Cytotoxic aromatic triterpenes from Maytenus ilicifolia and Maytenus chuchuhuasca

J Nat Prod. 1994 Dec;57(12):1675-81. doi: 10.1021/np50114a009.


The isolation and structure elucidation of four cytotoxic aromatic triterpenes [1-4] along with three known quinoid triterpenes [5-7] from the South American medicinal plants Maytenus ilicifolia and M. chuchuhuasca are described. The structures of these aromatic triterpenes contained aromatized A rings and C-6 oxygenated B rings, and were elucidated by 1H- and 13C-nmr spectroscopic studies and by X-ray crystallographic analysis of 3.

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / isolation & purification*
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / pharmacology
  • Crystallography, X-Ray
  • Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
  • Paraguay
  • Plant Stems / chemistry
  • Plants, Medicinal / chemistry*
  • Triterpenes / isolation & purification*
  • Triterpenes / pharmacology
  • Tumor Cells, Cultured


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
  • Triterpenes