Triterpenoid saponins from Ferula hermonis Boiss

Zedan Z. Ibraheim*, Wael M. Abdel-Mageed, Marcel Jaspars

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This work reports the isolation and characterization of three saponins, including a new one (3), from an n-BuOH extract of the root of . Ferula hermonis Boiss. Their structures (1-3) were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic evidence using 1D and 2D-NMR data, high resolution MS and chemical methods and identified as 3ß-O-ß-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)-ß-D-galactopyranosyl-(1→2)-ß-D-glucuronopyranosyl-oleanolic acid (Sandrosaponin X, . 1), 3. ß- O- ß-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)- ß-D-galactopyranosyl-(1→2)- ß-D-glucuronopyranosyl-oleanolic acid 28- O- ß-D-glucopyranoside (Sandrosaponin IX, . 2) and 3. ß- O- ß-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→2) ß-D-galactopyranosyl-(1→2)- ß-D-glucuronopyranosyl-oleanolic acid-28- O ß-D-glucopyranoside methyl ester (Sandrosaponin XI, . 3). The chemotaxonomic significance of these compounds was summarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-90
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical Systematics and Ecology
Early online date4 Nov 2011
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

Bibliographical note

Z. Z. Ibraheim thanks Egyptian Government for postdoctoral fellowship and funding. MJ is the recipient of a BBSRC Research Development Fellowship.


  • Ferula hermonis
  • Sandrosaponins
  • Triterpenoid saponins


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