Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia
On-line version ISSN 1981-528X
SILVA, Cíntia A. M.; SIMEONI, Luiz A. and SILVEIRA, Dâmaris. Genus Pouteria: chemistry and biological activity. Rev. bras. farmacogn. [online]. 2009, vol.19, n.2a, pp. 501-509. ISSN 1981-528X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-695X2009000300025.
The genus Pouteria belongs to the family Sapotaceae and can be widely found around the World. These plants have been used as building material, as food, because the eatable fruits, as well as remedies in folk medicine. Some biological activities have been reported to species of this genus such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal. However, the real potential of this genus as source of new drugs or phytomedicines remains unknown. Therefore, a review of the so far known chemical composition and biological activities of this genus is presented to stimulate new studies about the species already reported moreover that species have no reference about chemistry or biological activities could be found until now.
Keywords : Pouteria; Sapotaceae; triterpene; flavonoid; medicinal plants.