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Maclura cochinchinensis (Lour.) Corner
Gou ji

Scientific names Common names
Cudrania cochinchinensis (Lour.) Kudo & Masam. Bulong-kadios (Neg.)
Cudrania cochinchinensis var. gerontogea (Sieb. & Zucc.) Kokom-pusa (Ilk.)
Cudrania integra F.T.Wang & T.Tang Patdang-labuyo (Tag.)
Cudrania javanensis Tréc Tahid-labuyo (Tag.)
Cudrania obovata Trécul Talobtob (Sbl.)
Cudrania rectispina Hance Talolong (Ilk., Ig.)
Maclura cochinchinensis (Lour.) Corner Cockspur thorn (Engl.)
Maclura cochinchinensis var. gerontogea (Siebold et Zucc.) Ohashi Dryer's mulberry (Engl.)
Maclura gerontogea Siebold & Zucc.  
Trophis spinosa Roxb. ex Willd.  
Vanieria cochinchinensis Lour.  
Vanieria cochinchinensis var. gerontogea (Sieb. et Zucc.)  
Tahid-labuyo is a common name shared by (1) Ganak, Dalbergia cumingiana and (2) Patdang-labuyo, Vaniera cochinchinensis.
Maclura cochinchinensis is the preferred name. Species 2000 & ITS Catalogue of Life / NCBI / Topicos

Other vernacular names
CAMBODIA: Khlae, Nhoer khlaay.
CHINESE: Wei zhi, Gou ji.
INDONESIA: Kayu kuning, Tegeran, Soga tegeran.
MALAYSIA: Kederang, Kedrae.
THAI: Kae kong, Kae lae, Klae.
VIETNAM: Day mo'qua.

Tahid-labuyo is a scandent or strangling, smooth shrub, growing from 2 to 4 meters in length, with branches armed with stout, sharp, straight or somewhat recurved spines, 1 to 1.5 centimeters long. Leaves are elliptic-ovate to oblong-ovate or oblong-obovate, 3 to 8 centimeters long, shining, with tapering tips and rounded bases. Heads are solitary or in pairs, rounded, and short-peduncled. Female heads are 7 to 8 millimeters in diameter, yellowish, dense. Fruit is fleshy, up to 5 centimeters in diameter.

- Found from northern Luzon to Mindanao from sea level to an altitude of 1,400 meters.
- Also occurs in India to East Africa, China, Malaya, and Australia.

- Heartwood produces a yellow dye.
- Bark of the Cudrania javanensis yielded osajaxanthone, vanillic acid, monmethyl fumarate, p-hydroxybenzoic acid and (-)-(S)-stachydrine. (1)
- Study isolated an isoflavonoid – 5,7,4'-trihydroxy-6,3'-diprenylisoflavone. (2)
- Study of roots isolated a new xanthone (1) and a new naturally occurring xanthone (2) together with 10 known xanthones (3-12). (see study below) (11)
- Study of roots of Cudrania cochinchinensis isolated six compounds identified as 3, 5, 7, 4"-tetrahydroxyflavanone-7-O-(6"-acetyl)-glucoside (1), 3, 5, 7, 4'-tetra hydroxyflavanone-7-O-glucoside (2), 2', 4', 5, 7-tetrahydroxy-6-prenyldihydroflavanone (3), 5, 7, 4'-trihysdroxy-6-prenylisoflavanone (4), 1, 3, 5, 6-tetrahydroxyxanthone (5), stilbene-2, 4, 3', 5'-tetraol (6). (14)
- Study of ethanolic extract of roots isolated a new flavonoid (6S,12S,13R)-1-methoxy cyanomaclurin   (1), together with seven known compounds, 1,3,5-trihydroxy-4-(3′-hydroxy-3′-methylbutyl)xanthone (2), 1,3,6-trihydroxy-4-prenylxanthone (3), 1,3,6,7-tetrahydroxyxanthone (4), 1,3,5,6-tetrahydroxyxanthone (5), 1,3,6-trihydroxy-5-methoxyxanthone (6), resveratrol (7) and oxyresveratrol (8). (17)
- Study of root bark yielded new xanthone, 1,6,7-trihydroxy-4-(1,1-dimethylallyl)-3-methoxyxanthone (1)  and a known prenylated xanthone 1,5,6-trihydroxy-4-(1,1-dimethylallyl)-3-methoxyxanthone (isocudraniaxanthone B (2). (21)
- Study of roots of Cudrania cochinchinensis isolated four new benzophenones with two isoprenoid groups, cudraphenones A-D (1-4), and three new xanthones with two isoprenoid units, cudraxanthones P-R (5-7), together with 19 known phenolic compounds. (see study below) (29)
- Bioassay guided separation of methanol extract of roots of M. cochinchinensis isolated three compounds viz. erythrinin B (2), euchrenone b10 (3), and 1, 3, 5-trihydroxy-4-(3-methylbut-2-enyl)xanthen-9-one (4), along with three new prenylated xanthones viz. isocudraniaxanthones B (5) and A (7) and isoalvaxanthone (9). (see study below) (31)

