Secondary Metabolites from the Roots of Cinnamomum kanehirae
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Cinnamomum kanehirae Hayata (Lauraceae), a unique and native tree of Taiwan, is the major host for the medicinal fungus Antrodia cinnamomea, which exhibits anticancer activity . In the course of screening for biologically and chemically novel agents from Formosan Lauraceous plants, C. kanehirae Hayata was chosen for further phytochemical investigation. It grows in the mountains at an altitude of about 450–2000 m around the broad-leaved forests in Taiwan. In traditional Chinese medicine, it is claimed to be beneficial to clear the lungs, dispel apathy, and calm nervous depression. People hew this tree to harvest or cultivate its infected fungus, A. cinnamomea, for treatment of disease in folk medicine. Growing evidence shows that extracts, fermented products, or compounds isolated from A. cinnamomea possess growth inhibitory activity against various types of cancers . Other than its infected fungus, A. cinnamomea, little is known about this plant. Previously, we isolated eight...
This investigation was supported by a Grant from Fooyin University.
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