Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2754


Chemical constituents and biological activities of saponin from the seed of Camellia oleifera

  Li He*, Zhou Guoying, Zhang Huaiyun and He Yuanhao
Biotechnology Core Facilities, College of Forestry, Central South University of Forestry and Technology, Hunan, Changsha, 410004, China
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 13 July 2010
  •  Published: 31 December 2010




Camellia oleifera Abel (Theaceae) is a woody plant that is native to China. It is an important source of edible oil and is used in traditional medicine. It contains a triterpenoid saponin with high medical value that can be obtained from the seed cake residue (marc) after oil extraction. This saponin has prospects for wide applications. In this review, we summarize previous and current information regarding the chemical structure, physicochemical properties and biological activities of the saponin from the seed cake of C. oleifera and provide new insights for future research.


Key words: Saponin, C. oleifera Abel, biological activity, chemical constituent.