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Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry


ISSN (Print): 1389-5575
ISSN (Online): 1875-5607

Review Article

Atranorin – An Interesting Lichen Secondary Metabolite

Author(s): Elzbieta Studzinska-Sroka*, Agnieszka Galanty and Wieslawa Bylka

Volume 17, Issue 17, 2017

Page: [1633 - 1645] Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/1389557517666170425105727

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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.

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