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CWSF 2010 - Peterborough, Ontario

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Alkaloids to be, or not to be in Catharanthus
Division:Earth & Environmental Sciences
Abstract:Dimeric Alkaloids produced in the Madagascar Periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus) continue to be one of the key components of a variety of different chemotherapy regimes, effectively fighting cancerous diseases like leukemia and Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. In this experiment it is shown that hypothesis about the production of secondary metabolites necessary for the synthesis of dimeric alkaloids may not stand correct for all varieties of Catharanthus roseus.