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A Historical Overview of Natural Products in Drug Discovery

Overview of attention for article published in Metabolites, April 2012
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (97th percentile)

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4 news outlets
15 tweeters
1 Facebook page
2 Wikipedia pages


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A Historical Overview of Natural Products in Drug Discovery
Published in
Metabolites, April 2012
DOI 10.3390/metabo2020303
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Daniel A. Dias, Sylvia Urban, Ute Roessner


Historically, natural products have been used since ancient times and in folklore for the treatment of many diseases and illnesses. Classical natural product chemistry methodologies enabled a vast array of bioactive secondary metabolites from terrestrial and marine sources to be discovered. Many of these natural products have gone on to become current drug candidates. This brief review aims to highlight historically significant bioactive marine and terrestrial natural products, their use in folklore and dereplication techniques to rapidly facilitate their discovery. Furthermore a discussion of how natural product chemistry has resulted in the identification of many drug candidates; the application of advanced hyphenated spectroscopic techniques to aid in their discovery, the future of natural product chemistry and finally adopting metabolomic profiling and dereplication approaches for the comprehensive study of natural product extracts will be discussed.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Brazil 6 <1%
Mexico 5 <1%
Germany 4 <1%
India 4 <1%
United Kingdom 3 <1%
Chile 3 <1%
Malaysia 3 <1%
Nigeria 3 <1%
United States 2 <1%
Other 15 1%
Unknown 1425 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 332 23%
Student > Master 314 21%
Student > Bachelor 266 18%
Researcher 137 9%
Unspecified 135 9%
Other 272 18%
Unknown 17 1%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemistry 472 32%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 313 21%
Unspecified 195 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 187 13%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 119 8%
Other 170 12%
Unknown 17 1%

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