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  1. Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activities of 3-Methyl-β-Carboline Derivatives.

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    Zhang, Jiwen; Li, Longbo; Dan, Wenjia; Li, Jian; Zhang, Qianliang; Bai, Hongjin; Wang, Junru

    2015-06-01

    The β-carboline alkaloids possess a diverse range of important biochemical effects and pharmacological properties. Sixteen 3-methyl-β-carboline derivatives were synthesized from indole formaldehyde and nitroethane via the Henry reaction, LAH/THF reduction, the Pictet-Spengler reaction and Pd/C/xylene oxidation, including four 1-substituted and twelve 9-substituted 3-methyl- β-carboline derivatives. The structures of all the derivatives were confirmed by 1H NMR, 13C NMR and ESI-MS. Most of these 3-methyl-β-carboline derivatives showed some antibacterial activity. PMID:26197512

  2. A New β-Carboline Alkaloid and a New Derivate of Isoferulic Acid from Anemone altaica

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    Zhong Jie ZOU; Yue Sheng DONG; Jun Shan YANG

    2005-01-01

    A new β-carboline alkaloid, 4-(9H-β-carbolin-1-yl)-4-oxobutyric acid and a new derivate of isoferulic acid, (E)-3-(3-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl)acrylic acid carboxymethyl ester,were isolated from the roots of Anemone altaica. Their structures were determined on the basis of spectral data.

  3. Two food-borne heterocyclic amines: Metabolism and DNA adduct formation of amino-alpha-carbolines

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    Frederiksen, Hanne

    2005-01-01

    or proteins of animal or vegetable origin, furthermore they are found in many cooked foods, such as fish, meat, and chicken. The specific mutagenicity of the amino-a-carbolines are lower in the Ames Salmonella assay than other heterocyclic amines, but in rodent studies the carcinogenicity of the aminoa, alpha...... been studied. Characteristic for the amino-a-carbolines are that relatively large amounts of these compounds in rat and human hepatic microsomes are activated to potent carcinogenic compounds compared with other heterocyclic amines, but further in vivo studies of the amino-a-carbolines are needed...... to highlight these indications. In this review, the main characteristics with focus on the metabolism and the DNA-adduct formation of the amino-a-carbolines are described and compared with other heterocyclic amines....

  4. Bioactive β-carbolines norharman and harman in traditional and novel raw materials for chicory coffee.

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    Wojtowicz, Elżbieta; Zawirska-Wojtasiak, Renata; Przygoński, Krzysztof; Mildner-Szkudlarz, Sylwia

    2015-05-15

    The β-carboline compounds norharman and harman exhibit neuroactive activity in the human body. Chicory coffee has proved to be a source of β-carboline compounds. This study assessed the norharman and harman contents of traditional and novel raw materials for the production of chicory coffee, as well as in samples of chicory coffee with novel additives. The highest content of the β-carbolines among the traditional raw materials was recorded in roasted sugar beet (2.26 μg/g), while roasting the chicory caused a 25-fold increase in the content of norharman in this raw material (from 0.05 to 1.25 μg/g). In novel raw materials not subjected to the action of high temperature, β-carboline was not detected. Among the roasted novel raw materials, the highest contents of harman and norharman were found in artichokes. High harman levels were also recorded in roasted chokeberry. PMID:25577081

  5. An intramolecular inverse electron demand Diels–Alder approach to annulated α-carbolines

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    Zhiyuan Ma

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Intramolecular inverse electron demand cycloadditions of isatin-derived 1,2,4-triazines with acetylenic dienophiles tethered by amidations or transesterifications proceed in excellent yields to produce lactam- or lactone-fused α-carbolines. Beginning with various isatins and alkynyl dienophiles, a pilot-scale library of eighty-eight α-carbolines was prepared by using this robust methodology for biological evaluation.

  6. Novel β-Carboline Alkaloid from Peganum Harmala As Antibacterial Agent

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    A novel β-carboline alkaloid isolated from the aerial parts of Peganum harmala L. (Gen: Phyeophylaceae) have been characterized as l-thioformyl-8-β-D-glucopyranoside-bis-2,3-dihydro-isopyridinopyrrol. It is one of β-carboline alkaloids derivatives. The chemical structure was elucidated on the basis of elementary analysis and spectroscopic studies (UV, IR, 1H-NMR and MS). The isolated compound showed significant antibacterial activity against Streptococcus pyogenus.

  7. Synthesis, Molecular Modeling, and Biological Evaluation of Novel Tetrahydro-β-Carboline Hydantoin and Tetrahydro-β-Carboline Thiohydantoin Derivatives as Phosphodiesterase 5 Inhibitors

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    Ashraf H. Abadi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Two series of fused tetrahydro-β-carboline hydantoin and tetrahydro-β-carboline thiohydantoin derivatives with a pendant 2,4-dimethoxyphenyl at position 5 were synthesized, and chiral carbons at positions 5 and 11a swing from R,R to R,S, S,R, and S,S. The prepared analogues were evaluated for their capacity to inhibit phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5 isozyme. The R absolute configuration of C-5 in the β-carboline hydantoin derivatives was found to be essential for the PDE5 inhibition. Chiral carbon derived from amino acid even if of the S configuration (L-tryptophan may lead to equiactive or more active isomers than those derived from amino acid with the R configuration (D-tryptophan. This expands the horizon from which efficient PDE5 inhibitors can be derived and may offer an economic advantage. The thiohydantoin derivatives were less active than their hydantoin congeners.

  8. Synthesis and Herbicidal Activity Evaluation of Novel β-Carboline Derivatives

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    Meiying Hu

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Based on the original structure of harmine, several novel 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline, β-carboline and 1-substituted-β-carboline derivatives bearing a substituted carbohydrazide group at C-3 were designed and synthesized to investigate the structure-activity relationship of their analogues. All of the compounds were characterized by infrared (IR, proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance (1H-NMR, 13C-NMR, and mass spectroscopy (MS. The bioassay tests showed that N'-benzylidene-1-phenyl-β-carboline-3-carbohydrazide (C25H18N4O, m.w. 390.4 (c2 and N'-(4-trifluoromethyl-benzylidene-1-phenyl-β-carboline-3-carbohydrazide (C26H17N4OF3, m.w. 458 (d2 exhibited good inhibitory activity against dicotyledonous and monocotyledonous weeds, with EC50 values of 4.83 µM and 14.25 µM, respectively.

  9. PhI(OAc)2-mediated one-pot oxidative decarboxylation and aromatization of tetrahydro-β-carbolines: synthesis of norharmane, harmane, eudistomin U and eudistomin I.

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    Kamal, Ahmed; Tangella, Yellaiah; Manasa, Kesari Lakshmi; Sathish, Manda; Srinivasulu, Vunnam; Chetna, Jadala; Alarifi, Abdullah

    2015-08-28

    Iodobenzene diacetate was employed as a mild and efficient reagent for one-pot oxidative decarboxylation of tetrahydro-β-carboline acids and dehydrogenation of tetrahydro-β-carbolines to access the corresponding aromatic β-carbolines. To the best of our knowledge this is the first synthesis of β-carbolines via a one-pot oxidative decarboxylation at ambient temperature. The utility of this protocol has been demonstrated in the synthesis of β-carboline alkaloids norharmane (2o), harmane (2p), eudistomin U (9) and eudistomin I (12). PMID:26099113

  10. DNA-binding studies of the natural β-carboline eudistomin U.

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    Giulietti, Jennifer M; Tate, Patrick M; Cai, Ang; Cho, Bongsup; Mulcahy, Seann P

    2016-10-01

    Eudistomin U is a member of the β-carboline class of heterocyclic amine-containing molecules that are capable of binding to DNA. The structure of eudistomin U is unique since it contains an indole ring at the 1-position of the pyridine ring. While simple β-carbolines are reported to intercalate DNA, an examination of the mode of binding of eudistomin U has been lacking. We report preliminary spectroscopic (UV-Vis, thermal denaturation, CD) and calorimetric (DSC) data on the binding of eudistomin U to DNA, which suggest that eudistomin U binds weakly according to a mechanism that is more complicated than other members of its class. PMID:27567367

  11. Occurrence and partition of the β-carboline norharman in rat organs

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    D. Fekkes (Durk); W.T. Bode (Willem)

    1993-01-01

    textabstractThe β-carboline norharman was determined in plasma, brain, liver, kidney, spleen, heart and lung of the rat using HPLC with fluorescence detection. In order to improve the speed and sensitivity of this assay an earlier published sample clean-up extraction procedure and HPLC method were a

  12. Synthesis of tetrahydro-β-carbolines via isomerization of N-allyltryptamines

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    Ascic, Erhad; Hansen, Casper L.; Le Quement, Sebastian T.;

    2012-01-01

    An efficient and broadly applicable alternative to the classical Pictet–Spengler synthesis of tetrahydro-β-carbolines is presented. The method relies on metal-catalyzed isomerization of allylic amines to form reactive iminium intermediates which can be trapped by a tethered indole nucleophile....

  13. Comparative Effects of α-, β-, and γ-Carbolines on Platelet Aggregation and Lipid Membranes

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    Hironori Tsuchiya

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption possibly affect platelet functions. To verify the hypothesis that some α-, β-, and γ-carboline components in cigarette smoke and alcoholic beverages may change platelet aggregability, their effects on human platelets were determined by aggregometry together with investigating their membrane effects by turbidimetry. Carbolines inhibited platelet aggregation induced by five agents with the potency being 3-amino-1,4-dimethyl-5H-pyrido[4,3-b]indole > 3-amino-1-methyl-5H-pyrido[4,3-b]indole > 1-methyl-9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indole. The most potent 3-amino-1,4-dimethyl-5H-pyrido[4,3-b]indole showed 50% aggregation-inhibitory concentrations of 6–172 μM. Both γ-carbolines interacted with phosphatidylcholine membranes to lower the lipid phase transition temperature with the potency correlating to the antiplatelet activity, suggesting that the interaction with platelet membranes to increase their fluidity underlies antiplatelet effects. Given their possible concentration and accumulation in platelets, γ- and β-carbolines would provide cigarette smokers and alcohol drinkers with reduced platelet aggregability, and they may be responsible for the occurrence of hemorrhagic diseases associated with heavy smoking and alcoholics.

  14. Synthesis and cytotoxic activity of 3-phenyl-4-substituted-β-carbolines

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    Liu Liu; Ying Ying Xu; Ze Qi Yang; Jian Nan Xiang; Guang Yu Xu

    2012-01-01

    A new class of 3-phenyl-4-substituted-β-carbolines via iodine-mediated electrophilic cyclization as key step were synthesized and their inhibitory activity against three tumor cell lines was evaluated in vitro.It was found that some of the tested compounds showed better cytotoxicity against HeLa and MCF-7 cells than harmine.

  15. Two new β-carboline-type alkaloids from Stellaria dichotoma var.lanceolata

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    Jian Guang Luo; Li Hua Cao; Ling Yi Kong

    2012-01-01

    Two new β-carboline-type alkaloids,dichotomine K (1) and dichotomine L (2),were isolated from the roots of Chinese medicinal plant Stellaria dichotoma L.var.lanceolata Bge.Structures of 1 and 2 were determined on the basis of chemical and spectroscopic means.

  16. Interactions between {beta}-carboline alkaloids and bovine serum albumin: Investigation by spectroscopic approach

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    Nafisi, Shohreh, E-mail: drshnafisi@gmail.com [Department of Chemistry, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch (IAUCTB), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Panahyab, Ataollah [Department of Chemistry, Islamic Azad University, Central Tehran Branch (IAUCTB), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Bagheri Sadeghi, Golshan [Department of Biology, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-09-15

    {beta}-Carboline alkaloids are present in medicinal plants such as Peganum harmala L. that have been used as folk medicine in anticancer therapy. BSA is the major soluble protein constituent of the circulatory system, and has many physiological functions including the transport of a variety of compounds. This study is the first attempt to investigate the binding of {beta}-carboline alkaloids to BSA by using a constant protein concentration and varying drug concentrations at pH 7.2. FTIR and UV-Vis spectroscopic methods were used to analyze the binding modes of {beta}-carboline alkaloids, the binding constants and the effects of drug complexation on BSA stability and conformation. Spectroscopic evidence showed that {beta}-carboline alkaloids bind BSA via hydrophobic interaction and van der Waals contacts along with H-bonding with the -NH groups, with overall binding constants of K{sub harmine-BSA}=2.04 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} M{sup -1}, K{sub tryptoline-BSA}=1.2 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 4} M{sup -1}, K{sub harmaline-BSA}=5.04 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 3} M{sup -1}, K{sub harmane-BSA}=1.41 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 3} M{sup -1} and K{sub harmalol-BSA}=1.01 Multiplication-Sign 10{sup 3} M{sup -1}, assuming that there is one drug molecule per protein. The BSA secondary structure was altered with a major decrease of {alpha}-helix from 64% (free protein) to 59% (BSA-harmane), 56% (BSA-harmaline and BSA-harmine), 55% (BSA-tryptoline), 54% (BSA-harmalol) and {beta}-sheet from 15% (free protein) to 6-8% upon {beta}-carboline alkaloids complexation, inducing a partial protein destabilization. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We model the binding of {beta}-carboline alkaloids to BSA by using the spectroscopic methods. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We investigate the effects of drug complexation on BSA stability and conformation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A partial protein destabilization occurred at high alkaloids concentration. Black

  17. From the Behavioral Pharmacology of Beta-Carbolines to Seizures, Anxiety, and Memory

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    Patrice Venault

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available A number of beta-carbolines are inverse agonists of the GABA-A receptor complex, acting on the benzodiazepine site. They show convulsive properties when administered at high doses, anxiogenic properties at moderate doses, and learning-enhancing effects at low doses. These data suggest a possible physiological relationship, through the GABA-A receptor channel, between memory processes, anxiety, and ultimately, in pathological states, epileptic seizures. This relationship seems to be confirmed partially by experiments on mouse strains selected for their resistance (BR and sensitivity (BS to a single convulsive dose of a beta-carboline. These two strains also show differences in anxiety and learning abilities. However, some opposite results found while observing the behavior of the two strains suggest that in addition to pharmacologically induced anxiety, there is spontaneous anxiety, no doubt involving other brain mechanisms.

