Biological Activities of Snowdrop (Galanthus spp., Family Amaryllidaceae)

Chee Kei Kong, Liang Ee Low, Wei Sheng Siew, Wei Hsum Yap, Kooi Yeong Khaw, Long Chiau Ming, Andrei Mocan, Bey Hing Goh, Poh Hui Goh

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    Snowdrop is an iconic early spring flowering plant of the genus Galanthus (Amaryllidaceae). Galanthus species (Galanthus spp.) are economically important plants as ornaments. Galanthus spp has gained significance scientific and commercial interest due to the discovery of Galanthamine as symptomatic treatment drug for Alzhiermer disease. This review aims to discuss the bioactivities of Galanthus spp including anticholinesterase, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anticancer potential of the extracts and chemical constituents of Galanthus spp. This review highlights that Galanthus spp. as the exciting sources for drug discovery and nutraceutical development.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number552453
    Number of pages16
    JournalFrontiers in Pharmacology
    Publication statusPublished - 19 Feb 2021


    • bioactivities
    • galanthamine
    • galanthus
    • lycorine
    • snowdrop

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