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The Genus Diphasiastrum and Its Lycopodium Alkaloids

The Genus Diphasiastrum and Its Lycopodium Alkaloids

Title: The Genus Diphasiastrum and Its Lycopodium Alkaloids
Author: Halldórsdóttir, Elsa
Kowal, Natalia Magdalena
Olafsdottir, Elin Soffia   orcid.org/0000-0001-7305-7129
Date: 2015-07-17
Language: English
Scope: 995-1002
University/Institute: Háskóli Íslands
University of Iceland
School: Heilbrigðisvísindasvið (HÍ)
School of Health Sciences (UI)
Department: Lyfjafræðideild (HÍ)
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UI)
Series: Planta Medica;81(12/13)
ISSN: 0032-0943
1439-0221 (eISSN)
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1546182
Subject: Diphasiastrum; Lycopodiaceae; Classification; Lycopodium alkaloids; Lyfjafræði; Lyfjagerð; Lyfjaefnafræði; Byrkningar
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/1024

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Halldorsdottir, E. S., Kowal, N. M., & Olafsdottir, E. S. (2015). The Genus Diphasiastrum and Its Lycopodium Alkaloids. Planta Med, 81(12/13), 995-1002. doi:10.1055/s-0035-1546182


The genus Diphasiastrum includes at least 23 species distributed primarily across the northern temperate and subarctic areas of the world. These plants produce an array of lycopodium alkaloids, and some species such as Diphasiastrum complanatum have been used in traditional medicine for ages for various conditions. Hybridization is common in this group of plants and they have always been a challenge for taxonomists and other scientists studying them. To date, 11 Diphasiastrum species have been reported to produce lycopodium alkaloids. In this review, reported alkaloids and their distribution patterns across these species along with taxonomical and bioactivity considerations are reviewed and discussed.


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