  18. Exploiting the Polypharmacology of ß-Carbolines to Disrupt O. volvulus Molting.

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    Gooyit, Major; Tricoche, Nancy; Javor, Sacha; Lustigman, Sara; Janda, Kim D

    2015-03-12

    Onchocerciasis is an infection caused by the filarial worm Onchocerca volvulus, which can eventually result in blindness. The lack of an effective macrofilaricide and the possible development of ivermectin-resistant strains of O. volvulus necessitate the need for alternative treatment strategies. We have shown that targeting the L3-stage-specific chitinase OvCHT1 impairs the shedding of the filarial cuticle. In our continued efforts to discover OvCHT1 inhibitors, we identified the β-carboline alkaloid scaffolding as a chitinase inhibitor that is capable of penetrating the worm cuticle. Herein, we disclose the rich polypharmacology of the β-carboline class of compounds as an approach to abrogate the molting of the parasite and thus the initiation of infection in the human host. PMID:25815157

  19. One pot synthesis of 1-substituted tetrahydro--carbolines by Bischler–Napieralski cyclization

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    Thokchom Prasanta Singh; Okram Mukherjee Singh

    2016-04-01

    A novel and facile one-pot synthesis of 1-substituted tetrahydro--carbolines by cyclocondensation of ketene ,–acetals with tryptamine in presence of InCl3 and TFA as co-catalysts by Bischler-Napieralski cyclization is described. The reaction involves formation of one C-N bond, one C-C bond and a new ring annulation over an indole moiety.

  20. Regulation of dioxin receptor function by different beta-carboline alkaloids

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    Haarmann-Stemmann, Thomas; Goetz, Christine; Krug, Nathalie; Bothe, Hanno; Abel, Josef [Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf gGmbH, Institut fuer Umweltmedizinische Forschung (IUF), Duesseldorf (Germany); Sendker, Jandirk; Proksch, Peter [Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet, Institut fuer Pharmazeutische Biologie und Biotechnologie, Duesseldorf (Germany); Fritsche, Ellen [Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf gGmbH, Institut fuer Umweltmedizinische Forschung (IUF), Duesseldorf (Germany); University Hospital, RWTH Aachen, Department of Dermatology, Aachen (Germany)

    2010-08-15

    The dioxin receptor, also known as arylhydrocarbon receptor (AhR), is a ligand-activated transcription factor that mediates the toxicity of dioxins and related environmental contaminants. In addition, there is a growing list of natural compounds, mainly plant polyphenols that can modulate AhR function and downstream signaling with quite unknown consequences for cellular function. We investigate the potential of four different {beta}-carboline alkaloids to stimulate AhR signaling in human hepatoma cells and keratinocytes. Three test substances, namely rutaecarpine, annomontine and xestomanzamine A, increase AhR-driven reporter gene activity as well as expression of two AhR target genes in a dose-dependent and time-dependent manner. Additionally, the three test alkaloids stimulate cytochrome P450 (CYP) 1 enzyme activity without showing any antagonistic effects regarding benzo(a)pyrene-stimulated CYP1 activation. The AhR-activating property of the {beta}-carbolines is completely abrogated in AhR-deficient cells providing evidence that rutaecarpine, annomontine and xestomanzamine A are natural stimulators of the human AhR. The toxicological relevance of beta-carboline-mediated AhR activation is discussed. (orig.)

  1. The Chiral Pool in the Pictet-Spengler Reaction for the Synthesis of β-Carbolines.

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    Dalpozzo, Renato

    2016-01-01

    The Pictet-Spengler reaction (PSR) is the reaction of a β-arylethylamine with an aldehyde or ketone, followed by ring closure to give an aza-heterocycle. When the β-arylethylamine is tryptamine, the product is a β-carboline, a widespread skeleton in natural alkaloids. In the natural occurrence, these compounds are generally enantiopure, thus the asymmetric synthesis of these compounds have been attracting the interest of organic chemists. This review aims to give an overview of the asymmetric PSR, in which the chirality arises from optically pure amines or carbonyl compounds both from natural sources and from asymmetric syntheses to assemble the reaction partners. PMID:27240334

  2. The Chiral Pool in the Pictet–Spengler Reaction for the Synthesis of β-Carbolines

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    Renato Dalpozzo

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available The Pictet–Spengler reaction (PSR is the reaction of a β-arylethylamine with an aldehyde or ketone, followed by ring closure to give an aza-heterocycle. When the β-arylethylamine is tryptamine, the product is a β-carboline, a widespread skeleton in natural alkaloids. In the natural occurrence, these compounds are generally enantiopure, thus the asymmetric synthesis of these compounds have been attracting the interest of organic chemists. This review aims to give an overview of the asymmetric PSR, in which the chirality arises from optically pure amines or carbonyl compounds both from natural sources and from asymmetric syntheses to assemble the reaction partners.

  3. Synthesis of ( sup 3 H)pinoline, an endogenous tetrahydro-. beta. -carboline

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    Callaway, J.C.; Gynther, J.; Airaksinen, M.M. (Kuopio Univ. (Finland)); Morimoto, H.; Williams, P.G. (Lawrence Berkeley Lab., Berkeley, CA (United States). National Tritium Labeling Facility)

    1992-05-01

    Pinoline (6-methoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahyro-9H-pyrido(3,4-b)indole) is an endogenous B-carboline thought to be synthesized in the pineal gland from serotinin. It is a strong inhibitor of MAO-A and can displace ({sup 3}H)citalopram from the 5-HT uptake site on human platelets in nM concentrations. The hydrochloride salt of 6-MeO-DHBC (6-methoxy-1,2-dihydro-9H-pyrido(3,4-b)indole), also a new compound, was synthesized as the immediate precursor to the title compound. (author).

  4. Enantioselective synthesis and antimicrobial activities of tetrahydro-β-carboline diketopiperazines.

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    Ma, Yangmin; Wu, Hao; Zhang, Jin; Li, Yanchao

    2013-10-01

    A series of single isomers tetrahydro-β-carboline diketopiperazines were stereoselectively synthesized starting from l-tryptophan methyl ester hydrochloride and six aldehydes through a four-step reaction including Pictet-Spengler reaction, crystallization-induced asymmetric transformations (CIAT), Schotten-Baumann reaction, and intramolecular ester amidation. The chemical structures were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and elemental analysis, among which two compounds were determined by x-ray single crystal diffraction. Moreover, antimicrobial activities of all the compounds were also tested.

  5. β-carboline compounds, including harmine, inhibit DYRK1A and tau phosphorylation at multiple Alzheimer's disease-related sites.

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    Danielle Frost

    Full Text Available Harmine, a β-carboline alkaloid, is a high affinity inhibitor of the dual specificity tyrosine phosphorylation regulated kinase 1A (DYRK1A protein. The DYRK1A gene is located within the Down Syndrome Critical Region (DSCR on chromosome 21. We and others have implicated DYRK1A in the phosphorylation of tau protein on multiple sites associated with tau pathology in Down Syndrome and in Alzheimer's disease (AD. Pharmacological inhibition of this kinase may provide an opportunity to intervene therapeutically to alter the onset or progression of tau pathology in AD. Here we test the ability of harmine, and numerous additional β-carboline compounds, to inhibit the DYRK1A dependent phosphorylation of tau protein on serine 396, serine 262/serine 356 (12E8 epitope, and threonine 231 in cell culture assays and in vitro phosphorylation assays. Results demonstrate that the β-carboline compounds (1 potently reduce the expression of all three phosphorylated forms of tau protein, and (2 inhibit the DYRK1A catalyzed direct phosphorylation of tau protein on serine 396. By assaying several β-carboline compounds, we define certain chemical groups that modulate the affinity of this class of compounds for inhibition of tau phosphorylation.

  6. Phytochemical meanings of tetrahydro-β-carboline moiety in strictosidine derivatives.

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    Sudžuković, Nicole; Schinnerl, Johann; Brecker, Lothar

    2016-02-15

    Synthesis of 13 different tetrahydro-β-carbolines (THBC) was accomplished by applying the Pictet-Spengler reaction with seven aldehydes, which have been coupled with tryptamine (6) and l-tryptophan methyl ester (7), respectively. The resulting products represent analogues of strictosidine (1) and carboxystrictosidine (5). They were investigated with respect to possible effects on herbivores in feeding bioassays upon the generalist Spodoptera littoralis. Maximum inhibition averages were 42% after four and 46% after six days for the most effective product (19) at 1000ppm. Additionally, the frass of this particular bioassay was investigated via HPLC-UV for THBC digestion. All synthesized THBCs were also tested for their radical scavenger activity by monitoring their interaction with 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH). Compounds 16-20, 24 and 25 exhibited radical scavenging activity, ranging from 50% to 74% compared to that of α-tocopherol. All results were discussed with respect to possible contributions of tetrahydro-β-carboline moieties in bioactivities of strictosidine (1) and its biodegradation products. PMID:26749326

  7. Structural Basis for β-Carboline Alkaloid Production by the Microbial Homodimeric Enzyme McbB.

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    Mori, Takahiro; Hoshino, Shotaro; Sahashi, Shusaku; Wakimoto, Toshiyuki; Matsui, Takashi; Morita, Hiroyuki; Abe, Ikuro

    2015-07-23

    The β-carboline (βC) alkaloids occur throughout nature and exhibit diverse biological activities. In contrast to βC alkaloid synthesis in plants, the biosynthesis in microorganisms remains poorly understood. The recently reported McbB from Marinactinospora thermotolerans is a novel enzyme proposed to catalyze the Pictet-Spengler (PS) reaction of L-tryptophan and oxaloacetaldehyde to produce the βC scaffold of marinacarbolines. In this study, we solved the crystal structure of McbB complexed with L-tryptophan at 2.48 Å resolution, which revealed the novel protein folding of McbB and the totally different structure from those of other PS condensation catalyzing enzymes, such as strictosidine synthase and norcoclaurine synthase from plants. Structural analysis and site-directed mutagenesis confirmed that the previously proposed catalytic Glu97 at the active-site center functions as an acid and base catalyst. Remarkably, the structure-based mutants R72A and H87A, with expanded active-site cavities, newly accepted bulky phenylglyoxal as the aldehyde substrate, to produce 1-benzoyl-3-carboxy-β-carboline. PMID:26120001

  8. A comparative molecular field analysis of cytotoxic beta-carboline analogs

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    Xue-rui HOU; Qi CHEN; Ri-hui CAO; Wen-lie PENG; An-long XU

    2004-01-01

    AIM: To derive a model that could be used in drug design. METHODS: Beta-carbolines are reported to have antitumor activities on cultured cancer cell lines. A comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) was undertaken to elucidate the correlation of cytotoxities and structural parameters of 16 beta-carboline analogs (1-16). The compound 12 was finally used as a template for the other compounds in the dataset because of its highest biological activity. RESULTS: The CoMFA applied to the final alignment resulted in a q2cv of 0.656 and it showed that the steric fields contributed 43.3 % of the model information while the electrostatic fields represented the other 56.7 %.CONCLUSION: Three designed compounds, which were predicted to have high, moderate and low activities respectively, were synthesized. The IC50 values of these compounds indicated the significance of the analysis in this study. The model derived from the current study could be further used in design for more active compounds.

  9. Determination of N,N-dimethyltryptamine and beta-carboline alkaloids in human plasma following oral administration of Ayahuasca.

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    Yritia, Mercedes; Riba, Jordi; Ortuño, Jordi; Ramirez, Ariel; Castillo, Araceli; Alfaro, Yolanda; de la Torre, Rafael; Barbanoj, Manel J

    2002-11-01

    Ayahuasca is a South American psychotropic beverage prepared from plants native to the Amazon River Basin. It combines the hallucinogenic agent and 5-HT(2A/2C) agonist N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) with beta-carboline alkaloids showing monoamine oxidase-inhibiting properties. In the present paper, an analytical methodology for the plasma quantification of the four main alkaloids present in ayahuasca plus two major metabolites is described. DMT was extracted by liquid-liquid extraction with n-pentane and quantified by gas chromatography with nitrogen-phosphorus detection. Recovery was 74%, and precision and accuracy were better than 9.9%. The limit of quantification (LOQ) was 1.6 ng/ml. Harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine (THH), the three main beta-carbolines present in ayahuasca, and harmol and harmalol (O-demethylation metabolites of harmine and harmaline, respectively) were measured in plasma by means of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with fluorescence detection. Sample preparation was accomplished by solid-phase extraction, which facilitated the automation of the process. All five beta-carbolines were measured using a single detector by switching wavelengths. Separation of harmol and harmalol required only slight changes in the chromatographic conditions. Method validation demonstrated good recoveries, above 87%, and accuracy and precision better than 13.4%. The LOQ was 0.5 ng/ml for harmine, 0.3 ng/ml for harmaline, 1.0 ng/ml for THH, and 0.3 ng/ml for harmol and harmalol. Good linearity was observed in the concentration ranges evaluated for DMT (2.5-50 ng/ml) and the beta-carbolines (0.3-100 ng/ml). The gas chromatography and HPLC methods described allowed adequate characterization of the pharmacokinetics of the four main alkaloids present in ayahuasca, and also of two major beta-carboline metabolites not previously described in the literature. PMID:12361741

  10. The inhibition activity of selected beta-carboline alkaloids on enzymes of acetylcholinesterase and butyrylcholinesterase.

