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Issue 5, 2009
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Diterpenes from gorgonian corals

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Covering: 1995 to April 2008

Gorgonian corals continue to provide a wealth of novel structures, many of which exhibit potentially useful biological activity. Notably, the families Briareidae, Gorgoniidae and Plexauridae have been demonstrated to contain a wide variety of natural products including steroids, acetogenins, sesquiterpenes and diterpenes. The most common of the gorgonian natural products are the diterpenes, and the intent of this review is to describe such compounds isolated from gorgonian corals, with a focus on the structures of new compounds as well as their biological activity. There have been developments improving our understanding of the biosynthetic origin of selected diterpenes, and these will also be discussed. This review describes 602 new compounds from 177 articles.

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The article was received on 05 Dec 2008 and first published on 25 Mar 2009

Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/B821918B
Citation: Nat. Prod. Rep., 2009,26, 681-710

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    Diterpenes from gorgonian corals

    F. Berrue and R. G. Kerr, Nat. Prod. Rep., 2009, 26, 681
    DOI: 10.1039/B821918B

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