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Emily Balskus wins 2014 NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship


We are delighted to announce that Dr Emily Balskus from Harvard University (USA) is the winner of the 2014 NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

The NPR Lectureship is an annual event which is held at an international meeting, the recipient being a researcher who has made a significant contribution to any natural products-related research in their early independent career.

The conference at which the lecture will be delivered will be announced in due course.

Read more on Emily’s research on the Balskus lab Homepage

Previous winners include:
Rebecca Goss, University of St Andrews, UK (2013 winner)
Dean Tantillo, UC Davis Chemistry, USA (2012 winner)

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Nominate now for the Natural Product Reports 2014 Lectureship!

 Nominations are now open for the 2014 NPR Emerging Investigator Lectureship.

The Lectureship recognises a researcher who has made a significant contribution to a natural products-related area of the chemical sciences in their early independent career. The winner will deliver their lecture at an international meeting in the coming year.

Nominees should have completed their PhD on or after the 31st December 2001.

To nominate someone simply contact NPR Editor, Richard Kelly. All you need to provide are the name of the nominee and some very brief information about why you are nominating them. Nominations are open to everyone and should be received by 25th February 2014.

The winner will be selected by an Editorial Board panel and the result will be announced in Spring 2014.

The winner for the 2013 Lectureship was Rebecca Goss from University of St Andrews, UK.

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Q2 Top 10 for Natural Product Reports

Please take a look at the top 10 most accessed Natural Product Reports articles for the second quarter of 2013:

Natural product isolation – how to get from biological material to pure compounds  
Franz Bucar, Abraham Wube and Martin Schmid  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 525-545  
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20106F 

Marine natural products  
John W. Blunt, Brent R. Copp, Robert A. Keyzers, Murray H. G. Munro and Michèle R. Prinsep   
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 237-323  
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20112G 

Ribosomally synthesized and post-translationally modified peptide natural products: overview and recommendations for a universal nomenclature  
Wilfred A. van der Donk, et al.
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 108-160    
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20085F

Marine natural products: synthetic aspects 
Jonathan C. Morris   
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 783-805  
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20116C 

Hot off the press  
Robert A. Hill and Andrew Sutherland 
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 760-764  
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP90015K  

The antibody-drug conjugate: an enabling modality for natural product-based cancer therapeutics  
Hans-Peter Gerber, Frank E. Koehn and Robert T. Abraham   
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 625-639  
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20113A 

The enzymes of β-lactam biosynthesis 
Refaat B. Hamed, J. Ruben Gomez-Castellanos, Luc Henry, Christian Ducho, Michael A. McDonough and Christopher J. Schofield 
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 21-107  
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20065A 

Simple indole alkaloids and those with a non-rearranged monoterpenoid unit  
Minoru Ishikura, Takumi Abe, Tominari Choshi and Satoshi Hibino  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 694-752  
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20118J 

Using NMR to identify and characterize natural products  
Rosemary C. Breton and William F. Reynolds   
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 501-524  
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20104F 

Perspectives on natural product epigenetic modulators in chemical biology and medicine  
Fanny L. Cherblanc, Robert W. M. Davidson, Paolo Di Fruscia, Nitipol Srimongkolpithak and Matthew J. Fuchter 
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2013, 30, 605-624  
DOI: 10.1039/C3NP20097C 

We very much welcome your thoughts and comments about this blog below:

Fancy submitting an article to Natural Product Reports? Then why not submit to us today or alternatively email us your suggestions.

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Natural Product Reports Impact Factor rises to 10.178!

Thomson Reuters have just released their 2012 Journal Citation Reports®  and Natural Product Reports is #1 in both the Chemistry: Medicinal and Chemistry: Organic categories with an impact factor figure of 10.178!

With a truly international authorship publishing accessible and reader-friendly articles, NPR is the home of high impact, critical reviews in natural products research and related areas. The scope of the journal is broad and many reviews discuss the role of natural products in the wider bioinorganic, bioorganic and chemical biology communities. Areas covered include enzymology, nucleic acids, genetics, chemical ecology, carbohydrates, primary and secondary metabolism and analytical techniques.

Read the latest articles

Natural Product Reports’ key features:

  • An excellent and professional service
  • International editorial board, authorship and readership
  • Indexed in MEDLINE and other major databases
  • Free use of colour when it enhances the scientific understanding 

This is why Natural Product Reports is the leading journal in its field!

