A mucilage from Hibiscus moscheutos leaves

Masashi Tomoda, Ryoko Gonda, Noriko Shimizu, Satomi Nakanishi, Hiroshi Hikino

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A mucilage, Hibiscus-mucilage ML, from leaves of Hibiscus moscheutos was found to be peptidoglycan with a molecular weight of ca 1800000. Its intrinsic viscosity in aqueous solution was 26.1. The major constituent is a partially acetylated, acidic polysaccharide composed of L-rhamnose: D-galactose: D-glucose: D-galacturonic acid: D-glucuronic acid in a molar ratio of 18:12:1:12:11. Chemical and physico-chemical studies indicated its main structural features. It had considerable hypoglycemic activity when administered to mice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2297-2300
Number of pages4
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1987


  • Hibiscus moscheutos
  • Malvaceae
  • hypoglycemic activity
  • leaf
  • mucilage.
  • polysaccharide structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Science
  • Horticulture


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