alexa The Mediterranean Sponge Dysidea avara as a 40 Year Inspiration of Marine Natural Product Chemists
ISSN: 2332-2543

Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Species
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The Mediterranean Sponge Dysidea avara as a 40 Year Inspiration of Marine Natural Product Chemists

Giuseppina Tommonaro1*, Carmine Iodice1, Faten K. Abd El-Hady2, Giulia Guerriero3 and Boris Pejin4

1National Research Council of Italy, Institute of Biomolecular Chemistry, CNR-ICB, Pozzuoli-Naples, Italy

2Department of Chemistry of Natural Products, National Research Center, Dokki, Giza, Egypt

3Department of Biology, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy

4Department of Life Sciences, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research – IMSI, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia

*Corresponding Author:
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Received date: July 10, 2015 Accepted date: July 20, 2015 Published date: July 27, 2015

Citation: Tommonaro G, Iodice C, Abd El-Hady FK, Guerriero G, Pejin B (2015) The Mediterranean Sponge Dysidea avara as a 40 Year Inspiration of Marine Natural Product Chemists. J Biodivers Endanger Species S1:001. doi:10.4172/2332-2543.S1-001

Copyright: © 2015, Tommonaro G, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Marine sponges have been intensively studied by organic chemists, biologists and pharmacologists during last 60 years, due to great biodiversity of their secondary metabolites. A couple of very promising bioactivities of these compounds have been reported. Indeed, some of these metabolites are considered as the leads for the future drugs targeting tumours, viral and bacterial diseases, malaria and inflammations. Herein we briefly report key bioactivities of avarol, the main secondary metabolite of the marine sponge Dysidea avara (Schmidt, 1862).


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