- Studies have suggested anti-ulcer, antipyretic, antihepatitis, antihistamine, antispasmodic, antiviral, antifungal, antimycobacterial, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective, hypouricemic, anticancer, antioxidant properties.

Parts utilized
Bark, roots, leaves.

In the Moluccas, the young leaves are eaten raw.
In Japan, fruit of Cudrania javanensis considered edible.
• In the Philippines, decoction of roots used to alleviate coughing; also used for gastralgia.
• In Sarawak, plant used after childbirth.
• In the Moluccas, paste made from ground wood applied as a cooling agent for fevers.
• In Taiwan, used as analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
• In Thailand, traditionally used for chronic fever, skin infections, and abnormalities of the lymph nodes. (8) Also used for treatment of gout, hyperuricemia and inflammation. (24) Used for diarrhea, fainting, diabetes, skin infections and lymph node afflictions. Also, the heartwood is a component of a polyherbal formulation for use in the postnatal period. (25)
• In Assam, India, the Karbi tribe use a bark extract to treat jaundice. (28)
Dye: The heartwood produces a yellow dye used in the Batik industry in Java; in Thailand for traditional fabric dyeing. Mixed with indigo, it produces a green dye. (25)

Antibacterial / Antidermatophytic: Study of crude chloroform extract of Maclura cochinchinensis wood showed strong antibacterial activity against S. aureus, S. epidermis, and B. subtilis and showed inhibition against all dermatophytes. (4)
Anti-Herpes / Morin: Study evaluated the in vitro anti-herpes activity of Maclura cochinchinensis. Ethyl acetate and methanol extracts exhibited anti-HSV activity at E50 values of 38.5 and 50.8 microorganisms/ml, respectively. Study yielded morin which exhibited anti-HSV activity at an EC50 values of 53.5. (7)
Gerontoxanthone B / Anti-Inflammatory as Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Agonist: Study evaluated the AhR agonistic activities of 12 xanthones isolated from the roots of M. cochinchinensis var. gerontogea using HepG2 cells transfected with px4TK-Luc reporter plasmids. GXB showed XRE-dependent transcriptional activity and XRE-independent activity involving AhR. (10)
Xanthones / Retinoic Acid Receptor-a Agonistic Activity / Roots: Study of roots isolated a new xanthone (1) and a new naturally occurring xanthone (2) together with 10 known xanthones (3-12). Study evaluated the retinoic acid receptor-a agonistic activity. Compound 2, gerontoxanthone A (3) and gerontoxanthone B (4) and cudraxanthone (11) showed moderate concentration dependent activity.   (11)
• Flavonoids / Hepatoprotective: Study evaluated the liver protective effects of flavonoids from Maclura cochinchinensis in an acute liver injury model induced by CCl4 in rats. Results showed flavonoids possess hepatoprotective activity as shown significant prevention of the increase in ALT, AST, and MDA and increase in the SOD. (12)
• Antioxidant / Leaves: In a study of 57 methanol extracts from 54 species, Maclura was one of 16 that showed strong antioxidant activity showing free radical scavenging activity with IC50 of 196±89.56 µg/mL. (13)
• Flavonols / Antioxidant / Roots: Study of roots isolated two new flavonols, 6-p-hydroxybenzyl kaempferol (1) and 6-p-hydroxybenzyl quercetin (2), together with six known compounds. Evaluation for antioxidant capacity showed compounds 2, 4, and 7 to have significant radical scavenging activity. (14)
