Microwave-Mediated Synthesis of Anticarcinogenic Isoflavones from Soybeans

Yu Chen Chang, Muraleedharan G. Nair, Ross C. Santell, William G. Helferich

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Soybean isoflavonoids, 7,4′-dihydroxyisoflavone (daidzein), 7-hydroxy-4′-methoxyisoflavone (formononetin), 5,7,4′-trihydroxyisoflavone (genistein), and 5,7-dihydroxy-4′-methoxyisoflavone (biochanin A), were synthesized in high yields by cyclization of their corresponding ketones in a conventional microwave oven.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1869-1871
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • Microwave synthesis
  • biochanin A
  • daidzein
  • formononetin
  • genistein
  • isoflavones

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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