Natural products chemistry represents an alternative to success in drug discovery. This project proposes an approach to diversification of the structure of a natural product; the so-called "precursor-directed biosynthesis"(BDP). The target of this diversification natural product is the pentacyclic oxindole alkaloids (AOP) and tetracyclic oxindole alkaloids (AOT), accumulated in the species U. guianensis. BDP experiment will be employed to generate new AOP and AOT analogues by supplementation of two methylated tryptamine analogues, main indole biosynthetic precursor, in the medium of in vitro culture of U. guianensis.
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