Mechanism of the reaction of triterpenoids with sulfuric acid

Abstract

The single maximum of triterpenoids in sulfuric acid solutions at 310 nm is due to the formation of a carbocation. Under the action of sulfuric acid, oleanolic acid undergoes lactonization at the COOH group and the Δ12 C=C bond. 
DOI: 10.1007/BF00571039

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