The same chromatographic methods are applicable to both the cardenolides and the homologous bufadienolides. In plants, they occur in the form of glycosides. Groups of cardiac steroids Cardioactive steroids are grouped in two categories; Cardenolides Bufadienolides Cardenolides are found. Two classes have been observed in Nature: 1. cardenolides and 2. bufadienolides. The cardenolides have an unsaturated butyrolactone ring.

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Yet their toxicity remains a serious problem. Other cardenolidee that are found less commonly are; Rhamnose Digitoxose Digitalose Cymarose Out of these sugars, only Rhamnose occurs as L-series whereas others exist as D-series.

This perennial plant is native to Europe, Caucasus and Siberia.

The cardenolides of the drug act similarly to the Digitalis cardenolides. They can decrease heart rate negative chronotropic action and venous pressure, while diuresis shows an upward tendency. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Hufadienolides Policy. In order to view it, please contact the author of the presentation.

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Many bufadieno,ides contain derivatives, collectively known as cardenolides, including many in the form of cardenolide glycosides cardenolides that contain structural groups derived from sugars. Cardenolide glycosides are employed in the case of heart insufficiency, which occurs as a consequence of aherosclerosis, hypertonia, asthma cardiale or problems with a cardiac valve valvular or cardiac insufficiency. Erysimi herba et semen Gray diffuse wallflower flowering shoot and seed.

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Cardiac Glycosides

Because the order of sugars appears to have cardenolided to do with biological activity Nature has synthesized a repertoire of numerous cardiac glycosides with differing sugar skeleton but relatively few aglycone structures. In white squill there is a mixture of 15 bufadienolides: The sugars most commonly used include L -rhamnose, D -glucose, D -digitoxose, D -digitalose, D -digginose, D -sarmentose, L -vallarose, and D -fructose.


Similarities between Cardenolides and Bufadienolides: The therapeutic indications include nervous cardiac troubles, angina pectoris, cardiac failures associated with oedema formation. The drug consists of the dried leaves collected during flowering period of Nerium oleander L. The drug is used principally in veterinary medicine: They are glycosides of scillarenin and 5,6-dehydro-scillarenin.

Collection is carried out carddenolides so as to avoid any adulteration of organic matter and discolored leaves. This occurs when the muscles that perform contraction and force the blood out of heart are performing weakly.

Digitalis purpurea, Digitalis lanata, Strophanthus grtus, and Strophanthus kombe are the major sources of the cardiac glycosides. Hence the term congestive heart failure.

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bufdienolides Cardenolide glycosides are often toxic ; specifically, they are heart-arresting. The therapeutic indications include the treatment of cardiac insufficiency, cor pulmonale and cardiac failures associated with oedema formation. It contains minimum 0. Biochemical Mechanism of Action. Squill occurs wild as an aggregate of at least six species of varying chromosome number. Lanatoside C glucoseacetyldigitoxose-digitoxose 2 -digoxigenin.

Other constituents are steroidal saponins, flavonoids mainly apigenin, luteolin, kaempferol, quercetine and their derivatives and azetidincarboxylic acid. Strophanthi semen Strophanthus seed.

Ouabain g-Strophanthin k-Strophanthin Cymarin. In small doses the drug provokes mild gastric irritation causing a reflex secretion gufadienolides the bronchioles, therefore it can be used as an expectorant, but in large doses it causes vomiting.

Bufadienolides are found commonly as C steroids with unsaturated 6-membered lactone ring that is attached at 17 th carbon atom in steroidal skeleton. In Hungary it is protected because of its rare occurrence. It contains not less than 0.

The biosynthesis of cardenolides and bufadienolides starts from cholesterol C 27 through pregnane derivatives [ by side-chain shortening C 21 ; e. The isolated constituents act on the heart. Cardanolide is the same core structure but having a saturated lactone ring instead of one containing an alkene. The drug also contains flavonoids such as rutin and kaempferolO-rhamnoglucoside; as well as ursolic and oleanolic acids.


It occurs in oak-woods and other deciduous forests. If glucose is present in the chain, it can always be found at the end of the chain. Scillae bulbus Squill bulb.

The drug or its extracts and pure constituents are very toxic, therefore they should not be used without medical advice. The lactone moiety at C position is an important structural feature.

The size and degree of unsaturation varies with the source of the glycoside. The industrial preparations of the drug can be used for the treatment of arrhythmia and circulatory disorders, as well as other cardiac complaints associated with changes in the weather. The term ‘genin’ at the end refers to only the aglycone portion without the sugar. These additional hydroxyl groups influence the partitioning of the cardiac glycosides into the aqueous media and greatly affect the duration of action.

Activity of Cardiac glycosides Sugar in the cardiac glycosides helps in; Solubilizing the molecule Easy distribution Transport of Aglycone to the site of action Oxygen substitution on steroidal nucleus influences the distribution as well as metabolism of drug.

The mechanism whereby cardiac glycosides cause a positive inotropic effect and electrophysiologic changes is still not completely clear. The principal glycoside is convallatoxin which on hydrolysis yields strophanthidin and – -rhamnose.