• Hepatoprotective / Flavonoids / Wighteone and Naringenin: Study of ethanol extract yielded three flavonoid components from EtOAc and n-BuOH fractions. Three flavonoids viz. wighteone, naringenin, and populnin (kaempferol-7-glucoside) showed greater hepatoprotective effects on CCl4-induced liver injury than on D-GaIN induced hepatotoxicity by reversing altered serum enzymes and preventing the development of hepatic lesions. Results demonstrated wighteone and naringenin as two active hepatoprotective principles. (17)
• Phenolic Tyrosinase Inhibitors / Stem: Study showed Cudrania cochinchinensis stem extract contained unknown natural products with potential tyrosinase inhibitory activities. Study isolated a racemic mixture of (±)2,3-cis-dihydromorin and 15 known compounds. Study on mushroom tyrosinase revealed (±)2,3-cis-dihydromorin (IC50 = 31.1 μM), 2,3-trans-dihydromorin (IC50 = 21.1 μM), and  oxyresveratrol  (IC50 = 2.33 µM), were more potent than that of kojic acid (IC50 = 50.8 μM), a well-known tyrosinase inhibitor. Results suggest C. cochinchinensis stem could be a potential source for the development of effective natural tyrosinase inhibitors. (18)
• Antifungal Constituents / Roots: Bioassay-guided fractionation of roots extract isolated four antifungal agents, two were new compounds viz . cudraxanthone S (1) and cudraflavanone B (2), and two were known compounds, toxyloxanthone C (3) and wighteone (4). Compounds 1, 3, and 4 exhibited antifungal activities against Cryptococcus neoformans, Aspergillus fumigatus and A. nidulans; compounds 1 and 3 also showed antifungal activity against Candida glabrata. (19)
• Attenuation of Aß Protein-Mediated Microglial Activation / Potential Benefit for Alzheimer's Disease: Study evaluated the potential of C. cochinchinensis to ameliorate amyloid ß-protein (Aß)-induced migroglial activation, BV-2 microglial cell line, and the ramified microglia in the mixed glial culture. Components of C. cochinchinensis including CC-EW and CCB showed potential for therapeutic intervention for Alzheimer's disease. (20)
Anti-H5N1 Constituents: Avian influenza virus is a threat to poultry and human. A previous study sowed extracts of C. cochinchinensis had significant activity against highly lethal human H5N1 influenza virus. This study isolated 36 compounds from active fractions. Activity evaluation showed GJ-10 and GJ-15 had potent anti-H5N1 virus activities with EC50 at 37.5 and 150 µg/mL, respectively, with a good dose-response relationship. (22)
Therapeutic Effect on Liver Fibrosis Induced by CCl4: Study investigated the anti-liver fibrosis effect of a water extract of Cudrania cochinchinensis in rats. Results showed significant therapeutic effect on the liver fibrosis induced by carbon tetrachloride in rats. (23)
Hypouricemic / Anti-Inflammatory / Morin / Heartwood: Study evaluated the hypouricemic and anti-inflammatory mechanisms of heartwood extract in both in vivo and in vitro models. HPLC analysis yielded morin as a major constituent, which may account for its pharmacologic activities. The heartwood extract at 500 mg/kg markedly decreased uric acid levels in PO-induced hyperuricemic mice (p<0.05). The extract also inhibited the hepatic activity of xanthine oxidase ex vivo by about 53%. It also markedly downregulated mRNA expression of inflammatory mediators (TNF-a, TGF-ß, iNOS and COX-2), an inhibition comparable to dexamethasone. Results suggest a potential natural treatment for inflammation and hyperuricemia that causes gout. (24)
