Phytochemistry, Ethnomedicine, and Pharmacology of Acacia

Nusrat Subhan, Geoffrey E. Burrows, Philip G. Kerr, Hassan K. Obied

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Abstract

Acacia sensu lato is a large and widespread genus of the family Fabaceae with more than 1350 species. Taxonomically, this genus is complex and has undergone substantial controversial revisions recently. Acacia have been used as folk medicines for the treatment of a wide range of disorders including gastrointestinal, respiratory, eye, skin, teeth, blood, uterine, and endocrine problems. Gums (heteropolysaccharides) and condensed tannins (flavan-3-ol derivatives) are the most commonly reported constituents in Acacia. Pharmacological studies, at least in vitro, have demonstrated antioxidant, analgesic, antihypertensive, antidiabetic, anti-Alzheimer's, and antimalarial effects of Acacia extracts. A number of secondary metabolites including phenols, alkaloids, and terpenoids, some with useful biological activities, have been reported in acacias. Very few species have been investigated for their phytochemical composition and biological activities. Hitherto, Acacia is largely an untapped resource of valuable secondary plant metabolites that have not gained enough scientific attention. This review aims to survey and critically appraise current literature on Acacia to provide sufficient baseline information for future work and potential commercial exploitation of Acacia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Natural Products Chemistry
Editors Atta-ur-Rahman
PublisherElsevier
Chapter9
Pages247-326
Number of pages80
Volume57
ISBN (Electronic)9780444640604
ISBN (Print)9780444640574
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Natural Products Chemistry
Volume57
ISSN (Print)1572-5995

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Acacia
Traditional Medicine
Metabolites
Bioactivity
Pharmacology
Proanthocyanidins
Phenols
Terpenes
Antimalarials
Phytochemicals
Alkaloids
Hypoglycemic Agents
Antihypertensive Agents
Medicine
Analgesics
Skin
Blood
Antioxidants
Derivatives
Chemical analysis

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Subhan, N., Burrows, G. E., Kerr, P. G., & Obied, H. K. (2018). Phytochemistry, Ethnomedicine, and Pharmacology of Acacia. In Atta-ur-Rahman (Ed.), Studies in Natural Products Chemistry (Vol. 57, pp. 247-326). (Studies in Natural Products Chemistry; Vol. 57). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-64057-4.00009-0
Subhan, Nusrat ; Burrows, Geoffrey E. ; Kerr, Philip G. ; Obied, Hassan K. / Phytochemistry, Ethnomedicine, and Pharmacology of Acacia. Studies in Natural Products Chemistry. editor / Atta-ur-Rahman. Vol. 57 Elsevier, 2018. pp. 247-326 (Studies in Natural Products Chemistry).
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Phytochemistry, Ethnomedicine, and Pharmacology of Acacia. / Subhan, Nusrat; Burrows, Geoffrey E.; Kerr, Philip G.; Obied, Hassan K.

Studies in Natural Products Chemistry. ed. / Atta-ur-Rahman. Vol. 57 Elsevier, 2018. p. 247-326 (Studies in Natural Products Chemistry; Vol. 57).

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Subhan N, Burrows GE, Kerr PG, Obied HK. Phytochemistry, Ethnomedicine, and Pharmacology of Acacia. In Atta-ur-Rahman, editor, Studies in Natural Products Chemistry. Vol. 57. Elsevier. 2018. p. 247-326. (Studies in Natural Products Chemistry). https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-64057-4.00009-0