Review of research on Dendrobium, a prized folk medicine

Tzi Bun Ng, Jingyi Liu, Jack Ho Wong, Xiujuan Ye, Stephen Cho Wing Sze, Yao Tong, Kalin Yanbo Zhang*

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Medicinal plants of the Dendrobium genus are highly prized, and hence, methodologies have been developed to authenticate Dendrobium drugs from its adulterants. Many bioactive constituents of Dendrobium species have been identified. The macromolecules included lectins; the enzymes chalcone synthase, sucrose synthase, and cytokinin oxidase; and polysaccharides. The polysaccharides display immunomodulatory and hepatoprotective activities. Alkaloids exhibit antioxidant, anticancer, and neuroprotective activities. Other compounds manifest antioxidant, anticancer, and immunomodulatory.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1795-1803
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number5
Early online date10 Feb 2012
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2012

User-Defined Keywords

  • Dendrobium
  • Constituents
  • Bioactivity
  • Medicinal plants


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