Chemistry of Natural Compounds

, Volume 52, Issue 3, pp 490–491 | Cite as

Phenolic Compounds from Glycyrrhiza uralensis and their Radical-Scavenging Activity

  • Chunyan Yang
  • Fu Li
  • Lun Wang
  • Wenjun He
  • Bin Chen
  • Mingkui WangEmail author

Glycyrrhiza uralensis (GU), a member of the Leguminosae family, is a traditional medicinal herb grown in various parts of the world [1]. This plant has long been used to treat fever, liver ailments, dyspepsia, constipation, gastric ulcer, sore throat, asthma, and bronchitis [2]. In addition, the roots have been extensively used for more than 4000 years as a sweetening and flavoring agent in candies, foods, tobacco products, and toothpastes [3]. Flavonoids and triterpenoid saponins are shown to be the major constituents, which possess pharmacological activities [4]. Among them, flavonoids, such as liquiritin and isoliquiritin, are gaining popularity because of their significant pharmacological activities, including antiulcer, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antitumor effects, etc. [5]. However, the free-radical-scavenging activities of phenolic compounds from the ethyl acetate extract of Glycyrrhiza uralensis have never been reported.

Dried roots from Glycyrrhiza uralensis...


DPPH Naringenin Triterpenoid Saponin Isoliquiritigenin Glycyrrhiza Uralensis 
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This research was financially supported by the National Eleventh Five-Year Research Program of China (2011BAC09B04) and the Key Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chunyan Yang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fu Li
    • 1
  • Lun Wang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Wenjun He
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bin Chen
    • 1
  • Mingkui Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Mountain Ecological Restoration and Bioresource Utilization & Ecological Restoration Biodiversity Conservation & Key Laboratory of Sichuan Province, Chengdu Institute of BiologyChinese Academy of SciencesChengduP. R.China
  2. 2.University of Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingP. R. China

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