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Pan Xiang, Wenli Mei, Huiqin Chen, Fandong Kong, Hao Wang, Ge Liao, Liman Zhou, Haofu Dai
Four new bi-phenylethylchromones (1-4) were isolated from the EtOAc extract of artificial agarwood induced by holing method originating from Aquilaria sinensis (Lour.) Gilg. The structures of new compounds were unambiguously elucidated by one- and two-dimensional NMR and HRESIMS measurements, and the absolute configuration was determined by analysis of circular dichroism (CD) spectra. All compounds were tested for acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitory activity using modified Ellman's colorimetric method and α-glucosidase inhibitory activity using PNPG method...
May 31, 2017: Fitoterapia
Midori A Arai, Yumi Yamaguchi, Masami Ishibashi
Agalloside (1) is a neural stem cell differentiation activator isolated from Aquilaria agallocha by our group using Hes1 immobilized beads. We conducted the first total synthesis of agalloside (1) via the 5-O-glycosylation of flavan 25 using glycosyl fluoride 20 in the presence of BF3·Et2O. Subsequent oxidation with DDQ to flavanone 2 and deprotection successively provided agalloside (1). This synthetic strategy holds promise for use in the synthesis of 5-O-glycosylated flavonoids. The synthesized agalloside (1) accelerated neural stem cell differentiation, which is a result comparable to that for the naturally occurring compound 1...
June 14, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Huy Truong Nguyen, Jung-Eun Min, Nguyen Phuoc Long, Ma Chi Thanh, Thi Hong Van Le, Jeongmi Lee, Jeong Hill Park, Sung Won Kwon
Agarwood, the resinous heartwood produced by some Aquilaria species such as Aquilaria crassna, Aquilaria malaccensis and Aquilaria sinensis, has been traditionally and widely used in medicine, incenses and especially perfumes. However, up to now, the authentication of agarwood has been largely based on morphological characteristics, a method which is prone to errors and lacks reproducibility. Hence, in this study, we applied metabolomics and a genetic approach to the authentication of two common agarwood chips, those produced by Aquilaria crassna and Aquilaria malaccensis...
May 4, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Sirigoon Kuamsub, Pariyaphat Singthong, Wipawee Chanthasri, Nicharee Chobngam, Warissara Sangkaew, Sasithorn Hemdecho, Thammarat Kaewmanee, Sasitorn Chusri
Tri-Sura-Phon (TSP), a traditional Thai polyherbal formula renowned for its rejuvenating properties, is commonly used as a blood tonic. It comprises Cinnamomum bejolghota, Cinnamomum parthenoxylon, and Aquilaria crassna. The aim of this study is to evaluate the beneficial properties of TSP tea consumption on blood glucose regulation and serum lipid profiles of healthy overweight volunteers. This open-label, randomized controlled trial was conducted in 70 healthy overweight adults. Two groups of 35 subjects took a TSP infusion or a placebo (cornstarch) twice daily for 8 weeks...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Vitthal D Wagh, Michal Korinek, I-Wen Lo, Yu-Ming Hsu, Shu-Li Chen, Hsue-Yin Hsu, Tsong-Long Hwang, Yang-Chang Wu, Bing-Hung Chen, Yuan-Bin Cheng, Fang-Rong Chang
The tree Aquilaria malaccensis is a valuable source of agarwood, which is used in herbal medicinal preparations. Phytochemical research on A. malaccensis seeds has led to the isolation of four new phorbol esters (1-4), two known phorbol esters (5, isolated from Nature for the first time, and 6), and two known glycerides (7 and 8). The structures of these isolates were elucidated by means of spectroscopic data interpretation. The inflammation-modulatory activities of the isolates on elastase release and superoxide anion generation in human neutrophils were evaluated...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
Xiaodong Chen, Xiaoling Zhu, Meirou Feng, Zhaojian Zhong, Xin Zhou, Xiaoying Chen, Wei Ye, Weimin Zhang, Xiaoxia Gao
Agarwood (gaharu) is a fragrant resin produced in the heartwood of resinous Gyrinops and Aquilaria species. Artificial agarwood samples were obtained from Aquilaria sinensis (Lour.) Gilg using formic acid (FA) stimulation combined with Fusarium sp. A2 inoculation. The relationship between the expression of chalcone synthase genes (CHS) and dynamic changes in chromone content was explored in resin-deposited parts of the trunks of A. sinensis. CHS gene expression levels were detected by qRT-PCR analysis. The chemical composition of agarwood obtained from the heartwood of A...
