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En Gao, Fei-Fei Ren, Jian Zou, Yang Yu, Hong-Xia Fan, Zheng-Qun Zhou, Guo-Dong Chen, Rong-Rong He, Xin-Sheng Yao, Hao Gao
A new asarone-derived racemate (1) was isolated from the rhizome of Acorus tatarinowii. The structure of 1 was established by comprehensive spectroscopic analyses, and it was successfully resolved by chiral HPLC, demonstrating that it is racemic. The absolute configurations of 1a [(-)-acortatarone A] and 1b [(+)-acortatarone A] were determined using quantum chemical calculations. Compounds 1a and 1b were the first cases of asarone derivatives with the 5,7-dialkyl-6-aryl-8-oxabicyclo[3.2.1]oct-3-en-2-one core...
August 12, 2017: Fitoterapia
Chunlei Zhang, Juan Chen, Fang Zhao, Ruoyun Chen, Dequan Yu, Zhengyu Cao
Iritectol G, a novel iridal-type triterpenoid containing an uncommon tetrahydrofuran moiety, was isolated from the rhizomes of Iris tectorum. The structure was elucidated by comprehensive spectroscopic analysis. Iritectol G inhibited spontaneous and 4-aminopyridine-evoked calcium oscillations in primary cultured neocortical neurons with IC50 values of 8.2μM and 12.5μM, respectively. Further electrophysiological study demonstrated that iritectol G preferred to interact with inactivated state of voltage-gated sodium channel with an IC50 value of 7...
August 11, 2017: Fitoterapia
Fan-Dong Kong, Ren-Shuai Zhang, Qing-Yun Ma, Qing-Yi Xie, Pei Wang, Peng-Wei Chen, Li-Man Zhou, Hao-Fu Dai, Du-Qiang Luo, You-Xing Zhao
Five new meroterpenoids, chrodrimanins O-S (1-5), as well as a known one (6), were isolated from the fermentation broth of Penicillium sp. SCS-KFD09 isolated from a marine worm, Sipunculusnudus, from Haikou Bay, China. The structures including the absolute configurations of the new compounds were unambiguously elucidated by spectroscopic data and ECD spectra analysis along with quantum ECD calculations. Among them, compound 1 represents the first example of an unusual trichlorinated meroterpenoid with an unique dichlorine functionality...
August 11, 2017: Fitoterapia
Jun Cheng, Xiaomin Yi, Haiying Chen, Yihai Wang, Xiangjiu He
Four new phenylpropanoids (1-4) along with ten known phenolics were isolated and purified from the roots of hairy fig (Ficus hirta Vahl.). Their structures were elucidated by the extensive spectroscopic analysis and chemical degradation. The anti-inflammatory activities of the purified compounds were evaluated. Results indicated that the extracts and some purified compounds exhibited pronounced inhibitory effects on the lipopolysaccharides (LPS) induced nitric oxide (NO) production in murine macrophage RAW 264...
August 4, 2017: Fitoterapia
Chun-Wang Meng, Yu-Lin He, Cheng Peng, Xing-Jie Ding, Li Guo, Liang Xiong
Five picrotoxane sesquiterpenoids belonging to the unusual dendrobine-type (1 and 4) and the picrotoxinin-type (2, 3, and 5) were isolated from the stems of Dendrobium nobile Lindl. Their structures were established by spectroscopic analyses and physical properties. Compound 1 was a new dendrobine analogue. Although the planar structure of 2 and 3 had been reported, their absolute configurations were first determined by single-crystal X-ray diffraction and circular dichroism. Compound 2 exhibited angiogenesis effect against sunitinib-induced damage on intersegmental blood vessels in Tg (flk1: EGFP) and Tg (fli1: nEGFP) transgenic zebrafish at concentrations of 3...
August 1, 2017: Fitoterapia
Hai-Wen Ding, Ai-Ling Huang, Yi-Long Zhang, Bo Li, Chen Huang, Tao-Tao Ma, Xiao-Ming Meng, Jun Li
A flavonoid hesperetin is reported to have a variety of biological activities, including anticancer, antiviral, antioxidant, neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory properties. Thirty-one novel hesperetin derivatives were designed, synthesized and evaluated for anti-inflammatory activity using RAW264.7 cells and CCl4-induced acute liver injury model. Among these compounds, 5b displayed the excellent anti-inflammatory activity on decreasing NO, IL-6 and TNF-α both in vitro and vivo. In addition, 5b could also reduce the release of NO, IL-6 and TNF-α production by LPS stimulated RAW 264...
August 1, 2017: Fitoterapia
Mark S Butler, Peter C Healy, Paul I Forster, Gordon P Guymer, Ronald J Quinn
The aerial parts of the endemic Australian plant Eremophila debilis (Myoporaceae) contain 3% dry weight of the biologically active 5,6,7,3',4',5'-hexamethoxyflavone, which had its structured confirmed using X-ray crystal crystallography. The presence of significant levels of the polypharmacologically active 5,6,7,3',4',5'-hexamethoxyflavone in the edible parts of the plant has potential implications for its use as a food and bush medicine.
