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A marine metabolite based on a previously undescribed carbon skeleton, aberrarone (1), is reported as a natural product from the Caribbean sea whip, Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae. The molecular structure of the crystalline metabolite was established by spectral analysis and subsequently confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analysis. Aberrarone shows in vitro antimalarial activity against a chloroquine-resistant strain of the protozoan parasite Plasmodium falciparum.

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The Caribbean Sea Whip, or Gorgonian,  has been the source of a myriad of unusual natural products. The latest example being Aberrarone, which has a unique carbon skeleton, not observed before. Aberrarone gets its name from the Latin word aberrare,...