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See detailIn Vitro and In Vivo Antiplasmodial Activity of Three Rwandan Medicinal Plants and Identification of Their Active Compounds
Muganga, Raymond; Angenot, Luc ULg; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2014), 80(6), 482-489

In our previous study, we reported the interesting in vitro antiplasmodial activity of some Rwandan plant extracts. This gave rise to the need for these extracts to also be evaluated in vivo and to ... [more ▼]

In our previous study, we reported the interesting in vitro antiplasmodial activity of some Rwandan plant extracts. This gave rise to the need for these extracts to also be evaluated in vivo and to identify the compounds responsible for their antiplasmodial activity. The aim of our study was, on the one hand, to evaluate the antiplasmodial activity in vivo and the safety of the selected Rwandan medicinal plants used in the treatment of malaria, with the objective of promoting the development of improved traditional medicines and, on the other hand, to identify the active ingredients in the plants. Plant extracts were selected according to their selectivity index. The in vivo antiplasmodial activity of aqueous, methanolic, and dichloromethane extracts was then evaluated using the classical 4-day suppressive test on Plasmodium berghei infected mice. The activity of the plant extracts was estimated by measuring the percentage of parasitemia reduction, and the survival of the experimental animals was recorded. A bioguided fractionation was performed for the most promising plants, in terms of antiplasmodial activity, in order to isolate active compounds identified by means of spectroscopic and spectrometric methods. The highest level of antiplasmodial activity was observed with the methanolic extract of Fuerstia africana (> 70 %) on days 4 and 7 post-treatment after intraperitoneal injection and on day 7 using oral administration. After oral administration, the level of parasitemia reduction observed on day 4 post-infection was 44 % and 37 % with the aqueous extract of Terminalia mollis and Zanthoxylum chalybeum, respectively. However, the Z. chalybeum extract presented a high level of toxicity after intraperitoneal injection, with no animals surviving on day 1 post-treatment. F. africana, on the other hand, was safer with 40 % mouse survival on day 20 post-treatment. Ferruginol is already known as the active ingredient in F. Africana, and ellagic acid (IC50 = 175 ng/mL) and nitidine (IC50 = 77.5 ng/mL) were identified as the main active constituents of T. mollis and Z. chalybeum, respectively. F. africana presented very promising antiplasmodial activity in vivo. Although most of the plants tested showed some level of antiplasmodial activity, some of these plants may be toxic. This study revealed for the first time the role of ellagic acid and nitidine as the main antimalarial compounds in T. mollis and Z. chalybeum, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusual Amino Acids and Monofluoroacetate from Dichapetalum michelsonii (Umutambasha), a Toxic Plant from Rwanda
Esters, Virginie ULg; Karangwa, Charles; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2013), 79

In the course of our investigations on Umutambasha in order to identify its convulsant principles, small quantities of monofluoroacetate were observed in stem bark, leaves, and fruits of this plant newly ... [more ▼]

In the course of our investigations on Umutambasha in order to identify its convulsant principles, small quantities of monofluoroacetate were observed in stem bark, leaves, and fruits of this plant newly identified as Dichapetalum michelsonii Hauman. Conclusive evidence for a monofluoroacetate presence came from its isolation from the freeze-dried extract of stem bark. Three free unusual amino acids, named N-methyl-α-alanine, N-methyl-β-alanine, and 2,7-diaminooctan-1,8-dioic acid, described for the first time in a plant, and known trigonelline were also isolated from the stem bark of D. michelsonii. Structure elucidations were mainly achieved by spectroscopic methods (1H-NMR, 2D-NMR, MS) and by comparison with authentic references. These unusual amino acids were detected by a fast, reliable TLC analysis in all our batches of Umutambasha, suggesting that they could be used for identification purposes in case of human or livestock intoxications. Finally, EEG recordings and behavioural observations performed in mice suggested that the convulsive patterns produced by Umutambasha are the consequence of monofluoroacetate presence in D. michelsonii. [less ▲]

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See detailIs artemisinin the only antiplasmodial compound in the Artemisia annua tea infusion? An in vitro study.
Mouton, Julia; Jansen, Olivia ULg; Frederich, Michel ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2013), 79(6), 468-70

In our ongoing investigation into Artemisia annua for the treatment of malaria, we decided to study the possibility that synergism might enhance the efficacy of artemisinin. Our main objective was to test ... [more ▼]