July 31, 2017: Fitoterapia
Qinghua Han, Yi Qian, Xuda Wang, Qingying Zhang, Jingrong Cui, Pengfei Tu, Hong Liang
Bioassay-guided fractionation of the ethanolic extract of the stem bark of Albizia julibrissin led to the isolation of ten new oleanane-type triterpenoid saponins, julibrosides J37-J46 (1-10), along with six known analogues (11-16). In addition, 11 prosapogenins (17-27) were prepared by mild or strong alkaline hydrolysis of the total saponin. The structures of 1-27 were determined by spectroscopic and chemical means, and their cytotoxicities against four human cancer cell lines, BGC-823, A549, HCT-116, and HepG2 were evaluated...
July 29, 2017: Fitoterapia
An-Hua Wang, Xiao-Kui Huo, Lei Feng, Cheng-Peng Sun, Sa Deng, Hou-Li Zhang, Bao-Jing Zhang, Xiao-Chi Ma, Jing-Ming Jia, Chao Wang
The bioactive substance investigation of Euphorbia ebracteolata obtained 17 compounds by various chromatographic techniques. Their structures were elucidated using widely spectroscopic data, including ESI-MS, HRESI-MS, CD, 1D- and 2D-NMR, which gave 5 new phenolic glucosides and 4 new monoterpenoids. The phenolic glucosides and monoterpenoids showed the inhibitory effect against the human carboxylesterase-2 (hCE-2) using a fluorescence bioassay in vitro, with the strongest inhibitor compound 4 (IC50 7.17μM)...
July 28, 2017: Fitoterapia
Hanwen Yuan, Jianping Zhao, Mei Wang, Shabana I Khan, Chunmei Zhai, Qiongming Xu, Jianhua Huang, Caiyun Peng, Guanghua Xiong, Wei Wang, Ikhlas A Khan
Four new benzophenone glycosides named as aquilaside A-D (1-4) along with five known compounds (5-9) were isolated from the methanol extract of the flower buds of Aquilaria sinensis. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of 1D and 2D NMR and mass spectroscopic analyses. All purified compounds were evaluated for their anti-inflammatory and cytotoxic activities. Aquilasides B and C displayed moderate cytotoxicity against SK-MEL cells with IC50 of 17.0 and 12.0μM and weak NF-κB inhibitive activity at 100μM with 30% and 60%, respectively...
July 25, 2017: Fitoterapia
Yu-Hai Zou, Wen-Ting Liu, Jin-Xia Zhang, Ding-Cheng Xiang
A phytochemical investigation on the 70% EtOH extract of the bark of Dysoxylum hainanense resulted in the isolation of four new triterpenoids, dysoxyhaines A-D (1-4). Structural elucidation of all the compounds were performed by spectral methods such as 1D and 2D ((1)H(1)H COSY, HMQC, and HMBC) NMR spectroscopy, in addition to high resolution mass spectrometry. The isolated components were evaluated in vitro for anti-inflammatory activities for Cox-1 and Cox-2, and radical scavenging potential using ABTS(·+) and DPPH test...
July 21, 2017: Fitoterapia
Alaa Sweidan, Marylène Chollet-Krugler, Aurélie Sauvager, Pierre van de Weghe, Ali Chokr, Martine Bonnaure-Mallet, Sophie Tomasi, Latifa Bousarghin
The oral bacteria not only infect the mouth and reside there, but also travel through the blood and reach distant body organs. If left untreated, the dental biofilm that can cause destructive inflammation in the oral cavity may result in serious medical complications. In dental biofilm, Streptococcus gordonii, a primary oral colonizer, constitutes the platform on which late pathogenic colonizers like Porphyromonas gingivalis, the causative agent of periodontal diseases, will bind. The aim of this study was to determine the antibacterial activity of eleven natural lichen compounds belonging to different chemical families and spanning from linear into cyclic and aromatic structures to uncover new antibiotics which can fight against the oral bacteria...
July 21, 2017: Fitoterapia
Lu Wang, Fan Zhang, Zhengyu Cao, Ying Xiao, Suxia Li, Boyang Yu, Jin Qi
Recently, the allergenicity of ginsenosides, as main active components in ginseng, has attracted much attention. Ginsenoside Rb1 and Rd. have been reported to induce anaphylactoid reaction. In this study, the allergenicity of a series of 20(S)-protopanaxadiol (PPD) type ginsenosides, including Rb1, Rd., F2, Compound K and 20(S)-PPD, was evaluated in rat basophilic leukemia 2H3 (RBL2H3) cells. As a result, 20(S)-PPD had no effect on the mast cell degranulation, but other components showed anaphylactoid potential to different extent...