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    Krsková, Zuzana; Martin, Jan; Dusek, Jaroslav

    2011-06-01

    This thesis deals with testing of inhibition activity beta-carboline alkaloids on activity of enzymes acetylcholinesterase (ACHE) and butyrylcholinesterase (BUCHE) using test "Fast Blue B salt" at TLC desk and Ellman's test using spectrophotometer. It was also investigated how dimethylsulfoxide used as a solvent in combination with water affects activity of enzymes and alkaloids. Results show harmine in form of base and salt in water and in mixture of DMSO and water has the hightest inhibition activity on ACHE using eserine as reference substance. Harmalol in form of salt in water and harmine in form of base and salt in mixture of DMSO and water has the hightest activity on BUCHE. It was find out that DMSO considerably affects activity of enzymes and alkaloids. PMID:21838142

  11. Identification of N,N-dimethyltryptamine and beta-carbolines in psychotropic ayahuasca beverage.

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    Gambelunghe, Cristiana; Aroni, Kyriaki; Rossi, Riccardo; Moretti, Luca; Bacci, Mauro

    2008-10-01

    Recently many people have shown great interest in traditional indigenous practices and popular medicine, involving the ingestion of natural psychotropic drugs. We received a request to analyze and determine the nature of a dark green liquid with a dark brown plant sediment, which the police had seized at an airport and inside the home of a person belonging to the 'Santo Daime' religious movement. Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis of the extract identified N,N-dimethyltryptamine, a potent hallucinogen, and the beta-carboline alkaloids harmine and harmaline, revealing monoamine oxidase A-inhibiting properties. These substances are typical components of Ayahuasca, a South American psychotropic beverage obtained by boiling the bark of the liana Banisteriopsis caapi together with the leaves of various admixture plants, principally Psychotria viridis. PMID:18506697

  12. A series of beta-carboline derivatives inhibit the kinase activity of PLKs.

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    Xiaomin Han

    Full Text Available Polo-like kinases play an essential role in the ordered execution of mitotic events and 4 mammalian PLK family members have been identified. Accumulating evidence indicates that PLK1 is an attractive target for anticancer drugs. In this paper, a series of beta-carboline derivatives were synthesized and three compounds, DH281, DH285 and DH287, were identified as potent new PLK inhibitors. We employed various biochemical and cellular approaches to determine the effects of these compounds on the activity of PLK1 and other mitotic kinases and on cell cycle progression. We found that these three compounds could selectively inhibit the kinase activity of purified PLK1, PLK2 and PLK3 in vitro. They show strong antitumor activity against a number of cancer cell lines with relatively low micromolar IC(50s, but are relatively less toxic to non-cancer cells (MRC5. Moreover, these compounds could induce obvious accumulation of HeLa cells in G(2/M and S phases and trigger apoptosis. Although MRC5 cells show clear S-phase arrest after treatment with these compounds, the G2/M arrest and apoptosis are less insignificant, indicating the distinct sensitivity between normal and cancer cells. We also found that HeLa cells treated with these drugs exhibit monopolar spindles and increased Wee1 protein levels, the characteristics of cells treated with PLK1 inhibitors. Together, these results demonstrate that DH281, DH285 and DH287 beta-carboline compounds are new PLK inhibitors with potential for cancer treatment.

  13. A Series of β-Carboline Alkaloids from the Seeds of Peganum harmala Show G-Quadruplex Interactions.

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    Wang, Kai-Bo; Li, Da-Hong; Hu, Ping; Wang, Wen-Jing; Lin, Clement; Wang, Jian; Lin, Bin; Bai, Jiao; Pei, Yue-Hu; Jing, Yong-Kui; Li, Zhan-Lin; Yang, Danzhou; Hua, Hui-Ming

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    In this study, we screened 17 medicinal plants for binding activity to G-quadruplex d(TTGGGTT)4 by (1)H NMR spectroscopy and found that the crude extract of Peganum harmala L. seeds showed the most potential binding activity. Subsequently, (1)H NMR- and bioassay-guided isolation of the extract of P. harmala L. was performed to obtain four pairs of partially racemized β-carboline alkaloids, pegaharmines A-D (1-4). Their structures and absolute configurations were determined by extensive NMR analyses, X-ray crystallography, ECD calculations, and CD exciton chirality approaches. Interestingly, pegaharmine D (4), which showed the strongest G-quadruplex interaction, exhibited significant cytotoxic activity against three cancer cell lines. This work contributed a practical strategy for the discovery of novel G-quadruplex ligands from natural products and provided potential insights for using β-carboline alkaloids as anticancer lead compounds specifically targeting G-quadruplexes. PMID:27340903

  14. The Role of β-Carboline Alkaloids in the Pathogenesis of Essential Tremor.

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    Laviță, Svetlana Iuliana; Aro, Rania; Kiss, Béla; Manto, Mario; Duez, Pierre

    2016-06-01

    Essential tremor (ET) is one of the most prevalent neurological disorders in the world. Environmental factors have been implicated in the pathogenesis of ET. In particular, epidemiological studies have suggested that neurotoxic agents, especially β-carboline alkaloids (βCAs), might be generated through Maillard-type reaction. βCAs are molecules which are members of a large group of heterocyclic amines (HCAs, the so-called products of cooking meat). βCAs are highly tremorogenic in animals, producing a marked generalized action tremor soon after systemic administration in a wide range of laboratory animals such as mice, rats and monkeys. Administration of βCAs remains currently the main experimental model of ET. We review the pathogenesis of ET, with a focus on the biochemistry of βCAs, their occurrence and biological activity, their endogenous biosynthesis, their formation in food, their toxicokinetics and their neurotoxicity. We highlight open questions regarding the effects of βCAs in humans. PMID:26634934

  15. Pharmacological characterization of the novel anxiolytic beta-carboline abecarnil in rodents and primates.

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    Ozawa, M; Nakada, Y; Sugimachi, K; Yabuuchi, F; Akai, T; Mizuta, E; Kuno, S; Yamaguchi, M

    1994-03-01

    beta-Carboline abecarnil was behaviorally and biochemically characterized as a new anxiolytic agent in rodents and primates in comparison with the benzodiazepine (BZ) anxiolytics. Oral treatment with abecarnil (0.5-10 mg/kg) showed a potent anticonflict activity in the water-lick test in rats. The minimal effective dose was lower than those of BZ anxiolytics, such as etizolam, diazepam, clotiazepam and tofisopam. Abecarnil also showed taming effects to suppress fighting and aggressive behaviors in mice and monkeys with little sedative and ataxic effects, in contrast to the BZ anxiolytics producing marked sedative and ataxic effects. Furthermore, abecarnil suppressed both the sedative and ataxic effects induced by diazepam. Abecarnil bound to rat cerebellar BZ1 receptors (Ki = 0.24 nM) with higher affinity than to rat spinal cord BZ2 receptors (Ki = 1.3 nM), whereas BZ derivatives bound to both the receptors with a low and equal affinity. GABA-ratios of abecarnil were 1.9 for the BZ1 receptors and 2.8 for the BZ2 receptors, and they were smaller than those of diazepam and flunitrazepam. Thus, in contrast to the BZ derivatives, abecarnil may act as a selective partial agonist at central BZ1 receptors, resulting in its potent anticonflict and taming effects with little sedative and ataxic effects. PMID:7912751

  16. Visible Light Driven Photocascade Catalysis: Ru(bpy)3(PF6)2/TBHP-Mediated Synthesis of Fused β-Carbolines in Batch and Flow Microreactors.

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    Chandrasekhar, D; Borra, Satheesh; Nanubolu, Jagadeesh Babu; Maurya, Ram Awatar

    2016-06-17

    1,2,3,4-Tetrahydro-β-carbolines were coupled with α-keto vinyl azides through an unprecedented visible light-Ru(bpy)3(PF6)2/TBHP mediated photocascade strategy that involves photosensitization, photoredox catalysis and [3 + 2] cycloaddition reaction. The scope and scale-up feasibility of the photocascade strategy was demonstrated by synthesizing 18 different fused β-carbolines in moderate to good yields using batch and continuous flow microreactor. This operationally simple synthetic protocol allows the formation of one C-C and two C-N new bonds in the overall transformation. PMID:27226119

  17. 3-Aryl beta-carbolin-1-ones as a new class of potent inhibitors of tumor cell proliferation: synthesis and biological evaluation.

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    Wang, Shaozhong; Dong, Yanmei; Wang, Xinyan; Hu, Xiaoyi; Liu, Jun O; Hu, Yuefei

    2005-03-01

    A novel three-step synthesis of 3-aryl beta-carbolin-1-ones from non-indole starting materials has been developed. The two nitrogen atoms in beta-carbolin-1-one were introduced efficiently by Michael addition of ethyl acetamidocyanoacetate to chalcone. The desired pyridone and indole rings were assembled by an intramolecular ketone-nitrile annulation mediated by aqueous HCl-HOAc and a Cu(I)-catalyzed intramolecular N-arylation of the amide, respectively. The target compounds were found to possess significant activity against tumor cell proliferation. PMID:15731878

  18. Computational & experimental evaluation of the structure/activity relationship of β-carbolines as DYRK1A inhibitors.

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    Drung, Binia; Scholz, Christoph; Barbosa, Valéria A; Nazari, Azadeh; Sarragiotto, Maria H; Schmidt, Boris

    2014-10-15

    DYRK1A has been associated with Down's syndrome and neurodegenerative diseases, therefore it is an important target for novel pharmacological interventions. We combined a ligand-based pharmacophore design with a structure-based protein/ligand docking using the software MOE in order to evaluate the underlying structure/activity relationship. Based on this knowledge we synthesized several novel β-carboline derivatives to validate the theoretical model. Furthermore we identified a modified lead structure as a potent DYRK1A inhibitor (IC50=130 nM) with significant selectivity against MAO-A, DYRK2, DYRK3, DYRK4 & CLK2. PMID:25240617

  19. Syntheses of fused tetrahydro--carboline analogues through imide carbonyl activation using BBr3: Evidence for the involvement of fused cyclic -acyliminium ion intermediate

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    Selvaraj Mangalaraj; Jayaraman Selvakumar; Chinnasamy Ramaraj Ramanathan

    2015-05-01

    The fused cyclic -acyliminium ion generated during the imide carbonyl activation reaction of phenethylphthalimide was confirmed by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The Lewis acid assisted imide carbonyl activation methodology was successfully extended to synthesize fused tetrahydro--carboline units from the corresponding -indolylethylimides.

  20. Enzymatic Strategy for the Resolution of New 1-Hydroxymethyl Tetrahydro-β-carboline Derivatives in Batch and Continuous-Flow Systems.

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    Megyesi, Rita; Forró, Enikő; Fülöp, Ferenc

    2016-06-01

    Many alkaloids containing a tetrahydro-β-carboline skeleton have well-known therapeutic effects, leading to increased interest in the synthesis of these natural products. Enantiomers of N-Boc-protected 1-hydroxymethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline [(±)-7], 1-hydroxymethyl-6-methoxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline [(±)-8], and 1-hydroxymethyl-6-fluoro-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline [(±)-9] were prepared through enzymecatalyzed asymmetric acylation of their primary hydroxyl group. The preliminary experiments were performed in a continuous-flow system, while the preparative-scale resolutions were done as batch reactions. Excellent enantioselectivities (E>200) were obtained with Candida antarctica lipase B (CAL-B) and acetic anhydride in toluene at 60 °C. The recovered alcohols and the produced esters were obtained with high enantiomeric excess values (ee≥96 %). The O-acylated enantiomers [(S)-10-(S)-12)] were transformed into the corresponding amino alcohols [(S)-7-(S)-9)] with methanolysis. Microwave-assisted Boc removals were also performed and resulted in the corresponding compounds (R)-4-(R)-6 and (S)-4-(S)-6 without a drop in the enantiomeric excess values (ee≥96 %). PMID:27551661

  1. Design of Novel β-Carboline Derivatives with Pendant 5-Bromothienyl and Their Evaluation as Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitors

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    El-Gamil, Dalia S.; Ahmed, Nermin S.; Gary, Bernard D.; Piazza, Gary A.; Engel, Matthias; Hartmann, Rolf W.; Abadi, Ashraf H.

    2016-01-01

    New derivatives with the tetrahydro-β-carboline-imidazolidinedione and tetrahydro-β-carboline-piperazinedione scaffolds and a pendant bromothienyl moiety at C-5/C-6 were synthesized and tested for their ability to inhibit PDE5 in vitro. The following SAR can be concluded: The tetracyclic scaffold is essential for PDE5 inhibition; the ethyl group is the most suitable among the adopted N-substituents on the terminal ring (hydantoin/piperazinedione); the appropriate stereochemistry of C-5/C-6 derived from the aldehyde rather than C-11a/C-12a derived from tryptophan appears crucial for inhibition of PDE5; surprisingly, derivatives with the hydantoin terminal ring are more active than their analogs with the piperazinedione ring; the selectivity versus PDE5 relative to PDE11 with cGMP as a substrate is mainly a function of the substitution and stereochemistry pattern of the external ring, in other words of the interaction with the H-loop residues of the isozymes. Thirteen derivatives showed PDE5 inhibitory activity with IC50 values in the range of 0.16–5.4 μm. Compound 8 was the most potent PDE5 inhibitor and showed selectivity towards PDE5 versus other PDEs, with a selectivity index of 49 towards PDE5 rather than PDE11 with cGMP as the substrate. PMID:23307609

  2. Natural product inspired design and synthesis of β-carboline and γ-lactone based molecular hybrids.

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    Singh, Dharmender; Devi, Nisha; Kumar, Vipin; Malakar, Chandi C; Mehra, Saloni; Rattan, Sunita; Rawal, Ravindra K; Singh, Virender

    2016-09-14

    β-Carboline and γ-lactone moieties have been selected by nature as privileged scaffolds and display a wide range of pharmacological properties. Following nature, we envisaged the preparation of new β-carboline and γ-lactone based molecular hybrids incorporating both the pharmacophores. In this regard, a water-assisted In-mediated environmentally benign and easy to execute single-step tandem Barbier type allylation-lactonisation process has been devised in order to afford the targeted molecular architectures. It is anticipated that aqueous medium plays the key role in allylation as well as in the subsequent lactonisation process for the diastereo-selective synthesis of these conjugates. It is believed that water drives the reaction pathway through dual activation, it increases the electrophilic character of formyl and ester functionalities and simultaneously enhances the nucleophilic potential of the hydroxyl group to facilitate the in situ intramolecular condensation. Importantly, during this synthetic strategy no column chromatographic purification was required at any stage. PMID:27511703

  3. Design, Synthesis and Structure–Activity Relationship of Functionalized Tetrahydro-β-carboline Derivatives as Novel PDE5 Inhibitors

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    Ahmed, Nermin S.; Gary, Bernard D.; Tinsley, Hethar N.; Piazza, Gary A.; Laufer, Stefan; Abadi, Ashraf H.

