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1-Deoxynojirimycin: Occurrence, Extraction, Chemistry, Oral Pharmacokinetics, Biological Activities and In Silico Target Fishing

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Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, Bei San Huan East Road, Beijing 100029, China
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Beijing Gulou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 13 DouFuChi Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100009, China
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Molecules 2016, 21(11), 1600; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules21111600
Received: 13 October 2016 / Revised: 15 November 2016 / Accepted: 16 November 2016 / Published: 23 November 2016
1-Deoxynojirimycin (DNJ, C6H13NO4, 163.17 g/mol), an alkaloid azasugar or iminosugar, is a biologically active natural compound that exists in mulberry leaves and Commelina communis (dayflower) as well as from several bacterial strains such as Bacillus and Streptomyces species. Deoxynojirimycin possesses antihyperglycemic, anti-obesity, and antiviral features. Therefore, the aim of this detailed review article is to summarize the existing knowledge on occurrence, extraction, purification, determination, chemistry, and bioactivities of DNJ, so that researchers may use it to explore future perspectives of research on DNJ. Moreover, possible molecular targets of DNJ will also be investigated using suitable in silico approach. View Full-Text
Keywords: iminosugar; mulberry; Bacillus; fermentation; silkworms; antihyperglycemic; anti-obesity; antiviral; molecular targets iminosugar; mulberry; Bacillus; fermentation; silkworms; antihyperglycemic; anti-obesity; antiviral; molecular targets
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Gao, K.; Zheng, C.; Wang, T.; Zhao, H.; Wang, J.; Wang, Z.; Zhai, X.; Jia, Z.; Chen, J.; Zhou, Y.; Wang, W. 1-Deoxynojirimycin: Occurrence, Extraction, Chemistry, Oral Pharmacokinetics, Biological Activities and In Silico Target Fishing. Molecules 2016, 21, 1600.

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