By Stanley Peat, J. R. Turvey (auth.), L. Zechmeister (eds.)
Sulfonium compounds were identified to the natural chemist for nearly ninety years. in the course of so much of this era they remained curiosities, like minded for didactic reasons to demonstrate convinced similarities to ether adducts and to natural ammonium compounds. Their exploration remained mostly within the educational realm, simply because no strange functional functions have been present in spite of a gentle bring up within the consciousness paid to them. An occasion that sometimes places a category of compounds into the guts of curiosity is the popularity of its prevalence in nature and of exact organic value. the 1st ordinary sulfonium compound was once chanced on under twenty years in the past, a bit of by accident instead of because the climax of a few coveted biochemical challenge. steadily, even though, the original position of sulfonium compounds, in particular of S-adenosyl methionine, in enzymatic workforce move reactions similar to trans methylation used to be well-known, and the hot upsurge of curiosity has been remarkable. the current evaluate is directed towards an interpretation of the houses and services of organic sulfonium compounds with widespread connection with their structural chemistry. the information offered right here might recommend novel or enhanced analytical recommendations and new interpretations of the mechanism of team move. additionally, a stimulus can be derived for the layout of sulfonium compound analogues. the supply of aggressive analogues of biochemical key compounds has aided within the figuring out of the functionality of just about all metabolic intermediates, prosthetic teams of enzymes, supplements, amino acids, and different compounds. The trend could be related in sulfonium biochemistry.