Molecular Aspects of Halogen-Based Biosynthesis of Marine Natural Products

  • William Fenical
Part of the Recent Advances in Phytochemistry book series (RAPT, volume 13)


An exceptional feature of many marine-derived secondary metabolites is the high degree of halogen-atom substitution, particularly with the element bromine1. Halogenated terpenes and acetate-derived compounds are particularly common metabolites of the marine red algae or seaweeds (Rhodophyta), and it is generally considered that these secondary compounds are produced as defensive substances to deter prospective predators1.


Methyl Ketone Marine Natural Product Skeletal Type Methyl Migration Bonnemaisonia Hamifera 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • William Fenical
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Marine ResourcesScripps Institution of OceanographyLa JollaUSA

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