Biological and Chemical Aspects of Natural Biflavonoids from Plants: A Brief Review

Author(s): Vanessa Silva Gontijo, Marcelo Henrique dos Santos*, Claudio Viegas Jr.*

Journal Name: Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 17 , Issue 10 , 2017

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Background: Biflavonoids belong to a subclass of the plant flavonoids family and are limited to several species in the plant kingdom. In the literature, biflavonoids are extensively reported for their pharmacological properties including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, inhibitory activity against phospholipase A2 (PLA2) and antiprotozoal activity.

Method: These activities have been discovered from the small number of biflavonoid structures that have been investigated, although the natural biflavonoids library is likely to be large. In addition, many medicinal properties and traditional use of plants are attributed to the presence of bioflavonoids among their secondary metabolites. Structurally, biflavonoids are polyphenol compounds comprising of two identical or non-identical flavonflavonoid units joined in a symmetrical or unsymmetrical manner through an alkyl or an alkoxy-based linker of varying length. Due to their chemical and biological importance, several bioprospective phytochemical studies and chemical approaches using coupling and molecular rearrangement strategies have been developed to identify and synthesize new bioactive biflavonoids.

Conclusion: In this brief review, we present some basic structural aspects for classification and nomenclature of bioflavonoids and a compilation of the literature data published in the last 7 years, concerning the discovery of new natural biflavonoids of plant origin and their pharmacological and biological properties.

Keywords: Biological activity, flavonoids, natural biflavonoids, natural products, pharmacologia, phytochemical.

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Year: 2017
Published on: 14 June, 2017
Page: [834 - 862]
Pages: 29
DOI: 10.2174/1389557517666161104130026
Price: $65

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