Bioconversion of rhododendrol by Acer nikoense

  • Fujita T
  • Hatamoto H
  • Iwasaki T
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Callus derived from Acer nikoense tissue contained the same compounds as the parent plants, but (+)-rhododendrol, which has hepatoprotective activity, was not detected in the methanol extract of the callus. Cells in suspension culture converted (RS)-rhododendrol into (RS)-rhododendrol 2-O-β-d-glucopyranoside and (R)-rhododendrol2-O-β-d-xylopyranosyl-(1 → 6)-β-d-glucopyranoside. This is the first time that the latter compound has been isolated from a natural source. © 1995.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Acer nikoense
  • Aceraceae
  • bioconversion
  • callus culture
  • rhododendrol
  • suspension culture

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  • Takashi Fujita

  • Hitoshi Hatamoto

  • Taisuke Iwasaki

  • Shin ich Takafuji

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