Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRS UMR 8232, 4 place Jussieu, 75005 Paris, France.
is a secoiridoid compound isolated from Gentiana lutea which is called
Qin Jiao in Chinese. It is one of the most common herbal medicines
used in China. In this article, we review the pharmacological and
biological activity (antiviral, anti-inflammatory, analgesia,
antihepatotoxic and choleretic), as well as biotransformation of the
gentiopicroside. In addition, attempt towards the total synthesis of
gentiopicroside is also presented.