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Fortschritte der Chemie organischer Naturstoffe / Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products

  • Authors
  • W. Herz
  • G. W. Kirby
  • R. E. Moore
  • W. Steglich
  • Ch. Tamm

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. S. B. Mahato, S. Garai
    Pages 1-196
  3. L. A. Otsomaa, A. M. P. Koskinen
    Pages 197-263
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 265-304

About this book


Saponins are complex molecules made up of sugars linked to a triterpenoid or a steroid or a steroidal alkaloid. These natural products are attracting much attention in recent years because of the host of biological activities they exhibit. The diversity of structural features, the challenges of isolation because of their occurrence as complex mixtures, the pharmacological and biological activities still to be discovered, and the prospect of commercialization - these all are driving the study of saponins. Triterpenoid saponins are dominating constituents of this class and occur widely throughout the plant kingdom including some human foods e. g. beans, spinach, tomatoes, and potatoes, and animal feed e. g. alfalfa and clover. Saponins were initially a rather neglected· area of research primarily because of great difficulties in their isolation and characterization. With the advent of more sophisticated methods of isolation and structure elucidation through the last two decades, there has been increased interest in these natural products. Besides structure determination, research activities are now moving forward to clarify structure-activity relationships. Our previous reviews on triterpenoid saponins (l, 2) covered literature from 1979 to mid-1989. The literature on triterpenoid saponins up to 1988 has also been covered by two reviews by HILLER et at. (3, 4). This review incorporates newer trends in isolation and structure determination of triterpenoid saponins, new triterpenoid saponins isolated and biological properties of these products reported during the period late 1989-mid 1996. 2.


6-dexyamino Triterpenoid saponin biochemistry chemistry natural product polymer sugar synthesis

Editors and affiliations

  • W. Herz
    • 1
  • G. W. Kirby
    • 2
  • R. E. Moore
    • 3
  • W. Steglich
    • 4
  • Ch. Tamm
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe Florida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  2. 2.Chemistry DepartmentThe University of GlasgowGlasgowScotland
  3. 3.Department of ChemistryUniversity of Hawaii at ManoaHonoluluUSA
  4. 4.Institut für Organische Chemie der Universität MünchenMünchenFederal Republic of Germany
  5. 5.Institut für Organische Chemie der Universität BaselBaselSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Fortschritte der Chemie organischer Naturstoffe / Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products
  • Series Title Fortschritte der Chemie organischer Naturstoffe / Progress in the Chemistry of Organic Natural Products
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag/Wien 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Vienna
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-211-83033-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-7091-7335-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-7091-6496-9
  • Series ISSN 0071-7886
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VII, 304
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Organic Chemistry
    Biochemistry, general
    Plant Sciences
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