Alexander Pontius

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Investigations of the marine-derived fungus Chaetomium sp. led to the isolation of the new natural products chaetoxanthones A, B, and C (1-3). Compounds 1 and 2 are substituted with a dioxane/tetrahydropyran moiety rarely found in natural products. Compound 3 was identified as a chlorinated xanthone substituted with a tetrahydropyran ring. The(More)
Chemical investigation of a strain of the marine-derived fungus Phoma sp. has led to the discovery of epoxyphomalin A (1) and B (2), two new prenylated polyketides with unusual structural features. Epoxyphomalin A (1) showed superior cytotoxicity at nanomolar concentrations toward 12 of a panel of 36 human tumor cell lines. In COMPARE analyses, the observed(More)
Investigations of the marine-derived fungus Monodictys putredinis led to the isolation of two novel dimeric chromanones (1, 2) that consist of two uniquely modified xanthone-derived units. The structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic measurements including NOE experiments and CD analysis to deduce the configuration. The compounds (1, 2) were(More)
The investigation of the marine-derived fungi Acremonium sp. and Nodulisporium sp. led to the isolation of the new natural products acremonisol A ( 1) and (3 R)-7-hydroxy-5-methylmellein ( 2). Both fungi are endophytes of marine algae. Compounds 1 and 2 are biosynthetically related by both being aromatic pentaketides belonging to the dihydroisocoumarins.(More)
Chemoprevention is considered a new strategy in fighting diverse types of cancer. To influence cancer development and progression, signaling pathways, for example, enzymes like cyclooxygenase-2, transcription factors like NF-kB, and several metabolic processes leading to activation or deactivation of carcinogenic agents, are envisaged as promising(More)
Natural products play an important role in the development of anticancer drugs. To date, predominantly metabolites from plants and bacteria served as lead structures for anticancer agents. Fungal metabolites and derivatives thereof are much less investigated for their potential in cancer therapy. There are, however, some promising candidates derived from(More)
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