화학공학소재연구정보센터
Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Vol.101, No.6, 2227-2239, 2017
The medicinal and pharmaceutical importance of Dendrobium species
Plants of the Dendrobium genus, one of the largest in the Orchidaceae, manifest a diversity of medicinal effects encompassing antiangiogenic, immunomodulating, antidiabetic, cataractogenesis-inhibiting, neuroprotective, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet aggregation, antifungal, antibacterial, antiherpetic, antimalarial, aquaporin-5 stimulating, and hemagglutininating activities and also exert beneficial actions on colonic health and alleviate symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The active principles include a wide range of proteinaceous and non-proteinaceous molecules. This mini-review discusses the latest advances in what is known about the medicinal and pharmaceutical properties of members of the Dendrobium genus and explores how biotechnology can serve as a conduit to mass propagate valuable germplasm for sustainable exploration for the pharmaceutical industry.