Happy St. Patrick’s day – something to help you with the snakes?

What does it look like?

Image generated by the Mercury crystal structure visualisation software http://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/Solutions/CSDSystem/Pages/Mercury.aspx

Image generated by the Mercury crystal structure visualisation software http://www.ccdc.cam.ac.uk/Solutions/CSDSystem/Pages/Mercury.aspx

What is it?

The Carqueqja plant has been used by the indigenous people of the amazon rainforest for centuries to treat a number of ailments.  Given this usefulness, a group of Brazilian scientists, also investigated if it could be used and an anti-venom.  They isolated the active ingredient (a clerodane diterpenoid which is what is pictured), determined it’s crystal structure and found that it was potentially very useful against a number of snake venoms.

Where did the structure come from?

The structural data for this molecule is held by the CCDC, code KIJREB, and was their ‘featured structure’ on Friday.

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