Abstract:Recebido em 16/7/03; aceito em 9/3/04; publicado na web em 27/8/04 CUCURBITACINS AND THEIR MAIN STRUCTURAL CHARACTERISTICS. The cucurbitacins are highly oxygenated triterpenoid compounds found in several botanical families that show high toxicity and varied biological activities. This review presents the main cucurbitacins so far isolated and their key structural characteristics. It complements and updates the existing reviews on this subject.
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