Thank you to all the authors, referees, readers and the members of our Editorial and Advisory Boards for your continued support which has led to this fantastic result.

The successes of all of RSC journals’ in the recent impact factor release can be found here, highlighting the quality of our publications.

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Polycyclic xanthones, cryptic secondary metabolome, steroidal glycosides: take your pick!

Welcome to NPR Issue 3, 2013

I do not know about you, but I find these circular genome data visualization plots make amazing covers. The one featured on this month’s issue illustrates the exciting review article by Christian Hertweck et al., presenting a genomic approach to the cryptic secondary metabolome of the anaerobic word.

Read this article for Free for the next 6 weeks – and let us know what you think by posting a comment below!

You will remember that Professor Hertweck was the winner of the 2011 NPR Lecture Award, and so that you may read more about his work at the forefront of natural products research, we’ve collated two of his previous NPR review articles below:

The chemistry and biology of cytochalasans
Kirstin Scherlach, Daniela Boettger, Nicole Remme and Christian Hertweck
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2010, 27, 869-886 

Type II polyketide synthases: gaining a deeper insight into enzymatic teamwork
Christian Hertweck, Andriy Luzhetskyy, Yuri Rebets and Andreas Bechthold
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2007, 24, 162-190 

This issue’s Highlight article is by John A. Porco Jr. et al. and summarizes key advancements in the construction of polycyclic xanthones, which have recently attracted significant attention due to their potential as antitumour agents.

Then, Victoria L. Challinor and James J. De Voss review the structure elucidation, bioactivities, biosynthesis, and distribution in the plant kingdom of open-chain steroidal glycosides, which represent a numerous, structurally diverse class of plant saponins.

Finally Yonghong Liu et al. provide an up-to-date account of sesterterpenoids, which structural conciseness and diverse bioactivity have made them attractive targets to the synthetic chemist, with biomedical purposes. 

Short and sweet, a selection we hope you will like!

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Welcome to NPR issue 1, 2013 – beta-lactams, flavoenzymes, and much more

Welcome to NPR Issue 1, 2013!

At NPR we’re kick-starting the New Year with a selection of exciting Highlight and Review articles we think you will like…

Interested in antibiotics? Read works by Yeo Joon Yoon et al. highlighting aminoglycosides, the review by Christopher J. Schofield et al. on biosynthetic pathways leading to the different classes of β-lactam antibiotics (cover article), or learn all about the tiacumicin odyssey in this overview by Jieping Zhu et al. of the chemistry and biology of tiacumicins since their discovery to the marketed drug.

Speaking of ribosomally synthesized natural products? Wilfred van der Donk led an impressive international multiauthored article on establishing a uniform and readily recognized nomenclature for ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified natural products. The whole community came together and made a recommendation, the results of which you can read in this article. Read more about it in this post.

This issue wouldn’t be complete without Christopher Walsh and Timothy A. Wencewicz’s work on flavoenzymes as versatile catalysts in biosynthetic pathways, that enable the many chemical transformations building complexity in the biosynthesized natural products architecture.

All these articles are Free to Access for an unlimited period  – enjoy and spread the word!

 Want to see your work in NPR?

Reviews, Highlights and Viewpoints in NPR are generally solicited by members of the editorial board; however we are happy to consider submission enquiries from authors. If you are interested in writing an article for NPR please contact the editorial office with a brief synopsis.

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2013 NPR Lectureship award – nominations now open!

We are delighted to announce that the 2013 NPR Lectureship award nominations are now open.

The NPR Lectureship is an annual event which is held at an international meeting. From 2013 the NPR Lectureship will be awarded to an Emerging Investigator, with the recipient being a researcher who has made a significant contribution to any natural products-related in their early independent career. Nominees should have completed their PhD on or after the 31st December 2000.

To nominate, please send the name of the person along with a brief justification to NPR Editor, Richard Kelly. Nominations are open to everyone and should be received by 31st December 2012.

The winner will be selected by a panel of judges and the result will be annouced in early 2013. The 2012 winner was Dean Tantillo, UC Davis Chemistry, USA whose research contributed significantly to the understanding of mechanistic enzymology.