Antioxidant / Morin / Heartwood: Antioxidant evaluation by DPPH showed IC50 value of 5.07 ± 0.29 µg/mL, compared to ascorbic acid with IC50 of 3.20 ± 0.03 µg/mL. Phenolic and flavonoid contents were 1.90 ± 0.01 g GAE/g extract and 0.34 ± 0.01 g QE/g extract, respectively. (25)
HPLC Determination of Morin / Heartwood: A HPLC method for determination of morin content could detect levels in the range of 0.74-1.57% w/w from various locations in Thailand. The method provides useful standardization procedure of M. cochinchinensis materials for further pharmaceutical and other commercial applications. (26)
Prenylated Isoflavones / Cytotoxicity / Leaves: Study of leaves isolated two new prenylisoflavones, 3′,4′,5-trihydroxy-8-prenyl-dihydrofuran[2″,3″:7,6]isoflavone (1) and 4′,5-dihydroxy-8-prenyl-dihydrofuran[2″,3″:7,6]isoflavone (2), along with five known prenylisoflavones (3–7), benzylalcohol-4-O-β-d-glucoside (8) and two cinnamic acid esters (910). Compound 4 showed cytotoxic activity against KB and HepG2 cancer cell lines with IC50 of 26.99 and 19.95 µM, respectively. (27)
Antioxidant / Antibacterial / Bark: Study evaluated a bark extract for phytochemical constituents, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. The extract showed excellent DPPH antioxidant activity with IC50 of 46.32 — 0.21 µg/ml. Hydroxyl radical, nitric oxide radical scavenging activity and lipid peroxidation inhibition showed IC50s of 154.25, 112.19, and 164, respectively, compared to ascorbic acid with 99.50, 42.38, 119.55, respectively. Antibacterial activity was positive against Bacillus cereus and Staphylococcus aureus with MICs ranging from 125 to 500 µg/ml. (28)
Xanthones and Benzophenones / Cytotoxicity / Roots: Study of roots of Cudrania cochinchinensis isolated four new benzophenones with two isoprenoid groups, cudraphenones A-D (1-4), and three new xanthones with two isoprenoid units, cudraxanthones P-R (5-7), together with 19 known phenolic compounds. Some compounds exhibited weak cytotoxicity against human oral squamous carcinoma cells (HSC-2) and normal human gingival fibroblasts (HGF). Benzophenones 1-4 exhibited more potent cytotoxity against HSC-2 cells than against HGF cells. Two sets of hydrophobic and hydrophilic groups in each molecule may play a role in the mediation of tumor-specific action. (29)
Morin and Oxyresveratrol Antityrosinase Activity / Stems:
Study have evaluated the effect of oxyresveratrol and morin on tyrosinase activity via degree of inhibition of L-DOPA. The IC50 of M cochinchinensis extract, oxyresveratrol, morin, and kojic acid (positive control) were 7.91, 6.54, >500, and 92.25 µg/mL, respectively against tyrosinase. Average content of oxyresveratrol and morin from five samples were 44.83 and 128.33 mg/g extract, respectively. (30)
Inhibitors of Na+/H+ Exchanger / Roots: Bioassay guided separation of methanol extract of roots of M. cochinchinensis isolated three compounds viz. erythrinin B (2), euchrenone b10 (3), and 1, 3, 5-trihydroxy-4-(3-methylbut-2-enyl)xanthen-9-one (4). Compounds 2, 3 and 4 significantly inhibited Na+/H+ exchanges system of arterial smooth muscle cells, with MICs of 1.25, 1.25 and 10 µg/ml, respectively. (see constituents above) (31)


