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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...

2012-06-27 02:22:14

COPLEY, Ohio, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In the past decade consumer knowledge and concern over the products they put on their skin has dramatically increased. Increasing bodies of research have validated concerns over chemicals and other toxins found in everything from lotions and shampoos to soaps, deodorants, perfumes, lip balms and even salon hair treatments. Skin is our largest organ. It is meant to form a protective barrier against the elements and insulate our internal organs...

2012-05-31 02:25:56

IRVINE, Calif., May 31 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ChromaDex Corporation (OTCBB: CDXC), an innovative natural products company that provides proprietary, science-based solutions and ingredients to the dietary supplement, food & beverage, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries, announced today that it has formed a collaboration with The Scripps Center for Metabolomics to generate tandem mass spectrometry data for compounds from the ChromaDex natural products and phytochemical catalog. (Logo:...

2011-10-12 07:00:00

A biotechnical company called Biomar Microbial Technologies, has recently announced its strategy to achieve an annual growth superior to 20%, from 2011 to 2014, based on the intensive internationalization and diversification policy of its Business Units in various business sectors. In like manner, Biomar has just made public the positive results it has obtained from the research carried out on some of their marine compounds to treat Glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of cancer, as well as...

2011-09-06 12:35:24

In a first-ever comprehensive study of the species origins of nature-derived drugs, it is shown that drug-producing species are concentrated and clustered in a limited number of families, refuting the conventional view that as every nature species produces biologically active molecules, one can find drugs from almost any major block of species groups if one looks for them hard enough. Whether you have a mild headache or you are running a fever, there is a high chance that the drug that is...


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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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