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The Oxepane Motif in Marine Drugs

GIR MIOMeT, IU CINQUIMA/Inorganic Chemistry, University of Valladolid, Campus Miguel Delibes, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Valladolid, Campus Miguel Delibes, 47011 Valladolid, Spain
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Mar. Drugs 2017, 15(11), 361;
Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 3 November 2017 / Accepted: 8 November 2017 / Published: 15 November 2017


Oceans have shown to be a remarkable source of natural products. The biological properties of many of these compounds have helped to produce great advances in medicinal chemistry. Within them, marine natural products containing an oxepanyl ring are present in a great variety of algae, sponges, fungus and corals and show very important biological activities, many of them possessing remarkable cytotoxic properties against a wide range of cancer cell lines. Their rich chemical structures have attracted the attention of many researchers who have reported interesting synthetic approaches to these targets. This review covers the most prominent examples of these types of compounds, focusing the discussion on the isolation, structure determination, medicinal properties and total synthesis of these products. View Full-Text
Keywords: marine drugs; oxepanes; total synthesis; biological activity marine drugs; oxepanes; total synthesis; biological activity

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