This volume presents frontier reviews on recent developments on bioactive natural products in cutting-edge areas by eminent experts in their respective fields. Fourteen reviews treat diverse and different topics in natural products chemistry - basic ones, medicinally oriented ones, agro-oriented ones and ecologically oriented ones. It is an important addition to this important series on Natural Products Chemistry, generally acknowledged to be the leading series on this topic.


Natural product chemists, medicinal chemists, pharmacologists as well as researchers particularly those in academica and in the pharmaceutical industry.

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Antitumor agent 248. Chemistry and antitumor activity of tylophorine-related alkaloids LINYI WEI, ARNOLD BROSSI, SUSAN L. MORRIS-NATSCHKE, KENNETH F. BASTOW AND KUO-HSIUNG LEE Antitumor and antimetastatic actions of various natural products YOSHIYUKI KIMURA Natural stilbenes and analogues as ntineoplastic agents FULVIA ORSINI AND GUIDO SELLO Discoveries of the diels-alderases AKITAMI ICHIHARA Lipids of membranes: Chemistry, biological role and applications as drug carriers SOPHIA HATZIANTONIOY AND COSTAS DEMETZOS Metabolism of plant hormones cytokinins and their function in signaling, cell differentiation and plant development PETR GALUSZKA, LUKÁŠ SPÍCHAL, DAVID KOPECNÝ, PETR TARKOWSKI, JITKA FRÉBORTOVA, MAREK ŠEBELA AND IVO FRÉBORT (+)-Biotin: A challenge for industrially viable total synthesis of natural products MASAHIKO SEKI Biotechnology for the production of plant natural products RAFAEL ZARATE, NABIL EL JABER-VAZDEKIS, ELENA CEQUIER-SÁNCHEZ, FÁTIMA GUTÍERREZ-NICOLÁS AND ÁNGEL G. RAVELO Roles of insect and mammal pheromones: Vomeronasal receptors DANIEL GARCÍA VELÁZQUEZ, JOSÉ J. MARRERO TELLADO AND ANGEL G. RAVELO Stilbenoids: Chemistry and bioactivities KAI XIAO, HONG-JUN ZHANG, LI-JIANG XUAN, JUAN ZHANG,YA-MING XU AND DONG-LU BAI Tissue culture of medicinal plants: Micropropagation, transformation and production of useful secondary metabolites KAYO YOSHIMATSU Isoquinuclidines: A review of chemical and pharmacological properties M.O. FARUK


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Atta-ur-Rahman, Professor Emeritus, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research), University of Karachi, Pakistan, was the Pakistan Federal Minister for Science and Technology (2000-2002), Federal Minister of Education (2002), and Chairman of the Higher Education Commission with the status of a Federal Minister from 2002-2008. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS) and an UNESCO Science Laureate. He is a leading scientist with more than 930 publications in several fields of organic chemistry.