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Natural Product Updates: now structure-searchable in ChemSpider

Natural Product Updates

Natural Product Updates (NPU) provides graphical abstracts of new developments in natural product chemistry, selected from dozens of key primary journals. Coverage includes:

  • Isolation studies
  • Biosynthesis
  • New natural products
  • Known compounds from new sources
  • Structure determinations
  • New properties and biological activities     

Around 200 graphical abstracts are contained in each monthly bulletin, including structure diagrams, trivial and taxonomic names, molecular formulae, physical and biological properties

Browse this Database

Subscribers to the monthly print bulletin also have free access to Natural Product Updates Online – the fully searchable web database which allows users to search across all items published in Natural Product Updates to date. This service provides full text search capability on a variety of terms.

An email alerting service is also available, allowing users to sign up for an email message every time a new monthly bulletin is published online.

Natural Product Updates, is now structure searchable in ChemSpider

Want to know more about ChemSpider?

Read all about the free chemical structure database providing fast search access to over 26 million structures from hundreds of data sources, and follow the latest news and development on the ChemSpider blog.

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Plant defense mechanisms on the cover of NPR Issue 11

Welcome to Natural Product Reports Issue 11, 2012

The cover this month illustrates work by Massimo E. Maffei (University of Turin) et al. presenting the diversity of plants defense mechanisms that are activated when plants are under attack from potentially dangerous microbes and insect herbivores, and plant-plant interactions. Enjoy FREE access to this article for the next 6 weeks upon a simple registration process:

Natural elicitors, effectors and modulators of plant responses
Massimo E. Maffei, Gen-Ichiro Arimura and Axel Mithöfer
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20053H

Also in this issue, read:

Bioactive natural products from Lysobacter
Yunxuan Xie, Stephen Wright, Yuemao Shen and Liangcheng Du
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20064C

Natural product ‘legal highs’
Warunya Arunotayanun and Simon Gibbons
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20068F

Natural stilbenoids: distribution in the plant kingdom and chemotaxonomic interest in Vitaceae
Céline Rivière, Alison D. Pawlus and Jean-Michel Mérillon
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20049J

Natural sesquiterpenoids
Braulio M. Fraga
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20074K

Guest edited by Professor Christopher Walsh and Dr Sylvie Garneau-Tsdodikova, the issue contains some of the newest discoveries in the field, along with 9 review articles that will lead the reader through exciting natural products research. Let us know what you think!

         

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Top ten most accessed articles in July 2012

This month sees the following articles in Natural Product Reports that are in the top ten most accessed:

The generation of “unNatural” products: Synthetic biology meets synthetic chemistry  
Rebecca J. M. Goss, Sreejith Shankar and Antoine Abou Fayad  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 870-889
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP00001F

Hot off the Press 
Robert A. Hill and Andrew Sutherland  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 829-833
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP90024F 

Strained cyclophane natural products: Macrocyclization at its limits 
Tanja Gulder and Phil S. Baran  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 899-934
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20034A

Plants as sources of new antimicrobials and resistance-modifying agents  
Ana Cristina Abreu, Andrew J. McBain and Manuel Simões  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 1007-1021
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20035J

Marine natural products  
John W. Blunt, Brent R. Copp, Robert A. Keyzers, Murray H. G. Munro and Michèle R. Prinsep  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 144-222
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP00090C 

Natural products from Cephalotaxus sp.: chemical diversity and synthetic aspects  
Hajer Abdelkafi and Bastien Nay  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 845-869
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20037F 

Isolation, biological activity, synthesis, and medicinal chemistry of the pederin/mycalamide family of natural products  
R. Adam Mosey and Paul E. Floreancig  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 980-995
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20052J 

Diterpenoids of terrestrial origin  
James R. Hanson  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 890-898
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20051A 

The nonribosomal synthesis of diketopiperazines in tRNA-dependent cyclodipeptide synthase pathways  
Pascal Belin, Mireille Moutiez, Sylvie Lautru, Jérôme Seguin, Jean-Luc Pernodet and Muriel Gondry
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 961-979
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20010D 

Diversity of P450 enzymes in the biosynthesis of natural products  
Larissa M. Podust and David H. Sherman  
Nat. Prod. Rep., 2012, 29, 1251-1266
DOI: 10.1039/C2NP20020A

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

Fancy submitting an article to Natural Product Reports? Then why not submit to us today or alternatively email us your suggestions.

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