A phytochemical investigation of Yucca schottii (liliaceae)

R. C. Backer, E. Bianchi, J. R. Cole

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The saponin‐containing fraction of the leaves of Yucca schottii Engelm. (Liliaceae) has been shown to possess anti‐inflammatory properties against carrageenin‐induced edema in rats. By means of silica gel G dry column and thin‐layer chromatographic techniques, a separation of the saponins present as the acetates was accomplished. Six of the saponins showed the presence of yuccagenin as their aglycone and galactose as the sugar moiety. The other saponin contained kammogenin as its aglycone and 2‐deoxyribose as the sugar moiety. A preparative isolation procedure was developed for the saponin which contained kammogenin as its aglycone. It was shown to contain 5 units of 2‐deoxyribose attached to the 3‐position of the aglycone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1665-1666
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of pharmaceutical sciences
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1972


  • Anti‐inflammatory properties—constituents of leaves of Yucca schottii
  • Medicinal plants—Yucca schottii leaves, constituents, anti‐inflammatory properties
  • Saponins—from Yucca schottii leaves, separation, potential anti‐inflammatory agents
  • Yucca schottii (Liliaceae)—phytochemical investigation, saponin fraction constituents, potential anti‐inflammatory agents

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  • Pharmaceutical Science


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