Detection of pharmacologically active natural products using ecology : selected examples from indopacific marine invertebrates and sponge-derived fungi

Proksch, P. and Ebel, R. and Edrada, R. A. and Schupp, P. and Lin, W. H. and Sudarsono, S. and Wray, V. and Steube, K. (2003) Detection of pharmacologically active natural products using ecology : selected examples from indopacific marine invertebrates and sponge-derived fungi. Pure and Applied Chemistry, 75 (2-3). pp. 343-352. ISSN 0033-4545

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Abstract

This review article presents our group's recent research findings with regard to bioactive natural products from marine sponges and tunicates, as well as from sponge-derived fungi. The organisms discussed originate in the Indopacific region, which has an exceptionally rich marine biodiversity. Major topics that are covered in our review include the chemical ecology of sponges, focusing on defense against fishes, as well as the isolation and identification of new bioactive constituents from sponges and tunicates. Sponge-derived fungi are introduced as an emerging source for new bioactive metabolites, reflecting the currently growing interest in natural products from marine microorganisms.