Natural Products: Structure, Bioactivity and Applications


Ramiro E. Goncalves (Editor)
Marcos Cunha Pinto (Editor)

Series: Biochemistry Research Trends

A natural product is a chemical compound or substance produced by a living organism – found in nature that usually has a pharmacological or biological activity for use in pharmaceutical drug discovery and drug design. A natural product can be considered as such even if it can be prepared by total synthesis. In this book, the authors present current research in the study of the structure, bioactivity and applications of natural products. Topics discussed include the in-vitro assessment of chromones and alkaloids from Caribbean plants as potential anti-tuberculars and chemopreventors; natural products as inhibitors of ubiquitin and ubiquitin-like protein-proteasome pathways; the biological activities of red propolis; nanoencapsulation of natural products; and natural products as a source of potential drugs for the treatment of fungal infections. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Pteridophytes: Ethnobotany and Pharmacologic Bioactivities
(Maria Flaviana Bezerra Morais-Braga, Teógenes Matias de Souza, Irwin Rose Alencar de Menezes, José Galberto Martins da Costa, João Batista Teixeira da Rocha, Rogério de Aquino Saraiva, Pablo Nogara, Diones Bueno, Margareth Linde Athayde, Aline Augusti Boligon, Antonio Álamo Feitosa Saraiva, Henrique Douglas Melo Coutinho, Departamento de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Santa Maria, RS, Brasil, and others)

In-Vitro Assessment of Chromones, Alkaloids and other Natural Products from Caribbean Plants as Potential Anti-Tuberculars and Chemopreventors
(Sheena Francis, Damion Morris, Mario Shields, Helen Jacobs, Rupika Delgoda, Natural Products Institute, University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, and others)

Natural Products as Inhibitors of the Ubiquitin-/Ubiquitin-Like Protein-Proteasome Pathway
(Dik-Lung Ma, Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Daniel Shiu-Hin Chan, Ka-Ho Leung, Hai-Jing Zhong, Chung-Hang Leung, Department of Chemistry, Hong Kong Baptist University, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong, and others)

A Review of the Plant Origins, Composition and Biological Activity of Red Propolis
(Begoña Gimenez-Cassina López, Alexandra Christine Helena Frankland Sawaya, Program of Bioscience and Bioactive Product Technology, Plant Biology Department, Institute of Biology, São Paulo State University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil)
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Nanoencapsulation of Natural Products with Multifunctional Properties in Silica and Hybrid Organic-Silica Host Matrices
(Ioana Lacatusu, Nicoleta Badea, Aurelia Meghea, University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science, Bucharest, Romania)*

Natural Products as a Source of Potential Drugs for the Treatment of Fungal Infections
(Fernanda F. Campos, Susana Johann, Vera L. dos Santos, Department of Microbiology, Instituto de Ciencias Biologicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil)*


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