Bioactive constituents from gum guggul (Commiphora wightii)

Nanqun Zhu, Mohamed M. Rafi, Robert S. DiPaola, Jingsong Xin, Chee Kok Chin, Vladimir Badmaev, Geetha Ghai, Robert T. Rosen, Chi Tang Ho

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Bioactivity-directed fractionation and purification afforded cytotoxic components of Commiphora wightii. The exudates of C. wightii were extracted with EtOAc and the extract was subjected to repeated column chromatography. A fraction showing cytotoxic activity was characterized as a mixture of two ferulates with an unusual skeleton by spectral and chemical methods, including by NMR, GC-MS and chemical derivatization. This fraction also showed moderate scavenging effect against 2,2-diphenyl-l-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH) radicals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)723-727
Number of pages5
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 6 2001


  • Berseracaea
  • Commiphora wightii
  • Cytotoxicity
  • DPPH
  • Ferulates
  • Polyhydroxyalkenyl esters

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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