    2016-01-01

    Starting from tadalafil as a template, a series of functionalized tetrahydro-b-carboline derivatives have been prepared and identified as novel potent and selective PDE5 inhibitors. Replacing the 3,4-methylenedioxyphenyl at position 6 of tadalafil, together with elongation of the N2-methyl substituent and manipulation of the stereochemical aspects of the two chiral carbons led to the identification of compound XXI, a highly potent PDE5 inhibitor (IC50 = 3 nM). Compound XXI was also highly selective for PDE5 versus PDE3B, PDE4B, and PDE11A, with a selectivity index of 52 and 235 towards PDE5 rather than PDE11 with both cAMP and cGMP as substrate, respectively. PMID:21384413

  4. A review on medicinal importance, pharmacological activity and bioanalytical aspects of beta-carboline alkaloid ‘‘Harmine’’

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    K Patel; M Gadewar; R Tripathi; SK Prasad; Dinesh Kumar Patel

    2012-01-01

    Harmine, a beta-carboline alkaloid, is widely distributed in the plants, marine creatures, insects, mammalians as well as in human tissues and body fluids. Harmine was originally isolated from seeds of Peganum harmal in 1847 having a core indole structure and a pyridine ring. Harmine has various types of pharmacological activities such as antimicrobial, antifungal, antitumor, cytotoxic, antiplasmodial, antioxidaant, antimutagenic, antigenotoxic and hallucinogenic properties. It acts on gamma-aminobutyric acid type A and monoamine oxidase A or B receptor, enhances insulin sensitivity and also produces vasorelaxant effect. Harmine prevents bone loss by suppressing osteoclastogenesis. The current review gives an overview on pharmacological activity and analytical techniques of harmine, which may be useful for researcheres to explore the hidden potential of harmine and and will also help in developing new drugs for the treatment of various diseases.

  5. A review on medicinal importance, pharmacological activity and bioanalytical aspects of beta-carboline alkaloid “Harmine”

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    K Patel

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Harmine, a beta-carboline alkaloid, is widely distributed in the plants, marine creatures, insects, mammalians as well as in human tissues and body fluids. Harmine was originally isolated from seeds of Peganum harmal in 1847 having a core indole structure and a pyridine ring. Harmine has various types of pharmacological activities such as antimicrobial, antifungal, antitumor, cytotoxic, antiplasmodial, antioxidaant, antimutagenic, antigenotoxic and hallucinogenic properties. It acts on gamma–aminobutyric acid type A and monoamine oxidase A or B receptor, enhances insulin sensitivity and also produces vasorelaxant effect. Harmine prevents bone loss by suppressing osteoclastogenesis. The current review gives an overview on pharmacological activity and analytical techniques of harmine, which may be useful for researcheres to explore the hidden potential of harmine and and will also help in developing new drugs for the treatment of various diseases.

  6. Selectivity Profiling and Biological Activity of Novel β-Carbolines as Potent and Selective DYRK1 Kinase Inhibitors.

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    Katharina Rüben

    Full Text Available DYRK1A is a pleiotropic protein kinase with diverse functions in cellular regulation, including cell cycle control, neuronal differentiation, and synaptic transmission. Enhanced activity and overexpression of DYRK1A have been linked to altered brain development and function in Down syndrome and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. The β-carboline alkaloid harmine is a high affinity inhibitor of DYRK1A but suffers from the drawback of inhibiting monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A with even higher potency. Here we characterized a series of novel harmine analogs with minimal or absent MAO-A inhibitory activity. We identified several inhibitors with submicromolar potencies for DYRK1A and selectivity for DYRK1A and DYRK1B over the related kinases DYRK2 and HIPK2. An optimized inhibitor, AnnH75, inhibited CLK1, CLK4, and haspin/GSG2 as the only off-targets in a panel of 300 protein kinases. In cellular assays, AnnH75 dose-dependently reduced the phosphorylation of three known DYRK1A substrates (SF3B1, SEPT4, and tau without negative effects on cell viability. AnnH75 inhibited the cotranslational tyrosine autophosphorylation of DYRK1A and threonine phosphorylation of an exogenous substrate protein with similar potency. In conclusion, we have characterized an optimized β-carboline inhibitor as a highly selective chemical probe that complies with desirable properties of drug-like molecules and is suitable to interrogate the function of DYRK1A in biological studies.

  7. Selectivity Profiling and Biological Activity of Novel β-Carbolines as Potent and Selective DYRK1 Kinase Inhibitors.

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    Rüben, Katharina; Wurzlbauer, Anne; Walte, Agnes; Sippl, Wolfgang; Bracher, Franz; Becker, Walter

    2015-01-01

    DYRK1A is a pleiotropic protein kinase with diverse functions in cellular regulation, including cell cycle control, neuronal differentiation, and synaptic transmission. Enhanced activity and overexpression of DYRK1A have been linked to altered brain development and function in Down syndrome and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. The β-carboline alkaloid harmine is a high affinity inhibitor of DYRK1A but suffers from the drawback of inhibiting monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) with even higher potency. Here we characterized a series of novel harmine analogs with minimal or absent MAO-A inhibitory activity. We identified several inhibitors with submicromolar potencies for DYRK1A and selectivity for DYRK1A and DYRK1B over the related kinases DYRK2 and HIPK2. An optimized inhibitor, AnnH75, inhibited CLK1, CLK4, and haspin/GSG2 as the only off-targets in a panel of 300 protein kinases. In cellular assays, AnnH75 dose-dependently reduced the phosphorylation of three known DYRK1A substrates (SF3B1, SEPT4, and tau) without negative effects on cell viability. AnnH75 inhibited the cotranslational tyrosine autophosphorylation of DYRK1A and threonine phosphorylation of an exogenous substrate protein with similar potency. In conclusion, we have characterized an optimized β-carboline inhibitor as a highly selective chemical probe that complies with desirable properties of drug-like molecules and is suitable to interrogate the function of DYRK1A in biological studies. PMID:26192590

  8. Diastereo- and enantioselective construction of a bispirooxindole scaffold containing a tetrahydro-β-carboline moiety through an organocatalytic asymmetric cascade reaction.

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    Dai, Wei; Lu, Han; Li, Xin; Shi, Feng; Tu, Shu-Jiang

    2014-09-01

    The first catalytic asymmetric construction of a new class of bispirooxindole scaffold-containing tetrahydro-β-carboline moiety has been established through chiral phosphoric acid-catalyzed three-component cascade Michael/Pictet-Spengler reactions of isatin-derived 3-indolylmethanols, isatins, and amino-ester, which afforded structurally complex and diverse bispirooxindoles with one quaternary and one tetrasubstituted stereogenic centers in excellent stereoselectivities (all >95:5 diastereomeric ratio (d.r.), up to 98:2 enantiomeric ratio (e.r.)). This intriguing class of chiral bispirooxindoles integrated the two important structures of tetrahydro-β-carboline and bispirooxindole, both of them possessing significant bioactivities. This approach also combined the merits of asymmetric organocatalysis and multicomponent tandem reaction, which provided a unique strategy for the preparation of structurally rigid bispiro-architectures with concomitant creation of multiple quaternary stereogenic centers. PMID:25056997

  9. Effects of the beta-carboline, FG 7142, in the social interaction test of anxiety and the holeboard: correlations between behaviour and plasma concentrations.

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    File, S E; Pellow, S; Braestrup, C

    1985-06-01

    The behavioural effects of the beta-carboline FG 7142 were investigated in the social interaction test of anxiety and the holeboard test of exploration and locomotor activity. FG 7142 (5-20 mg/kg) produced a significant decrease in the time spent in social interaction by pairs of rats, without an accompanying decrease in motor activity. This anxiogenic effect was highly correlated with the plasma concentrations of FG 7142 for the rats receiving 5 and 10 mg/kg doses, but not for those receiving the 20 mg/kg dose. In the holeboard, FG 7142 had no effect on exploratory head-dipping at the doses tested, but selectively reduced locomotor activity and the number of rears. The profile of FG 7142 in these tests is compared with those of the beta-carbolines, B-CCE and B-CCP.

  10. Baylis-Hillman acetates in organic synthesis: convenient one-pot synthesis of α-carboline framework--a concise synthesis of neocryptolepine.

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    Basavaiah, Deevi; Mallikarjuna Reddy, Daggula

    2012-11-28

    A convenient, facile, and one-pot methodology for the synthesis of α-carbolines from Baylis-Hillman (BH) acetates, involving three steps (reactions), (1) mono alkylation of 2-nitroarylacetonitriles with BH-acetates, (2) reduction of nitro group into amino group using Fe/AcOH and (3) formation of two (five and six membered) rings, is presented. This methodology is successfully applied to the synthesis of bioactive alkaloid neocryptolepine.

  11. Design and synthesis of C3-pyrazole/chalcone-linked beta-carboline hybrids: antitopoisomerase I, DNA-interactive, and apoptosis-inducing anticancer agents.

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    Kamal, Ahmed; Srinivasulu, Vunnam; Nayak, V Lakshma; Sathish, Manda; Shankaraiah, Nagula; Bagul, Chandrakant; Reddy, N V Subba; Rangaraj, Nandini; Nagesh, Narayana

    2014-09-01

    A series of β-carboline hybrids bearing a substituted phenyl and a chalcone/(N-acetyl)-pyrazole moiety at the C1 and C3 positions, respectively, was designed, synthesized, and evaluated for anticancer activity. These new hybrid molecules showed significant cytotoxic activity, with IC50 values ranging from indol-3-yl)prop-2-en-1-one (7 d) and 1-(3-(furan-2-yl)-5-(1-(4-(trifluoromethyl)phenyl)-9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indol-3-yl)-4,5-dihydro-1H-pyrazol-1-yl)ethanone (8 d) could effectively cleave pBR322 plasmid DNA upon irradiation with UV light. Active hybrid 8 d inhibited DNA topoisomerase I activity efficiently and preserved DNA in the supercoiled form. To further corroborate the biological activities, as well as to understand the nature of the interaction of these hybrids with DNA, spectroscopic studies were also performed. Unlike simple β-carboline alkaloids, the binding mode of these new hybrid molecules with DNA was not similar, and both biophysical as well as molecular docking studies speculated a combilexin-type of interaction with DNA. Further, an in silico study of these β-carboline hybrids revealed their drug-like properties. PMID:24470122

  12. Metabolite Profile Resulting from the Activation/Inactivation of 1-Methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine and 2-Methyltetrahydro-β-carboline by Oxidative Enzymes

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Metabolic enzymes are involved in the activation/deactivation of the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyiridine (MPTP neurotoxin and its naturally occurring analogs 2-methyltetrahydro-β-carbolines. The metabolic profile and biotransformation of these protoxins by three enzymes, monoamine oxidase (MAO, cytochrome P450, and heme peroxidases (myeloperoxidase and lactoperoxidase, were investigated and compared. The metabolite profile differed among the enzymes investigated. MAO and heme peroxidases activated these substances to toxic pyridinium and β-carbolinium species. MAO catalyzed the oxidation of MPTP to 1-methyl-4-phenyl-2,3-dihydropyridinium cation (MPDP+, whereas heme peroxidases catalyzed the oxidation of MPDP+ to 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium (MPP+ and of 2-methyltetrahydro-β-carboline to 2-methyl-3,4-dihydro-β-carbolinium cation (2-Me-3,4-DHβC+. These substances were inactivated by cytochrome P450 2D6 through N-demethylation and aromatic hydroxylation (MPTP and aromatic hydroxylation (2-methyltetrahydro-β-carboline. In conclusion, the toxicological effects of these protoxins might result from a balance between the rate of their activation to toxic products (i.e., N-methylpyridinium-MPP+ and MPDP+- and N-methyl-β-carbolinium—βC+— by MAO and heme peroxidases and the rate of inactivation (i.e., N-demethylation, aromatic hydroxylation by cytochrome P450 2D6.

  13. Selective inhibition of toxic cyanobacteria by β-carboline-containing bacterium Bacillus flexus isolated from Saudi freshwaters.

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    Alamri, Saad A; Mohamed, Zakaria A

    2013-10-01

    A bacterial strain SSZ01 isolated from a eutrophic lake in Saudi Arabia dominated by cyanobacterial blooms, showed an antialgal activity against cyanobacteria species. Based on the analysis of the 16S rDNA gene sequence, the isolated strain (SSZ01) most likely belonged to the genus Bacillus with a 99% similarity to Bacillus flexus strain EMGA5. The thin layer chromatography (TLC) analysis of the ethyl acetate extract of this bacterium revealed that this strain can produce harmine and norharmane compared to different β-carboline analog standards. Harmine and norharmane were also detected in considerable amounts in bacterial growth medium, indicating a potential excretion of these compounds into the aquatic environment. The crude extract of Bacillus flexus as well as pure materials of harmine and norharmane inhibited the growth of tested species of cyanobacteria. However, the bacterial crude extract has a higher toxicity against tested species of cyanobacteria than harmine and norharmane. In addition, harmine was more toxic to cyanobacteria than norharmane. On the other hand, neither pure compounds of harmine and norharmane nor crude bacterial extract showed any antialgal activity against tested species of green algae. The results of the present study suggest that B. flexus SSZ01 or its crude extract containing harmine and norharmane could be a candidate for the selective control of cyanobacterial blooms without affecting other algal species. PMID:24235872

  14. Stereoselective Synthesis of Chiral Polycyclic Indolic Architectures through Pd(0) -Catalyzed Tandem Deprotection/Cyclization of Tetrahydro-β-carbolines on Allenes.

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    Gobé, Valérian; Guinchard, Xavier

    2015-06-01

    Enantioenriched N-allyl tetrahydro-β-carbolines were prepared by chiral phosphoric acid-catalyzed Pictet-Spengler reactions. The compounds undergo Pd(0) -catalyzed cyclizations through a tandem deprotection/cyclization process. The regioselectivity of the attack is controlled by the chain length and by the substitution pattern of the allene function. Products resulting from 5-exo- or 6-exo-attack were obtained with diastereoisomeric ratio up to 95:5. Azepinopyrrido[3,4-b]indoles were obtained by 7-endo-cyclizations. PMID:25900665

  15. Ruthenium Hydride/Brønsted Acid-Catalyzed Tandem Isomerization/N-Acyliminium Cyclization Sequence for the Synthesis of Tetrahydro-β-carbolines

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    Hansen, Casper Lykke; Clausen, Janie Regitse Waël; Ohm, Ragnhild Gaard;

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    This paper describes an efficient tandem sequence for the synthesis of 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carbolines (THBCs) relying on a ruthenium hydride/Brønsted acid- catalyzed isomerization of allylic amides to N-acyliminium ion intermediates which are trapped by a tethered indolenucleophile. The methodol...... the Suzuki cross-coupling reaction to the isomerization/N-acyliminium cyclization sequence. Finally, diastereo- and enantioselective versions of the title reaction have been examined using substrate control (with dr >15: 1) and asymmetric catalysis (ee up to 57%), respectively...

