Flavonoid Alkaloids: Isolation, Bioactivity, and Synthesis

Viktor Ilkei, László Hazai, S. Antus, Hedvig Bölcskei

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The flavonoidal alkaloids or flavo alkaloids build a quite special group of natural products, where the typical flavonoid backbone (two aromatic rings are combined with an oxygen heterocycle) is linked with a nitrogen containing moiety too. Several plants, containing flavonoid alkaloids, were applied in the traditional medicine for the treatment of various diseases, e.g., infections, cold, cough, inflammation, icterohepatitis, laryngalgia, etc. In this review, the most important flavonoid alkaloids (ficine, isoficine, capitavine, buchenavianine, aquiledine, isoaquiledine, cheliensisine, lilanine, phyllospadine, lotthanongine, vochysine, dracocephins, drahebephins, davallioside, prolinalin, kopsirachin, uncaringambiriine, etc.) and their isolation, structure elucidation, biosynthesis, biological activity, and syntheses will be detailed. The synthetic derivatives, e.g., the antitumor Flavopiridol (Alvocidib, Sanofi-Tolero) and P276-00 (Piramal) will be discussed too.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Natural Products Chemistry
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018

Publication series

NameStudies in Natural Products Chemistry
ISSN (Print)1572-5995



  • Bioactivity
  • Flavonoid alkaloids
  • Isolation
  • Structure elucidation
  • Synthesis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

Cite this

Ilkei, V., Hazai, L., Antus, S., & Bölcskei, H. (2018). Flavonoid Alkaloids: Isolation, Bioactivity, and Synthesis. In Studies in Natural Products Chemistry (pp. 247-285). (Studies in Natural Products Chemistry; Vol. 56). Elsevier B.V.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-444-64058-1.00008-X