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High impact information on Ferns

  • Although this compound had previously been isolated from the fern Blechnum minus and postulated to be the precursor of alpha-ecdysone, it had not been obtained from insect material [1].
  • These two polyamines were not detected in any species of Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae, and fungi even though their possible precursor, diaminopropane, was found in some species [2].
  • G. japonica ferredoxin did not show a close sequence homology with the ferredoxins from horsetails, which, like ferns, belong to Pteridophyta, or with those from plants of different taxonomical groups [3].
  • Formaldehyde, as its dimedone adduct, formaldemethone, has been detected and quantified in all species of Pteridophyta examined [4].
  • Botanical remedies of the former Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). Part I: Eumycetes, Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae, Angiospermae (Monocotyledones only) [5].

Associations of Ferns with chemical compounds

  • Plants known to contain any of the 28 oncogens (excluding shikimic acid and caffeine) have been tabulated; they represent at least 454 species, 110 genera, and 34 families of Spermatophyta and Pteridophyta [6].


  1. 2-Deoxy-alpha-ecdysone from ovaries and eggs of the silkworm, Bombyx mori. Ohnishi, E., Mizuno, T., Chatani, F., Ikekawa, N., Sakurai, S. Science (1977) [Pubmed]
  2. Distinct difference in the polyamine compositions of bryophyta and pteridophyta. Hamana, K., Matsuzaki, S. J. Biochem. (1985) [Pubmed]
  3. Purification and amino acid sequence of a fern (Gleichenia japonica) ferredoxin. Hase, T., Yamanashi, H., Matsubara, H. J. Biochem. (1982) [Pubmed]
  4. The use of HPLC for the detection and quantification of formaldehyde in the pteridophyta. Adrian-Romero, M., Blunden, G., Carpenter, B.G., Lucas, S., Tyihák, E. Acta. Biol. Hung. (1998) [Pubmed]
  5. Botanical remedies of the former Dutch East Indies (Indonesia). Part I: Eumycetes, Pteridophyta, Gymnospermae, Angiospermae (Monocotyledones only). Hirschhorn, H.H. Journal of ethnopharmacology. (1983) [Pubmed]
  6. Oncogenic and tumor-promoting Spermatophytes and Pteridophytes and their active principles. Farnsworth, N.R., Bingel, A.S., Fong, H.H., Saleh, A.A., Christenson, G.M., Saufferer, S.M. Cancer treatment reports. (1976) [Pubmed]
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