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Phytochemistry Reviews

, 10:413 | Cite as

Vochysiaceae: secondary metabolites, ethnopharmacology and pharmacological potential

  • Fausto Carnevale Neto
  • Alan Cesar Pilon
  • Dulce Helena Siqueira Silva
  • Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani
  • Ian Castro-Gamboa
Article

Abstract

Many Vochysiaceae species, in special Qualea and Vochysia genera, are widely used in folk medicine to treat several diseases. This review describes some aspects of their ethnopharmacology potential, biological activity and the secondary metabolites reported so far for Vochysiaceae. The chemical constituents of this family include triterpenoids, steroids and polyphenols like flavonoids and ellagic acid derivatives.

Keywords

Ellagic acid derivatives Ethnopharmacology Flavonoids Triterpenoids Vochysiaceae 

Abbreviations

glc

Glucose

rha

Rhamnose

rut

Rutinosil

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was funded by grants of the Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP). I. C.-G., D. H. S. and V. S. B., acknowledges CNPq for researcher scholarships.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fausto Carnevale Neto
    • 1
  • Alan Cesar Pilon
    • 1
  • Dulce Helena Siqueira Silva
    • 1
  • Vanderlan da Silva Bolzani
    • 1
  • Ian Castro-Gamboa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Organic Chemistry, Chemistry Institute, Nuclei of Bioassays, Biosynthesis and Ecophysiology of Natural Products—NuBBESão Paulo State University, UNESPAraraquaraBrazil

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