Study of the oleanolic and ursolic acid contents of some species of the Lamiaceae

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2006
Authors:G. Janicsak, Veres, K., Kakasy, A. Z., Mathe, I.
Journal:Biochem Syst Ecol
Date Published:Jan
Keywords:Chemotaxonomy, Constituents, Diterpenoids, Gas Chromatography, Herb, Labiatae, Lamiaceae, Mice, Oleanolic Acid, Pentacyclic Triterpenes, Salvia-Officinalis, Subfamily Lamioideae, Subfamily Nepetoideae, Triterpenoids, Ursolic Acid

The oleanolic and ursolic acid contents from 88 taxa. of Lamiaceae (19 genera, 66 species, 8 subspecies, 9 varieties and 5 hybrids) were investigated using gas chromatography. Both triterpenoid acids were present in all of the investigated taxa, but the plants belonging in the subfamily Nepetoideae produced significantly higher amounts than those in the subfamily Lamioideae. The oleanolic acid content ranged from traces to 1.840% dry weight, and that of ursolic acid from traces to 4.019% dry weight. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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