Development of Biotechnology for Commiphora wightii: A Potent Source of Natural Hypolipidemic and Hypocholesterolemic Drug

  • Sandeep Kumar
  • S.S Suri
  • K.C. Sonie
  • K.G. Ramawat


Commiphora wightii has become an endangered species due to its overexploitation for its gum-resin. Guggulsterones present in gum-resin are potent lipid and cholesterol lowering natural agents. Drugs based on these are currently used clinically in India and Europe. The plant is endemic to Indian subcontinent, therefore major contributions on its biology, chemistry, pharmacology and biotechnology have been made by Indian scientists. Biotechnological approaches made for guggulsterone production by cell cultures and for its micropropagation are reviewed.


High Performance Liquid Chromatographic Somatic Embryo Somatic Embryogenesis Resin Canal Immature Zygotic Embryo 
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  • Sandeep Kumar
    • 1
  • S.S Suri
    • 1
  • K.C. Sonie
    • 1
  • K.G. Ramawat
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Bio-Molecular Technology, Department of BotanyM.L. Sukhadia UniversityUdaipurIndia

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