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CHM562 Natural Products Spring 2011 Meets MWF @ 9 AM, II-307B Instructor: Dr. Catherine Neto email: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: II-301A phone: x6928, or 508-910-6928 Research Lab: II-301 Office hours TBA _____
Meets MWF @ 9 AM, II-307B
Instructor: Dr. Catherine Neto email: email@example.com
Office: II-301A phone: x6928, or 508-910-6928
Research Lab: II-301 Office hours TBA _____
Pre-requisite: 1 year of Organic Chemistry & lab; biochemistry strongly recommended.
Textbook: Medicinal Natural Products—a Biosynthetic Approach by Paul M. Dewick,
Wiley & Sons, 2nd or 3rd edition. Not available in the bookstore, see Amazon.com:
A 3-ring binder is highly recommended!
Some journal articles and other course materials will be distributed; others will be available in the library or through interlibrary loan. You will also have access to recent issues of Journal of Natural Products and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry through our laboratory subscription, can use the computer in II-301 to download those. 2001-2009 available in print.
Notes will be posted on my faculty course webpage:
Each student will be expected to give two 15-minute presentations in class based on the scientific literature.
Jan. 26th- March 9th:
Topics to be covered, in order of appearance:
Primary & secondary metabolites: building blocks, construction mechanisms,
Enzymes, vitamins & cofactors (Ch. 2 Dewick).
Acetate pathway to fatty acids, polyketides, macrocyclics (Ch. 3 Dewick)
Shikimatepathway to aromatic compounds & phenolics (Ch. 4 Dewick)
Flavonoidsand polyphenolics, antioxidant chemistry and biology (Literature)
Feb 21st: President’s Day, no school
Feb 22nd: It’s really Tuesday.No class.
Feb 23rd to March 2nd: Student presentation #1: Info coming soon!
March 11th: Exam #1
Goals of natural product research:
- energy and tissue construction
- includes particular carbohydrates, amino acids and proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, vitamins & cofactors
- are assembled from (pieces of) primary metabolites
- may be more prevalent or unique to certain genus, species
- often have vital functions in the source organism
- attractants for propagation of species
- defense against predators
- may have useful effects on humans/other organisms
Acetyl groups (CoA)
from mevalonic acid
Source of taxol
(plant part, common name, botanical name)
= Bark of Pacific yew, Taxusbrevifolia(Taxaceae)
Genus species (Family)