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phytoene


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A C40 carotenoid, derived by head‐to‐head combination of two molecules of geranylgeranyldiphosphate catalysed by phytoene synthase within the plastids of leaves of many plant species. It is the precursor of ζ‐carotene, lycopene, β‐carotene, and various xanthophylls.

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Subjects: Chemistry.


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