Special Issue "Natural Product Pre-fractionation"
A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2008).
Interests: natural products; cancer; HIV; plants; molecular targets
Natural products provide an unparalleled source of chemical diversity for discovery of important and interesting biologically active molecules. This bounty comes at a price, since crude extracts of natural products can be difficult to screen in bioassays, and must be fractionated with guidance from the bioassay to obtain pure compounds. If the active compounds are present in trace amounts this can become a very difficult and time-consuming process, or the activity may be missed altogether. Numerous companies and academic groups have therefore sought to remedy these problems by chromatographically separating the extract to various degrees of resolution. This issue will examine a spectrum of different approaches and provide details on the technical challenges involved, the costs, and the rewards in improved identification of novel natural products.
Dr. John A. Beutler
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