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Purine (Xanthine) Alkaloids  The purines are consisting of a six-membered pyrimidine ring fused to a five-membered imidazole ring.  The pharmaceutically.

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1 Purine (Xanthine) Alkaloids  The purines are consisting of a six-membered pyrimidine ring fused to a five-membered imidazole ring.  The pharmaceutically important bases of this group are all methylated derivatives of 2,6 dioxy-purine (Xanthine). This group includes mainly Caffeine, theobromine and theophylline alkaloids.  These alkaloids are weak bases, they give no precipitate with Mayer's reagent.

2 Caffeine, Theobromine and Theophylline Caffeine  Occurrence: Tea leaves (2- 5%), Coffee seeds (1-2 %), Cola leaves (2- 3%), Gurana seeds ( %) and Cacao seeds, ( %).  Properties: 1- Water soluble. 2- Sublimable. 1- Water soluble. 2- Sublimable.  Uses: Caffeine has a CNS stimulant effect, it is used mainly to relieve headache.

3 Theobromine  Occurrence: Cacao seeds.  Properties: 1- Sparingly soluble in water. 2- Sublimable. 3- Amphoteric. 1- Sparingly soluble in water. 2- Sublimable. 3- Amphoteric.  Uses: Theobromine is used mainly as a diuretic. Theophylline  Occurrence: Traces in Tea leaves, mostly synthetic.  Properties: 1- Sparingly soluble in water.  Uses: Theophylline and derivatives are smooth muscle relaxant especially in the upper respiratory tract. They used as bronchodilator. Theophylline also act as duiretic.

4  Color tests:  Murexide test: (caffeine, theobromine and theophylline). Crystals of caffeine + drops of concentrated HCl and traces of KClO 3 →evaporated on water bath → red color is produced wich turns to violet on exposure to ammonia vapor.  Tannic acid test: (caffeine and theophylline): A concentrated solution of the alkaloid + tannic acid → white precipitate is obtained that dissolves in excess of the reagent.  Ferrous sulfate test: (theobromine): To a solution of the alkaloid + drops of concentrated HCl + few drops of Br 2 ­ water + a drop of FeSO 4 + few drops of ammonia → Blue color.

5 Steroidal Alkaloids  These contain the perhydrocyclopentano-phenanthrene skeleton characteristic of sterols.  They usually occur in glycosidal combination with sugars and thus called glucoalkaloids e.g. Solanum and Veratrum alkaloids.

6 1- Solanum alkaloids  Occurrence: They occurs in Solanum spp.  Consitituents: Solanine, Solasonine.  Properties: They are glucoalklaloids with a sugar parts.  Uses: 1- The aglycone of both alkaloids are used as a starting material for the synthesis of steroidal drugs. 2- Solasonine is used as agricultural insecticide.

7 2- Veratrum alkaloids  They are of two types: 1- Typical or atypical steroidal alkamines containing one or two non estrified hydroxyl groups e.g. Rubijervine and Veratramine. 2- Highly oxygenated alkamines estrified with organic acids e.g. Protoveratrines A& B.  Uses: The second group posses hypotensive effect.

8 Diterpene Alkaloids Taxol  Occurrence: Barks of Taxus brevifolia known as Pacific Yew.  Yield: %. The bark obtained from about 4000 trees yields about one kg of Taxol. The amount isolated from three trees is required from treatment of only one cancer patient.

9   Sources: 1- Natural.2- Semisynthesis from Baccatin III.  Uses: Breast, Ovarian, lung and other solid tumors.

10  Mechanism of Action: Antimitotic agent.


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