Lipids serve as pheromones for a great variety of animals and even for fungi. The many possible variations in lipid structure allow them to serve a multiplicity of signalling functions in both terrestrial and aqueous environments. The many diverse structures are produced by minor modifications of common metabolic biosynthetic pathways. Thus, two organisms from very different phyla may use the same molecules for signalling, although in very different contexts.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Structural Biology
- Molecular Biology