Lipids and lipid-like molecules
Intermediate Tree Nodes
Aliphatic heteropolycyclic compounds
Xanthophyll - Oxepane - Oxacycle - Organoheterocyclic compound - Ether - Oxirane - Dialkyl ether - Organic oxygen compound - Hydrocarbon derivative - Organooxygen compound - Aliphatic heteropolycyclic compound
This compound belongs to the class of organic compounds known as xanthophylls. These are carotenoids containing an oxygenated carotene backbone. Carotenes are characterized by the presence of two end-groups (mostly cyclohexene rings, but also cyclopentene rings or acyclic groups) linked by a long branched alkyl chain. Carotenes belonging form a subgroup of the carotenoids family. Xanthophylls arise by oxygenation of the carotene backbone.