Phenolic constituents from the stem bark of Magnolia officinalis

Chien Chang Shen, Ching Li Ni, Yuh Chiang Shen, Yu Ling Huang, Ching Hsia Kuo, Tian Shung Wu, Chien Chih Chen

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Three new compounds, magnolianone (1), erythro-honokitriol (2), and threo-honokitriol (3), together with 14 known compounds, magnaldehyde (4), magnatriol B (5), randaiol (6), obovatol (7), magnolignan B (8a and 8b), magnolol, honokiol (9), p-hydroxylbenzaldehyde, coniferaldehyde, coniferol alcohol, syringaldehyde, syringaresinol, and acteoside, were isolated from the MeOH-soluble part of a water extract of the stem bark of Magnolia officinalis. Among these compounds, 2-8b were studied for anti-inflammatory and antioxidative activities. Compound 7 displayed more potent antioxidative potential than 9. Compounds 4-7 effectively inhibited LPS-induced NO production, whereas 5 and 6 were more potent than 9.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)168-171
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jan

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Organic Chemistry


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