Molecular activities, biosynthesis and evolution of triterpenoid saponins.

@article{Augustin2011MolecularAB,
  title={Molecular activities, biosynthesis and evolution of triterpenoid saponins.},
  author={J{\"o}rg Manfred Augustin and V. A. Kuzina and Sven Bode Andersen and S\oren Bak},
  journal={Phytochemistry},
  year={2011},
  volume={72 6},
  pages={435-57}
}
Saponins are bioactive compounds generally considered to be produced by plants to counteract pathogens and herbivores. Besides their role in plant defense, saponins are of growing interest for drug research as they are active constituents of several folk medicines and provide valuable pharmacological properties. Accordingly, much effort has been put into unraveling the modes of action of saponins, as well as in exploration of their potential for industrial processes and pharmacology. However… CONTINUE READING

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