An update on lignans: natural products and synthesis

Author(s): Pan JY, Chen SL, Yang MH, Wu J, Sinkkonen J, et al.


Lignans are a class of secondary metabolites derived from the oxidative dimerization of two phenylpropanoid units. This review covers the source, chemistry and bioactivities of natural lignans, and highlights the total syntheses of some lignans and asymmetric syntheses of their motifs.

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