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Alkaloids derived from various species of Aconitum and Delphinium have been the subject of a large number of experimental studies. Among the early investigations the meticulous and accurate work of W. A. Jacobs and his collaborators overshadows that of anybody else. It was Jacobs who coined the name “Aconite alkaloids” for bases of both genera. This is well justified not only by the close similarity in the chemical behaviour of both types of bases, but also by occurrences of identical alkaloids in both genera. It was also Jacobs who suspected, in his early studies, the diterpenoid nature of these compounds. However, in spite of the large amount of experimental work, no satisfactory structures have been proposed to accommodate the available mass of chemical data. Some progress in this direction was achieved only when it was recognized that a third genus, Garrya, yields especially simple and easily available bases, which undoubtedly belong, according to their chemical properties, to the class of aconite alkaloids.

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Dicarboxylic Acid Partial Structure Ultraviolet Spectrum Lithium Aluminum Hydride Chromium Trioxide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karel Wiesner
    • 1
  • Zdenek Valenta
    • 1
  1. 1.FrederictonCanada

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