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6-Hydroxymellein is a dihydroisocoumarin, a phenolic compound found in carrots. [1] It has also been isolated in Aspergillus terreus and shows an inhibition of pollen development in Arabidopsis thaliana . [2]


6-Methoxymellein is formed from S-adenosyl methionine and 6-hydroxymellein by the enzyme 6-hydroxymellein O-methyltransferase with secondary production of S-adenosylhomocysteine. [3]

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<i>Arabidopsis thaliana</i> species of flowering plant in the cabbage family Brassicaceae

Arabidopsis thaliana, the thale cress, mouse-ear cress or arabidopsis, is a small flowering plant native to Eurasia and Africa. A. thaliana is considered a weed; it is found by roadsides and in disturbed land.

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Cytokinin class of chemical compounds

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<i>Aspergillus</i> Genus of fungi

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ABC model of flower development

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Nottingham Arabidopsis Stock Centre Arabidopsis resource center at the University of Nottingham

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Pectinesterase class of enzymes

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