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Triterpenoid saponins from a cytotoxic root extract of Sideroxylon foetidissimum subsp. gaumeri

Triterpenoid saponins from a cytotoxic root extract of Sideroxylon foetidissimum subsp. gaumeri

Sánchez-Medina, Alberto, Stevenson, Philip C. ORCID: 0000-0002-0736-3619, Habtemariam, Solomon, Peña-Rodríguez, Luis M., Corcoran, Olivia, Mallet, Anthony I. and Veitch, Nigel C. (2009) Triterpenoid saponins from a cytotoxic root extract of Sideroxylon foetidissimum subsp. gaumeri. Phytochemistry, 70 (6). pp. 765-772. ISSN 0031-9422 (doi:

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Evaluation of the cytotoxicity of an ethanolic root extract of Sideroxylonfoetidissimum subsp. gaumeri (Sapotaceae) revealed activity against the murine macrophage-like cell line RAW 264.7. Systematic bioassay-guided fractionation of this extract gave an active saponin-containing fraction from which four saponins were isolated. Use of 1D ((1)H, (13)C, DEPT135) and 2D (COSY, TOCSY, HSQC, and HMBC) NMR, mass spectrometry and sugar analysis gave their structures as 3-O-(beta-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-->6)-beta-D-glucopyranosyl)-28-O-(alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->3)[beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)]-beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->2)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)-16alpha-hydroxyprotobassic acid, 3-O-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-28-O-(alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->3)[beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)]-beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->2)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)-16alpha-hydroxyprotobassic acid, 3-O-(beta-D-glucopyranosyl-(1-->6)-beta-D-glucopyranosyl)-28-O-(alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->3)-beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)[beta-D-apiofuranosyl-(1-->3)]-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->2)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)-16alpha-hydroxyprotobassic acid, and the known compound, 3-O-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-28-O-(alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->3)[beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)]-beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->2)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)-protobassic acid. Two further saponins were obtained from the same fraction, but as a 5:4 mixture comprising 3-O-(beta-D-glucopyranosyl)-28-O-(alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->3)-beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)[beta-D-apiofuranosyl-(1-->3)]-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->2)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)-16alpha-hydroxyprotobassic acid and 3-O-(beta-D-apiofuranosyl-(1-->3)-beta-D-glucopyranosyl)-28-O-(alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->3)[beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)]-beta-D-xylopyranosyl-(1-->4)-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl-(1-->2)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl)-16alpha-hydroxyprotobassic acid, respectively. This showed greater cytotoxicity (IC(50)=11.9+/-1.5 microg/ml) towards RAW 264.7 cells than the original extract (IC(50)=39.5+/-4.1 microg/ml), and the saponin-containing fraction derived from it (IC(50)=33.7+/-6.2 microg/ml).

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Additional Information: [1] Published online: 22 April 2009. [2] Published in print: April 2009. [3] Published as: Phytochemistry, (2009), Vol. 70, (6), pp. 765–772. [4] Phytochemistry - is an official journal of the Phytochemical Society of Europe and the Phytochemical Society of North America.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sideroxylon foetidissimum subsp. gaumeri, Sapotaceae, Yucatan peninsula, endemic, triterpenoid saponins, cytotoxic activity, medicinal plants, HPLC, NMR
Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > School of Human Sciences (HUM)
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