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See detailLC/MS/NMR analysis of isomeric divanilloylquinic acids from the root bark of Fagara zanthoxyloides Lam
Ouattara, Badiore; Angenot, Luc ULg; Guissou, Pierre et al

in Phytochemistry (2004), 65(8), 1145-1151

Gradient HPLC coupled to DAD/UV, MS/MS and NMR has been applied to the rapid structure determination of three new isomeric divanilloylquinic acids from Fagara zanthoxyloides collected in Burkina Faso: 3,4 ... [more ▼]

Gradient HPLC coupled to DAD/UV, MS/MS and NMR has been applied to the rapid structure determination of three new isomeric divanilloylquinic acids from Fagara zanthoxyloides collected in Burkina Faso: 3,4-O-divanilloylquinic acid, 3,5-O-divanilloylquinic acid and 4,5-O-divanilloylquinic acid. Furthermore these new compounds named burkinabins A-C could play a useful role in sickle cell disease, as the active agents of Fagara zanthoxyloides are said to be unidentified aromatic compounds with carboxylic acid grouping (Adesanya, S.A., Sofowora, A., 1983. Biological standardisation of Zanthoxylum roots for antisickling activity. Planta Med. 48, 27-33). (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFT-IR measurement of tagitinin C after solvent extraction from Tithonia diversifolia
Ziemons, Eric ULg; Goffin, Eric ULg; Lejeune, Robert ULg et al

in Talanta (2004), 62(2), 383-387

Tagitinin C, an antiplasmodial compound, identified as one major compound of the subtropical medicinal plant, Tithonia diversifolia, was, determined by FT-IR spectroscopy method. The crude ether extracts ... [more ▼]

Tagitinin C, an antiplasmodial compound, identified as one major compound of the subtropical medicinal plant, Tithonia diversifolia, was, determined by FT-IR spectroscopy method. The crude ether extracts from aerial parts of the plant were evaporated to dryness and re-dissolved in tetrachloroethylene (C2Cl4) before analysis. The magnitude of the absorbance of the very specific C=O stretching vibration (v(c=o)) at 1664.8 cm(-1) was exploited in order to quantify tagitinin C. The determination coefficient (r(2)) of the calibration scale was 0.9994, the detection limit was lower than 3 mug ml(-1) and the quantification limit was lower than 10 mug ml(-1). Recovery values from 100.5 to 101.7% were found for spiked concentration levels from 19.91 to 89.95 mug ml(-1). The main characteristics of the curves obtained from the calibration standards and from the standard addition technique were not statistically different (Student t-test) suggesting that matrix effects were negligible. The results obtained for the determination of tagitinin C in the crude ether extract from aerial parts of T diversifolia by LC and FT-IR spectroscopic method agreed well: 0.76 +/- 0.02 and 0.773 +/- 0.009, of tagifinin C in dried plant respectively. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailChrysopentamine, an antiplasmodial anhydronium base from Strychnos usambarensis leaves
Frederich, Michel ULg; Cristino, Assunção; Choi, Young Hae et al

in Planta Medica (2004), 70(1), 72-76

A new derivative of strychnopentamine was isolated from the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis. This compound, named chrysopentamine, was identified by detailed spectroscopic methods (UV, IR, HR-ESI-MS, 1D ... [more ▼]

A new derivative of strychnopentamine was isolated from the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis. This compound, named chrysopentamine, was identified by detailed spectroscopic methods (UV, IR, HR-ESI-MS, 1D and 2D NMR). Chrysopentamine presented an original hydroxy substitution on C-14 and an aromatization of the ring D of strychnopentamine leading to anhydronium base proper-ties and exhibited strong antiplasmodial properties (IC50 less than 1 muM). [less ▲]

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See detailA HPTLC densitometric determination of flavonoids from Passiflora alata, P-edulis, P-incarnata and P-caerulea and comparison with HPLC method
Pereira, C. A. M.; Yariwake, J. H.; Lancas, F. M. et al

in Phytochemical Analysis [=PCA] (2004), 15(4, JUL-AUG), 241-248

A high-performance thin layer chromatographic (HPTLC) method was developed in order to determine quantitatively the flavonoids in leaves of Passiflora alata, P. edulis, P. caerulea and P. incarnata. The ... [more ▼]

