Atranorin – An Interesting Lichen Secondary Metabolite

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

Journal Name: Mini-Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry

Volume 17 , Issue 17 , 2017

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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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Year: 2017
Published on: 07 November, 2017
Page: [1633 - 1645]
Pages: 13
DOI: 10.2174/1389557517666170425105727
Price: $65

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