Drugs of Natural Origin is a unique multidisciplinary book suitable for undergraduate and graduate students and teachers in the area of natural product science, but also as a complementary book for disciplines like medicinal chemistry, biochemistry and pharmacology. The book can also serve society as a scientific source for the understanding of a sustainable use of natural products in the development of new drugs, scientifically based herbal remedies, and environmentally friendly biomolecules.
During evolution, molecules have been developed for specific functions in nature. These bioactive substances have a potential as new drug candidates in drug development, but also as pharmacological tools, intermediates or templates for synthesis of drugs. This book deals with terrestrial and marine bioactive substances of plant, microbial or animal origin. The occurrence, biosynthesis, isolation, chemistry and medical use are described together with basic research strategies. An increased understanding of the medical importance of bioactive natural products has developed in society. Since the publication of the sixth edition, six years ago, considerable progress has been achieved in the study of biosynthetic pathways, mainly based on gene technology. The revolution in high-throughput sequencing technology has given an increasing access to microbial genome sequences, which opens up new possibilities in the discovery of novel bioactive natural products. This development is reflected in a substantial revision and expansion of the book, but also removal of some sections containing products remotely associated with drugs. The new book also contains description of novel drugs marketed since the publication of the previous edition, especially in the field of diabetes, cancer and infection.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Plant-derived Crude Drugs and Herbal Remedies. Biotechnological Drug Production. Formation of Pharmacologically Active Compounds in Plants – Biosynthesis. Carbohydrates. Natural Products Derived Biosynthetically from Shikimic Acid. Natural Products Derived Biosynthetically from Acetate. Amino acids. Natural Products Derived Biosynthetically from Amino Acids. Alkaloids. Purines and Pyrimidines. Phosphonates and Phosphinates. Appendix I. Index.
"The seventh edition of Drugs of Natural Origin. A Treatise
of Pharmacognosy preserves the same high standards as in
the sixth edition. Altogether, there are 12 chapters in this newly
revised edition, written by two internationally renowned
authors. The chapters are well organized, and at the end of
each chapter the authors provide a section for further reading
with primary references that could be used by the reader to
enhance the content found in the book on a particular topic. . . .
Currently, this book may be regarded as the leading text in
the area of pharmacognosy in the English language. The new
generation of scientists in the area of natural products and their
students will certainly benefit from this high-quality textbook.
In this reviewer’s opinion, this textbook should be available in
every university biomedical library and in the individual
collection of natural product researchers, as it is covers
multidisciplinary areas of applications, including biochemistry,
ethnomedicine, medicinal chemistry, and phytochemistry.
Kudos to the authors for this truly outstanding volume!"
--Esperanza Carcache de Blanco, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, United States