Oligomeric hydrolyzable tannins, a new class of plant polyphenols

Takuo Okuda, Takashi Yoshida, Tsutomu Hatano

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Oligomeric hydrolyzable tannins belong to a newly developed field of tannin research. The isolation and structure determination of the first oligomer, agrimoniin, were presented in 1982, and since then more than sixty oligomers have been obtained from various plants by 1989. This review deals with these oligomers which were classified according to the biogenetical coupling modes between monomeric hydrolyzable tannins, and their botanical sources. Recent techniques for their isolation and structure elucidation, and the biological activities of the oligomers are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1195-1218
Number of pages24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Pharmacology
  • Organic Chemistry


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