Biochemical activities of berberine, palmatine and sanguinarine mediating chemical defence against microorganisms and herbivores.

@article{Schmeller1997BiochemicalAO,
  title={Biochemical activities of berberine, palmatine and sanguinarine mediating chemical defence against microorganisms and herbivores.},
  author={T. Schmeller and B. Latz-Br{\"u}ning and Michael Wink},
  journal={Phytochemistry},
  year={1997},
  volume={44 2},
  pages={257-66}
}
The alkaloids berberine, palmatine and sanguinarine are toxic to insects and vertebrates and inhibit the multiplication of bacteria, fungi and viruses. Biochemical properties which may contribute to these allelochemical activities were analysed. Acetylcholine esterase, butyrylcholinesterase, choline acetyl transferase, alpha 1- and alpha 2-adrenergic, nicotinergic, muscarinergic and serotonin2 receptors were substantially affected. Sanguinarine appears to be the most effective inhibitor of… CONTINUE READING

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