In our ongoing investigation into Artemisia annua for the treatment of malaria, we decided to study the possibility that synergism might enhance the efficacy of artemisinin. Our main objective was to test tea infusions and nonpolar extracts prepared from different A. annua varieties against Plasmodium falciparum in vitro in order to determine if synergism will increase the effectiveness of artemisinin in the samples as compared to pure artemisinin. We found that the IC50 of artemisinin in the tea and nonpolar extracts was not significantly different to the IC50 of pure artemisinin. We could show that the year and country of harvest or storage conditions did not have any influence on the activity and that it narrowly followed the concentration of artemisinin in all the extracts. In conclusion, based on these in vitro results, artemisinin seems to be the only active antiplasmodial compound in A. annua. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vivo antimalarial activity of twigs extracts from Keetia leucantha
Béro, Joanne; Frederich, Michel ULg; Quetin-Leclercq, Joëlle

in Planta Medica (2012, August), 78(11), 1188

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See detailPotential anticancer activity of young Carpinus betulus leaves
Cieckiewicz, Ewa ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg; Gras, T et al

in Planta Medica (2012, August), 78(11), 1178

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See detailAntiplasmodial Alkaloids from the Stem Bark of Strychnos malacoclados.
Tchinda Tiabou, Alembert ULg; Ngono, A. R.; Tamze, V. et al

in Planta Medica (2012), 78

From the stem bark of STRYCHNOS MALACOCLADOS, one new bisindole alkaloid, 3-hydroxylongicaudatine Y ( 1), was isolated along with the known alkaloids vomicine ( 2), bisnordihydrotoxiferine ( 3), divarine ... [more ▼]

From the stem bark of STRYCHNOS MALACOCLADOS, one new bisindole alkaloid, 3-hydroxylongicaudatine Y ( 1), was isolated along with the known alkaloids vomicine ( 2), bisnordihydrotoxiferine ( 3), divarine ( 4), longicaudatine ( 5), longicaudatine Y ( 6), and longicaudatine F ( 7). All the compounds were tested for their antimalarial activity against the chloroquine-sensitive 3D7 and -resistant W2 strains of PLASMODIUM FALCIPARUM. Longicaudatine was the most active compound with IC (50) values of 0.682 and 0.573 microM, respectively. The activity of compounds 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 against the two strains ranged from 1.191 to 6.220 microM and 0.573 to 21.848 microM, respectively. Vomicine ( 2), the only monomer isolated, was inactive. The alkaloids of the longicaudatine-type ( 1, 5- 7) were more active than those of the caracurine-type ( 3- 4). The presence of the ether bridge in the molecule seems to increase the antiplasmodial activity. Compounds 1, 5, and 7 were tested against the WI-38 human fibroblast cell line. Longicaudatine was the most cytotoxic compound with an IC (50) of 2.721 microM. Longicaudatine F was 40-46 times more active against the two strains of P. FALCIPARUM than against the human fibroblasts and was thus considered as the more selective alkaloid. The structures of the compounds were determined based on the analysis of their spectral data. [less ▲]

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See detail17-O-Acetyl,10-hydroxycorynantheol, a Selective Antiplasmodial Alkaloid Isolated from Strychnos usambarensis Leaves
Cao, Martine ULg; Muganga, Raymond ULg; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2011), 77

In the course of our investigations on Strychnos usambarensis leaves in order to isolate isostrychnopentamine, the main alkaloid responsible for the antiplasmodial activity of the plant, a new tertiary ... [more ▼]

In the course of our investigations on Strychnos usambarensis leaves in order to isolate isostrychnopentamine, the main alkaloid responsible for the antiplasmodial activity of the plant, a new tertiary indolic alkaloid has been isolated: 17-O-acetyl, 10-hydroxycorynantheol 1. Its structure was determined by means of spectroscopic and spectrometric methods such as UV, IR, CD, NMR and ESI-MS. 17-O-acetyl, 10-hydroxycorynantheol 1 is one of the most active monomeric indole alkaloid known to date showing an in vitro activity against Plasmodium falciparum close to 5 µM and a high selectivity. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality Assessment of Polygonum cuspidatum and Polygonum multiflorum by 1H NMR Metabolite Fingerprinting and Profiling Analysis.
Frederich, Michel ULg; Wauters, Jean-Noël ULg; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2011), 77

The quality assessment and control of traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) nowadays receives a great deal of attention worldwide and particularly in Europe with its increasing local use. POLYGONUM ... [more ▼]