Updated March 2020 /October 2017 / May 2013

IMAGE SOURCE / Photos / Maclura cochinchinensis : Leaves and Fruits (1) Thorn (2) / © Robert Whyte / click on image to go to source page / Save Our Waterways Now
OTHER IMAGE SOURCE / Public Domain / File:Maclura cochinchinensis Blanco2.418-original.png / Broussonetia tinctoria / Cudrania javanensis / Flora de Filipinas / Franciso Manuel Blanco (OSA), 1880-1883 / Wikimedia Commons

Additional Sources and Suggested Readings
Isolation and identification of constituents from cudrania javanensis / Joseph E Knapp and Paul L Schiff / Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Volume 60 Issue 11, Pages 1729 - 1730 / DOI 10.1002/jps.2600601135
Molecular and crystal structure of an isoflavonoid, 5,7,4′-trihydroxy-6,3′-diprenylisofla vone from Cudrania javanensis / Mahendra Kalita et al / Department of Life Sciences, Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology, Guwahati 781 035, India
Taxon: Maclura cochinchinensis (Lour.) Corner
Antimicrobial activity of Desmos chinensis leaf and Maclura cochinchinensis wood extracts / Sopa Kummee and Niwan Intaraksa / Songklanakarin J. Sci. Technol., Sept-Oct. 2008; 30(5): pp 635-639,
Maclura cochinchinensis (Lour.) Corner / Chinese names / Catalogue of Life, China
Maclura cochinchinensis Lour. / Vernacular names / GLOBinMED
Anti-herpes simplex virus component isolated from Maclura cochinchinensis
/ Bunyapraphatsara, N; Dechsree, S; Yoosook, C; Herunsalee, A; Panpisutchai, Y / Phytomedicine, 2000; 6(6): pp 421-424
S / P. Cos, L. Maes, D. Vanden Berghe / ETHNOPHARMACOLOGY – Vol. II - Plants and Plant Substances Against AIDS and Others Viral Diseases
Maclura cochinchinensis / Synonyms / Species 2000 & ITUS Catalogue of Life / EOL
Gerontoxanthone B From Maclura Cochinchinensis Var. Gerontogea Exhibits Anti-Inflammatory Potential as an Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor Agonist / KI Nakashima et al / Bioorg Med Chem., June 2015; 25(16), 4253-4258 / DOI: 10.1016/j.bmc.2017.05.047 PMID: 28662965 
Xanthones from the roots of Maclura cochinchinensis var. gerontogea and their retinoic acid receptor-α agonistic activity / Ken-ichi Nakashima, Toshiyuki Tanaka, Hiroko Murata, Kouichi Kaburagi, Makoto Inoue / Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters, 2015; 25(9): pp 1998-2001
The flavonoids of protecting acute liver injured mice from Maclura cochinchinensis / LI Ming; ZHANG
Ke-feng / West China Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences 2013-05
Screening of plant extracts for antioxidant properties / Milena Nikolova, Ljuba Evstatieva and uan Duy Nguyen / Botanica Serbica, 35 (1): (2011) 43-48
Studies on chemical constituents from roots of Cudrania cochinchinensis. / Wang YH, Feng ZM, Jang JS, Zhang PC / Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi, Mar 2007; 32(5): 406-9.
Two new flavonols from Cudrania cochinchinensis / Qi Zhou, Li Chen, Hong-Jun Yin, Bin Li, Ying Tian, Heng-Wen Chen, Yan-Hua Xiao, Xuan-Hui He, Yu-Liang Zeng & Jun-Xing Dong / Journal of Asian Natural Products Research, Volume 16, Issue 10, 2014
A new flavonoid from Cudrania cochinchinensis / Li Chen, Qi Zhou, Bin Li, Shi-Jun Liu & Jun-Xing Dong / Natural Product Research, Formerly Natural Product Letters, Vol 29, Issue 13 (2015) 
Evaluation of the liver protective principles from the root of Cudrania cochinchinensis var. gerontogea / Chun-Ching Lin, Hsiang-Yu Lee, Cheng-Hsiung Chang, Tsuneo Nambaa, Masao Hattori / Phytotherapy Research / DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1573(199602)10:1<13::AID-PTR764>3.0.CO;2-1
