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Using Old Solutions to New Problems

Natural Drug Discovery in the 21st Century

Edited by Marianna Kulka

National Research Council, Italy

The medicinal use of plants, animals and microorganisms has been a part of human evolution and likely began before recorded history. Is it possible that this knowledge can be used to create powerful new drugs and solve some of the human health problems facing us today? This book is a collection of an expert team of agronomists, chemists, biologists and policy makers who discuss some of the processes involved in developing a naturally-sourced bioactive compound into a drug therapy. These experts define a natural compound and elucidate the processes required to find, extract and define a naturally-derived bioactive molecule. Finally, they describe the necessity for understanding the fundamental mechanisms of disease before applying bioactive molecules in bioassay-guided drug discovery platforms.

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Using Old Solutions to New ProblemsNatural Drug Discovery in the 21st CenturyEdited by Marianna Kulka

Published: June 19th 2013

DOI: 10.5772/46069

ISBN: 978-953-51-1158-0

eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-953-51-4245-4

Copyright year: 2013

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34340 Total Chapter Downloads

26 Crossref Citations

83 Web of Science Citations

56 Dimensions Citations


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1. Discovery, Development, and Regulation of Natural Products

By Juergen Krause and Gailene Tobin


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2. Genetic, Agronomy, and Metabolomics of Prince Edwards Island Wild Rose Collection and Promise for Cultivar Development

By Bourlaye Fofana, Kaushik Ghose, Bob Chapman and Kevin Sanderson


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3. Magnetic Resonance Technologies: Molecules to Medicine

By Nadine Merkley, Ian Burton, Tobias Karakach and Raymond T. Syvitski


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4. Marine Natural Products for Protein Misfolding Modulation

By James C. Giffin and Kathryn Vanya Ewart


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5. Marine Flatfish-Derived Bioactive Peptides: From the Ocean to the Bedside

By Susan Douglas


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6. Anticancer Properties of Phytochemicals Present in Medicinal Plants of North America

By Wasundara Fernando and H. P. Vasantha Rupasinghe


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7. A New Perspective on the Development of Cholesterol- Lowering Products

By Sandhya V.G. Nair and Yanwen Wang


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8. A Glance at the Complexity of Nutrition and the Prostate: Considering Molecular Targets to Unravel the Most Recent Controversy Between Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Their Impact on Prostate Cancer Risk

By Gailene Tobin, Robert Hurta and Marianna Kulka


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9. Mechanisms and Treatment of Photoaging and Photodamage

By Marianna Kulka


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10. Asthma in the 21st Century — Unexpected Applications of Ancient Treatments

By Priyanka Pundir, Xiaofeng Wang and Marianna Kulka


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11. Plant Based Natural Products and Breast Cancer: Considering Multi-Faceted Disease Aspects, Past Successes, and Promising Future Interventions

By Gailene Tobin, Ruwani Kalupahana and Marianna Kulka


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