Molecule of the Week

Moronic Acid

December 26, 2011

Yes, there’s really a molecule with this name. Moronic acid is a triterpene that can be extracted from the hemiparasitic mistletoe plant (Phoradendron reichenbachianum), among other species. It is cytotoxic, which is perhaps the origin of the mistletoe legend. A moronic acid derivative has shown activity against some HIV strains.

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