Natural product chemistry and Pharmacognosy


Marine natural products as drugs - achievements and challenges from the chemist´s point of view

The natural product-based drug discovery depends largely on the continuous supply of novel natural agents. Although the unexplored natural product universe is still ample, it is not an easy task to find novel agents from nature. To address this challenge untapped biological resources such as the marine environment, have been paid increasingly attention.
The first part of the presentation will cover the main variety of marine natural products used as drugs. Different challenges in the analysis of marine natural products will be illustrated, and the different properties of marine and terrestrial drugs will be compared - for instance with respect to hydrophobicity. 


Committee: Torgils Fossen    Tanja Barth        Giovanni Occhipinti