  16. Functional modulation of cerebral gamma-aminobutyric acidA receptor/benzodiazepine receptor/chloride ion channel complex with ethyl beta-carboline-3-carboxylate: Presence of independent binding site for ethyl beta-carboline-3-carboxylate

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    Taguchi, J.; Kuriyama, K. (Kyoto Prefectural Univ. of Medicine (Japan))

    1990-05-01

    Effect of ethyl beta-carboline-3-carboxylate (beta-CCE) on the function of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)A receptor/benzodiazepine receptor/chloride ion channel complex was studied. Beta-CCE noncompetitively and competitively inhibited (3H)flunitrazepam binding to benzodiazepine receptor, but not (3H)muscimol binding to GABAA receptor as well as t-(3H)butylbicycloorthobenzoate (( 3H) TBOB) binding to chloride ion channel, in particulate fraction of the mouse brain. Ro15-1788 also inhibited competitively (3H) flunitrazepam binding. On the other hand, the binding of beta-(3H)CCE was inhibited noncompetitively and competitively by clonazepam and competitively by Ro15-1788. In agreement with these results, benzodiazepines-stimulated (3H)muscimol binding was antagonized by beta-CCE and Ro15-1788. Gel column chromatography for the solubilized fraction from cerebral particulate fraction by 0.2% sodium deoxycholate (DOC-Na) in the presence of 1 M KCl indicated that beta-(3H)CCE binding site was eluted in the same fraction (molecular weight, 250,000) as the binding sites for (3H)flunitrazepam, (3H)muscimol and (3H)TBOB. GABA-stimulated 36Cl- influx into membrane vesicles prepared from the bovine cerebral cortex was stimulated and attenuated by flunitrazepam and beta-CCE, respectively. These effects of flunitrazepam and beta-CCE on the GABA-stimulated 36Cl- influx were antagonized by Ro15-1788. The present results suggest that the binding site for beta-CCE, which resides on GABAA receptor/benzodiazepine receptor/chloride ion channel complex, may be different from that for benzodiazepine. Possible roles of beta-CCE binding site in the allosteric inhibitions on benzodiazepine binding site as well as on the functional coupling between chloride ion channel and GABAA receptor are also suggested.

  17. Functional modulation of cerebral gamma-aminobutyric acidA receptor/benzodiazepine receptor/chloride ion channel complex with ethyl beta-carboline-3-carboxylate: Presence of independent binding site for ethyl beta-carboline-3-carboxylate

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    Effect of ethyl beta-carboline-3-carboxylate (beta-CCE) on the function of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)A receptor/benzodiazepine receptor/chloride ion channel complex was studied. Beta-CCE noncompetitively and competitively inhibited [3H]flunitrazepam binding to benzodiazepine receptor, but not [3H]muscimol binding to GABAA receptor as well as t-[3H]butylbicycloorthobenzoate [( 3H] TBOB) binding to chloride ion channel, in particulate fraction of the mouse brain. Ro15-1788 also inhibited competitively [3H] flunitrazepam binding. On the other hand, the binding of beta-[3H]CCE was inhibited noncompetitively and competitively by clonazepam and competitively by Ro15-1788. In agreement with these results, benzodiazepines-stimulated [3H]muscimol binding was antagonized by beta-CCE and Ro15-1788. Gel column chromatography for the solubilized fraction from cerebral particulate fraction by 0.2% sodium deoxycholate (DOC-Na) in the presence of 1 M KCl indicated that beta-[3H]CCE binding site was eluted in the same fraction (molecular weight, 250,000) as the binding sites for [3H]flunitrazepam, [3H]muscimol and [3H]TBOB. GABA-stimulated 36Cl- influx into membrane vesicles prepared from the bovine cerebral cortex was stimulated and attenuated by flunitrazepam and beta-CCE, respectively. These effects of flunitrazepam and beta-CCE on the GABA-stimulated 36Cl- influx were antagonized by Ro15-1788. The present results suggest that the binding site for beta-CCE, which resides on GABAA receptor/benzodiazepine receptor/chloride ion channel complex, may be different from that for benzodiazepine. Possible roles of beta-CCE binding site in the allosteric inhibitions on benzodiazepine binding site as well as on the functional coupling between chloride ion channel and GABAA receptor are also suggested

  18. The influence of Agrobacterium rhizogenes on induction of hairy roots and ß-carboline alkaloids production in Tribulus terrestris L.

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    Sharifi, Sara; Sattari, Taher Nejad; Zebarjadi, Alireza; Majd, Ahmad; Ghasempour, Hamidreza

    2014-01-01

    We have developed an efficient transformation system for Tribulus terrestris L., an important medicinal plant, using Agrobacterium rhizogenes strains AR15834 and GMI9534 to generate hairy roots. Hairy roots were formed directly from the cut edges of leaf explants 10-14 days after inoculation with the Agrobacterium with highest frequency transformation being 49 %, which was achieved using Agrobacterium rhizogenes AR15834 on hormone-free MS medium after 28 days inoculation. PCR analysis showed that rolB genes of Ri plasmid of A. rhizogenes were integrated and expressed into the genome of transformed hairy roots. Isolated transgenic hairy roots grew rapidly on MS medium supplemented with indole-3-butyric acid. They showed characteristics of transformed roots such as fast growth and high lateral branching in comparison with untransformed roots. Isolated control and transgenic hairy roots grown in liquid medium containing IBA were analyzed to detect ß-carboline alkaloids by High Performance Thin Layer Chromatograghy (HPTLC). Harmine content was estimated to be 1.7 μg g(-1) of the dried weight of transgenic hairy root cultures at the end of 50 days of culturing. The transformed roots induced by AR15834 strain, spontaneously, dedifferentiated as callus on MS medium without hormone. Optimum callus induction and shoot regeneration of transformed roots in vitro was achieved on MS medium containing 0.4 mg L(-1) naphthaleneacetic acid and 2 mg L(-1) 6-benzylaminopurine (BAP) after 50 days. The main objective of this investigation was to establish hairy roots in this plant by using A. rhizogenes to synthesize secondary products at levels comparable to the wild-type roots. PMID:24554840

  19. 3D-QSAR and Docking Studies of a Series of β-Carboline Derivatives as Antitumor Agents of PLK1

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    Jahan B. Ghasemi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available An alignment-free, three dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship (3D-QSAR analysis has been performed on a series of β-carboline derivatives as potent antitumor agents toward HepG2 human tumor cell lines. A highly descriptive and predictive 3D-QSAR model was obtained through the calculation of alignment-independent descriptors (GRIND descriptors using ALMOND software. For a training set of 30 compounds, PLS analyses result in a three-component model which displays a squared correlation coefficient (r2 of 0.957 and a standard deviation of the error of calculation (SDEC of 0.116. Validation of this model was performed using leave-one-out, q2loo of 0.85, and leave-multiple-out. This model gives a remarkably high r2pred(0.66 for a test set of 10 compounds. Docking studies were performed to investigate the mode of interaction between β-carboline derivatives and the active site of the most probable anticancer receptor, polo-like kinase protein.

  20. Analytical techniques for the determination of tryptamines and β-carbolines in plant matrices and in psychoactive beverages consumed during religious ceremonies and neo-shamanic urban practices.

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    Gaujac, Alain; Navickiene, Sandro; Collins, Mark I; Brandt, Simon D; de Andrade, Jailson Bittencourt

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    The consumption of ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic beverage used by indigenous communities in the Amazon, is increasing worldwide due to the expansion of syncretic religions founded in the north of Brazil in the first half of the twentieth century, such as Santo Daime and União do Vegetal. Another example is the jurema wine, a drink that originated from indigenous cultures of the northeast of Brazil. It is currently used for several religious practices throughout Brazil involving urban neo-shamanic rituals and syncretic Brazilian religions, such as Catimbó and Umbanda. Both plant products contain N,N-dimethyltryptamine which requires co-administration of naturally occurring monoamine oxidase inhibitors, for example β-carboline derivatives, in order to induce its psychoactive effects in humans. This review explores the cultural use of tryptamines and β-carbolines and focuses on the analytical techniques that have been recently applied to the determination of these compounds in ayahuasca, its analogues, and the plants used during the preparation of these beverages. PMID:22577086

  1. Expression, crystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of McbB, a multifunctional enzyme involved in β-carboline skeleton biosynthesis.

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    Wang, Hua; Zhang, Huaidong; Mi, Yanling; Ju, Jianhua; Chen, Qi; Zhang, Houjin

    2014-10-01

    β-Carboline alkaloids (βCs), with tricyclic pyrido[3,4-b]indole rings, have important pharmacological and therapeutic value. In the biosynthesis of βCs, the Pictet-Spengler (PS) cyclization reaction is responsible for the formation of ring structures. McbB is one of a few enzymes that are known to catalyse PS cyclization. It can also catalyse decarboxylation and oxidation. Here, the expression, crystallization and preliminary data analysis of McbB are reported. The crystals diffracted to 2.10 Å resolution and belonged to the monoclinic space group P21, with unit-cell parameters a = 66.06, b = 85.48, c = 106.19 Å, α = 90.00, β = 106.77, γ = 90.00°. These results provide a basis for solving the crystal structure and elucidating the catalytic mechanism for McbB. PMID:25286949

  2. Synthesis of 1-Substituted Carbazolyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro- and Carbazolyl-3,4-dihydro-β-carboline Analogs as Potential Antitumor Agents

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    Ji-Wang Chern

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available A series of 1-substituted carbazolyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro- and carbazolyl-3,4-dihydro-b-carboline analogs have been synthesized and evaluated for antitumor activity against human tumor cells including KB, DLD, NCI-H661, Hepa, and HepG2/A2 cell lines. Among these, compounds 2, 6, 7, and 9 exhibited the most potent and selective activity against the tested tumor cells. As for inhibition of topoisomerase II, compounds 1–14 and 18 showed better activity than etoposide. Among them, compounds 3, 4, 7, 9, and 10 exhibited potent activity. The structure and activity relationship (SAR study revealed correlation between carbon numbers of the side chain and biological activities. The molecular complex with DNA for compound 2 was proposed.

  3. Dietary effects of harmine, a β-carboline alkaloid, on development, energy reserves and α-amylase activity of Plodia interpunctella Hübner (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae).

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    Bouayad, Noureddin; Rharrabe, Kacem; Lamhamdi, Mostafa; Nourouti, Naima Ghailani; Sayah, Fouad

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    The physiological and developmental effects of harmine, a β-carboline alkaloid, on the insect pest Plodia interpunctella have been analyzed. When added at the larval diet, harmine induced a strong reduction of larvae weight, cannibalism between larvae, in addition to significant mortality. On the other hand, it caused a remarkable development disruption, manifested by both delay and reduction of pupation and adult emergence. Using spectrophotometric assays, we have shown that harmine ingestion provoked a severe reduction in protein, glycogen and lipid contents. Beside, when larvae fed harmine, the activity of the digestive enzyme α-amylase was strongly reduced. In conclusion, our experiments clearly show the susceptibility of P. interpunctella to harmine ingestion revealing the potent bioinsecticidal effect of harmine.

  4. The diketopiperazine-fused tetrahydro-β-carboline scaffold as a model peptidomimetic with an unusual α-turn secondary structure

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    Francesco Airaghi

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    Full Text Available Aiming at restricting the conformational freedom of tryptophan-containing peptide ligands, we designed a THBC (tetrahydro-β-carboline-DKP (diketopiperazine-based peptidomimetic scaffold capable of arranging in an unusual α-turn conformation. The synthesis is based on a diastereoselective Pictet–Spengler condensation to give the THBC core, followed by an intramolecular lactamization to complete the tetracyclic THBC-DKP fused ring system. The presence of conformers bearing the intramolecular thirteen-membered hydrogen bond that characterizes the α-turn structure is confirmed by 1H NMR conformational studies. To the best of our knowledge, this scaffold represents one of the rare examples of a designed constrained α-turn mimic.

  5. Synthesis and antifungal activity of 3-methyl-β-carboline derivatives%3-甲基-β-咔啉衍生物的合成及其抑菌活性

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    张前亮; 李娜; 杨苏丁; 张继文; 王俊儒; 吴文君

    2013-01-01

    以吲哚甲醛和硝基乙烷为起始原料,经Henry、Pictet-Spengler等反应合成了12个9-取代-3-甲基-β-咔啉衍生物,其中10个未见文献报道,其结构均通过核磁共振和质谱确证.毒力测定结果表明:化合物Z-5(3-甲基-9-异丙基-β-咔啉)抑制玉米弯孢霉叶斑病菌Curvularia lunata和番茄灰霉病菌Botrytis cinerea孢子萌发的EC50值分别为4.23和6.73μg/mL;相应地,Z-7(3-甲基-9-炔丙基-β-咔啉)的EC50值分别为11.16和7.51μg/mL.%The β-carboline derivatives were synthesized from indole formaldehyde and nitroethane via the Henry and Pictet-Spengler reaction.Twelve β-carboline derivatives were obtained and ten of them were new compounds.The structures of all the derivatives were confirmed by 1H NMR,13C NMR and ESI-MS.Antifungal activity test showed that compound Z-5 (9-isopropyl-3-methyl-β-carboline)has significant inhibitory activity against the spore germination of Curvularia lunata(Walker)Boedijn and Botrytis cinerea with EC50 value of 4.23 and 6.73μg/mL.Compound Z-7 (3-methyl-9-propargyl-β-carboline)showed similarly antifungal activity as that of Z-5 with EC50 value of 11.16 and 7.51μg/mL,respectively.

  6. β-咔啉衍生物的合成和初步抗肿瘤活性研究%Synthesis and Antitumor Activities of β-Carboline Derivatives

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    郭亮; 范文玺; 陈雪梅; 马芹; 曹日晖

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    为了寻找更好的抗肿瘤化合物,基于前期计算机辅助药物设计结果,以L-色氨酸和甲醛为原料,经过Pictet-Spengler缩合和氧化两步反应得到β-咔啉,再经过N9-烷基化反应和N2-烷基化反应得到一系列新的β-咔啉衍生物.合成的14个新的β-咔啉衍生物的结构经1H NMR,IR,MS及元素分析确证结构.利用单晶x射线衍射法测定了化合物5h的晶体结构.采用MTT法考察其对肿瘤细胞的抑制作用,实验结果表明化合物5a~5n与先导物4相比具有明显的抗肿瘤活性;用抑瘤率测定了化合物5e和5h对小鼠Lewis肺癌细胞的抑制作用,体内试验表明化合物5h具有抗Lewis肺癌作用.%In search of more effective antitumor agents,based on the previous results of computer aided drug design. The starting material L-tryptophan reacted with formaldehyde via Pictet-Spengler condensation and followed by oxidation and decarboxylation to afford the intermediate β-carboline. The intermediate was further reacted with halogenated hydrocarbon by N9-alkylation and N2-quaternarization to obtain new β-carboline derivatives. Fourteen novel β-carboline derivatives were synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR,IR,MS and elemental analysis. Compound 5h was further studied by X-ray single crystal diffraction analysis. The antitumor activity of the target compounds was studied by MTT method. The results demonstrated that N1-quaternarized compounds (5a ~ 5n) had more remarkable cytotoxic activities in vitro than 9-phenylpropyl-β-carboline (4). The tumor inhibition rates of the selected compounds 5e and 5h in mice bearing Lewis lung cancer. The compound 9 showed inhibition activity on transplanting-tumor growth of Lewis lung cancer.

