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Lupeol is the Cytotoxic Principle in the Leaf Extract of Dendropanax cf. querceti
04 January 2007 (online)
The crude ethanol extract from the leaves of Dendropanax cf. querceti (Araliaceae) from Monteverde, Costa Rica, exhibits cytotoxic activity against Hep-G2, A-431, and H-4IIE tumor cell lines. The active component has been isolated by activity-directed separation and identified by 1H- and 13C-NMR spectroscopy as the triterpene lupeol. The mechanism of cytotoxic activity of lupeol has been determined to be inhibition of topoisomerase II.