Chemical and pharmacological studies of the plants from genus Celastrus

Xiao Hui Su, Man Li Zhang, Wen Hong Zhan, Chang Hong Huo, Qing Wen Shi, Yu Cheng Gu, Hiromasa Kiyota

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The plants of genus Celastrus, distributed in Asia, have been used as natural insecticides and folk medicines to treat fever, chill, joint pain, edema, rheumatoid arthritis, and bacterial infection in China for a long time. This contribution reviews the chemical constituents, 1-144, isolated from the plants in genus Celastrus in the past few decades, and their biological activities. The compounds listed are sesquiterpenes (β-agarofurans), diterpenes, triterpenes, alkaloids, and flavonoids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-161
Number of pages16
JournalChemistry and Biodiversity
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 20 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology


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