  7. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of 1,3,6-trisubstituted β-carboline derivatives for cytotoxic and anti-leishmanial potential.

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    Lunagariya, Nitin A; Gohil, Vikrantsinh M; Kushwah, Varun; Neelagiri, Soumya; Jain, Sanyog; Singh, Sushma; Bhutani, Kamlesh K

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, 23 derivatives of 1,3,6-trisubstituted β-carboline were synthesized and evaluated for cytotoxic potential against four human cancer cells, namely A-549, HeLa, Hep G2 and MCF-7 as well as anti-leishmanial activity against Leishmania donovani (MHOM/80/IN/Dd8) promastigotes. Among the studied compounds, compounds 13c and 13q showed potent cytotoxic activity better than the parent compound 10. For instance, compound 13c was found to be the most cytotoxic with IC50 of 4.72, 3.59, 3.65 and 4.17 μM against A-549, HeLa, Hep G2 and MCF-7 respectively, while for compound 13q, IC50 were 15.47, 5.30, 6.15 and 13.39 μM against the same cancer cells respectively. Further, these two compounds were found to be apoptotic in A-549 and MCF-7 cells when observed using Annexin V/propidium iodide staining under confocal microscope. All the compounds were also tested for anti-leishmanial potential. In which, compounds 13u and 13c were found to show moderate inhibition with IC50 of 23.5±9.0 and 68.0±0.0 μM respectively, while compound 10 was the most active with IC50 of 9.0±2.8 μM, suggesting the modification at C-6 detrimental for anti-leishmanial activity. Interestingly, amongst all, compound 13c was found to be the most active for cytotoxic and moderately active for anti-leishmanial activity which can be further developed as a lead for these disease areas. PMID:26791014

  8. Design, synthesis and biological evaluation of 1,3,6-trisubstituted β-carboline derivatives for cytotoxic and anti-leishmanial potential.

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    Lunagariya, Nitin A; Gohil, Vikrantsinh M; Kushwah, Varun; Neelagiri, Soumya; Jain, Sanyog; Singh, Sushma; Bhutani, Kamlesh K

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    In the present study, 23 derivatives of 1,3,6-trisubstituted β-carboline were synthesized and evaluated for cytotoxic potential against four human cancer cells, namely A-549, HeLa, Hep G2 and MCF-7 as well as anti-leishmanial activity against Leishmania donovani (MHOM/80/IN/Dd8) promastigotes. Among the studied compounds, compounds 13c and 13q showed potent cytotoxic activity better than the parent compound 10. For instance, compound 13c was found to be the most cytotoxic with IC50 of 4.72, 3.59, 3.65 and 4.17 μM against A-549, HeLa, Hep G2 and MCF-7 respectively, while for compound 13q, IC50 were 15.47, 5.30, 6.15 and 13.39 μM against the same cancer cells respectively. Further, these two compounds were found to be apoptotic in A-549 and MCF-7 cells when observed using Annexin V/propidium iodide staining under confocal microscope. All the compounds were also tested for anti-leishmanial potential. In which, compounds 13u and 13c were found to show moderate inhibition with IC50 of 23.5±9.0 and 68.0±0.0 μM respectively, while compound 10 was the most active with IC50 of 9.0±2.8 μM, suggesting the modification at C-6 detrimental for anti-leishmanial activity. Interestingly, amongst all, compound 13c was found to be the most active for cytotoxic and moderately active for anti-leishmanial activity which can be further developed as a lead for these disease areas.

  9. Low temperature synthesis of no-carrier-added [{sup 11}C]formaldehyde with metal hydrides and preparation of [1-{sup 11}C]1,2,3,4-Tetrahydro-{beta}-Carboline Derivatives

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    Nader, M.W.; Zeisler, S.K.; Theobald, A.; Oberdorfer, F

    1998-12-01

    A comparative study has been performed on the selective reduction of cyclotron-produced [{sup 11}C]carbon dioxide to [{sup 11}C]formaldehyde with solutions of various complex metal hydrides at temperatures between -52 and +25 deg. C. Under optimal reaction conditions, lithium tetrahydridoaluminate gave the highest yield of [{sup 11}C]formaldehyde (58%, decay-corrected), followed by lithium triethylhydridoborate (34%) and sodium tetrahydridoborate (22%). Radiochemically pure [{sup 11}C]formaldehyde could be obtained with lithium tetrahydridoaluminate and sodium tetrahydridoborate, but not with lithium triethyl hydridoborate. The produced [{sup 11}C]formaldehyde was used for the synthesis of [1-{sup 11}C]1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-{beta}-carboline derivatives by the Pictet-Spengler reaction.

  10. The Effects of N-Butyl-1-(4-dimethylaminophenyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxamide against Leishmania amazonensis Are Mediated by Mitochondrial Dysfunction

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    Hélito Volpato

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    Full Text Available Leishmaniasis is a disease that affects millions of people worldwide. The drugs that are available for the treatment of this infection exhibit high toxicity and various side effects. Several studies have focused on the development of new chemotherapeutic agents that are less toxic and more effective against trypanosomatids. We investigated the effects of N-butyl-1-(4-dimethylaminophenyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxamide (C4 and its possible targets against L. amazonensis. The results showed morphological and ultrastructural alterations, depolarization of the mitochondrial membrane, the loss of cell membrane integrity, and an increase in the formation of mitochondrial superoxide anions in L. amazonensis treated with C4. Our results indicate that C4 is a selective antileishmanial agent, and its effects appear to be mediated by mitochondrial dysfunction.

  11. Synthesis and Antibacterial Activities of β-Carboline Oxime Esters Compounds%β-咔啉肟酯类化合物的合成及其抑菌活性

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    卢少莹; 张耀谋

    2011-01-01

    以L-色氨酸和取代苯甲醛为原料,经Pictet- Spengle环合、甲酯氧化脱氢、水解及酰氯化等反应合成了1-取代-β-咔啉-3-酰氯(3a,3d,3g);3a,3d和3g分别与香草醛肟、对硝基苯甲醛肟及3,4,5-三甲氧基苯甲醛肟反应,合成了9个新型的β-咔啉肟酯类化合物(5a~5i),其结构经1H NMR和IR表征.初步生物活性测试结果表明,5a~5i在浓度为100 mg·L-1时,对香蕉炭疽,芒果炭疽和番茄晚疫均有一定的抑菌活性,其中5g对香蕉炭疽的抑制率达57.58%.%Three 1 -substituted-β-carboline-3-chloride compounds(3a, 3d, 3g) were prepared by Pictet - Spengle cyclization, oxidative dehydrogention of methyl ester, hydrolysis and acyl chlorina-tion from L-tryptophan and substituted-benzaldehyde. Nine novel β-carboline oxime esters (5a ~ 5i) were synthesized by 3a, 3d and 3g with vanillin oxime, nitrobenzaldehyde oxime and 3,4,5-trime-thoxy benzaldehyde oxime, respectively. Their structures were characterized 1H NMR and IR. The preliminary bioassay test results showed that 5a ~ 5i exhibited certain antibacterial activity against Calletotrichum musae, Colletotrichum gloeosporioides and Phytophthora infestans at 100 mg · L-1. Inhibition rate of 5g against Phytophthora infestans was 57.58% at same concentration.

  12. 新型1-对三氟甲基苯基-β-咔啉-3-羰基双酰肼的合成及其抗菌活性%Synthesis and Antibacterial Activities of Novel 1-Trifluoromethyl-phenyl-β-carboline-3-carbonyl-diacylhydrazine

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    蔡瑛; 黄剑锋; 张美丹; 曾勇; 张耀谋

    2012-01-01

    Four novel l-trifluoromethyl-phenyl-β-carboline-3-carbonyl-diacylhydrazine(5a ~5d) were synthesized from L-tryptophan and trifluoromethyl-benzaldehyde by a five-step reactions of Pictet-Spengler condensation,esterification,oxidation,N-alkylation and acylation. The structures were characterized by 1H NMR,IR,MS and elemental analysis. The preliminary antibacterial tests showed that 5b ~ 5d exhibited certain antifungal activities against Rhizoctonia solani.%以L-色氨酸和对三氟甲基苯甲醛为原料,经Pictet-Spengler环合、酯化、氧化、肼解、酰化五步反应合成了四个新型的1-对三氟甲基苯基-β-咔啉-3-羰基双酰肼(5a ~ 5d),其结构经1H NMR,IR,MS和元素分析表征.初步的抗菌活性测试结果表明,5b~5d对水稻纹枯菌有一定的抗菌活性.

  13. Syntheses of Chiral 1,3-Disubstituted-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carbolines by Highly Stereoselective Pictet-Spengler Reaction of L-tryptophan Methyl Ester Hydrobromide with Aldehydes%L-色氨酸甲酯氢溴酸盐与醛的高立体选择性Pictet-Spengler反应合成手性1,3-二取代-1,2,3,4-四氢-β-咔啉

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    肖森; 董菁; 胡键; 严晶晶; 邢静; 施小新

    2009-01-01

    A series of chiral 1,3-disubstituted-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carbolines were synthesized by highly stereoselective Pictet-Spengler reaction of L-tryptophan methyl ester hydrobromide with aldehydes via a crystallization-induced asymmetric transformation process. The structures were characterized by ~1H NMR, IR, MS and elemental analysis.%研究了L-色氨酸甲酯氢溴酸盐与醛的Pictet-Spengler反应,该反应经过一个晶体诱导过程,高立体选择性地合成了一系列1,3-二取代-1,2,3,4-四氢-β-咔啉化合物,其结构经~1H NMR,IR,MS和元素分析表征.

  14. 手性磷酸催化亚甲胺叶立德与吲哚-3-甲醇不对称[3+3]环加成反应:一步构建多取代四氢-β-咔啉%Chiral Br(o)nsted Acid Catalyzed Stereoselective [3+3] Cycloaddition Reaction of Azomethine Ylide to Vinylimine Intermediates:Constructing Fully Functionalized Chiral Tetrahydro-β-Carboline

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    黄建洲; 罗时玮; 龚流柱

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    An asymmetric three-component formal [3 + 3] cycloaddition reaction of aldehyde,diethyl 2-aminomalonate and substituted indolyl alcohols,has been investigated with chiral BINOL-derived monophosphoric acids as catalysts.The active azomethine ylide intermediate can be readily formed from the condensation of aldehyde and diethyl 2-aminomalonate under the promotion of the chiral phosphoric acids and is thereby able to undergo nucleophilic addition reaction to electron-deficient carbon-carbon double bonds as reported previously in the multicomponent reactions.On the other hand,the indolyl alcohols are able to participate in a dehydration reaction in the presence of the phosphoric acids to generate transient vinyliminium intermediates,which are principally reactive toward nucleophiles.Thus,we envisioned that the two types of active intermediates could undergo an asymmetric formal [3 +3] cycloaddition to stereoselectively produce functionalized tetrahydro-β-carbolines under the catalysis of the chiral phosphoric acids.Consequently,a variety of 3,3'-disubstituted BINOL-phosphoric acids were initially evaluated for the reaction.As a result,the 3,3'-bis(p-CIPh) BINOL-phosphoric acid proved to perform most successfully in non-polar solvents,such as toluene.This reaction actually provides a highly straightforward access to functionalized tetrahydro-β-carboline derivatives.A number of substituted indolyl alcohols bearing either electronically donating or withdrawing groups are well tolerated,affording highly functionalized tetrahydro-β-carbolines in high yields ranging from 70% to 91% and with excellent enantioselectivities of up to 93% ee.A representative procedure for the enantioselective formal [3+3] cycloaddition reaction is as following:After a mixture of p-nitrobenzaldehyde (0.06 mmol),diethy1 2-amino-malonate (0.05 mmol),3 A MS (100 mg) and chiral phosphoric acid (10 mol%) in toluene (1.0 mL) was stirred at the r.t.for 15 min,the substituted indolyl acohol (0

  15. The occurrence of Β-carbolines in man and rat, putative biochemical substrates responsible for psychosis

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    M.J. Schouten (Maarten Joris)

    1986-01-01

    textabstractMany research groups have been putting effort in finding biochemical aberrations related to the etiology of psychoses, as discussed in Chapter I (Gillin, 1978; Smythies, 1982; Bruinvels and Peppinkhuizen, 1984). It has been suggested that excessive activity of methylation processes could

  16. "Anxiolytic" and "anxiogenic" benzodiazepines and beta-carbolines: effects on aggressive and social behavior in rats and squirrel monkeys.

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    Weerts, E M; Tornatzky, W; Miczek, K A

    1993-01-01

    Ethopharmacological studies on the behavior of socially housed rats and squirrel monkeys were conducted to explore the role of the benzodiazepine GABAA-coupled ionophore receptor complex in aggressive and social interactions. Benzodiazepine receptor (BZR) antagonists, ZK 93426 (1-10 mg/kg) and flumazenil (3-10 mg/kg), the partial agonist, ZK 91296 (1-10 mg/kg) and the partial inverse agonists Ro 15-4513 (0.3-10 mg/kg), were administered to (1) squirrel monkeys prior to 1 h focal observations within established social groups or to (2) resident male rats before confrontations with a naive male intruder in their home cage for 5 min. Aggression was modified in a similar manner in both species, although squirrel monkeys were more sensitive to BZR challenges. Specifically, resident male rats showed dose dependent reductions in attack bites directed at intruder males that were significant at the highest dose of ZK 93426 (10 mg/kg). In squirrel monkeys, ZK 93426 (3 and 10 mg/kg) reduced aggressive grasps, threats and displays, as well as reducing the duration of being the target of aggression from untreated group members (1-10 mg/kg). The BZR partial agonist, ZK 91296 and the antagonist, flumazenil produced few effects on social behavior, low and high intensity aggression and motor activity in both species. Flumazenil (10-30 mg/kg) and ZK 91296 (10 mg/kg), but not ZK 93426, produced significant increases in foraging and feeding behaviors in squirrel monkeys. The hyperphagic effects of ZK 91296 and flumazenil, that are typical of BZR agonists compounds, were not observed in rats.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7870916

  17. The influence of Agrobacterium rhizogenes on induction of hairy roots and ß-carboline alkaloids production in Tribulus terrestris L.

