Saturday, March 19, 2011

Plant Source of Indonesian Propolis Identified

Indonesian Propolis: Chemical Composition, Biological Activity and Botanical Origin
Nat Prod Res, 2011 Mar;25(6):606-13

From a biologically active extract of Indonesian propolis from East Java, 11 compounds were isolated and identified: four alk(en)ylresorcinols (obtained as an inseparable mixture) (1-4) were isolated for the first time from propolis, along with four prenylflavanones (6-9) and three cycloartane-type triterpenes (5, 10 and 11). The structures of the components were elucidated based on their spectral properties.

All prenylflavanones demonstrated significant radical scavenging activity against diphenylpicrylhydrazyl radicals, and compound 6 showed significant antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus.

For the first time Macaranga tanarius L. and Mangifera indica L. are shown as plant sources of Indonesian propolis.

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