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- n. A natural bicyclic diterpene with the chemical formula C20H38, forming the structural core of a wide variety of natural products.
Chemical studies of alcoholic extracts of the tubers of C. barbatus led to isolation of the labdane diterpene forskolin (coleonol), which has become an important research tool in studying the roles of the enzyme adenylate cyclase and cyclic-AMP in cellular physiology.
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