Natural products as mediators of disease

Neha Garg, Tal Luzzatto-Knaan, Alexey V. Melnik, Andrés Mauricio Caraballo-Rodríguez, Dimitrios J. Floros, Daniel Petras, Rachel Gregor, Pieter C. Dorrestein, Vanessa V. Phelan

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Covering: up to 2016 Humans are walking microbial ecosystems, each harboring a complex microbiome with the genetic potential to produce a vast array of natural products. Recent sequencing data suggest that our microbial inhabitants are critical for maintaining overall health. Shifts in microbial communities have been correlated to a number of diseases including infections, inflammation, cancer, and neurological disorders. Some of these clinically and diagnostically relevant phenotypes are a result of the presence of small molecules, yet we know remarkably little about their contributions to the health of individuals. Here, we review microbe-derived natural products as mediators of human disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-219
Number of pages26
JournalNatural Product Reports
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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