Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC)

, Volume 128, Issue 3, pp 705–714 | Cite as

Improved production of quinone-methide triterpenoids by Cheiloclinium cognatum root cultures: possibilities for a non-destructive biotechnological process

  • Edieidia S. Pina
  • Juliana S. Coppede
  • Silvia H. Taleb Contini
  • Eduardo J. Crevelin
  • Luciano M. Lião
  • Bianca W. Bertoni
  • Suzelei C. França
  • Ana Maria S. Pereira
Original Article


Quinone-methide triterpenoids (QMTs) derived from species of the family Celastraceae have long been used as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-malarial and insecticidal agents. The main problem in producing QMTs on a large-scale from natural sources is the low amounts (<0.4% dry weight) produced by plants grown in vivo. The aim of this study was to compare the levels of QMTs accumulated by roots of Cheiloclinium cognatum cultured in vitro with those of in vivo plants aged 6 months to 10 years. The highest levels of QMTs produced by in vivo specimens were found in root bark of 10-year old plants, but in vitro cultured roots produced 3.52-times more 22β-hydroxy-maytenin and 11.46-times more maytenin. Most importantly, the cultured roots excreted QMTs into the growth medium, thereby facilitating the large-scale production, extraction and purification of these bioactive compounds by means of a continuous and non-destructive bioprocess that would preserve the root cultures.


Cheiloclinium cognatum Quinone-methide triterpenoids Maytenin 22β-Hydroxy-maytenin Root cultures Large-scale production 



ATP-binding cassette


Atmospheric pressure chemical ionization


High performance liquid chromatography


Indole-3-butyric acid


Mass spectroscopy


Photodiode array detector


Quinone-methide triterpenoid


Root-inducing Murashige and Skoog medium


Reverse phase

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edieidia S. Pina
    • 1
  • Juliana S. Coppede
    • 1
  • Silvia H. Taleb Contini
    • 1
  • Eduardo J. Crevelin
    • 2
  • Luciano M. Lião
    • 3
  • Bianca W. Bertoni
    • 1
  • Suzelei C. França
    • 1
  • Ana Maria S. Pereira
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de Biotecnologia em Plantas MedicinaisUniversidade de Ribeirão PretoRibeirão PretoBrazil
  2. 2.Faculdade de Filosofia, Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão PretoUniversidade de São PauloRibeirão PretoBrazil
  3. 3.Instituto de QuímicaUniversidade Federal de GoiásGoiâniaBrazil

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