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Collecting together aspects of the chemistry of natural products, this work was conceived as a source of the underlying general principles governing modern natural products physics.
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March 1998 The series commonly referred to as the "Comprehensives" has been enriched by a new work, "Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry". Natural products have already been the object of innumerable treatises, reviews etc., many of which are very useful. However, none of these works, often very old, has addressed this very important subject in the same manner as "Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry". The reason for this originality stems first of all, of course, from the quality of the three editors: Sir Derek Barton, K. Nakanishi and O. Meth-Cohn, all craftsmen in this area, but also from the choice of the coeditors of each of the eight volumes which constitute this monumental work. They, in turn, have selected with great care the authors of each chapter and the result is coherent and innovative. The most recent aspects of the chemistry of natural products are addressed and discussed. The up-to-date bibliographic references allow easy access to the original sources of information. This work will be a milestone. It will not only be useful to chemists in general and to natural products chemists in particular but also to biochemists and biologists who will find much information unavailable in recent biochemistry textbooks. And, as everyone knows, the coming years will be marked by increasingly important developments in research conducted at the frontiers of chemistry and biology. "Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry" must find a place in all libraries and in research facilities dedicated to chemistry, biochemistry and medicinal chemistry. Many thanks to all those who have contributed to this useful - and monumental - work. -- P. Potier
The wonders of biological evolution are manifest not only in the countless living species found in nature but also in the vast numbers of organic natural products generated by them. Natural products have been of central importance to the field of organic chemistry as engines of its development and as links to the domain of biology. During the last two decades, especially, naturally occurring organic compounds have increasingly become a meeting place of chemical and biological science as the confluence of these fields has intensified. These trends are strongly reflected in the new nine-volume work on "Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry" which might equally well have borne the title "Chemistry and Biology of Natural Products." The topics of the chapters of the compendium which I have previewed have ranged from terpenoid biosynthesis (mono-, di- and tri-), to postranslational modification of proteins by prenylation, to enzyme mechanisms, to nucleic acids (dissocation, association, folding, manipulation), to pheromones, plant chemical ecology and marine natural products. In every case treatment of the subject matter was authoritative and the writing was concise and clear. Frankly, I was surprised by the scope of the work and the extensive treatment of the biochemical and biological aspects of natural products. This is much more than an encyclopedia of natural product structures and pathways of biosynthesis. It is a modern exposition of the science of natural products from the broadest and most modern perspective. In my opinion the new Comprehensive Natural Products Chemistry is an important addition to the review literature of chemistry and an excellent resource for research and teaching on naturally occurring organic compounds. The chapters cover an enormous range of carefully selected topics and can serve as an excellent guide to the relevant area. The print, structural formulas, and figures are of high quality. The individual authors deserve our thanks for producing a work which is stimulating, informative and enjoyable to read. -- E.J. Corey
This is a new series in chemistry of eight volumes with one more volume for indexes, in which the whole of Natural Products Chemistry is treated. -- Yoshinori Yamamoto
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Book Description Pergamon, 1999. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M008042709X