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Indole Alkaloid

Indole Alkaloid

Indole alkaloids are a class of compounds grouped together due to similar chemical structure. Some examples of indole alkaloids are aspidospermine, yohimbine, and harman.

Indole alkaloids have varied functions and properties. Aspidospermine and yohimbine are respiratory stimulants, diuretics, local anesthetics, and hypotensive. Harman has tranquilizing properties. Indole alkaloids are a part of the more encompassing class called alkaloids.

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