So, we see that steroid hormones control many vital functions in your body. Of course, we wouldn't have these or any steroids if we did not have cholesterol. It could be said that the most important steroid molecule in your body is cholesterol , because cholesterol is the parent compound from which steroids are derived. It is basically the precursor for steroid hormones and other steroids. We see by looking at the structure of cholesterol that it is a steroid, because it has the four rings of carbon atoms. Attached to the rings we see a hydrocarbon tail and a hydroxyl group . Cholesterol is a 27-carbon steroid and has a molecular formula of C27H45OH.
Saponins from the Gypsophila paniculata (baby’s breath) plant have been shown to significantly augment the cytotoxicity of immunotoxins and other targeted toxins directed against human cancer cells. The research groups of Professor Hendrik Fuchs ( Charité University, Berlin, Germany) and Dr David Flavell (Southampton General Hospital, United Kingdom) are working together toward the development of Gypsophila saponins for use in combination with immunotoxins or other targeted toxins for patients with leukaemia , lymphoma and other cancers .