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- noun A
nonprenylated acyl phloroglucinol, found in the leaves of myrtle(Myrtus communis), that can induce apoptosisin cancer cells
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In addition to a number of essential oils, myrtle contains myrtucommulone A, a pharmacologically interesting compound that has antibacterial, analgesic, and strong anti-inflammatory effects, among others.
Starting with commercially available starting materials or substances known from the literature, the team from Saarland University in Saarbrücken and the University of Tübingen has now synthesized myrtucommulone A, its natural variants C and F, and an analogue in a one-step reaction.
A team led by Johann Jauch has now successfully synthesized myrtucommulone A in the laboratory.
"Laboratory tests demonstrated that the synthetic myrtucommulone A has just as strong an anti-inflammatory effect as the natural compound," says Jauch.