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Title: Antiproliferative cardenolides from Pentopetia androsaemifolia Decne. from the Madagascar rain forest
Authors: Adou, Eba
Miller, James S
Ratovoson, Fidisoa
Birkinshaw, Chris
Andriantsiferana, Rabodo
Rasamison, Vincent E
Kingston, David G I
Keywords: Biodiversity
Cardenolides
Drug discovery
Pentopetia androsaemifolia
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Plant natural products have historically been very important to drug discovery and development, particularly in the anticancer field. This is illustrated by a discussion of the structures and activities of camptothecin and its analogues, paclitaxel (Taxol®), the vinca alkaloids vinblastine and vincristine, and podophyllotoxin and its analogues. A description of the isolation of one new and three known cardenolides from the Madagascar plant Pentopetia androsaemifolia is then provided as an example of this approach to drug discovery. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of betulinic acid, an old compound which is being developed into an anticancer and anti-HIV agent, and ipomoeassin F, an interesting antiproliferative compound isolated from a plant collected in Suriname.
Page(s): 248-257
ISSN: 0975-1009 (Online); 0019-5189 (Print)
Source:IJEB Vol.48(03) [March 2010]

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