Determination of oenothein B as the active 5-alpha-reductase-inhibiting principle of the folk medicine Epilobium parviflorum.

@article{Lesuisse1996DeterminationOO,
  title={Determination of oenothein B as the active 5-alpha-reductase-inhibiting principle of the folk medicine Epilobium parviflorum.},
  author={Dominique Lesuisse and J Berjonneau and Christian Ciot and Patricia Devaux and Brigitte Doucet and Jean Francois Gourvest and B Khemis and Christine E Lang and Raymond LeGrand and Maryse Lowinski and Pierre Maquin and Audrey Parent and Bernard Schoot and Georges Teutsch},
  journal={Journal of natural products},
  year={1996},
  volume={59 5},
  pages={
          490-2
        }
}
Several extracts from Epilobium parviflorum, a plant used in Central Europe for the treatment of prostate disorders, were evaluated in a biochemical assay with 5-alpha-reductase. The aqueous extract displaying inhibition of the enzyme was analyzed, the fraction responsible for this activity was purified, and the active compound identified as a macrocyclic tannin, oenothein B (1). 
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