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Atranorin – An Interesting Lichen Secondary Metabolite

[ Vol. 17 , Issue. 17 ]

Author(s):

Elzbieta Studzinska-Sroka*, Agnieszka Galanty and Wieslawa Bylka   Pages 1633 - 1645 ( 13 )

Abstract:


Background: Atranorin, a compound with the depside structure, is one of the most common lichen secondary metabolites, characteristic for numerous lichen families but rarely found in some mosses and higher plants. Over the years various biological properties of atranorin were examined.

Objective: This review summarizes the studies on atranorin, focusing on a number of biological activities in different fields. The literature describes anti-inflammatory, analgesic, as well as wound healing, antibacterial, antifungal, cytotoxic, antioxidant, antiviral, and immunomodulatory activities of the depside. Furthermore, lack of toxicity of atranorin was confirmed in the animals' in vivo assays.

Conclusion: In conclusion, atranorin seems to be an interesting lichen substance, which needs to be investigated in more detail in order to allow further applications, e.g. in pharmacy, medicine or cosmetology.

Keywords:

Atranorin, biological activity, biosynthesis, depside, lichen, secondary metabolites.

Affiliation:

Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Swiecickiego 4, 60-781 Poznan, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Poznan University of Medical Sciences, Swiecickiego 4, 60-781 Poznan

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