Steroid Glycosides from Suspension Cultures of Dioscorea deltoidea Cells and Their Biological Activity

  • I. S. Vasil’eva
  • V. A. Paseshnichenko
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 404)


In the pharmaceutical industry, steroid medications (corticosteroids, sex hormones and contraceptives) are produced mainly from plant steroids. Diosgenin, a product of acid hydrolysis of spirostanol and furostanol glycosides from rhizomes of Dioscorea species, is a major source of steroids. Dioscorea deltoidea Wall found in the Himalayas is rich in diosgenin (up to 6.7%).1 However, the collection of rhizomes is accompanied by the elimination of natural and cultivated plants, a factor that stimulates the search for new sources of diosgenin. Dioscorea tissue cultures are a potential source of diosgenin and steroid glycosides.


Suspension Culture Potato Tuber Steroid Glycoside Dioscorea Species Plant Steroid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • I. S. Vasil’eva
    • 1
  • V. A. Paseshnichenko
    • 1
  1. 1.Bakh Institute of BiochemistryRussian Academy of Sciences MoscowRussia

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