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Analysis of the chemical components of the marine bacterium Saccharomonospora sp. CNQ-490 carried out by Fenical and coworkers yielded three novel compounds, including saccharobisindole (molecular formula C26H28N2O3). Its chemical structure was elucidated by the interpretation of 1D, 2D NMR (HSQC, HMBC and COSY) , and high-resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS) data.

Sung et al. isolated two new caryophyllene-type sesquiterpenoids, rumphellol A and B, from the Rumphella antipathies gorgorian coral. These compounds contain a 9-membered ring fused with a cyclobutane ring, which is rarely observed in natural products. We used ACD/Structure Elucidator to confirm the structure of rumphellol A (molecular formula C15H24O2).

Is there anything that analytical chemists hate more than false positives and false negatives? While it is impossible to eliminate error completely, it is possible to control it. Understanding the relationship between false positives and negatives allows us to optimize our experimental design. We discuss more in this blog post.

ACD/Labs is committed to supporting scientific experts from many of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical and chemical companies in identifying, verifying, and elucidating chemical structures. Recently, we brought together some of these experts to discuss their workflows and how they’ve improved efficiency and confidence in structure determination.

Mass spectrometry (MS) is a valuable tool that can give you vast amounts of MS data to help you identify and quantify components. MS has been used to discover, determine, and quantify sample compounds in the proteomics, metabolomics, imaging, and glycomics applications across the food, pharmaceutical, and environmental industries. Combining MS with appropriate software and computer technology allows the possibility for more extensive applications. But first, we must understand the basics.

Using the traditional method of structure elucidation based on analysis of HSQC, HMBC and COSY data, the authors deduced a large part of the molecular structure, but the lack of carbons bearing hydrogen atoms prevented them to assemble the full structure. To alleviate this problem, ACD/Structure Elucidator was utilized in Trichopsistide A, molecular formula C23H29NO5.

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