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Communication | Special issue | Vol 18, No. 1, 1982, pp.63-65
Published online, 1st January, 1970
DOI: 10.3987/S(B)-1982-01-0063
Gandharamine: A New Benzylisoquinoline Alkaloid from Berberis baluchistanica

Musa H. Abu Zarga, Ghulam A. Miana, and Maurice Shamma*

*Department of Chemistry, The Pennsylvania State University, York Campus, P1031 Edgecomb Avenue, York, Pennsylvania 17403, U.S.A.


Gandharamine (1) is a new quaternary oxobenzylisoquinolinium alkaloid found in Berberis baluchistanica Ahrendt (Berberidaceae), as well as in Thalictrum fendleri Engelm. ex Gray (Ranunculaceae). Its synthesis from dihydrobenzylisoquinoline 4 has been achieved. The only known naturally occurring close analog of gandharamine is N-methylpapaveraldine (7).