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    Sharifi, Sara; Sattari, Taher Nejad; Zebarjadi, Alireza; Majd, Ahmad; Ghasempour, Hamidreza

    2013-01-01

    We have developed an efficient transformation system for Tribulus terrestris L., an important medicinal plant, using Agrobacterium rhizogenes strains AR15834 and GMI9534 to generate hairy roots. Hairy roots were formed directly from the cut edges of leaf explants 10–14 days after inoculation with the Agrobacterium with highest frequency transformation being 49 %, which was achieved using Agrobacterium rhizogenes AR15834 on hormone-free MS medium after 28 days inoculation. PCR analysis showed ...

  18. Synthesis of 1-Methoxycarbonyl-7-methoxy-β-carboline%1-甲氧羰基-7-甲氧基-β-咔啉的合成

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    左高磊; 张为; 周伊; 徐广宇

    2008-01-01

    以6-溴吲哚为原料,经亲核取代、Vilsmeier-Haack反应、Knoevenagel缩合、还原、Pictet-Spengler反应、酯化反应、钯/碳脱氢等8步反应以20.4%收率合成得到了哈尔明醇的中间体1-甲氧羰基-7-甲氧基-β-咔啉.

  19. An efficient lactamisation/N-acyliminium Pictet-Spengler domino strategy for the diasteroselective synthesis of polyhydroxylated quinoxalinone, β-carboline and quinazolinone derivatives.

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    Subba Reddy, B V; Reddy, B P; Reddy, P V G; Siriwardena, A

    2016-05-01

    A novel cascade strategy has been developed for the synthesis of polyhydroxylated tetrahydroindolo[1,2-a]pyrrolo[2,1-c]quinoxaline, tetrahydrodipyrrolo[1,2-a:2',1'-c]quinoxaline, hexahydro-1H-indolizino[8,7-b]indole, hexahydrobenzo[6,7]pyrrolo[1',2':1,2]azepino[3,4-b]indole, tetrahydrobenzo[4,5]imidazo[1,2-c]pyrrolo[1,2-a]quinazoline, and tetrahydropyrrolo[1,2-a]tetrazolo[1,5-c]quinazoline scaffolds. The key step is a lactamisation/Pictet-Spengler condensation of a bifunctional sugar-derived hydroxy-γ-lactone component with an appropriate bifunctional aromatic amine component. This modular approach features the in situ-generation of a cyclic N-acyliminium intermediate that allows the diastereoselective assembly of these diverse polycyclic systems efficiently under mild and operationally simple conditions. PMID:27080565

  20. Solid-phase synthesis of tetrahydro-beta-carbolines and tetrahydroisoquinolines by stereoselective intramolecular N-carbamyliminium Pictet-Spengler reactions

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    Diness, Frederik; Meldal, Morten

    2006-01-01

    converts into Pictet-Spengler-type products with a variety of C-nucleophiles. Amino aldehydes masked with 3-Boc-(1,3)-oxazinane (Box) have been synthesized from amino acids, amino alcohols, or 2-nitro benzaldehydes. The amino moiety of these masked aldehydes has been converted into pentafluorophenyl...... of other aromatic C-nucleophiles, including substituted indoles, benzenes, pyrene, furan, thiophenes, and benzothiophene with comparable stereoselectivity and purity. Prolonged exposure of the benzaldehyde-derived Pictet-Spengler products to strong acid and air lead to quantitative auto-oxidation which...

  1. Synthesis and Antitumor Activities of 6,9-Disubstituted-β-Carboline Derivatives%6,9-二取代β-咔啉衍生物的合成及抗肿瘤活性研究

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    郭亮; 范文玺; 甘紫云; 陈伟; 马芹

    2016-01-01

    以L-色氨酸为起始原料,经过Pictet-Spengler缩合、氧化、烷基化反应、酰化反应合成了4个新型的双酰基取代的β-咔啉衍生物.采用MTT法考察其对肿瘤细胞的抑制作用,初步抗肿瘤活性测试结果表明,部分化合物表现出一定的抗肿瘤活性.

  2. 一种合成四氢-β-咔啉二酮哌嗪化合物的新方法%A New Synthesis Method of Tetrahydro-β-carboline Diketopiperazine

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    马养民; 李延超; 闫倩茹; 邢华

    2012-01-01

    以L-色氨酸甲酯盐酸盐为起始原料,与醛发生Pictet-Spengler反应得到四氢-β-咔啉,然后通过结晶诱导不对称转化(CIAT)过程得到单一对映体,再经Schotten-Baumann反应,酰胺形成及脱保护过程即得目标产物,结构经GC-MS,LC-MS,IR,1H NMR,13C NMR确证,总收率80%.

  3. 1-(4-三氟甲基苯基)-β-咔啉-3-酰肼的合成%Synthesis of 1-(4-trifluoromethyl-phenyl)-β-carboline-3-hydrazide

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    陈泽宇; 朱永松; 张耀谋

    2010-01-01

    以L-色氨酸为基础原料,经过Pictet-Spengler环合、酯化、钯/碳脱氢、亲核取代四步反应以62.5 %收率合成β-咔啉中间体1-(4-三氟甲基苯基)-β-咔啉-3-酰肼化合物.

  4. 1-甲基-β-咔啉-3-甲酰甘氨酸的合成%Synthesis of N-[ (1-methyl-β-carboline-3-yl)-formyl]-glycine

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    王炜; 赵明; 王超; 彭师奇

    2005-01-01

    目的:合成1-甲基-β-咔啉-3-甲酰甘氨酸.方法:以L-色氨酸为原料,先后经Pictet-Spengler缩合、甲基化、芳构化、水解、与甘氨基酸酯偶联、水解共6步反应,生成目标化合物.结果:本实验Pictet-Spengler缩合、芳构化和偶联三步反应的收率分别为95%,65%和37%.在10,1和0.1μmol·L-1浓度下,1-甲基-β-咔啉-3-甲酰甘氨酸苄酯对MCF-7肿瘤细胞株的抑制率分别为61.50%,12.40%和7 24%.结论:本合成路线基本满足了目标化合物合成的实用化要求,1-甲基-β-咔啉-3-甲酰氨基酸及酯作为抗肿瘤结构显示了潜在前景.

  5. 1-芳基四氢-β咔啉-3-羧酸甲酯的合成%Synthesis of 1-Aryl-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxylic Methyl Ethers

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    吴昊; 马养民; 李延超

    2013-01-01

    以L-色氨酸为起始原料,经过甲酯化、Pictet-Spengler反应、结晶诱导非对称转化(CIAT)、脱盐酸化等步骤,得到5个1-芳基四氢-β咔啉-3-羧酸甲酯化合物.目标产物通过重结晶、柱层析等方法纯化,其结构经元素分析、IR、1H NMR、13C NMR、NOE等进行表征.

  6. Synthesis and Antitumor Activities of 6-Acyl-β-carboline Derivatives%6-酰基-β-咔啉衍生物的合成与抗肿瘤活性研究

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    范文玺; 甘紫云; 陈伟; 马芹; 郭亮

    2015-01-01

    以L-色氨酸和相应的醛为原料,经过Pictet-Spengler缩合、氧化、烷基化反应、酰化反应合成了6个新型的6-酰基-β-咔啉衍生物.采用MTT法考察其对肿瘤细胞的抑制作用,初步抗肿瘤活性测试结果表明,部分化合物表现出一定的抗肿瘤活性.

  7. β-咔啉-双酰肼类化合物的合成及杀虫活性研究%Study on synthesis and biological activity of β-carboline-3-acylhydrazine

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    黄剑锋; 余蔼英; 张美丹; 蔡瑛; 翁群芳; 张耀谋

    2013-01-01

    以L-色氨酸和对三氟甲基苯甲醛为原料,经Pictet-Spengler环合、酯化、氧化、肼解、酰化5步反应合成4个β-咔啉双酰肼新化合物,通过1H NMR、IR、MS、元素等手段对其结构进行表征,同时测试其最终产物的杀虫活性,结果表明,双酰肼类化合物对库蚊的杀灭效果比较好,特别是化合物A2和A4,在各个浓度下的杀虫率都达到100%.

  8. 新型苯甲醛-β-咔啉-3-酰腙的合成及其除草活性%Synthesis and Herbicidal Activities of Novel Benzaldehyde-β-carboline-3-hydrazone

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    张美丹; 黄剑锋; 张晔初; 罗辉; 翁群芳; 张耀谋

    2014-01-01

    以L-色氨酸为起始原料,经Pictet-Spengle环合、酯化、氧化、氨解等反应合成了3个新型的四氢β-咔啉-3-酰腙(5a~5c)和3个新型的β咔啉-3-酰腙衍生物(8a~8c),其结构经1H NMR表征.初步除草活性测试结果表明:在用药量为200 mg·L-1时,5a~5c和8a~8c的对白菜的抑制率均为100%;随着用药量降低,活性也随之减小;5a~5c的生长抑制率普遍比8a~8c好.

  9. Synthesis and absolute configuration of a new 3,4-dihydro-beta-carboline-type alkaloid, 3,4-dehydro-5(S)-5-carboxystrictosidine, isolated from Peruvian Uña de Gato (Uncaria tomentosa).

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    Kitajima, Mariko; Yokoya, Masashi; Takayama, Hiromitsu; Aimi, Norio

    2002-10-01

    The structure including the absolute configuration of a new glucoalkaloid, 3,4-dehydro-5(S)-5-carboxystrictosidine, isolated from Peruvian Uña de Gato (Cat's Claw, original plant: Uncaria tomentosa), was confirmed by synthesis starting from secologanin and L-tryptophan.

  10. 新型β-咔啉-磺酰胺衍生物的合成及其抑菌活性%Synthesis and Antibacterial Activities of Novel β-Carboline-sulfonamide Derivates

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    张美丹; 罗辉; 林晓媛; 黄娟; 张耀谋; 翁群芳

    2015-01-01

    以L-色氨酸和芳醛为原料,经Pictet-Spengler环合、酯化、氧化、肼解、重氮化和磺酰化6步反应合成了7个新型的β-咔啉磺酰胺衍生物(8a ~ 8g),其结构经1H NMR,IR和元素分析表征.用生长速率法考察了8a~8g的抑菌活性.结果表明:1-(3,4,5-三甲氧基苯基)-3-N'-(4-三氟甲基苯磺酰)氨基-β-咔啉在用药量为200mg·L-1时,对芒果炭疽、香蕉炭疽和草莓灰霉的抑制率分别为89.6%,83.5%和77.6%.

  11. Enantioselective BINOL-phosphoric acid catalyzed Pictet-Spengler reactions of N-benzyltryptamine

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    N.V. Sewgobind; M.J. Wanner; S. Ingemann; R. de Gelder; J.H. van Maarseveen; H. Hiemstra

    2008-01-01

    Optically active tetrahydro-beta-carbolines were synthesized via an (R)-BINOL-phosphoric acid-catalyzed asynunetric Pictet-Spengler reaction of N-benzyltryptamine with a series of aromatic and aliphatic aldehydes. The tetrahydro-beta-carbolines were obtained in yields ranging from 77% to 97% and wit

  12. Total syntheses of mitragynine, paynantheine and speciogynine via an enantioselective thiourea-catalysed Pictet-Spengler reaction

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    I. P. Kerschgens; E. Claveau; M.J. Wanner; S. Ingemann; J.H. van Maarseveen; H. Hiemstra

    2012-01-01

    The pharmacologically interesting indole alkaloids (-)-mitragynine, (+)-paynantheine and (+)-speciogynine were synthesised in nine steps from 4-methoxytryptamine by a route featuring (i) an enantioselective thiourea-catalysed Pictet-Spengler reaction, providing the tetrahydro-β-carboline ring and (i

  13. Benzodiazepine-induced intestinal motor disturbances in rats: mediation by omega 2 (BZ2) sites on capsaicin-sensitive afferent neurones.

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    Bonnafous, C; Scatton, B; BUÉNO, L.

    1994-01-01

    1. The central and peripheral effects of the omega (benzodiazepine) site ligands, clonazepam, alpidem, zolpidem, triazolam, flumazenil, ethyl beta carboline-3-carboxylate (beta-CCE) and N-methyl beta carboline-3-carboxylate (beta-CCM) on intestinal myoelectrical activity were evaluated in conscious rats, chronically fitted with Nichrome electrodes implanted on the duodenum and jejunum. The localization of the omega (benzodiazepine) receptors involved in these effects was evaluated by use of s...

  14. Interaction between Harmane and Nicotinic in the Passive Avoidance Test

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    M. Piri; Nasehi, M.; MS Shahin; Zarrindast MR

    2011-01-01

    Introduction & Objective: A number of β-carboline alkaloids such as harmane are naturally present in the human food chain. Furthermore, some plants which contain β-carboline have behavioral effects such as hallucination. In the present study, the effect of intra-dorsal hippocampus injection of nicotinic receptor agonist on memory impairment induced by harmane was examined in mice. Materials & Methods: This study was conducted at Shahid Beheshti University in 2009. Two hundred and forty mi...

  15. 1-吲哚基取代β-咔啉生物碱及其衍生物的合成和初步抗肿瘤活性%Synthesis of 1-indole substituted β-carboline alkaloid and its derivatives and evaluation of their preliminary antitumor activities

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    董肖椿; 闻韧; 郑剑斌

    2004-01-01

    目的设计合成eudistomin U及其6位甲氧基/溴取代衍生物和5′位溴取代衍生物并测试其抗肿瘤活性.方法以吲哚-3-甲醛或5-溴-吲哚-3-甲醛和色胺或取代色胺为原料先缩合,再通过Pictet-Spengler反应环合得到四氢-β-咔啉,然后用DDQ脱氢芳构化得到目标化合物.结果合成了eudistomin U及其6位甲氧基/溴取代衍生物和5′位溴取代衍生物,利用核磁共振、质谱、高分辨质谱确认结构.结论合成了海洋生物碱eudistomin U及其一系列衍生物,初步体外抗肿瘤试验结果表明它们均具有一定的抗肿瘤活性.

