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Chemical structure of amarogentin
Chemical structure of amarogentin
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Molar mass 586.546 g·mol−1
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Amarogentin is a chemical compound found in gentian (Gentiana lutea) or in Swertia chirata.[1]

Amarogentin and gentiopicrin, the bitter glycosides from gentian root

Gentian root has a long history of use as a herbal bitter in the treatment of digestive disorders and is an ingredient of many proprietary medicines. The bitter principles of gentian root are secoiridoid glycosides amarogentin and gentiopicrin. The former is one of the most bitter natural compounds known[2] and is used as a scientific basis for measuring bitterness. In humans, it activates the bitter taste receptor hTAS2R50.[3] The biphenylcarboxylic acid moiety is biosynthesized by a polyketide-type pathway, with three units of acetyl-CoA and one unit of 3-hydroxybenzoyl-CoA, this being formed from an early shikimate pathway intermediate and not via cinnamic or benzoic acid.[4]

It also shows an antileishmanial activity in animal models[5] being an inhibitor of topoisomerase I.[6]


  1. ^ Keil*, Michael; Härtle, Birgit; Guillaume, Anna; Psiorz, Manfred (2000). "Production of Amarogentin in Root Cultures of Swertia chirata". Planta Medica. 66 (5): 452–7. doi:10.1055/s-2000-8579. PMID 10909267.
  2. ^ Heilpflanzen:Gentiana lutea (German)
  3. ^ Behrens, Maik; Brockhoff, Anne; Batram, Claudia; Kuhn, Christina; Appendino, Giovanni; Meyerhof, Wolfgang (2009). "The Human Bitter Taste Receptor hTAS2R50 is Activated by the Two Natural Bitter Terpenoids Andrographolide and Amarogentin". Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 57 (21): 9860–6. doi:10.1021/jf9014334. PMID 19817411.
  4. ^ Wang, Chang-Zeng; Maier, Ulrich H.; Eisenreich, Wolfgang; Adam, Petra; Obersteiner, Ingrid; Keil, Michael; Bacher, Adelbert; Zenk, Meinhart H. (2001). "Unexpected Biosynthetic Precursors of Amarogentin − A Retrobiosynthetic13C NMR Study". European Journal of Organic Chemistry. 2001 (8): 1459. doi:10.1002/1099-0690(200104)2001:8<1459::AID-EJOC1459>3.0.CO;2-0.
  5. ^ Medda, S.; Mukhopadhyay, S; Basu, MK (1999). "Evaluation of the in-vivo activity and toxicity of amarogentin, an antileishmanial agent, in both liposomal and niosomal forms". Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 44 (6): 791–4. doi:10.1093/jac/44.6.791. PMID 10590280.
  6. ^ Ray, Sutapa; Majumder, Hemanta K.; Chakravarty, Ajit K.; Mukhopadhyay, Sibabrata; Gil, Roberto R.; Cordell, Geoffrey A. (1996). "Amarogentin, a Naturally Occurring Secoiridoid Glycoside and a Newly Recognized Inhibitor of Topoisomerase I fromLeishmania donovani". Journal of Natural Products. 59 (1): 27–9. doi:10.1021/np960018g. PMID 8984149.