Advances in Natural Product Chemistry and Pharmacology

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Chemical and Molecular Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 May 2024 | Viewed by 839

Special Issue Editors

H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi 75270, Pakistan
Interests: natural product chemistry; biotransformation

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School of Traditional Chinese Pharmacy, China Pharmaceutical University, Nanjing 211198, China
Interests: natural product chemistry; alkaloid; analgesic

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural products are the most abundant sources for providing unaccountable components with a huge diversity of structures, shedding light on the discovery of new active compounds. Since the last century, many medicinal plants have been well studied. However, it remains significant to continue exploring new secondary metabolites from natural sources and to evaluate their potential.

Moreover, it is also important to generalize the dominant class of natural products from the same species, genus, and family, the same subclass from different sources, and different compounds with the same biological activities, to highlight their natural properties and point out targets in the future. 

This Special Issue will focus on:

  1. research articles on new natural products and their biological activities
  2. review well-known important medicinal plant species or genus
  3. review certain subclass of natural products and their therapeutic potentials
  4. review natural products having particular biological activities

Dr. Yan Wang
Dr. Chunlei Zhang
Guest Editors

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  • natural products
  • biological activity
  • species
  • genus
  • subclass

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Two Gracilioethers Containing a [2(5H)-Furanylidene]ethanoate Moiety and 9,10-Dihydroplakortone G: New Polyketides from the Caribbean Marine Sponge Plakortis halichondrioides
by Luis A. Amador, Abimael D. Rodríguez, Lesly Carmona-Sarabia, Emilee E. Colón-Lorenzo and Adelfa E. Serrano
Appl. Sci. 2024, 14(1), 281; - 28 Dec 2023
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Gracilioether M (6) and 11,12-dihydrogracilioether M (7), two polyketides with a [2(5H)-furanylidene]ethanoate moiety, along with known plakortone G (9) and its new naturally occurring derivative 9,10-dihydroplakortone G (8), were isolated from the Caribbean marine sponge [...] Read more.
Gracilioether M (6) and 11,12-dihydrogracilioether M (7), two polyketides with a [2(5H)-furanylidene]ethanoate moiety, along with known plakortone G (9) and its new naturally occurring derivative 9,10-dihydroplakortone G (8), were isolated from the Caribbean marine sponge Plakortis halichondrioides. The structures and absolute configuration of 6, 7, and 8 were characterized by analysis of HRESIMS and NMR spectroscopic data, chemical derivatization, and side-by-side comparisons with published NMR data of related analogs. Compounds 6 and 7 and a mixture of 8 and 9 were evaluated for cytotoxicity against MCF-7 human breast cancer cells. In addition, the in vitro antiplasmodial activity against Plasmodium berghei of these compounds was scrutinized using a drug luminescence assay. Full article
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