Twenty-eight leaf and twig samples and one bark sample of Taxus baccata from the Ukraine (Crimea), Russia, and Georgia were analyzed for taxane compounds. Taxol and the related diterpenoid I 0-deacetylbaccatin III (baccatin III) were present in all samples and 20.7% of those samples exhibited a taxol content nearly equal to or greater than that obtained from the bark of the Pacific Yew, T. brevifolia. Taxus baccata is a potential significant source of taxol, the most promising new drug identified in the last twenty years for the treatment of selected forms of cancer.
Elias, Thomas S. and Korzhenevsky, Vladislav V.
"The Presence of Taxol and Related Compounds in Taxus Baccata Native to the Ukraine (Crimea), Georgia, and Southern Russia,"
Aliso: A Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Botany:
3, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarship.claremont.edu/aliso/vol13/iss3/5
© 1992 Thomas S. Elias, Vladislav V. Korzhenevsky
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