Marine sesterterpenes: an overview

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Sesterterpenes form a small group of terpenoids that are mainly present in the marine world although they are also produced by terrestrial organisms such as fungi, and in minor extent higher plants, lichens and insects. Sesterterpenes are diverse and these compounds display significant biological activities such as anti-inflammatory, cytotoxic, anticancer, antimicrobial, antitubercular, and anti-biofilm. This review presents the sesterterpenoid compounds identified from marine sources between 2013 and 2017. Structures are grouped as scalaranes, linear sesterterpenes and other sesterterpenes. Natural sources and reported biological activities are summarized in a table format.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2381-2393
Number of pages13
JournalCurrent Organic Chemistry
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Antiproliferative
  • Biological activity
  • Cytotoxic
  • Linear sesterterpenes norsesterterpenes
  • Natural products discovery
  • Scalaranes
  • Sesterterpenes


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