Esters of quinolizidine alkaloids from the genus Pearsonia

Gerhard H. Verdoorn, Ben Erik van Wyk

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Alkaloidal extracts of two species from the genus Pearsonia yielded several quinolizidine alkaloids. Amongst these were four new esters of hydroxylated lupanines, cajanifoline (3β-hydroxylupanine-13α-O-angelate), sessilifoline (3β-hydroxylupanine-4α-O-angelate), pearsonine (3β,8α-dihydroxylupanine-13α-O-angelate) and cryptanthine (8α-hydroxylupanine-13α-O-angelate). The correct structure for a hydroxylated lupanine (previously believed to be nuttalline), namely 3β-hydroxylupanine, is reported.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1297-1302
Number of pages6
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990


  • 3β-hydroxylupanine
  • Leguminosae
  • P. sessilifolia subsp. marginata
  • Pearsonia cajanifolia subsp. cryptantha
  • cajanifoline
  • chemotaxonomy.
  • cryptanthine
  • pearsonine
  • sessilifoline

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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