Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia
Print version ISSN 0102-695X
MARQUES, André M.; VELOZO, Leosvaldo S. M.; GUIMARAES, Elsie F. and KAPLAN, Maria A. C.. Characterization of an arylbutanoic derivative from leaves and roots of Ottonia anisum Sprengel. Rev. bras. farmacogn. [online]. 2008, vol.18, suppl., pp. 709-712. ISSN 0102-695X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-695X2008000500013.
The family Piperaceae encompasses 5 genera, Piper, Peperomia, Pothomorphe, Ottonia and Sarcorhachis, and approximately 2,000 species widely distributed in the tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Most of the Ottonia species are native to Brazil and they are used in folk medicine as diuretic, salivating, and anaesthetic. Chemical studies of non-polar fractions from leaves and roots of Ottonia anisum Sprengel lead to the isolation of an arylbutanoic metabolite, the 1-butyl-3,4-methylenedioxybezene.
Keywords : Piperaceae; Ottonia anisum; 1-butyl-3,4-methylenedioxybezene.