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Molecules 2011, 16(10), 8694-8732;

Alkaloids from Marine Ascidians

The NeaNat Group, Dipartimento di Chimica delle Sostanze Naturali, Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, Via D. Montesano 49, 80131, Napoli, Italy
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Received: 16 September 2011 / Revised: 11 October 2011 / Accepted: 14 October 2011 / Published: 19 October 2011
(This article belongs to the Section Natural Products Chemistry)


About 300 alkaloid structures isolated from marine ascidians are discussed in term of their occurrence, structural type and reported pharmacological activity. Some major groups (e.g., the lamellarins and the ecteinascidins) are discussed in detail, highlighting their potential as therapeutic agents for the treatment of cancer or viral infections. View Full-Text
Keywords: natural products; alkaloids; ascidians; ecteinascidis; lamellarins natural products; alkaloids; ascidians; ecteinascidis; lamellarins

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Menna, M.; Fattorusso, E.; Imperatore, C. Alkaloids from Marine Ascidians. Molecules 2011, 16, 8694-8732.

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