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Saponins are widely distributed among plant kingdom and possess a wide range of pharmacological properties. Genus Astragalus is the largest in the Fabaceae family, comprising more than 2,200 species spread over the Globe. Astragalus species have been used in traditional medicine of many countries as well as in the modern one. The main use in the folk(More)
BACKGROUND Arylnaphthalene lignan Justicidin B is a lead compound in the management of bone cancer and osteoclastogenesis. The compound is the main cytotoxic principle of rare medicinal plant Linum narbonense L. (Linaceae). However, there have been no reports on the bioreactor production of justicidin B. OBJECTIVE to develop cost-effective biotechnology(More)
For the first time, callus and suspension cultures of Linum linearifolium were initiated. Podophyllotoxin (PTOX), a strong antitumor precursor, was isolated from the calli and suspension, as a main lignan besides smaller amount of 6-methoxypodophyllotoxin (6MPTOX). L. linearifolium is now the third Linum species of section Syllinum, with PTOX as the main(More)
Purpose of work: The study was aimed to assess the antineoplastic activity of justicidin B in vitro and to search for its general toxicological profile in vivo. The anti-neoplastic activity of the arylnaphthalene lignin, justicidin B, was assessed in a panel of human lymphoma cell lines and compared with etoposide as a reference compound. A screening of the(More)
The genus Astragalus L., Fabaceae (Leguminosae) is presented in Bulgarian flora by 31 species including local endemics, nine of them listed in the Red Data Book. The main biologically active compounds found in the Bulgarian Astragalus plants are saponins and flavonoids with a variety of effects: immunomodulatory, hepatoprotective, cytotoxic, antioxidant,(More)
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