Phenolic tyrosinase inhibitors from the stems of Cudrania cochinchinensis / Zong-Ping Zheng,  Qin Zhu,  Chun-Lin Fan,  Hui-Yuan Tan  and  Mingfu Wang* / Foos & Function, Issue 5, 2011
Antifungal Agents from the Roots of Cudrania cochinchinensis against CandidaCryptococcus, and Aspergillus Species / Toshio Fukai, Makiko Yonekawa, Ai-Jun Hou, Taro Nomura, Han-Dong Sun, and Jun Uno / J. Nat. Prod., 2003, 66 (8), pp 1118–1120 / DOI10.1021/np030024u
Cudrania cochinchinensis attenuates amyloid β protein-mediated microglial activation and promotes glia-related clearance of amyloid β protein / Chung-Jen Wang, Chien-Chih Chen, Huey-Jen TsayFeng-Yi ChiangMine-Fong Wu and Young-Ji Shiao / Journal of Biomedical Science2013, 20:55 / https://doi.org/10.1186/1423-0127-20-55
A New Prenylated Xanthone from Root Barks of Cudrania cochinchinensis / Zhi-ping Liu, Wan-xing Wei, Min Zhou, Chun-fang Gan, Sheng Liu / Chinese Herbal Medicines, Vol 5, Issue 2, May 2013, pp 101-103 / https://doi.org/10.3969/j.issn.1674-6348.2013.02.003
Study On The Anti-H5N1 Active Constituents Of Cudrania Cochinchinensis / Q Zhou / Thesis
Effect of Water Extract of Cudrania cochinchinensis on Liver Fibrosis Rat Models Induced by Carbon Tetrachloride / JIN Jun-jie, ZHONG Ming, YU Sheng-min, HUANG Jie-ling / Chinese Journal of Experimental Traditional Medical Formulae, 2012-22
In vitro and in vivo evidence of hypouricemic and anti-inflammatory activities of Maclura cochinchinensis / V(Lour.) Corner heartwood extract / Vilasinee H Sato, Boonyadist Vongsak et al / Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine, Jan 2020; 10(1): pp 85-94 / https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtcme.2019.03.003
Antioxidant Activity, Total Phenolic, Total Flavonoid Content and HPTLC Analysis of Morin in Maclura cochinchinensis Heartwood Extract / Nantakarn Leakaya, Vilasinee Hirunpanich Sato, Savita Chewchinda / Thai Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences (TJPS), 2018; Vol 42 (Suppl Issue)
Determination of Morin in Maclura cochinchinensis Heartwood by HPLC. / Sumet Kongkiatpaiboon, Parunkul Tungsukruthai et al / Journal of Chromatographic Science, 2016 / DOI:10.1093/chromsci/bmw191 / Corpus ID: 3492034.oa
Two new prenylated isoflavones from Maclura cochinchinensiscollected in Hoa Binh province Vietnam / Tran Van Chien, Nguyen The Anh, Nguyen Tuan Thanh, Tran Thi Phuong Thao, Tran Van Loc / Natural Products Research, 2019; 33(2) / https://doi.org/10.1080/14786419.2018.1443096
Benzophenones and Xanthones with Isoprenoid Groups from Cudrania cochinchinensis / Ai-Jun Hou, Toshio Fukai, Manabu Simazaki, Hiroshi Sakagami, Han-Dong Sun, and Taro Nomura / Journal of Natural Products, 2001, 64(1): pp 65-70 / https://doi.org/10.1021/np000406p
Simultaneous HPLC quantitative analysis of major components of Maclura cochinchinensis stem extract and antityrosinase activity / K Gonsap, C Chantaramanee, S Jaisamut, P Parmontree, B Vongsak / Planta Med., 2019; 85(18): pp 1580-1581 / DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3400430
Indonesian Medicinal Plants. XXI. Inhibitors of Na+/H+ Exchanger from the Bark of Erythrina variegata and the Roots of Maclura cochinchinensis / Motomas Kobayashi, Taifo Mahmud, Naoki Yoshioka, Hirotaka Shibuya, Isao Kitagawa / Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin, 1997; 45(10): pp 1615-1619 / https://doi.org/10.1248/cpb.45.1615


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