A high-performance thin layer chromatographic (HPTLC) method was developed in order to determine quantitatively the flavonoids in leaves of Passiflora alata, P. edulis, P. caerulea and P. incarnata. The content of orientin and isoorientin was determined, and the results were compared with those obtained using a quantitative HPLC-UV method. The latter employed rutin as standard and was developed to analyse flavonoid content from Passiflora leaves for the purpose of ensuring the quality of Passiflora phytomedicines. The results obtained using the two methods indicate that there are qualitative and quantitative differences in the flavonoids of the reference Passiflora species studied. The two methods were also employed to analyse commercial samples to illustrate their application in qualitative ('fingerprint') and quantitative determination, demonstrating their feasibility in the quality control of flavonoids from crude Passiflora drugs and phytomedicines. The HPLC conditions used are also suitable for the quantitative analysis of aqueous extracts (Passiflora infusions). Copyright (C) 2004 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantification of tagitinin C in Tithonia diversifolia by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography.
Goffin, Eric ULg; da Cunha, Antonio Proenca; Ziemons, Eric ULg et al

in Phytochemical Analysis [=PCA] (2003), 14(6), 378-80

A simple, rapid and reliable reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of tagitinin C, an anti-plasmodial sesquiterpene lactone isolated from the aerial parts of ... [more ▼]

A simple, rapid and reliable reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of tagitinin C, an anti-plasmodial sesquiterpene lactone isolated from the aerial parts of Tithonia diversifolia, has been developed. The assay has been used to quantify tagitinin C in various extracts of the aerial parts of T. diversifolia. [less ▲]

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See detailIsostrychnopentamine, an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid from Strychnos usambarensis, induces cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in human colon cancer cells
Frederich, Michel ULg; Bentires-Alj, M.; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2003), 304(3), 1103-1110

Isostrychnopentamine (ISP) is an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid that is present in the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis, a well known African shrub or little tree. The roots contain quaternary alkaloids ... [more ▼]

Isostrychnopentamine (ISP) is an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid that is present in the leaves of Strychnos usambarensis, a well known African shrub or little tree. The roots contain quaternary alkaloids, which are used to make a curare-like arrow poison. However, tertiary alkaloids isolated from the same plant possess cytotoxic activities against mammalian cells and protozoa. The effect of ISP has been investigated on the growth and viability of HCT-116 colon cancer cells during their exponentially growing phase. ISP induced apoptotic cell death as shown by the translocation of phosphatidylserine from the inner layer to the outer layer of the plasma membrane, chromatin condensation, DNA fragmentation, and caspase-3 and -9 activation. ISP provoked also cell cycle arrest in the G(2)-M phase. We also showed that the expression of p53 was not modified in ISP-treated cells, but that p21 was induced in a p53-independent manner. Finally, we demonstrated that ISP did not affect the catalytic activity of human topoisomerases I and II. In conclusion, ISP, which promotes cell death by a p53-independent apoptotic pathway, could be an interesting lead for cancer chemotherapy. [less ▲]

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See detailApoptosis induction in human cancer cells by sungucine from Strychnos icaja root
Frederich, Michel ULg; Bentires-Ali, M.; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology (2003), 367(3), 260-265

Sungucine (SG) and isosungucine (ISG) are bisindole alkaloids characterized by a 5'-23 link between the two parts of the compounds, which are till now specific to Strychnos icaja. In this work, SG and ISG ... [more ▼]

Sungucine (SG) and isosungucine (ISG) are bisindole alkaloids characterized by a 5'-23 link between the two parts of the compounds, which are till now specific to Strychnos icaja. In this work, SG and ISG were submitted to the NCI's in vitro 60 human tumor cell line screen, where SG showed interesting selectivity (6X) against the tested leukemia cell lines. In HL60-treated cells, apoptosis was demonstrated by observation of apoptotic bodies formation, and phosphatidylserine exposition at cell surface. In HeLa-treated cells, the analysis of cellular cycle by flow cytometry showed G1 accumulation and a small sub-G1 peak that could be related to DNA fragmentation characteristic of apoptosis. The eventual role of p53 was analyzed using wild-type HCT-116 colon cancer cells. Nevertheless, p53 and Bax expression were not modified in SG-treated cells. The cleavage of PARP by caspase-3 protease proved that apoptosis was also induced in this line. These results demonstrate that SG induces apoptosis, but also necrosis, in human cancer cell lines. [less ▲]

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See detailIndolomonoterpenic alkaloids from Strychnos icaja roots
Philippe, Geneviève ULg; De Mol, Patrick ULg; Zeches-Hanrot, M. et al

in Phytochemistry (2003), 62(4), 623-629

In the course of our search for new antiplasmodial alkaloids from Strychnos icaja, we have isolated five alkaloids: three monomers, protostrychnine and genostrychnine, previously described in Strychnos ... [more ▼]

