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Volume 15 (2001), 3,4, Pages 177-182

NMR study of acutanol, a new cembrene alcohol, and sarcophytol A isolated from the soft coral Sarcophyton acutangulum

Keiko Mada, Takashi Ooi, and Takenori Kusumi

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Tokushima University, Tokushima 770‒8505, Japan

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A new cembrene alcohol, named acutanol, has been isolated from the soft coral, Sarcophyton acutangulum. Its structure has been determined on the basis of extensive NMR study. Absolute configuration of the major component, sarcophytol A, has been confirmed by use of a chiral anisotropic reagent, 1‒naphthylmethoxyacetic acid (1NMA).