Review of the Chemistry and Pharmacology of 7-Methyljugulone

  • Armelle T Mbaveng
  • Victor Kuete


Background: Naphthoquinone is a class of phenolic compounds derived from naphthalene. 7-Methyljuglone (7-MJ) is a naphthoquinone also known as ramentaceone or 6-Methyl-8-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone or 5-Hydroxy-7-methyl-1,4-naphthoquinone or 7-Methyl-5-hydroxy-1,4-naphthoquinone or 5-Hydroxy-7-methyl-,1,4-naphtoquinone or 7-Methyl-5-hydroxynaphthalene-1,4-dione. This compound is a biologically active naphtoquinone, with a molecular weight of 188 g/mol mostly isolated in the genus Diospyros and Euclea. Objectives: This review was aimed at providing available chemically and pharmacological data on 7-MJ. Methods: The chemical and pharmacological data were retrieved from the well-known scientific websites such as Pubmed, Google Scholar, Reaxys, Scirus, Scopus, Sciencedirect, Web-of-knowledge and Scifinder. Results: 7-MJ was reported to have a variety of pharmacological activities such as antibacterial, antifungal, anticancer, antitubercular, anti-inflammatory and antiviral activities. The hemi-synthesis of the compound have been described. Conclusions: The present review pooled out together the knowledge on 7-MJ, and can serve as the start point for future research and valorization accomplishments.

Keywords: 7-methyljugulone; biosynthesis; in vitro synthesis; pharmacology

African Health sciences Vol 14 No. 1 March 2014

Author Biographies

Armelle T Mbaveng
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of science, University of Dschang, Cameroon
Victor Kuete
Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of science, University of Dschang, Cameroon

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eISSN: 1680-6905