In the course of our search for new antiplasmodial alkaloids from Strychnos icaja, we have isolated five alkaloids: three monomers, protostrychnine and genostrychnine, previously described in Strychnos nux-vomica, pseudostrychnine, already found in the leaves of the plant, a new bisindolic alkaloid, named strychnogucine C, and the first naturally occurring trimeric indolomonoterpenic alkaloid: strychnohexamine. This latter trimeric alkaloid presented an antiplasmodial activity against the FCA Plasmodium falciparum line near I muM. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailBisindole alkaloids from Strychnos guianensis are effective antagonists of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in cultured human TE671 cells
Wins, Pierre; Margineanu, Ilca; Penelle, Jacques et al

in Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology (2003), 367(3), 253-259

Several mono- and bisindole quaternary alkaloids isolated from the stem bark of Strychnos guianensis have recently been shown to be effective blockers of neuromuscular transmission in mice. In this study ... [more ▼]

Several mono- and bisindole quaternary alkaloids isolated from the stem bark of Strychnos guianensis have recently been shown to be effective blockers of neuromuscular transmission in mice. In this study, we used a human clonal cell line (TE671) expressing muscle-type nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. The agonist carbamylcholine activated a receptor-mediated Rb-86(+) efflux and this activation was antagonized by the indole alkaloids, the most active being bisindole bisquaternary compounds. The most effective antagonist, guiachrysine, had an IC50 around 0.43 muM in the presence of 0.5 mM carbamylcholine, compared to 0.16 muM for d-tubocurarine, the most potent curarizing alkaloid. Guiaflavine and 5',6'-dehydroguiaflavine were slightly less effective. Monoindole compounds were 10 to 100 times less potent than bisindole alkaloids. Kinetic analysis showed that the inhibition of the carbamylcholine-dependent Rb-86(+) efflux by guiaflavine was of mixed competitive and uncompetitive type. The competitive component (K-I = 0.21 muM) is presumably due to binding at the acetylcholine site, while the uncompetitive component (K'(I) = 0.92 muM) may be due to open channel block. [less ▲]

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See detailIndole alkaloids from Strychnos species and their antiplasmodial and cytotoxic activities
Frederich, Michel ULg; Tits, Monique ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg

in Chemistry of Natural Compounds (2003), 39(6, NOV-DEC), 513-519

Strychnos species (Loganiaceae) have been studied in the laboratory of Pharmacognosy of the University of Liege for more than fifty years. Although investigations into the Strychnos genus have been going ... [more ▼]

Strychnos species (Loganiaceae) have been studied in the laboratory of Pharmacognosy of the University of Liege for more than fifty years. Although investigations into the Strychnos genus have been going on for a long time in the case of Asian tetanizing and American curarizing species, the first chemical and pharmacological screening on African species was undertaken in the early nineteen fifties by the late Prof A. Denoel (University of Liege, Belgium), who examined twenty-five species of Strychnos collected in the Belgian Congo [1]. This research programme was also an offshoot of an inventory of medicinal and toxic plants in Rwanda, carried out during the years 1969-1970. The Belgian scientists were lucky to observe the tribe of Banyambo, living along the Akagera river on the border between Rwanda and Tanzania, where hunters prepared in front of them an arrow poison with Strychnos usambarensis roots and leaves as the main ingredients [2]. Strychnos species have several ethnobotanical uses. A few species are well known for their incorporation into arrow and ordeal poisons, but play more a role in ethnomedicine against fever, rheumatism, worms, ulcers, leprosy, snake-bites, and so forth [3]. In fact, among about one hundred and ninety species, only six would contain strychnine (1) (Strychnos nux-vomica L. [4-7], S. ignatii P. Bergius [8, 9], and S. wallichiana Steud ex DC. [7, 10] from Asia, S. lucida R. Br. [7, 11] from Australia, S. icaja Baillon [1, 12] from Africa, and S. panamensis [13-15] from South America). Strychnos alkaloids are in fact an example of molecular and pharmacological biodiversity. More than 300 different Strychnos alkaloids have been isolated to date and theypresent various biological activities in several fields: parasitology (amoebiasis, paludism, etc.) [ 16-18], cancer [ 19-22], neurology (tetanizing or curarizing effects) [14, 23, 24-26], inflammation [27], and so on. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of prodelphinidins isolated from Ribes nigrum leaves on chondrocyte metabolism and COX activity
Angenot, Luc ULg; Garbacki, Nancy ULg; Damas, Jacques et al

