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Chem Pharm Bull (Tokyo). 2012;60(9):1188-94.

Medicinal flowers. XXXV. Nor-oleanane-type and acylated oleanane-type triterpene saponins from the flower buds of Chinese Camellia japonica and their inhibitory effects on melanogenesis.

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  • 1Kyoto Pharmaceutical University, Misasagi, Kyoto 607-8412, Japan.

Abstract

The methanolic extract and its 1-butanol-soluble fraction from the flower buds of Camellia japonica, cultivated in Yunnan Province, China, showed inhibitory effects on melanogenesis in theophylline-stimulated B16 melanoma 4A5 cells. From the 1-butanol-soluble fraction, a new 28-nor-oleanane-type and three new oleanane-type triterpene saponins, sanchakasaponins A-D, were isolated together with four known triterpene saponins. Their chemical structures were elucidated on the basis of chemical and physicochemical evidence. The inhibitory effects on melanogenesis in theophylline-stimulated B16 melanoma 4A5 cells and structure-activity relationships of the saponins were investigated.

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