Chemistry Journal of Moldova

NATURAL PRODUCTS FROM MARINE HETEROBRANCHS: AN OVERVIEW OF RECENT RESULTS

Author(s):

Margherita Gavagnin, Marianna Carbone, Maria Letizia Ciavatta, Ernesto Mollo


Field: Natural product chemistry and synthesis
Type: Invited paper
Pages: 24
Keywords:

marine mollusk, natural product, chemical ecology, bioprospecting.


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19261/cjm.2019.617   
 
Graphical Abstract: Heterobranchs are a fascinating group of marine mollusks that are recognized as an important source of bioactive natural products. Often, these molecules, which are either selected from the diet or de novo biosynthesized by the mollusks, play a fundamental role for their survival being utilized as defensive chemicals against predators. A summary of the studies carried out by our group, in the last decade, on heterobranchs is presented here. A number of new compounds exhibiting different molecular architectures have been chemically characterized. Some of them have also shown an interesting pharmacological potential. Some ecological studies that we conducted on selected species of heterobranchs are also reviewed. 


 

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