Poster (2002, October 29)

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See detailAntiplasmodial activity of alkaloids from various Strychnos species
Frederich, Michel ULg; Jacquier, M. J.; Thepenier, P. et al

in Journal of Natural Products (2002), 65(10), 1381-1386

The in vitro antiplasmodial activities of 69 alkaloids from various Strychnos species were evaluated against chloroquine-resistant and chloroquine-sensitive lines of Plasmodium falciparum. The compounds ... [more ▼]

The in vitro antiplasmodial activities of 69 alkaloids from various Strychnos species were evaluated against chloroquine-resistant and chloroquine-sensitive lines of Plasmodium falciparum. The compounds, comprising mainly indolomonoterpenoid alkaloids, exhibited a wide range of biological potencies in the antiplasmodial assays. The most active alkaloids were also tested for cytotoxicity against HCT-116 colon cancer cells to determine their antiplasmodial selectivity. As a result of these studies, structure-activity relationships for these alkaloids have begun to emerge. Alkaloids presenting four types of bisindole skeleton exhibited potent and selective activities against Plasmodium. They were sungucine-type (IC(50) values ranging from 80 nM to 10 microM), longicaudatine-type (IC(50) values ranging from 0.5 to 10 microM), matopensine-type (IC(50) values ranging from 150 nM to 10 microM), and usambarine-type alkaloids. Within the last structural type, isostrychnopentamine (49) and ochrolifuanine A (46) were found to be active against chloroquine-sensitive and -resistant strains (IC(50) values of 100-150 and 100-500 nM, respectively), and dihydrousambarensine (51) exhibited a 30-fold higher activity against the chloroquine-resistant strain (IC(50) = 32 nM) than against the chloroquine-sensitive one. [less ▲]

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See detailActivités cytotoxiques et apoptotiques de gigantéosides D et E isolés de Cephalaria gigantea
Gerkens, Pascal; Frederich, Michel ULg; Mshvildadze, Vakhtang et al

Poster (2002, September)

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See detailNew trends in anti-malarial agents
Frederich, Michel ULg; Dogné, Jean-Michel ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2002), 9(15), 1435-1456

Malaria is the major parasitic infection in many tropical and subtropical regions, leading to more than one million deaths (principally young African children) out of 400 million cases each year (WHO ... [more ▼]

Malaria is the major parasitic infection in many tropical and subtropical regions, leading to more than one million deaths (principally young African children) out of 400 million cases each year (WHO world health report 2000). More than half of the world's population live in areas where they remain at risk of malaria infection. During last years, the situation has worsened in many ways, mainly due to malarial parasites becoming increasingly resistant to several antimalarial drugs. Furthermore, the control of malaria is becoming more complicated by the parallel spread of resistance of the mosquito vector to currently available insecticides. Discovering new drugs in this field is therefore a health priority. Several new molecules are under investigation. This review describes the classical treatments of malaria and the latest discoveries in antimalarial agents, especially artemisinin and its recent derivatives as well as the novel peroxidic compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailApoptosis of HL-60 leukemia cells induced by the bisindole alkaloids sungucine and isosungucine from Strychnos icaja
Lansiaux, A.; Bailly, Christian; Houssier, Claude ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2002), 68(7), 591-595

Sungucine and isosungucine are two bisindole alkaloids isolated from the roots of the African plant Strychnos icaja Baillon. They both exhibit antiplasmodial activities but also show cytotoxic effects ... [more ▼]

Sungucine and isosungucine are two bisindole alkaloids isolated from the roots of the African plant Strychnos icaja Baillon. They both exhibit antiplasmodial activities but also show cytotoxic effects against human cancer cell lines. In order to elucidate their mechanism of action, we have investigated the interaction of the alkaloids with DNA and their capacity to inhibit nucleic acids and protein synthesis in the human HL-60 promyelocytic leukemia cell line. Cell treatment with both sungucine and isosungucine leads to the appearance of a hypo-diploid DNA content peak. Western blotting analysis reveals that the two alkaloids induce cleavage of the poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) and promote the cleavage of a caspase-3 DEVD peptide substrate. The activation of the caspase cascade is accompanied with a fragmentation of DNA in cells, as revealed by the TUNEL assay. Altogether, the results shed light on the mechanism of action of these two plant alkaloids and identify signaling factors involved in (iso)sungucine-induced apoptosis in HL-60 cells. [less ▲]

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