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Farnesol is an acyclic sesquiterpene alcohol, with four possible isomers, the E/E-isomer being the most common in nature. It was found to have different biological functions1, for example to act as a quorum-sensing molecule to suppress filamentation in the fungus Candida albicans2; and to have antibacterial effects against Staphylococcus aureus, including promotion of potassium ion leakage3. Its derivatives are involved in the a-factor mating peptide of the dodecapeptide pheromone found in Saccharomyces cerevisiae4. The biological activity of farnesol and FPP analogues are investigated in cancer research5,6.
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