Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 54, Issue 5, pp 964–969 | Cite as

Chemical Compounds from Swertia bimaculata

  • Miao Dong
  • Dan Liu
  • Hongmei Li
  • Shili Yan
  • Rongtao Li
  • Xuanqin Chen

Plants of the genus Swertia (Gentianaceae) comprise about 170 species, of which 79 are present in China [1]. Swertia is a popular medicinal herb, which has been used for the treatment of dyspepsia, urinary infection, and hepatitis diseases in the middle-western ethnic district of China [2]. Iridoids, secoiridoids, xanthones, flavonoids, and triterpenoids have been proved to be the main constituents of the genus Swertia [3]. Swertia bimaculata Hook.f. & Thomson ex C.B. Clarke is a well-known ethnomedicine recorded as Zhangyacai in Jiuhuang Bencao composed of the Chinese Ming Dynasty 600 years ago [4]. Besides the report of several xanthones and oleanolic triterpenes from this species, the chemical composition of S. bimaculata is still unexplored [5]. Therefore, we have performed a phytochemical investigation into the whole plants of S. bimaculata.

The whole plants of S. bimaculatawere collected from Cang mountain in Dali, Yunnan Province of China in February 2009 and were identified...



This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (21262021 and 21572082) and Open Fundation of the State Key Laboratory of Phytochemistry and Plant Resources in West China (No. P2015-KF01).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miao Dong
    • 1
  • Dan Liu
    • 1
  • Hongmei Li
    • 1
  • Shili Yan
    • 1
  • Rongtao Li
    • 1
  • Xuanqin Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Life Science and TechnologyKunming University of Science and TechnologyKunmingP. R. China

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