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Biotech division
Biotech Division 2. Medicinal plants
2. Medicinal plants

Historically, plants have been used to treat differents diseases and pathologies. These plants, known as medicinal plants, have the capacity of sintetizing a wide range of active compounds which had experimented an increasing interest due to its aplications as farmaceuticlas, cosmetis and nutraceutics.

 

The production of active compounds from medicinal plants is traditionally achieved by growing the plants or directly by recolection in field and subsequent extraction of the active substances. However, plants originating from particular biotopes can be hard to grow outside their local ecosystems and overexplotation of natural resources is increasing the risk of extintion of differents valuable medicinal plants. This as led scientists and biotechnologists to consider plant cell, tissue and organ cultures as an alternative way to produce the corresponding active compounds.

 

The Biotech Division is involved in the induction of plant cell cultures for the obtention and purification of active compunds by the aplication of a technology that ensures high production and is respecfull with our environment. Our cell cultures have been established from plants wich have  the capacity of synthetizing valuable active compounds for farmaceutical aplications.  

 

 

  • Catharanthus roseus

Herbal originating from Madagacar that is known for its capacity of synthetizing indol alkaloids like Ajmalicine which is used as antihipertensive or the two antitumoral Vinblastine and Vincristine alkaloids.

 

  • Taxus baccata

Taxaceae family is compoused by several species known as source of the antitumoral Paclitexel. Taxus baccata has also the capacity of synthetizing Baccatine III and 10-DAC-Baccatine III which are used as starting material for the semisynthesis of Paclitaxel.

 

  • Ginkgo biloba

This species is well known as the source of active compunds chemically classified as terpenoids and named as ginkgolides. Ginkgolides are been used for vascular diseases.

 

  • Hypericum perforatum

This herb is commonly known as St. John´s wort. The capacity of this plant for the production of naphtodianthrones Hypericin and Pseudohypericin had made this plant a valuable source of active compounds. Photodinamic activities desplayed by these compounds under the influence of light are used for therapy in various diseases.

 





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