Sterols and triterpenols in latex and cultured tissues of Euphorbia pulcherrima

David D. Biesboer, Peter D'Amour, Stephen R. Wilson, Paul Mahlberg

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The sterol and triterpenol constituents of Euphorbia pulcherrima latex and cultured callus tissues were examined by GLC and mass spectrometry. Latex extracts from different varieties contained sitosterol, β-amyrin, germanicol, cycloartenol, β-amyrin acetate, and germanicol acetate. Capillary GC profiles of these varieties indicated that the triterpene content was essentially identical for examined latices. Cultured tissues derived from petioles and stem internodes synthesized only sitosterol in significant quantities, although trace amounts of several sterols that occur in latex were also detected in cultured tissues. This study supports the interpretation that the pattern of triterpene synthesis in the laticifer of the normal plant is a highly controlled and stable phenomenon among varieties of this species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1115-1118
Number of pages4
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 2 1982

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
*This research was supported by Grant DEB 78-02045

Funding Information:
from the National Science Foundation. #Present address: Department of Chemistry, New York University, New York, NY 10003 U.S.A.

Copyright 2014 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Euphorbia pulcherrima
  • Euphorbiaceae
  • sterols
  • tissue culture
  • triterpenols.


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