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Saponins are glycosides of triterpenes, steroids or steroidal alkaloids. They can be found in plants and marine organisms. Very diverse biological activities are ascribed to saponins and they play important roles in food, animal feedstuffs, and pharmaceutical properties. This volume provides a selection of recent work on saponins presented at a symposium in Pulawy, Poland, in 1999. Many different aspects are treated: analysis, separation, biological activities, relevant use in human and animal nutrition, and ecological significance. This book will be of use to researchers both in universities and industry.
Preface. 1. Analysis and isolation of saponins from plant material; A. Marston, et al. 2. Bioactive saponins from some plants used in Indian traditional medicine; S.B. Mahato. 3. Micro-extraction and characterization of saponins in peanut meal and soybean flour using HPLC and FAB mass spectrometry; J.A. Singleton, et al. 4. LC-MS and LC-MS/MS analysis of saponins and sapogenins -- comparison of ionization techniques and their usefulness in compound identification; A.D. Muir, et al. 5. Separation of alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) saponins as their borate complexes by capillary electrophoresis; A. Tava, et al. 6. Single run HPLC separation of escins Ia and IIa by means of a Waters symmetry shield C8 column; S. Apers, et al. 7. Polyhydroxylated steroidal saponins from Asteroidea (starfish); A.A. Kicha, et al. 8. Production of a diverse library of plant natural products for bioassays; M. Steward, et al. 9. Structure determination of saponins with cardiotonic activity by circular dichroism; J.-G. Dong, et al. 10. Non-NMR methods for structure elucidation of saponins; T. Schopke. 11. A triterpenoidal saponin and other new constituents from Terminalia alata; S.K. Srivastava, et al. 12. Chemistry and bioactivity of saponins from some Sri Lankan plants; U.L.B. Jayasinghe, et al. 14. Oat root saponins and root-infecting fungi; A. Osbourn, et al. 14. Chemo-ecological role of spirostanol saponins in the interaction between plants and insects; J. Harmatha. 15. Localizations of saponins, furanocoumarins and other phenolics in fruits and shoots of some Rutaceae, Umbelliferae, Caprifoliaceae and Leguminosae; A.M. Zobel, et al. 16. Triterpene glycosides from sea cucumbers (Holothurioidea): structure, function and evolution; V.I. Kalinin, et al. 17. Production of ginseng saponins by cell suspension cultures of Panax notoginseng in bioreactors; J.J. Zhong. 18. Saponin production by cell/callus cultures of Panax species; A. Mathur, et al. 19. Use of 14C-labeled alfalfa saponins for monitoring their fate in soil; M. Okumura, et al. 20. Chemical and pharmacological studies on triterpene saponins, escins, from horse chestnut seeds; M. Yoshikawa, H. Matsuda. 21. Biologically and pharmacologically active saponins from plants: recent advances; M.A. Lacaille-Dubois. 22. Physicochemical characteristics of interaction of saponins from Holothurians (sea cucumbers) with cell membranes; I.A. Gorshkova, et al. 23. Biological activity of deltoside from Allium nutans L.; L.S. Akhov, et al. 24. Glycoside based adjuvants; F. Ferreira, J. Llodra. 25. Actual and potential applications of Yucca schidigera and Quillaja saponaria saponins in human and animal nutrition; P.R. Cheeke. 26. Dietary saponins and human health; A.V. Rao, D.M. Gurfinkel. 27. Sustainable production of Quillaja saponaria Mol. Saponins; R. San Martin. 28. Beneficial effects of saponins on animal production; H.P.S. Makkar, K. Becker.