April 25, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Ge Liao, Wen-Li Mei, Fan-Dong Kong, Wei Li, Jing-Zhe Yuan, Hao-Fu Dai
Thirteen previously undescribed 5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-2-(2-phenylethyl)chromones named tetrahydrochromone A-M, together with nine known ones, were isolated from artificial agarwood (induced by holing) originating from Aquilaria sinensis (Lour.) Gilg. The structures of these compounds were unambiguously determined based on extensive NMR spectroscopic analyses, and the absolute configuration was resolved by CD analyses, X-ray crystallographic, chemical and Mosher's method. Tetrahydrochromone A, B, K-M, and Oxidoagarochromone An exhibited inhibitory activity against AChE with the percentage inhibition range from 17...
July 2017: Phytochemistry
Xiaohui Wang, Zhongxiu Zhang, Xianjuan Dong, Yingying Feng, Xiao Liu, Bowen Gao, Jinling Wang, Le Zhang, Juan Wang, Shepo Shi, Pengfei Tu
Type III polyketide synthases (PKSs) play an important role in biosynthesis of various plant secondary metabolites and plant adaptation to environmental stresses. Aquilaria sinensis (A. sinensis) is the main plant species for production of agarwood, little is known about its PKS family. In this study, AsCHS1 and two new type III PKSs, AsPKS1 and AsPKS2, were isolated and characterized in A. sinensis calli. The comparative sequence and phylogenetic analysis indicated that AsPKS1 and AsPKS2 belonged to non-CHS group different from AsCHS1...
May 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Arlene López-Sampson, Lucas A Cernusak, Tony Page
Physiological traits are frequently used as indicators of tree productivity. Aquilaria species growing in a research planting were studied to investigate relationships between leaf-productivity traits and tree growth. Twenty-eight trees were selected to measure isotopic composition of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) and monitor six leaf attributes. Trees were sampled randomly within each of four diametric classes (at 150 mm above ground level) ensuring the variability in growth of the whole population was represented...
May 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
Yang Yang, Wen-Li Mei, Fan-Dong Kong, Hui-Qin Chen, Wei Li, Zhi-Bao Chen, Hao-Fu Dai
Four new bi-2-(2-phenylethyl)chromone derivatives, crassins A-D (1-4), were isolated from the EtOAc extract of agarwood originating from Aquilaria crassna. The structures including the absolute configurations of compounds were unambiguously elucidated by extensive spectroscopic methods (1D and 2D NMR, UV, ECD, IR, MS), and by comparison with the literature. The isolated compounds were tested for their acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and α-glucosidase inhibitory activities, as well as cytotoxic activities. All the compounds showed weak inhibitory activity against AChE, while compounds 3 and 4 also displayed weak cytotoxicity against human myeloid leukemia cell line (K562)...
June 2017: Fitoterapia
Supriyo Sen, Madhusmita Dehingia, Narayan Chandra Talukdar, Mojibur Khan
Fragrant agarwood, arguably the costliest wood in the world, is formed by plant-fungal interactions in Aquilaria spp. However, very little is known about this fragrant outcome of interaction. Therefore, mimicking the ancient traditions of agarwood production in Assam (Northeast India), a chemometric assessment of the agarwood-fungus interaction was made by chemical profiling (GC-MS) coupled with statistical analysis (principal component, correlation network analysis) across three platforms, viz. callus, juvenile plants and resinous wood-chips with an associated Fusarium...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
Xuyu Chen, Chun Sui, Yangyang Liu, Yun Yang, Peiwei Liu, Zheng Zhang, Jianhe Wei
Agarwood is broadly used in incense and medicine. Traditionally, agarwood formation is induced by wounding the trunks and branches of some species of Aquilaria spp., including A. sinensis. As recently evidenced, some fungi or their fermentation liquid may have the potential of inducing agarwood formation. The present study aimed to analyze the fungi isolated from an agarwood-producing A. sinensis tree and subsequently identify the fungi capable of promoting agarwood formation. We identified a total of 110 fungi isolates based on their morphological characteristics and rDNA ITS sequences...
April 2017: Current Microbiology
Sakon Monggoot, Siam Popluechai, Eleni Gentekaki, Patcharee Pripdeevech
Fungal endophytes are microorganisms that are well-known for producing a diverse array of secondary metabolites. Recent studies have uncovered the bioprospecting potential of several plant endophytic fungi. Here, we demonstrate the presence of highly bioactive fungal endophytic species in Aquilaria subintegra, a fragrant wood plant collected from Thailand. Thirty-three fungal endophytic strains were isolated and further identified to genus level based on morphological characteristics. These genera included Colletotrichum, Pestalotiopsis, Fusarium, Russula, Arthrinium, Diaporthe and Cladosporium...
