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Peyssonnoside A Diterpenoids and their analogues and derivatives are well known and highly varied compounds.  Cyclopropane groups are also frequently encountered in natural products, but it is rare that highly substituted and/or embedded cyclopropanes are reported. The structural novelty of such compounds together with their bioactivity are valuable for medicinal, synthetic and biological chemists. Peyssonnoside...

Symmetric Helical Synthesis Product This month’s problem is again a bit different from the others. It comes from the Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UK. John Lowe had been trying to challenge Structure Elucidator and asked his colleagues at the Department for interesting problems. David Carbery gave him two synthetic samples, A and B,...

Melohemsine J The plants of the genus Melodinus (Apocynaceae) include 53 species and several of them have been used in traditional Chinese medicine. They can be found in regions of southern China and, together with the Loganiaceae and Rubiaceae families they are known to contain many monoterpenoid indole alkaloids. For these reasons they have been...

Hypocrolide A A particular type of sesquiterpenoids are botryanes. The have the same basic skeleton of a bivyvliv nonisoprenoid system. They have only been found in a few fungal species, including the pathogen Botrytis cinereal, a necrotrophic plant. Since they are sesquiterpene metabolites they expected, and they do show, various biological activity. Yuan at al...

Leonuketal Leonurus Japonicus is a plant that is used in common traditional Chinese medicine. In fact, the aerial parts of it are in the Chinese Pharmacopoeia. Many diterpene metabolites have been discovered on plants of the same genus, with the common characteristics of the furanolabdane class. This class has been found to have interesting bioactivities...

Lucidumone Meroterpenoids are natural products containing a terpenoid and a non-terpenoid part. There have been many classes of such compounds isolated and characterized so far, from various natural sources, several of which have been found to have a wide range of biological activities. Meroterpenoids from various fungi usually show considerable biological activity and for this...

E. Ioannou et al have developed an integrated metabolomic platform for the identification of known compounds and detection of new metabolites at the early stages of phytochemical analysis. Vagiallene was isolated through a series of chromatographic separations, molecular formula C15H15Br2O5.

Spirobisnaphthalenes are a relatively new and rare family of secondary metabolites. Their core structure usually consists of two bicyclo[4.4.0]decane units, connected with one another through at least one spiro center. The reported compound is a novel symmetric spirobisnaphthalene with a unique structural feature. Spiroaxillarone A, molecular formula C19H12O6.

There are numerous ways that the 3D structure of a molecule can be elucidated, including the use of our own ACD/Structure Elucidator software. I had the chance to sit down with Dimitris Argyropoulos, our NMR Business Manager, after SMASH 2019 and discuss 3D structure elucidation and the technology involved in its current and future use.

Reliable structure verification of candidate molecules is at the very core of any successful chemical discovery or development program. NMR provides unprecedented levels of information for unraveling the actual structure of compounds, and is an essential tool for chemists to confirm that they made what they intended to make. Read on to learn about ACD/Labs' efforts in the area of structure verification.