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Pharm Sci. 2020;26(2): 99-106.
doi: 10.34172/PS.2020.8
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Phytochemistry, Traditional Uses and Pharmacological Properties of the Genus Opopanax W. D. J. Koch: A Mini-Review

Alev Önder 1,2 * ORCID logo, Lutfun Nahar 3 * ORCID logo, Sushmita Nath 2 ORCID logo, Satyajit D. Sarker 2 ORCID logo

1 Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ankara University, 06100 Tandogan Ankara, Turkey.
2 Department of Pharmacognosy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Ankara University, 06100 Tandogan Ankara, Turkey.
3 Laboratory of Growth Regulators, Institute of Experimental Botany ASCR & Palacký University, Šlechtitelů 27, 78371 Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Abstract

The genus Opopanax W.D.J. Koch is a member of the Apiaceae family, distributed throughout the Mediterranean region and comprises only three recognized and well-defined species, O. chironium (L.) W.D.J. Koch, O. hispidus (Friv.) Griseb. and O. persicus Boiss. The species of this genus with yellow flowers are well-known in traditional medicine and consumed as food. This review critically appraises published literature on the phytochemistry, traditional usages, and pharmacological activities of the genus Opopanax. In addition, it provides evidence to suggest that the plants from this genus have potential phytotherapeutic applications. Previous phytochemical and bioactivity studies revealed that the genus Opopanax predominantly produces coumarins, diterpenes, phenolics, and phthalides, and possesses various biological and pharmacological properties, including anticancer, antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. The phytochemical profile and pharmacological activities of the genus Opopanax could be useful for further study and might find additional medicinal applications in evidence-based phytotherapy
Keywords: Anticancer, Apiaceae, Coumarins, Opopanax, Phytochemistry, Phytotherapy
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Submitted: 27 Dec 2019
Accepted: 23 Jan 2020
ePublished: 27 Jun 2020
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