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Introduction

  • Colm Duffy
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Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Abstract

Mankind have always used natural resources in an effort to treat a variety of human ailments. These resources, including natural products, have traditionally been sourced from plants, animals or microorganisms. Nature has the ability to biosynthesise both simple and complex molecules which often have therapeutic effects. Such natural products are commonly secondary metabolites, compounds synthesised from primary metabolites such as amino acids, after an often complex series of metabolic steps. Despite the elaborate metabolic pathways undertaken to produce these metabolites, the precise biological function of these compounds often remains a mystery. However, in many cases these entities are known to have beneficial effects for the host organism.

Keywords

Secondary Metabolite Ocular Hypertension Double Bond Isomerisation Human Ailment Activate Signal Transduction Pathway 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.UCD School of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Centre for Synthesis and Chemical BiologyUniversity College DublinBelfield, Dublin 4Ireland

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