Pharmacologically active tannins isolated from medicinal plants.

T. Okuda, T. Yoshida, T. Hatano

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Starting with the isolation of a crystalline tannin (geraniin) of mild property from a popular herb medicine (Geranii herba), various polyphenolic compounds including those belonging to new classes of tannins (oligomeric hydrolyzable tannins, complex tannins, and other metabolites and condensates) have been isolated from various medicinal plants. Noticeable biological and pharmacological activities (inhibition of carcinogenesis, host-mediated antitumor activity, antiviral activity, and inhibition of active oxygen, such as inhibition of lipid peroxidation and lipoxygenase, xanthine oxidase, and monoamine oxidase) have been found for several of these polyphenolic compounds.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-569
Number of pages31
JournalBasic life sciences
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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  • Medicine(all)


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