Secondary Metabolites in Cell Cultures of Tabernaemontana Species

  • R. Verpoorte
  • R. van der Heijden
  • J. Schripsema
  • M. Sierra
  • E. J. M. Pennings
  • F. van Iren
  • H. J. G. ten Hoopen

Abstract

The pantropical genus Tabernaemontana comprises about 120 species. Many species are used in traditional medicine. The most often reported uses are as an antimicrobial agent, curing diseases caused by parasites and protozoa, against warts, as analgetic, as stimulant and as febrifuge. Despite these activities, until recently little work has been done on the isolation of active compounds. Most of the work on this genus was pure phytochemical: the isolation of indole alkaloids. For extensive reviews the reader is referred to van Beek et al. (1984) and Danieli and Palmisano (1986).

Keywords

Biomass Sugar Starch Fructose Flavonoid 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Verpoorte
    • 2
    • 3
  • R. van der Heijden
    • 2
    • 3
  • J. Schripsema
    • 2
    • 3
  • M. Sierra
    • 2
    • 3
  • E. J. M. Pennings
    • 2
    • 3
  • F. van Iren
    • 4
    • 2
  • H. J. G. ten Hoopen
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biochemical EngineeringUniversity of DelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Projectgroup Plant Cell BiotechnologyBiotechnology Delft Leiden (BDL)The Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Pharmacognosy, Center for Bio-Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of LeidenLeidenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Plant Molecular BiologyUniversity of LeidenThe Netherlands

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