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Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry

Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2013)

Ubiquitous Ursolic Acid: A Potential Pentacyclic Triterpene Natural Product

Author(s): Ibrahim T Babalola 1,2*, Francis O. Shode 2
Abstract: There is an unprecedented growing interest in natural triterpenes in the last few decades due to the discovery of their potential biological and pharmacological activities. Ursolic acid (3β-hydroxyurs-12-en-28-oic) (UA) (4) is a pentacyclic triterpene, occurring in many plant parts including fruits and seeds. This paper reviews several studies on the in vitro and in vivo pharmacological activities of UA (4). This review brings to limelight sources and the beneficial potentials of UA (4) in foods, cosmetics and medicine.
Biosynthesis of ursolic acid (4) and oleanolic acid (5) from oleanyl cation.
Fig.: Biosynthesis of ursolic acid (4) and oleanolic acid (5) from oleanyl cation.
Pages: 214-222  |  1450 Views  24 Downloads
How to cite this article:
Ibrahim T Babalola 1,2*, Francis O. Shode 2. Ubiquitous Ursolic Acid: A Potential Pentacyclic Triterpene Natural Product. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. 2013; 2(2): 214-222.
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