Coptisine

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Coptisine
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Names
IUPAC name
6,7-Dihydro-bis(1,3)benzodioxolo (5,6-a:4',5'-g)quinolizinium
Identifiers
3D model (JSmol)
ChemSpider
Properties
C19H14NO4+
Molar mass 320.319
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references

Coptisine is an alkaloid found in Chinese goldthread (Coptis chinensis).[1] Famous for the bitter taste that it produces, it is used in Chinese herbal medicine along with the related compound berberine for treating digestive disorders caused by bacterial infections.[citation needed]

Also found in Greater Celandine and has also been detected in Opium.[2]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Complementary and Alternative Healing University (Chinese Medicine)[unreliable medical source?]
  2. ^ Hakim, Sohrab A. E.; Mijović, Valerie; Walker, James (1961). "Distribution of Certain Poppy-Fumaria Alkaloids and a Possible Link with the Incidence of Glaucoma". Nature. 189 (4760): 198–201. PMID 13710637. doi:10.1038/189198a0.