Afromontoside. A new cytotoxic principle from Dracaena afromontana

K. Sambi Reddy, Mohammed S. Shekhani, David E. Berry, David G. Lynn, Sidney M. Hecht

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A new cytotoxic principle, steroidal saponin afromontoside (1), has been isolated from a methanolic extract of the twigs of Dracaena afromontana. It was shown to be (25R)-furost-5-ene-3β,22α,26-triol 26-O-α-L- rhamnopyranoside 3-O-([O-α-L-rhamnopyranosyl(1→4)]-β-D- glucopyranoside) by spectral and chemical methods. The aglycone of afromontoside, diosgenin, as well as dihydrodiosgenin and several structurally related compounds have been shown to be cytotoxic to cultured KB cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)987-992
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Perkin Transactions 1
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

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  • General Chemistry


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