Güner Ekiz

Güner Ekiz
Near East University · Department of Pharmaceutical Microbiology

PhD

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The xylariaceous genus Dematophora has recently been resurrected and segregated from Rosellinia based on a molecular phylogeny and morphological characters. This was an important taxonomic change because Dematophora in the current sense contains several important pathogens, while Rosellinia is limited to mainly saprotrophic species that have an end...
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Cycloastragenol [20(R),24(S)-epoxy-3β,6α,16β,25-tetrahydroxycycloartane] (CA), the principle sapogenol of many cycloartane-type glycosides found in Astragalus genus, is currently the only natural product in the antiaging market as telomerase activator. Here, we report biotransformation of 20(27)-octanor-cycloastragenol (1), a thermal degradation pr...
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In addition to two known ecdysteroids, 20-hydroxyecdysone and turkesterone, three previously undescribed stigmastane-type ecdysteroids were isolated from the underground parts of Rhaponticum acaule (L.) DC. by chromatographic techniques (CC, VLC, MPLC). The structures of the compounds were established by chemical (acetylation) and spectroscopic met...
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Biotransformation of Astragalus sapogenins (cycloastragenol (1) and astragenol (2)) by Astragalus species originated endophytic fungi resulted in the production of five new metabolites (3, 7, 10, 12, 14) together with 10 known compounds. The structures of the new compounds were established by NMR spectroscopic and HRMS analysis. Oxygenation, oxidat...
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The microbial transformation of cyclocanthogenol (CCG), Astragalus sp. originated sapogenin, by the endophytic fungus Alternaria eureka 1E1BL1 isolated from Astragalus angustifolius was investigated. Hydroxylation, oxidation, epoxidation, O-methylation, ring-expansion and methyl migration reactions were observed on the triterpenoid skeleton. As a r...
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Two metabolites from the ascomycete fungus Septofusidium berolinense were recently identified as having antineoplastic activity [Ekiz, et al. (2015) J. Antibiot. (Tokyo)]. However, the basis for this activity is not known. One of the compounds [3,6-dihydroxy-2-propylbenzaldehyde (GE-1)] is a hydroquinone and the other [2-hydroxymethyl-3-propylcyclo...
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Bioactive natural products can be produced by almost all types of living organisms, and especially soil bacteria and fungi are rich sources of these natural products.1, 2 Among them, fungi are remarkable organisms with unique biochemical pathways that produce a wide range of natural products such as penicillin, cyclosporin, statins, aflatoxins, tri...
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In this study, 16 marine sponge samples collected from Eastern Mediterranean Sea were used for the isolation of sponge-associated Actinobacteria. Different media and pre-treatment methods were applied for the isolation experiments. In total, 7578 actinomycetes colonies were observed on the primary isolation plates, and 20 representative isolates we...
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Aims of this study were to isolate endophytes from different parts of hazelnut – Corylus avellana L. to obtain bioactive secondary metabolites and search for the presence of gene region of taxadiene synthase (Ts), a key enzyme in taxol biosynthesis, on selected fungi. Fourteen fungal species were isolated and cultured for the screening studies. The...
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In this study, 16 marine sponge samples collected from Eastern Mediterranean Sea were used for the isolation of sponge-associated Actinobacteria. Different media and pre-treatment methods were applied for the isolation experiments. In total, 7578 actinomycetes colonies were observed on the primary isolation plates, and 20 representative isolates we...

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