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2014-09-11 20:20:11

Researchers at biotech firm Morphogenesis have identified marine microorganisms that will yield critical pharmaceuticals such as anti-cancer drugs and antibiotics from seafloor sediment samples harvested by Odyssey TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Morphogenesis Inc., a leading biotechnology and cancer-treatment research and development firm, has discovered substances with pharmaceutical properties beneficial to mankind from seafloor sediment samples that were recovered from the...

2014-07-15 10:12:40

The Institute for Genomic Biology Antibiotic resistance is depleting our arsenal against deadly diseases and infections, such as tuberculosis and Staph infections, but recent research shows promise to speed up the drug discovery process. In a study reported in ACS Chemical Biology, University of Illinois researchers developed a new technique to quickly uncover novel, medically relevant products produced by bacteria. Past techniques involved screening more than 10,000 samples to find...

2014-05-12 12:22:34

AMSTERDAM, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry enables scientists to explore new drug candidates through a comprehensive database with new search features, refined user-interface and integration with Reaxys Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, today announced that Reaxys Medicinal Chemistry offers the world's...

2014-04-16 16:13:04

New screening technique opens the door to unlimited opportunities, both in terms of chemistry and biology research Researchers at Griffith University's Eskitis Institute have developed a new technique for discovering natural compounds which could form the basis of novel therapeutic drugs. The corresponding author, Professor Ronald Quinn AM said testing the new process on a marine sponge had delivered not only confirmation that the system is effective, but also a potential lead in the...

2013-11-25 15:17:51

New methods for the laboratory-scale synthesis of coumarin-based drugs were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. In his doctoral thesis, Lic. Phil. Juri Timonen also developed new analytical methods for the fast identification of natural and non-natural coumarins. A few of the synthesised coumarins were also found to inhibit some specific reactions generally associated with inflammation. Coumarin is an aromatic compound, naturally occurring in many...

2013-11-07 13:48:10

The University of Oklahoma Natural Products Discovery Group has taken an unconventional approach to finding new compounds with therapeutic relevance by launching a crowdsourcing initiative with citizen scientists from around the country. With this approach, OU researchers team with the public to sample soils from all across the United States for the purpose of identifying new microorganisms that produce drug-like compounds. This effort recently led to the discovery of maximiscin, a unique...

2013-10-22 23:25:18

Xtalks presents an exciting live webinar on Thursday October 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm EDT which will describe the use of natural products as starting points for the development of new anti-fungal agents. Toronto, Canada (PRWEB) October 22, 2013 Inhibition of b-1,3-glucan synthesis is the mechanism of action of the echinocandin class of natural products and has been shown to result in clinically effective therapy for important fungal pathogens including azole resistant Candida spp. and invasive...

2013-09-26 13:46:13

A team of researchers led by Michel De Waard, Inserm Research Director at the Grenoble Institute of Neurosciences  (Inserm, University Joseph Fourier, CNRS), has discovered that an African medicinal plant produces large quantities of molecules with analgesic properties. Even more surprising, analysis show that the molecule is identical to Tramadol, a wholly synthetic medication that is used world-wide as a painkiller. According to the research team, this is the first time ever that a...

Fighting Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs With Marine Microorganisms
2013-06-20 14:13:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Chemists reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie that they reproduced a marine compound that inhibits the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs." A microorganism found off the coast of Alicante shows promise for fighting the growing superbug problem. Chemists at the Combinatorial Lab were able to synthesize baringolin and reveal its structure, opening up the possibility to better understand more about these...


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Phytotherapy Research
2012-05-01 10:17:25

Phytotherapy Research is a monthly peer-reviewed scientific journal publishing original research papers, short communications, reviews, and letters on medicinal plant research. Topics include pharmacology, toxicology, and the clinical applications of herbs and natural products in medicine, from case histories to clinical trials, including studies of herb-drug interactions and other aspects of the safety of herbal medicines. Short communications dealing with the pharmacology and screening...

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