Marine huge molecules: the longest carbon chains in natural products

Authors

  • Masaki Kita,

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    1. Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571, Japan
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8571, Japan, Tel: +81-29-853-4526/Fax: +81-29-853-4313
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  • Daisuke Uemura

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    1. Department of Biosciences and Informatics, Keio University, Hiyoshi 3-14-1, Yokohama 223-8522, Japan
    2. Institute for Advanced Research, Nagoya University, Furo-cho, Chikusa, Nagoya 464-8602, Japan
    • Professor, Department of Biosciences and Informatics, Keio University, Hiyoshi 3-14-1, Yokohama 223-8522, Japan, Tel/Fax: +81-45-566-1842
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Abstract

Marine huge polyol and polyether compounds are remarkable molecules owing to their extraordinary structures and significant biological activities. Currently, palytoxin and maitotoxin are believed to have the longest carbon chains in nature (more than 100 Å in length), except for biopolymers. The structural properties of such marine huge molecules are highlighted, especially with regard to the length and shape of their carbon chains. © 2010 The Japan Chemical Journal Forum and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Chem Rec 10: 000–000; 2010: Published online in Wiley InterScience (www.interscience.wiley.com) DOI 10.1002/tcr.200900030

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