Editor: Atta-ur-Rahman,

Frontiers in Natural Product Chemistry

Volume 7

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ISSN: 1574-0897 (Print)
ISSN: 2212-3997 (Online)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-917-1 (Print)
ISBN: 978-1-68108-916-4 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2021
DOI: 10.2174/97816810891641210701

Introduction

Frontiers in Natural Product Chemistry is a book series devoted to publishing monographs that highlight important advances in natural product chemistry. The series covers all aspects of research in the chemistry and biochemistry of naturally occurring compounds, including research on natural substances derived from plants, microbes and animals. Reviews of structure elucidation, biological activity, organic and experimental synthesis of natural products as well as developments of new methods are also included in the series.

Volume seven of the series brings seven reviews covering these topics:

- Plant-Derived Anticancer Compounds Used in Cancer Therapies

- Pradimicin and Benanomicin Antibiotics

- The Chemical Compositions of Bixa orellana and their Pharmacological Activities

- Overview of Phytochemistry and Pharmacology of Nilakanthi (Ajuga bracteosa Wall. ex Benth.)

- Tetracyclic benzocarbazoles and derivatives

- Chalcones as Antiinflammatory, Antidiabetic, and Antidepressant Agents

- Bioactive Steroids from Marine Organisms

Audience:

Medicinal Chemists, Pharmacologists, Ethnobotanists, and Drug Discovery Researchers

Preface

Frontiers in Natural Product Chemistry presents recent advances in the chemistry and biochemistry of naturally occurring compounds. The book is a valuable resource for pharmaceutical scientists and postgraduate students seeking updated and critically important information on bioactive natural products. The chapters in this volume are written by eminent authorities in the field.

In Chapter 1, Abrahamse et al present the progress made in the field of plant-derived anticancer agents in the treatment of cancer, as well as their mechanism of action and the limitations associated with current therapeutic options. Ernesto et al., in the second chapter of the book, have reviewed benanomicin-pradimicin antibiotics (BPAs) with respect to structural, functional, mechanistic and synthetic aspects. Chapter 3 by Pérez-Gutiérrez et al provides interesting information regarding the numerous pharmacological activities of the different parts and extracts of Bixa Orellana.

Chapter 4 of the book by Sharma et al focuses on the distribution, cultivation, traditional uses, phytochemistry, pharmacological potential and future prospective of Nilakanthi (Ajuga bracteosa Wall. ex Benth.). Buarque et al., in chapter 5, discuss the synthesis of benzocarbazoles, mostly benzo[a]carbazoles (including the dihydro and tetrahydro derivatives), with interesting properties. Chapter 6 of the book by Aksoz deals with the anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, and anti-depressant activities of chalcones. In the last chapter by Ajduković, an overview of the new steroid compounds isolated from marine sponges, macroalgae and cucumbers, is presented.

I hope that the readers will find these reviews valuable and thought-provoking so that they may trigger further research in the quest for new and novel natural therapies against various diseases. I am grateful for the timely efforts made by the editorial personnel, especially Mr. Mahmood Alam (Director Publications), and Miss Asma Ahmed (Senior Manager Publications) at Bentham Science Publishers in bringing this volume to fruition.


Atta-ur-Rahman, FRS
Kings College
University of Cambridge
Cambridge
UK

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