Inhibitory Effect of Oleanene-Type Triterpene Oligoglycosides on Ethanol Absorption : The Structure-Activity Relationships

  • Masayuki Yoshikawa
  • Johji Yamahara
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 404)


Alcoholism, which is a major health problem in the world, causes as much trouble physiologically as it dose socially. Excessive consumption of ethanol is known to affect profoundly nearly every organ in the body, particularly the endocrine system, heart, central nervous system, immune system, and liver. In order to relieve ethanol toxicity in acute alcohol ingestion, a couple of methods using an accelerator of ethanol metabolism (e.g. clofibrate, methyl γ-linolenate, ginseng extract)1 and the sequestering of acetaldehyde (e.g. D-penicillamine, L-cysteine)2 have hitherto been reported. In addition, dehydrogenase inhibitors such as cyanamide and disulfiram have been used clinically for chronic alcoholics.3 It is known that dehydrogenase inhibitors force alcoholics to quit drinking based on the fear of unpleasant reaction elicited after ethanol intake, but these drugs are also reported to show many strong side effects.


Ethanol Absorption Oleanolic Acid Natural Medicine Ginseng Extract Horse Chestnut 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masayuki Yoshikawa
    • 1
  • Johji Yamahara
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Pharmacognosy (Natural Medicines)Kyoto Pharmaceutical UniversityMisasagi, Yamashina-ku, Kyoto 607Japan
  2. 2.Natural Medicinal Resources DivisionResearch Institute for Production DevelopmentMorimoto-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto 606Japan

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