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Two lignan rhamnosides from birch leaves


The extractives of shirakamba (Betula platyphylla Sukatchev var.japonica Hara) leaves were investigated. Two lignan glycosides were isolated, and their structures were elucidated to be 1-(4′-hydroxy-3′-methoxyphenyl)-2-[1″-(3-α-l-rhamnopyranosyloxypropyl)-3″-hydroxyphenoxy]-1,3-propanediol (I) and a new 2,3-dihydro-2-arylbenzofuran configuration neolignan,cis-2,3-dihydro-2-(4′-α-l-rhamnopyranosyloxy-3′-methoxyphenyl)-3-hydroxymethyl-7-hydroxy-5-benzofuranpropanol (II). These neolignan rhamnosides were newly found in shirakamba.


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Shen, Y., Kojima, Y. & Terazawa, M. Two lignan rhamnosides from birch leaves. J Wood Sci 45, 326–331 (1999).

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Key words

  • Lignan
  • Rhamnoside
  • Birch
  • Betula platyphylla Sukatchev var. japonica Hara