Pharmaceutical interest

Fig. 114. Luffa acutangula Roxb. From: KLU Herbarium 041871. Flora of Malaya. Field collector: Rohani Bte Hassan, 21 Aug 1990. Geographical localization: Kampung Paloh, Kelan-tan, "Tanah Pamah". Botanical identification: de Wilde 1996.

Luffaculin:The seeds of Luffa acutangula Roxb. contain a ribosome inactivating protein, luffaculin, which is abortifacient, antitumor, and immunomodulatory (Ng TB et a/., 1992). The seeds are also known to contain cucurbitacins B and a number of oleanane-type triterpenes saponins (Barua AK et a/., 1958; NagaoT etal., 1991).

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