Planta Med 2008; 74(2): 178-181
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1034288
Natural Product Chemistry
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Phenylalkanoids and Monoterpene Analogues from the Roots of Rhodiola rosea

Zulfiqar Ali1 , Frank R. Fronczek2 , Ikhlas A. Khan1 , 3
  • 1National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, MS, USA
  • 2Department of Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, USA
  • 3Department of Pharmacognosy, Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, MS, USA
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Publication History

Received: October 16, 2007 Revised: December 11, 2007

Accepted: December 14, 2007

Publication Date:
31 January 2008 (online)


Roots extract of Rhodiola rosea L. is the source of important commercial preparations widely used throughout Europe, Asia, and the USA. Phytochemical investigation of the roots of Rhodiola rosea afforded 17 compounds, belonging to the phenylalkanoids and monoterpene analogues. Their structures were determined by spectroscopic and chemical methods. Rhodioloside F (1) was found to be new. The X-ray crystallographic study on salidroside (7) and the complete NMR data of 5 (mongrhoside) and 1a [(-)-rosiridol] are also described.


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