Novel Sweet-Tasting Saponins of the Cycloartane, Oleanane, Secodammarane, and Steroidal Types

  • Edward J. Kennelly
  • Rutt Suttisri
  • A. Douglas Kinghorn
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 405)


For over 15 years we have carried on an active program in the discovery and evaluation of potently sweet compounds of plant origin at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Kinghorn and Soejarto, 1986; Kinghorn and Kennelly, 1995). In the course of this project, we have examined sweet-tasting plants from many parts of the world. While these plants have often been unrelated taxonomically, several of the sweet-tasting compounds discovered have turned out to be triterpenoid and steroidal saponins. This chapter will examine the novel sweet-tasting saponins characterized in our laboratory, which comprise those based on the cycloartane, oleanane, secodammarane, and steroidal nuclei.


Sweet Taste Steroidal Saponin Glycyrrhetic Acid Gymnemic Acid Chinese Jujube Tree 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward J. Kennelly
    • 1
  • Rutt Suttisri
    • 2
  • A. Douglas Kinghorn
    • 1
  1. 1.Program for Collaborative Research in the Pharmaceutical Sciences Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacognosy College of PharmacyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Pharmaceutical Botany Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesChulalongkorn UniversityBangkokThailand

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