2nd Edition

Bioactive Compounds from Natural Sources Natural Products as Lead Compounds in Drug Discovery

Edited By Corrado Tringali Copyright 2012
    648 Pages 28 Color & 278 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    648 Pages 28 Color & 278 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The first edition of Bioactive Compounds from Natural Sources was published in a period of renewed attention to biologically active compounds of natural origin. This trend has continued and intensified—natural products are again under the spotlight, in particular for their possible pharmacological applications. Largely focusing on natural products as lead compounds in drug discovery, Bioactive Compounds from Natural Sources, Second Edition: Natural Products as Lead Compounds in Drug Discovery is actually a completely new volume containing surveys of selected recent advances in an interdisciplinary area covering chemistry of natural products, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, and other related topics.

    Written by some of the most reputed scientists in the field, this second edition includes new chapters from authors who contributed to the first edition as well as many chapters compiled by new authors. Introducing the reader to strategies and methods in the search for bioactive natural products, this book covers topics including:

    • Natural sources of bioactive compounds such as aquatic cyanobacteria, filamentous fungi, and tropical plants,
    • The tremendous potentiality of metabolic engineering of natural products biosynthesis
    • The contribution of emerging or developing technologies to the study of bioactive natural compounds, namely computational methods and circular dichroism
    • The potential of natural or natural-derived compounds for specific therapeutic applications: treatment of viral diseases, regulation of hypoxia-inducible factor, antimalarials, modulation of angiogenesis, and antitumor and wound-healing activity
    • Selected examples of natural product families and related synthetic analogues, namely polyphenols and campthotecins

    Compiled for researchers and Ph.D. students working in interdisciplinary fields, this book will also be appreciated by readers without a background in chemistry interested in bioactive natural products, their biological and pharmacological properties, and their possible use as chemopreventive or chemotherapeutic agents. Conversely, the biological and pharmacological data and methods are accessible by chemists.

    Strategies and Methods for a Sustainable Search for Bioactive Compounds; Lars Bohlin, Cecilia Alsmark, Ulf Göransson, Mattias Klum, Christina Wedén, Anders Backlund
    Discovery of Potential Anticancer Agents from Aquatic Cyanobacteria, Filamentous Fungi, and Tropical Plants; Jimmy Orjala, Nicholas H. Oberlies, Cedric J. Pearce, Steven M. Swanson and A. Douglas Kinghorn
    Metabolic Engineering of Natural Product Biosynthesis; Xinkai Xie, Kangjian Qiao and Yi Tang
    Computational Approaches for the Discovery of Natural Lead Structures; Judith M. Rollinger and Gerhard Wolber
    Recent Advances in the Application of Electronic Circular Dichroism for Studies of Bioactive Natural Products; Nina Berova, George Ellestad, Koji Nakanishi, and Nobuyuki Harada
    Natural Products as Treatments for and Leads to Active Compounds in Viral Diseases; David J. Newman and Gordon M. Cragg
    Natural Products as Inhibitors of Hypoxia-Inducible Factor-1 (HIF-1); Dale G. Nagle and Yu-Dong Zhou
    From Antitumor or Wound Healing Actions of Natural Products through Angiogenesis; Yoshiyuki Kimura
    From Natural Polyphenols to Synthetic Antitumor Agents; Carmela Spatafora and Corrado Tringali
    Resveratrol against Major Pathologies: From Diet Prevention to Possible Alternative Chemotherapies with New Structural Analogues; Norbert Latruffe, Dominique Delmas, Gérard Lizard, Corrado Tringali,
    Carmela Spatafora, Dominique Vervandier-Fasseur, Philippe Meunier
    Drug Discovery from Natural Substances—A Case Study: Camptothecins; Gabriele Fontana and Lucio Merlini
    Plant Compounds and Derivatives as Inhibitors of Cancer Cell Multidrug Resistance; Virginia Lanzotti, Orazio Taglialatela-Scafati, Ernesto Fattorusso and Attilio Di Pietro
    Recent Advances in the Search of Novel Calmodulin Inhibitors from Selected Mexican Plants and Fungi; Rachel Mata, Mario Figueroa, Isabel Rivero-Cruz and Martín González-Andrade
    Neuroprotective Effects of Natural Products from Traditional Chinese Herbs; Hai Yan Zhang, Xi Can Tang
    Drugs for the Neglected Disease Malaria based on Natural Products; S. Brøgger Christensen and Ib Christian Bygbjerg
    Endophytic Microorganisms as a Source of Bioactive Compounds; Yoshihito Shiono and Ken-ichi Kimura
    Biologically Active Natural Products from Australian Marine Organisms; Robert J. Capon


    Professor Corrado Tringali obtained his BA in chemistry at the University of Catania, Italy, in 1973. From 1977 to 1985 he was an assistant professor, teaching courses in organic chemistry and physical methods in organic chemistry. In November 1985 he became an associate professor (organic chemistry), and since November 2001 he has been a full professor (teaching courses in organic chemistry, natural products chemistry, and physical methods in organic chemistry). At present, he is coordinator of the international Doctorate of Research in Chemical Science program at the University of Catania (Cycles XXII –XIV).

    Praise for the Previous Edition

    "…The title of the book gives a good description of the chapters, which are very detailed and interesting in their multi-disciplinary content of biology, biochemistry and chemistry. Since Professor Tringali is the editor, it is not surprising that the chapters tend to include useful details of NMR data. All of the chapters have a good literature reference list. This book is recommended to all natural products researchers."
    —Robert J. Nash, Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, in Phytochemistry

    "The book is well indexed with a detailed subject index and a separate natural source index listing the genus and species of each sample described in the text. References are through 1998, and in general the book is well organized with the format being consistent throughout the volume, making it easy to read. This book is certain to be of interest to those individuals new to the field of natural products as well as to senior scientists interested in a review of the subject areas covered by chapter."
    —Mark T. Hamann, The University of Mississippi, in Journal of Natural Products Review

    "… All in all, the book, including the excellent references, provides a good introduction to the methods and classes of natural products. It is an excellent starting point for new graduate students, and a useful reference for practitioners in the natural products field."
    —W. Ayer, University of Alberta, Royal Society of Chemistry