Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 21, Issue 5, pp 622–625 | Cite as

Biosynthesis of asterosaponins from cholesterol and other sterols under the conditions ofin vitro homogenates of starfish gonads and pyloric ceca

  • I. I. Kapustina
  • V. A. Stonik
  • E. V. Levina


Conditions have been selected for performing thein vitro biosynthesis of asterosaponins from cholesterol and other sterols in homogenates and cultures of the gonads and pyloric ceca of Far Eastern starfish. It has been shown that the aglycone moiety of an asterosaponin can be biosynthesized from cholesterol, cholesterol sulfate, 5α-cholestanol, and 3β,6α-dihydroxy-5α-cholestane but not from 3β, 6β-dihydroxy-5α-cholestane. Of the give precursors studied, cholesterol was transformed into asterosaponins most completely.


Cholesterol DNPH Diborane Mevalonic Acid POPOP 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1986

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  • I. I. Kapustina
  • V. A. Stonik
  • E. V. Levina

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