January 5, 2017: Microbial Ecology
Janey Alam, Md Mujahid, Badruddeen, Yasmeen Jahan, Paramdeep Bagga, Md Azizur Rahman
Many traditional systems of medicines employ herbal drugs for the hepatoprotection. Aim of the study was designed to evaluate the hepatoprotective potential of 'ethanolic extract of Aquilaria agallocha ( Chen Xiang) leaves' (AAE) against paracetamol (PCM) induced hepatotoxicity in SD rats. Group I animals were treated with 1% CMC for 8 days. Group II, III, IV and V animals were first treated with '1% CMC' 1 ml/kg/day, AAE 200 mg/kg/day, AAE 400 mg/kg/day and silymarin 100 mg/kg/day respectively for 7 days and then, orally administered with PCM 3 g/kg b...
January 2017: Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine
Hang Shao, Fan-Dong Kong, Hao Wang, Wen-Li Mei, Hao-Fu Dai
Qinanmer (1), a new compound comprising 2-(2-phenylethyl)chromone and sesquiterpene moieties, together with two known 2-(2-phenylethyl)chromone derivatives (2-3), was isolated from the high-quality Chinese agarwood "Qi-Nan" originating from Aquilaria sinensis (Lour.) Glig. The structure of 1 was elucidated by spectroscopic techniques (UV, IR, 1D and 2D NMR), MS analyses, ECD spectra analyses, and quantum (13)C NMR calculations.
January 2, 2017: Journal of Asian Natural Products Research
Jung Eun Choi, Dae-Myung Park, Eunho Chun, Jeong June Choi, Ji Hye Seo, Seunghyung Kim, Jaemin Son, Moonho Do, Sun Yeou Kim, Yang-Chun Park, In Chul Jung, Mirim Jin
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: So-ochim-tang-gamibang (SOCG) is a Korean herbal medicine formula that has been applied to treat depressive moods and depression associated somatoform pain. This decoction consists of Cyperus rotundus L. (Cyperi Rhizoma), Lindera aggregata (Sims) Kosterm. (Linderae Radix), Aquilaria agallochum (Lour.) Roxb. ex Finl. (Aquilariae Resinatum Lignum), Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch. (Glycyrrhizae Radix) Platycodon grandiflorum (Jacq.) A. DC. (Platycodi Radix), and Citrus aurantium L...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Shih-Yao Lin, Asif Hameed, You-Cheng Liu, Yi-Han Hsu, Wei-An Lai, Yu-Ting Hsieh, Chiu-Chung Young
A polyphasic taxonomic approach was used to characterize a presumably novel bacterium, designated strain CC-YTH161T, isolated from an agarwood sample. Strain CC-YTH161T was Gram-staining-positive aerobic rod, which grew at 20-40 ºС, pH 5.0-9.0 and 0-5 % (w/v) salinity. On the basis of 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strain CC-YTH161T appeared to belong to the genus Humibacter, and was closely related to Humibacter antri D7-27T (96.6 %) and Humibacter ginsengiterrae DCY60T (96.2 %). The DNA G+C content was 67...
December 15, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
C T Ma, B Wu, S W Kwon, J H Park
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December 2016: Planta Medica
Lei Qu, Jian-Bo Chen, Gui-Jun Zhang, Su-Qin Sun, Jing Zheng
As a kind of expensive perfume and valuable herb, Aquilariae Lignum Resinatum (ALR) is often adulterated for economic motivations. In this research, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy is employed to establish a simple and quick method for the adulteration screening of ALR. First, the principal chemical constituents of ALR are characterized by FT-IR spectroscopy at room temperature and two-dimensional correlation infrared (2D-IR) spectroscopy with thermal perturbation. Besides the common cellulose and lignin compounds, a certain amount of resin is the characteristic constituent of ALR...
March 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Yang-Yang Liu, De-Li Chen, Jian-He Wei, Jian Feng, Zheng Zhang, Yun Yang, Wei Zheng
Four new 2-(2-phenylethyl)chromone derivatives (1-4) were isolated from the EtOH extract of Chinese agarwood produced via the whole-tree agarwood-inducing technique, coming from Aquilaria sinensis (Lour.) Spreng. (Thymelaeaceae). Their structures were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic methods, such as UV, IR, MS, 1D as well as 2D NMR. All of the isolates were then assessed for their anti-inflammatory activities on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced nitric oxide (NO) production in RAW 264.7. Compound 1 exhibited significant inhibitory activity with an IC50 value of 4...
October 27, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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