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Med Sci (Paris). 2014 Mar;30(3):319-28. doi: 10.1051/medsci/20143003021. Epub 2014 Mar 31.

[Search for natural substances with therapeutic activity: George R. Pettit].

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  • 1Association « Jardin de plantes anticancéreuses », place de l'Évêché, 29250 Saint-Pol-de-Léon, France.
  • 2Association « Jardin de plantes anticancéreuses », place de l'Évêché, 29250 Saint-Pol-de-Léon, France - ManRos Therapeutics, centre de Perharidy, 29680 Roscoff, France - Laboratoire de chimie et biochimie pharmacologiques et toxicologiques (LCBPT), unité de pharmacologie génétique et chimique, Inserm U1022, université Paris Descartes, 45, rue des Saints Pères, 75006 Paris, France.
  • 3Association « Jardin de plantes anticancéreuses », place de l'Évêché, 29250 Saint-Pol-de-Léon, France - ManRos Therapeutics, centre de Perharidy, 29680 Roscoff, France.

Abstract

This series of brief reviews covers the "life and work" of famous and iconic researchers who discovered major therapeutics from natural products: their life history, the circumstances of their discoveries, the molecules and their molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms of action, and their biomedical applications. Dedicated to George R. Pettit, the second article reviews the life of the famous researcher, his worldwide exploration of natural products, especially of marine origin, in search of promising anticancer leads, his discovery and structural elucidation of very potent drug candidates, their synthesis and the launch of some of them on the pharmaceutical market. An extraordinary scientific career which lead George R. Pettit from exploration of Nature to state-of-the-art analytical and synthetic chemistry and from clinical trials to therapeutic successes.

© 2014 médecine/sciences – Inserm.

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