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Review | Regular issue | Vol 57, No. 9, 2002, pp.1705-1715
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/REV-02-553
The Heterocyclic Natural Products of Gorgonian Corals of Genus Briareum Exclusive of Briarane-type Diterpenoids

Ping-Jyun Sung* and Ming-Chyuan Chen

*National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, 2 Houwan Road, Checheng, Pingtung, Taiwan 944, Taiwan, R.O.C.


An overview on the heterocyclic natural products of gorgonian octocorals of genus Briareum is presented. Based on previous studies, most of the heterocyclic natural products from Briareum are diterpenoid metabolites, including eunicellin, asbestinane, cembrane, and briarane-type derivatives. The structures, names, biological activities, and references of these natural products exclusive of briaranes are described in this review.