Ethnobotanical, phytochemical and pharmacological aspects of daphne mucronata (thymeleaceae)

  • A Zaidi
  • SM Bukhari
  • FA Khan
  • T Noor
  • N Iqbal
Keywords: Thymelaeaceae, Daphne mucronata, Diterpene, Gnidilatimonoein, Anti-cancer, Bioactivity


Daphne mucronata is a shrub well known as a medicinal plant in different regions of Asia. Ethnobotanical, phytochemical and pharmacological studies have revealed strong anti-cancer potential of the plant. Literature reports the evaluation of the initial bioactivity profile and extraction of the plant followed by different chromatographic techniques to obtain fractions. As an outcome,  isolation and identification of coumarins, flavonoids, triterpenoids, lignin  cumarinolignans, glucosides, daphnecin, aquillochin, daphnine and umbelliferone from the plant have been reported. Of these compounds, a diterpene, named gnidilatimonoein, has shown promising anticancer potency in in vitro tests on various cancer cell lines. This review article is an effort to summarize literature published in recent years on the bioactivity of Daphne mucronata.

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