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A Comprehensive Review on the Medicinal Plants from the Genus Asphodelus

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Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Professor Gama Pinto, 1649-003 Lisbon, Portugal
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Department of Infectious Diseases, National Reference Laboratory of Antibiotic Resistances and Healthcare Associated Infections, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, 1649-016 Lisbon, Portugal
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Plants 2018, 7(1), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/plants7010020
Received: 14 February 2018 / Revised: 5 March 2018 / Accepted: 10 March 2018 / Published: 13 March 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Medicinal Plants and Natural Product Research)
Plant-based systems continue to play an essential role in healthcare, and their use by different cultures has been extensively documented. Asphodelus L. (Asphodelaceae) is a genus of 18 species and of a total of 27 species, sub-species and varieties, distributed along the Mediterranean basin, and has been traditionally used for treating several diseases particularly associated with inflammatory and infectious skin disorders. The present study aimed to provide a general review of the available literature on ethnomedical, phytochemical, and biological data related to the genus Asphodelus as a potential source of new compounds with biological activity. Considering phytochemical studies, 1,8-dihydroxyanthracene derivatives, flavonoids, phenolic acids and triterpenoids were the main classes of compounds identified in roots, leaf and seeds which were correlated with their biological activities as anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory or antioxidant agents. View Full-Text
Keywords: anthracene derivatives; antimicrobial; Asphodelus; ethnomedicine; skin diseases anthracene derivatives; antimicrobial; Asphodelus; ethnomedicine; skin diseases
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Malmir, M.; Serrano, R.; Caniça, M.; Silva-Lima, B.; Silva, O. A Comprehensive Review on the Medicinal Plants from the Genus Asphodelus. Plants 2018, 7, 20. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants7010020

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Malmir M, Serrano R, Caniça M, Silva-Lima B, Silva O. A Comprehensive Review on the Medicinal Plants from the Genus Asphodelus. Plants. 2018; 7(1):20. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants7010020

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Malmir, Maryam; Serrano, Rita; Caniça, Manuela; Silva-Lima, Beatriz; Silva, Olga. 2018. "A Comprehensive Review on the Medicinal Plants from the Genus Asphodelus" Plants 7, no. 1: 20. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants7010020

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