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Mar. Drugs 2014, 12(4), 1977-1986; doi:10.3390/md12041977
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New Terpenes from the Egyptian Soft Coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi

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1 Phytochemistry and Plant Systematic Department, National Research Centre, El-Tahrir St., Dokki, Giza 12311, Egypt 2 Department of Chemistry of Natural & Microbial Products and Center of Excellence Advanced Sciences, National Research Centre, El-Tahrir Street, Dokki, Giza 12311, Egypt 3 Cancer Biology Lab, Center of Excellence for Advanced Sciences & Biochemistry Department, National Research Center, Dokki, Cairo 12311, Egypt 4 National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Red Sea Branch, Hurghada 84511, Egypt 5 Graduate School of Biosphere Science, Hiroshima University, 1-7-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-852, Japan 6 Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA 7 Chemistry of Medicinal Plants Department and Center of Excellence Advanced Sciences, National Research Centre, El-Tahrir Street, Dokki, Giza 12311, Egypt
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Received: 31 December 2013 / Revised: 11 March 2014 / Accepted: 14 March 2014 / Published: 2 April 2014
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Abstract

Chemical investigations of the Egyptian soft coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi have led to the isolation of compounds 13 as well as the previously reported marine cembranoid diterpene sarcophine (4). Structures were elucidated by comprehensive NMR and HRMS experimentation. Isolated compounds were in vitro assayed for cytotoxic activity against human hepatocarcinoma (HepG2) and breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7) cell lines.
Keywords: Sarcophyton ehrenbergi; soft coral; terpenes; cembranoids; sesquiterpenes; cytotoxic activity Sarcophyton ehrenbergi; soft coral; terpenes; cembranoids; sesquiterpenes; cytotoxic activity
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Elkhateeb, A.; El-Beih, A.A.; Gamal-Eldeen, A.M.; Alhammady, M.A.; Ohta, S.; Paré, P.W.; Hegazy, M.-E.F. New Terpenes from the Egyptian Soft Coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi. Mar. Drugs 2014, 12, 1977-1986.

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