Monday, 29 March 2021

February Phytochemicals - Chemistry of the herb Rosemary

Happy #PhytochemicalFriday! Today: tanshinones - diterpenoid compounds from medicinal herb Salvia miltiorrhiza (Red shage, or "danshen") that have rather unique chemical structures. A recent study reports genes involved in the synthesis of these compounds https://go.nature.com/3tzoGST

Happy #PhytochemicalFriday! Today: kauniolide, a sesquiterpene with action against prostate cancer, mycobacteria, and parasites. This compound is found in a variety of asters (including chicory, Cichorium intybus) and its biosynthesis includes remarkable P450 action.

Happy #PhytochemicalFriday! Today: carnosolic acid and carnosol - phenolic diterpenes from rosemary and sage (Lamiaceae). Apart from their interesting structures, these compounds are antioxidants used in food products ("extracts of rosemary") and may have anti-cancer activity.

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