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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz

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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.86  suppl.2 Rio de Janeiro  1991 

Potential sources of biodynamically active natural products in Brazil

Maria Auxiliadora C. Kaplan1 

Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Núcleo de Pesquisas de Produtos Naturais, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil


In contrast to China where vegatation is predominantly herbaceous, vegetation in Brazil is commonly arboreous. This fact may explain why Chinese drugs are usually acetate derived, while actual and potential natural therapeutic agents from Brazil are mostly shikimate derived. Only relatively few compounds isolated from Brazilian plants have been submitted to adequate pharmacological testing

Key words: chemodiversity; bioactivity; chemosystematics; shikimate derivatives; mevalonate derivatives


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