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The quinone-methide triterpenoids (QMTs) are chemotaxonomic markers of the family Celastraceae and many compounds of this class possess important anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities. However, the levels of QMTs in the roots of Celastraceous species are typically very low (ca. 0.0003 %) and commercial production by extraction from such tissues would(More)
Plants produce a wide variety of secondary metabolites (SMs) of pharmacological interest that, due to their high structural complexity, are difficult to obtain from chemical synthesis. Knowledge of the enzymatic process involved in the biosynthesis of these SMs may contribute to the development of new strategies for obtaining them from plant tissues.(More)
The root bark of Peritassa campestris (Cambess.) A.C. Sm. (Celastraceae) accumulates quinonemethide triterpenes (QMTs), an important class of bioactive compounds that shows potent antitumor activity. The production of these metabolites is difficult by both chemical synthesis, because of the complex molecular structure, and extraction from plant resources,(More)
Establishment of adventitious root cultures of Peritassa campestris (Celastraceae) was achieved from seed cotyledons cultured in semisolid Woody Plant Medium (WPM) supplemented with 2% sucrose, 0.01% PVP, and 4.0 mg L⁻¹ IBA. Culture period on accumulation of biomass and quinone-methide triterpene maytenin in adventitious root were investigated. The(More)
Climate changes and water availability cause an important impact in agriculture, food disposal and consequently in human health. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the total population of the World is now over 7,032 billion, and all growth projections for developed and undeveloped countries show that a total of 9 million of inhabitants will be reached(More)
Plants are a rich source of antibiotics, but screening all the existing plant species for biological activity using current methods can be time and resource consuming. The present study is to investigate whether powdered plant materials would perform as well as plant extracts in the screening of plants with antimicrobial activity. In the new method proposed(More)
Essential oil from Cochlospermum regium (Schrank) Pilg. leaves (CR-EO) has been extracted by hydrodistillation; we analysed the CR-EO by gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. We also conducted histochemical analysis on cross-sections of the central vein of young and adult leaves. A total of 32 compounds were qualitatively and quantitatively(More)
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