateral root, while the 2-alkanoyl and 2-(a-hydroxybenzyl) analogs had no activity, indicating that the 2-benzoyl moiety was essential for lateral root-inducing activity. Among the compounds tested so far, 3-hydroxy-methyl-2-(3-methoxybenzoyl)-4-butanolide showed the highest activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-133
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Biotechnology


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