Chemical ecology

Definition

Chemical ecology is the study integrating chemistry and biology to examine the chemical interactions among organisms and their environment. It includes signalling processes and communication between individuals, for instance in hormone responses.

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  • News and Views |

    Household dust contaminated with common flame retardants used in everyday household items has been found to be associated with increased risk of developing smaller, as well as more aggressive forms of papillary thyroid cancer in humans. These findings emphasize the need to consider the exposome when evaluating the increased incidence of thyroid cancer.

    • Bilal B. Mughal
    •  & Barbara A. Demeneix
  • Comments and Opinion |

    The emerging field of omics has the potential to advance and strengthen research into endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). In this Opinion article, Andrea Baccarelli and colleagues discuss the potential of using omics technologies — both established and developing — to characterize present and past EDC exposures and predict risk of developing EDC-related diseases.

    • Carmen Messerlian
    • , Rosie M. Martinez
    • , Russ Hauser
    •  & Andrea A. Baccarelli
  • News and Views |

    The gene cluster that produces the sponge-derived cytotoxin calyculin A has been located in an uncultivated bacterial symbiont. Biochemical analyses reveal a pyrophosphorylated protoxin as the true biosynthetic product and suggest that calyculins result from activated chemical defense.

    • Emily P Balskus
  • News and Views |

    A study of an insect prenyltransferase demonstrates that the product specificity of this bifunctional enzyme can be regulated by the presence of different divalent metal cofactors, resulting, for example, in the production of the precursors for either insect defense compounds or developmental hormones.

    • John Hugh Snyder
    •  & Xiaoquan Qi