July 19, 2017: Fitoterapia
Jie Ren, Yang-Guo Xie, Ying-Ying Huang, Sheng-Lan Zhu, Shi-Kai Yan, Hui-Zi Jin, Wei-Dong Zhang
Seven new lignan glycosides (1-3, 8-10, and 14) and 17 known compounds were isolated from the branches of Alangium kurzii Craib var. laxifolium. Their structures were established by spectroscopic analysis and circular dichroism (CD) and X-ray analysis. The isolated compounds were evaluated for their antibacterial activities against Staphylococcus aureus CI1011, Streptococcus suis CI1608, Salmonella gallinarum CI0912, Enterococcus faecalis CI1304, Aeromonas hydrophila CI1008, Escherichia coli CI151012, Vibrio parahaemolyticus CI150506, Klebsiella pneumoniae CI131216, Pseudomonas aeruginosa CI1011, Staphylococcus epidermidis CI1110, and Streptococcus agalactiae CI1302...
July 19, 2017: Fitoterapia
M K Dudek, B Michalak, M Woźniak, M E Czerwińska, A Filipek, S Granica, A K Kiss
Thirteen new compounds including caffeoyl-glucaric and p-coumaroyl-altraric acid derivatives, one monoterpenoid glucoside, four secoiridoid glycosides, and three hydroxycinnamoyl phenylpropanoid glycosides esterified with an oleoside 11-methyl ester along with fifteen known compounds were isolated from flowers of Syringa vulgaris L. (Oleaceae). Their structures were elucidated by high-resolution spectroscopic methods. The tested compounds were able to decrease the production of reactive oxygen species. Moreover, oleoechinacoside (13), demethylhydroxyoleonuezhenide (14), demethyloleonuezhenide (15), syringaoleoacteoside (25) and oleoacteoside (26) at the concentration of 50μM, moderately suppressed the LPS-stimulated release of pro-inflammatory chemokine IL-8 and TNF-α from human neutrophils...
July 17, 2017: Fitoterapia
Ben Liu, Xianyan Chen, Huan Yi, Le Han, Bin Ji, Haiyan Chen, Wenjia Deng, Miaojian Wan
Oleanolic acid (OA), a pentacyclic triterpenoid compound which can be found in >1600 plants, has been shown to promote hair growth. To study the mechanisms of OA on hair growth, we investigated hair follicle (HF) growth on four different concentration OA using human hair follicle organ culture model. We found that HFs treated with 1 or 10μg/mL OA showed statistically enhanced elongation of the hair shaft and anagen-like stage. Moreover, higher positive rate of Ki-67, a matrix cellular marker of proliferation, was detected in the same groups treated with 1 or 10μg/mL than those treated with vehicle...
July 16, 2017: Fitoterapia
Chengyun Wu, Shuyan Cao, Tingting Hong, Yaoyao Dong, Chao Li, Qiufan Wang, Jianliang Sun, Ren-Shan Ge
Taxifolin is a flavonoid in food plants. Kidney 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 2 (11β-HSD2) is an NAD(+)-dependent oxidase that inactivates glucocorticoid cortisol (human) or corticosterone (rodents) into biologically inert 11 keto glucocorticoids. The present study investigated the effects of taxifolin on rat and human kidney microsomal 11β-HSD2. Taxifolin noncompetitively inhibited rat and human 11β-HSD2 against steroid substrates, with IC50 values of 33.08 and 13.14μM, respectively. Administration of 5 and 10mg/kg taxifolin for 30min ex vivo inhibited 11β-HSD2 significantly and also in vivo decreased cortisol metabolism, as shown in the significant increase of area under curve (AUC)...
July 12, 2017: Fitoterapia
Gesche Schött, Stefanie Liesegang, Franziska Gaunitz, Alexandra Gleß, Sabine Basche, Christian Hannig, Karl Speer
The pharmacological active genus Thymus L. comprises over 200 species. Besides its traditional pharmacological use, thyme may reduce the risk of caries disease, however, there is very little respective literature. The pharmacological effects can be attributed to the secondary plant metabolites. The composition of the essential oil and the polyphenols is important for the evaluation of the pharmacological activity. Nevertheless, there are no studies regarding a comparative analysis of the different pharmacological thyme species...
July 10, 2017: Fitoterapia
Sylvie Delebassée, Lengo Mambu, Emilie Pinault, Yves Champavier, Bertrand Liagre, Marion Millot
A biological screening of sixteen lichen extracts on human HT-29 colorectal cancer cells, led to the selection of Pleurosticta acetabulum, a lichen widely present in tree barks in Europe. Bioguided purification of the acetonic extract resulted in the isolation of cytochalasin E, a common fungal metabolite. This compound is responsible for the anti-proliferative activity of the extract. Its presence in lichens is reported here for the first time. LC-MS quantitation of cytochalasin E in different samples of P...
July 10, 2017: Fitoterapia
Yan-Chun Liu, Li Lin, Pi Cheng, Zhi-Liang Sun, Yong Wu, Zhao-Ying Liu
Gelsemium elegans, which is a genus of the family Loganiaease, is commonly used as a traditional medicine for promoting animal growth and treating rheumatoid arthritis pain and neuropathic pain, among others. In this study, we first established a valid high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method for the fingerprint analysis of Gelsemium elegans samples. Then, the comprehensive detection of chemical constituents from the samples was performed using HPLC coupled with quadrupole-time-of-flight mass spectrometry...
July 10, 2017: Fitoterapia
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