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See detailGuiaflavine, a new bisindole quaternary alkaloid from the stem bark of Strychnos guianensis
Penelle, Jacques; Tits, Monique ULg; Christen, P. et al

Poster (1999, July)

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See detailGuiaflavine, a New Bisindole Quaternary Alkaloid from the Stem Bark of Strychnos Guianensis
Penelle, J.; Tits, Monique ULg; Christen, P. et al

in Journal of Natural Products (1999), 62(6), 898-900

A reinvestigation of Strychnos guianensis resulted in the isolation of a colored quaternary bisindole alkaloid from the stem bark. The structure of this new substance, guiaflavine (1), was defined by ... [more ▼]

A reinvestigation of Strychnos guianensis resulted in the isolation of a colored quaternary bisindole alkaloid from the stem bark. The structure of this new substance, guiaflavine (1), was defined by detailed spectroscopic methods and comparison with model compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailGuiaflavine, un nouvel alcaloïde quaternaire bisindolique isolé à partir de l'écorce de tige du Strychnos guianensis
Penelle, Jacques; Tits, Monique ULg; Christen, Philippe et al

Poster (1999, May)

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See detailQuatre alcaloïdes à noyau bèta-carboline isolés des écorces de tronc du Strychnos mellodora
Brandt, Viviane; Tits, Monique ULg; Geerlings, A et al

Poster (1999, May)

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See detailGuiaflavine, a new bisindole quaternary alkaloid from the stem bark of Strychnos guianensis
Penelle, Jacques; Tits, Monique ULg; Christen, Philippe et al

Conference (1999, May)

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See detailBeta-Carboline Glucoalkaloids from Strychnos mellodora
Brandt, Viviane; Tits, Monique ULg; Geerlings, A. et al

Conference (1999, May)

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See detail10'-Hydroxyusambarensine, a New Antimalarial Bisindole Alkaloid from the Roots of Strychnos Usambarensis
Frederich, Michel ULg; Tits, Monique ULg; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Natural Products (1999), 62(4), 619-21

Reinvestigation of Strychnos usambarensis Gilg resulted in the isolation of a tertiary phenolic bisindole alkaloid, 10'-hydroxyusambarensine (1), which was identified by detailed spectroscopic methods ... [more ▼]

Reinvestigation of Strychnos usambarensis Gilg resulted in the isolation of a tertiary phenolic bisindole alkaloid, 10'-hydroxyusambarensine (1), which was identified by detailed spectroscopic methods. Compound 1 was moderately active against two strains of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailThe plant alkaloid usambarensine intercalates into DNA and induces apoptosis in human HL60 leukemia cells
Dassonneville, L.; Wattez, N.; Mahieu, C. et al

in Anticancer Research (1999), 19(6B), 5245-5250

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See detailbeta-carboline glucoalkaloids from Strychnos mellodora
Brandt, V.; Tits, Monique ULg; Geerlings, A. et al

in Phytochemistry (1999), 51(8), 1171-1176

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See detailAnti-inflammatory properties of capsular polymers from blue-green algae.
Garbacki, Nancy ULg; Gloaguen, Vincent; Damas, Jacques ULg et al

Conference (1999)

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See detailStrychnochrysine, a New Bisindole Alkaloid from the Roots of Strychnos Nux-Vomica
Biala, Rose Gadi; Tits, Monique ULg; Penelle, Jacques et al

in Journal of Natural Products (1998), 61(1), 139-41

The reinvestigation of Strychnos nux-vomica resulted in the isolation of a colored monoquaternary bisindole alkaloid from the roots. The structure of this new orange substance, strychnochrysine (1), was ... [more ▼]

The reinvestigation of Strychnos nux-vomica resulted in the isolation of a colored monoquaternary bisindole alkaloid from the roots. The structure of this new orange substance, strychnochrysine (1), was defined by detailed spectroscopic methods. [less ▲]

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See detailThe DNA intercalating alkaloid cryptolepine interferes with topoisomerase II and inhibits primarily DNA synthesis in B16 melanoma cells.
Bonjean, K.; De Pauw, Marie-Claire ULg; Defresne, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Biochemistry (1998), 37(15), 5136-46

Cryptolepine hydrochloride is an indoloquinoline alkaloid isolated from the roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. It is characterized by a multiplicity of host-mediated biological activities, including ... [more ▼]

Cryptolepine hydrochloride is an indoloquinoline alkaloid isolated from the roots of Cryptolepis sanguinolenta. It is characterized by a multiplicity of host-mediated biological activities, including antibacterial, antiviral, and antimalarial properties. To date, the molecular basis for its diverse biological effects remains largely uncertain. Several lines of evidence strongly suggest that DNA might correspond to its principal cellular target. Consequently, we studied the strength and mode of binding to DNA of cryptolepine by means of absorption, fluorescence, circular, and linear dichroism, as well as by a relaxation assay using DNA topoisomerases. The results of various optical and gel electrophoresis techniques converge to reveal that the alkaloid binds tightly to DNA and behaves as a typical intercalating agent. In DNAase I footprinting experiments it was found that the drug interacts preferentially with GC-rich sequences and discriminates against homo-oligomeric runs of A and T. This study has also led to the discovery that cryptolepine is a potent topoisomerase II inhibitor and a promising antitumor agent. It stabilizes topoisomerase II-DNA covalent complexes and stimulates the cutting of DNA at a subset of preexisting topoisomerase II cleavage sites. Taking advantage of the fluorescence of the indoloquinoline chromophore, fluorescence microscopy was used to map cellular uptake of the drug. Cryptolepine easily crosses the cell membranes and accumulates selectively into the nuclei rather than in the cytoplasm of B16 melanoma cells. Quantitative analyses of DNA in cells after Feulgen reaction and image cytometry reveal that the drug blocks the cell cycle in G2/M phases. It is also shown that the alkaloid is more potent at inhibiting DNA synthesis rather than RNA and protein synthesis. Altogether, the results provide direct evidence that DNA is the primary target of cryptolepine and suggest that this alkaloid is a valid candidate for the development of tumor active compounds. [less ▲]

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