The quality assessment and control of traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) nowadays receives a great deal of attention worldwide and particularly in Europe with its increasing local use. POLYGONUM CUSPIDATUM Siebold & Zucc. and POLYGONUM MULTIFLORUM Thunb. are two members of the Polygonaceae family, which are widely used as Chinese medicinal plants. The aim of this study was to achieve an overview of the quality of P. CUSPIDATUM and P. MULTIFLORUM samples available on the Chinese market and to identify important metabolites for their discrimination, using (1)H NMR-based metabolomics. (1)H NMR and multivariate analysis techniques were applied to almost 60 plant samples collected in different places in China. Using (1)H NMR metabolomics, it was possible, without previous evaporation or separation steps, to obtain metabolic fingerprints to distinguish between the species. The important metabolites for discrimination were stilbene derivatives. Finally, a clear distinction between the two species was possible and the discriminant metabolites were identified. [less ▲]

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See detailAnti-inflammatory potency of the traditionally used antimalarial plant Fagraea fragrans
Jonville, Marie ULg; Baghdikian, Béatrice; Ollivier, Evelyne et al

in Planta Medica (2010, September), 76(12), 1171

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See detailBioassay-guided isolation of antiplasmodial Strychnos alkaloids from the stem-bark of Strychnos icaja BAILLON
Tchinda Tiabou, Alembert ULg; Tamze, Victorine; Frederich, Michel ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2010, September), 76(12), 1305

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See detailAntioxidant activity of Passiflora edulis and Passiflora alata fruits
Yariwake, J.; Zeraik, M.; Serteyn, Didier ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2010, September), 76(12), 1274-1275

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See detailLC-SPE-NMR-MS analysis of Strychnos usambarensis fruits from Rwanda
Cao, Martine ULg; Tits, Monique ULg; Muganga, Raymond et al

in Planta Medica (2010, September), 76(12), 1241-1242

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See detailIn Vitro Anticancer Potential of Tree Extracts from the Walloon Region Forest.
Frederich, Michel ULg; Marcowycz, Aline; Cieckiewicz, Ewa ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2009), 75(15), 1634-1637

Forty-eight extracts from 16 common Belgian trees from the Walloon Region forest were evaluated for IN VITRO growth inhibitory activity against the human LoVo colon cancer, PC3 prostate cancer, and U373 ... [more ▼]

Forty-eight extracts from 16 common Belgian trees from the Walloon Region forest were evaluated for IN VITRO growth inhibitory activity against the human LoVo colon cancer, PC3 prostate cancer, and U373 glioblastoma cell lines. Our study was performed with the aim of selecting plant candidates in order to later isolate new anticancer compounds from an easily affordable tree material. Extracts from ALNUS GLUTINOSA (stem bark), CARPINUS BETULUS (leaves and stem bark), CASTANEA SATIVA (stem bark), FAGUS SYLVATICA (leaves), ILEX AQUIFOLIUM (leaves), LARIX DECIDUA (leaves), QUERCUS PETRAEA (stem bark), and QUERCUS ROBUR (leaves) showed for the first time potent IN VITRO growth inhibitory activity and could become easily affordable sources of potential new anticancer agents. Root extracts from ROBINIA PSEUDOACACIA, already known for containing cytotoxic lectins, also showed interesting activity. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro antiplasmodial activity of ethnobotanically selected plants from Burkina Faso
Jansen, Olivia ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2008), 74(9), 1142-1142

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See detailIn vitro antiplasmodial activity of five plants used in Benin in traditional medicine to treat malaria
Bero, J.; Frederich, Michel ULg; De Mol, Patrick ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2008), 74(9), 1002-1002

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See detailEvaluation of medicinal plants from Reunion Island for antimalarial and cytotoxic activities
Jonville, Marie ULg; Kodja, H.; Humeau, L. et al

in Planta Medica (2008), 74(9), 1002-1002

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See detailIn vitro evaluation of antiplasmodial activity of plant samples used in traditional medicine in Benin
Ganfon, H.; Gbaguidi, F.; Frederich, Michel ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2008), 74(9), 1140-1140

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See detailIn vivo antimalarial activity of isosungucine, an indolomonoterpenic alkaloid from Strychnos icaja
Philippe, Geneviève ULg; De Mol, Patrick ULg; Angenot, Luc ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2007), 73(5), 478-479

Isosungucine (1) is a quasi-symmetric bisindolomonoterpenoid alkaloid isolated from the roots of Strychnos icaja. The in vivo antimalarial activity against the P. vinckei petteri murine strain was ... [more ▼]

Isosungucine (1) is a quasi-symmetric bisindolomonoterpenoid alkaloid isolated from the roots of Strychnos icaja. The in vivo antimalarial activity against the P. vinckei petteri murine strain was determined. In the Peters 4-day suppressive test, 1 suppressed the parasitemia by almost 50 percent on day 4 at the dose of 30 mg/kg by intraperitoneal route. [less ▲]

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