Mass Spectrophotometric Observation of the Probable Compounds from Taxux baccata Linn. (European Yew)

Nasima Akter, Shanta Biswas


Highly colored natural products from the powdered leaves and twigs of the plant were successively extracted using hexane and a mixture of chloroform-methanol (1:1). Chromatographic fractions of these extracts were analyzed further. Taxagifine, a 7,9,10-deacetylated taxagifine(1R,2R,3S,4R,5S,6S,8S,10R,11R,12R,15S)-2,3,4,6,11-pentahydroxy-5,15-dimethyl-9-methylidene-14-oxo-16-oxatetracyclo[,15.05,10]heptadecan-8-yl (2E)-3-phenylprop-2-enoate), a hydroxyl ester (Triecosanyl-16-hydroxy-hexadecanoate), triacontanol-1 and a naphthalene glycoside (1,2,3-tri-O-methyl naphthalene-4-ol- (4→1α)-glucoside were isolated. Structures of the probable reported compounds were proposed using UV-Vis, FTIR and Mass spectrometric method.


Taxus baccata, Taxagifine, Deacetylated taxagifine, naphthalene glycoside, chromatographic fractions.

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