RESEARCH REVIEW

A review on the Bioactivity and Phytochemistry of Jatropha podagrica Hook (Euphorbiaceae)

Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua

Koto-te-Nyiwa Ngbolua
University of Kinshasa. Email: jpngbolua@unikin.ac.cd
Online First: October 15, 2020 | Cite this Article
Ngbolua, K. 2020. A review on the Bioactivity and Phytochemistry of Jatropha podagrica Hook (Euphorbiaceae). Discovery Phytomedicine 7(4). DOI:10.15562/phytomedicine.2020.150


Aims: to provide knowledge on the bioactivity and phytochemistry of Jatropha podagrica Hook.

Study Design: Advanced multidisciplinary bibliographical research, use of the ChemBioDraw software package and dissemination of the knowledge obtained.

Methodology: A literature review was conducted to obtain information on the pharmacognosy and phytochemistry of Jatropha podagrica Hook. from various scientific databases (SciLEO, PubMed, Google scholar, Science Direct and PubMed Central). The scientific name of this plant species was used as a keyword for the search, as well as the terms pharmacognosy and phytochemistry. ChemBioDraw Ultra 12.0 software was used to draw the structures of chemical compounds of Jatropha podagrica Hook. and other species of the genus Jatropha.

Results: The results obtained revealed that this plant is traditionally used as a stimulant or analgesic. 

This species possesses various biological properties such as anti-tumor, antimicrobial, molluscicidal and anti-insect. These properties are due to the presence of natural chemical compounds such as steroids, flavonoids and diterpenoids.

Conclusion: This study can therefore help guide future scientific research towards the development of new antisickling drugs from Jatropha podagrica Hook.

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