  16. 3S-1,2,3,4-四氢-β-咔啉-3-羧酸的结构修饰和抗血栓活性研究%Modification of 3S-1,2,3,4-Tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxylic Acid and Anti-thrombosis Activities

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    薛宝玉; 江蔚新; 杨哲; 赵明; 彭师奇; 王威威

    2005-01-01

    3S-1,2,3,4-四氢-β-咔啉-3-羧酸(1)是来自我国南方蔬菜的具有抗血小板活性的吲哚生物碱,在水和有机溶剂中都很难溶解.考虑到引入氨基酸可以改善某些水溶性差的化合物的生物利用度,本研究对1进行氨基酸修饰.在 H2SO4存在下L-色氨酸与甲醛发生Pictet-Spengler缩合,以95%收率生成1.1和 Boc2O 反应以76%收率生成3S-N-Boc-1,2,3,4-四氢-β-咔啉-3-羧酸(2).2和L-氨基酸甲酯偶联,以90%~98%收率生成3S-N-Boc-1,2,3,4-四氢-β-咔啉-3-甲酰-L-氨基酸甲酯(3 a-n).皂化后3 a-n以90%~98%收率转化为3S-N-Boc-1,2,3,4-四氢-β-咔啉-3-甲酰-L-氨基酸(4 a-n).脱Boc以80%~95%收率生成3S-1,2,3,4-四氢-β-咔啉-3-甲酰-L-氨基酸(5 a-n).体外和体内评价表明,引入L-氨基酸可以导致1 的抗血栓活性发生不同的变化.例如引入酸性和刚性环侧链氨基酸, 1的抗血栓活性不增强, 引入疏水侧链氨基酸,1的抗血栓活性适度增强, 引入碱性和杂环侧链氨基酸,1的抗血栓活性明显增强.引入L-氨基酸导致1的跨膜能力按与抗血栓活性相同的趋势变化.

  17. Preparative Separation of Alkaloids from Picrasma quassioides (D. Don Benn. by Conventional and pH-Zone-Refining Countercurrent Chromatography

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    Qinghai Zhang

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Two high-speed countercurrent chromatography (HSCCC modes were compared by separation of major alkaloids from crude extract of Picrasma quassioides. The conventional HSCCC separation was performed with a two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether–ethyl acetate–methanol–water (5:5:4.5:5.5, v/v/v/v with 200 mg loading. pH-Zone-refining CCC was performed with two-phase solvent system composed of petroleum ether–ethyl acetate–n-butanol–water (3:2:7:9, v/v/v/v where triethylamine (10 mM was added to the upper organic stationary phase and hydrochloric acid (5 mM was added to the lower aqueous phase with 2 g loading. From 2 g of crude extract, 87 mg of 5-methoxycanthin-6-one (a, 38 mg of 1-methoxy-β-carboline (b, 134 mg of 1-ethyl-4,8-dimethoxy-β-carboline (c, 74 mg of 1-ethoxycarbonyl-β-carboline (d, 56 mg of 1-vinyl-4,8-dimethoxy-β-carboline (e and 26 mg of 1-vinyl-4-dimethoxy-β-carboline (f were obtained with purities of over 97.0%. The results indicated that pH-zone-refining CCC is an excellent separations tool at the multigram level.

  18. Manganese dioxide mediated one-pot synthesis of methyl 9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indole-1-carboxylate: Concise synthesis of alangiobussinine

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    Jessica Baiget

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available The carboline ring system is an important pharmacophore found in a number of biologically important targets. Development of synthetic routes for the preparation of these compounds is important in order to prepare a range of analogues containing the carboline heterocyclic moiety. A manganese dioxide mediated one-pot method starting with an activated alcohol and consisting of alcohol oxidation, Pictet–Spengler cyclisation, and oxidative aromatisation, offers a convenient process that allows access to β-carbolines. This one-pot process for the preparation of methyl 9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indole-1-carboxylate has subsequently been used as the key step in the synthesis of alangiobussinine and a closely related analogue.

  19. Anesthetic effects changeable in habitual drinkers: Mechanistic drug interactions with neuro-active indoleamine-aldehyde condensation products associated with alcoholic beverage consumption.

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    Tsuchiya, Hironori

    2016-07-01

    Clinicians often experience the reduced efficacy of general and local anesthetics and anesthesia-related drugs in habitual drinkers and chronic alcoholics. However, the mechanistic background underlying such anesthetic tolerance remains unclear. Biogenic indoleamines condense with alcohol-derived aldehydes during fermentation processes and under physiological conditions to produce neuro-active tetrahydro-β-carbolines and β-carbolines, many of which are contained not only in various alcoholic beverages but also in human tissues and body fluids. These indoleamine-aldehyde condensation products are increased in the human body because of their exogenous and endogenous supply enhanced by alcoholic beverage consumption. Since tetrahydro-β-carbolines and β-carbolines target receptors, ion channels and neuronal membranes which are common to anesthetic agents, we propose a hypothesis that they may pharmacodynamically interact at GABAA receptors, NMDA receptors, voltage-gated Na(+) channels and membrane lipid bilayers to attenuate anesthetics-induced positive allosteric GABAA receptor modulation, NMDA receptor antagonism, ion channel blockade and neuronal membrane modification, thereby affecting anesthetic efficacy. The condensation products may also cooperatively interact with ethanol that induces adaptive changes and cross-tolerance to anesthetics and with dopamine-aldehyde adducts that act on GABAA receptors and membrane lipids. Because tetrahydro-β-carbolines and β-carbolines are metabolized to lose or decrease their neuro-activities, induction of the relevant enzymes by habitual drinking could produce an inter-individual difference of drinkers in susceptibility to anesthetic agents. The present hypothesis would also provide a unified framework for different modes of anesthetic action, which are inhibited by neuro-active indoleamine-aldehyde condensation products associated with alcoholic beverage consumption. PMID:27241259

  20. 5-Benzyl-5H-pyrido[3,2-b]indole

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    Julien Letessier

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The title compound, C18H14N2, was prepared by twofold Pd-catalyzed arylamination of a cyclic pyrido–benzo–iodolium salt. In the crystal, two molecules of 9-benzyl-δ-carboline form centrosymmetrical dimers with distances of 3.651 (2 Å between the centroids of the pyridine rings and 3.961 (2 Å between the centroids of the pyrrole and pyridine rings. The phenyl rings point to the other molecule in the dimer and the carboline core is essentially planar [maximum deviation of 0.027 (2 Å].

  1. In vitro and in vivo activities of Peganum harmala extract against Leishmania major

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    Parvaneh Rahimi-Moghaddam

    2011-01-01

    Conclusions: P harmala seeds extract showed significant in vitro and in vivo antileishmanial activities. Most biological activity of the extract could be attributed to its beta-carboline content. However, another alkaloid of P harmala seeds extract, peganine, has also been reported to have antileishmanial activity. These beneficial effects can be attributed to the cumulative effects of various biologically active components present in it.

  2. Total synthesis of (+)-yohimbine via an enantioselective organocatalytic Pictet-Spengler reaction

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    B. Herlé; M.J. Wanner; J.H. van Maarseveen; H. Hiemstra

    2011-01-01

    The binolphosphoric acid-catalyzed Pictet-Spengler reaction of an N-(5-oxy-2,4-pentadienyl)tryptamine derivative with methyl 5-oxo-2-(phenylseleno)pentanoate leads to the tetrahydro-β-carboline in a 92:8 enantiomeric ratio. This product is easily converted into the substrate for a stereoselective in

  3. Metabolism and resistance of Fusarium spp. to the manzamine alkaloids via a putative retro pictet-spengler reaction and utility of the rational design of antimalarial and antifungal agents

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    As a part of our continuing investigation of the manzamine alkaloids we studied the in vitro activity of the ß-carboline containing manzamine alkaloids against Fusarium solani, Fusarium oxysporium, and Fusarium proliferatum by employing several bioassay techniques including one-dimensional direct bi...

  4. Increasing the Diversity of Known Pictet-Spenglerases.

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    Tanner, Martin E

    2015-07-23

    Pictet-Spenglerases catalyze key condensation/cyclization reactions between aromatic ethylamines and aldehydes in the biosynthesis of alkaloids. In this issue of Chemistry & Biology, Mori et al. (2015) report the structural elucidation of a novel type of Pictet-Spenglerase involved in the biosynthesis of the β-carboline alkaloids. PMID:26207293

  5. Anti-neuroinflammatory activities of indole alkaloids from kanjang (Korean fermented soy source) in lipopolysaccharide-induced BV2 microglial cells.

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    Kim, Dong-Cheol; Quang, Tran Hong; Yoon, Chi-Su; Ngan, Nguyen Thi Thanh; Lim, Seong-Il; Lee, So-Young; Kim, Youn-Chul; Oh, Hyuncheol

    2016-12-15

    Kanjang (Korean soy sauce) is a byproduct of the production of the Korean fermented soybean. In the present study, seven indole alkaloid derivatives were isolated from methanol extract of kanjang. Their structures were identified as 1-propyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid (1), 1-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid (2), 1-methyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-1-carboxylic acid (3), 3-indoleacetic acid (4), Nb-acetyltryptamine (5), 1-methyl-3,4-dihydro-β-carboline (6), and flazine (7) by NMR and MS analyses. Preliminary screening for anti-neuroinflammatory effects of isolated indole alkaloids in lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated BV2 cells revealed that these compounds inhibited the production of nitric oxide and prostaglandin E2. For the subsequent investigation of anti-neuroinflammatory action of these metabolites, compounds 4 and 7 were selected, and the results revealed that these inhibitory effects correlated with the suppressive effect of 4 and 7 on inducible nitric oxide synthase and cyclooxygenase-2 expression in LPS-stimulated BV2 cells. In regards to the mechanism of the anti-inflammatory effect, 4 and 7 significantly inhibited the nuclear factor-kappa B pathway. PMID:27451156

  6. Combining Organometallic Catalysis and Organocatalysis for the Synthesis of Heterocyclic Scaffolds

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    Hansen, Casper Lykke

    ,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carbolines was based on a transition metal/Brønsted acid-catalyzed tandem isomerization/N-acyliminium ion cyclization of N-acylated allylic tryptamines. First, the reaction conditions for the tandem reaction were optimized to high efficiency, culminating in the use of the ruthenium hydride...

  7. A comparison of N,N-dimethyltryptamine, harmaline, and selected congeners in rats trained with LSD as a discriminative stimulus.

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    Helsley, S; Fiorella, D; Rabin, R A; Winter, J C

    1998-05-01

    1. A series of N-substituted tryptamines was compared with a series of beta-carbolines in rats trained to discriminate LSD (0.1 mg/kg) from saline. 2. Intermediate levels of substitution were elicited by MDMT (76.4%), DMT (77.9%), and DET (48.7%). 6-F-DET produced 41.3% LSD-appropriate responding at a dose of 6.0 mg/kg but only 4 of 8 subjects completed the test session thus precluding statistical analysis. Bufotenine (25.8%) also failed to substitute. Although none of the tryptamines substituted completely for LSD, the pattern of substitution is consonant with what is known of their activity in humans. MDMT, DMT, and DET are well established in the literature as hallucinogens but the same cannot be said for 6-F-DET and bufotenine. 3. Of the beta-carbolines tested, none substituted for LSD completely and only harmane elicited intermediate substitution (49.5%). No significant generalization of the LSD stimulus to 6-methoxyharmalan, harmaline, or THBC was observed. Thus, in contrast to the tryptamines, scant ability to substitute for LSD was observed in the beta-carbolines tested. 4. Taken together, the present data indicate that the representative tryptamines employed in the present study exhibit greater similarity to the LSD stimulus than do representative beta-carbolines. The receptor interactions responsible for these differences remain to be determined. PMID:9682278

  8. The Pictet-Spengler reaction in solid-phase combinatorial chemistry

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    Nielsen, Thomas E; Diness, Frederik; Meldal, Morten

    2003-01-01

    The Pictet-Spengler reaction is an important reaction for the generation of tetrahydro-beta-carbolines and tetrahydroisoquinoline ring systems, which exhibit a range of biological and pharmacological properties. This review covers the solid-phase Pictet-Spengler reaction, as employed in solid...

  9. Common Mechanisms Underlying the Proconflict Effects of Corticotropin-Releasing Factor, A Benzodiazepine Inverse Agonist and Electric Foot-Shock

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    Boer, Sietse F. de; Katz, Jonathan L.; Valentino, Rita J.

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    The effects of corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF), a benzodiazepine inverse agonist (methyl-6,7-dimethoxy-4-ethyl-β-carboline-3-carboxylate; DMCM) and electric foot-shock on rat conflict behavior were characterized and compared. Rats were trained to lever press under a multiple fixed-ratio schedul

  10. The alkaloid compound harmane increases the lifespan of Caenorhabditis elegans during bacterial infection, by modulating the nematode's innate immune response

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    Jakobsen, Henrik; Bojer, Martin Saxtorph; Marinus, Martin G.;

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    The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has in recent years been proven to be a powerful in vivo model for testing antimicrobial compounds. We report here that the alkaloid compound Harmane (2-methyl-β-carboline) increases the lifespan of nematodes infected with a human pathogen, the Shiga toxin...

  11. Synthesis of S-(-)-5,6-Dihydrocanthin-4-ones via a Triple Cooperative Catalysis-Mediated Domino Reaction.

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    Dighe, Shashikant U; Mahar, Rohit; Shukla, Sanjeev K; Kant, Ruchir; Srivastava, Kumkum; Batra, Sanjay

    2016-06-01

    An enantioselective synthesis of S-(-)-5,6-dihydrocanthin-4-ones via a triple cooperative catalysis-mediated domino reaction having a broad substrate scope is reported. The reaction between substituted 1-formyl-9H-β-carbolines and terminal alkynes in the presence of catalytic amounts of Jorgensen-Hayashi catalyst, copper iodide, and Hunig base proceeded via a multicascade route, affording the title compounds in good yields and excellent ees with interesting mechanistic features. These compounds were assessed for in vitro antiplasmodial activity against P. falciparum strains. Additionally, 5,6-dihydrocanthin-4-ones are demonstrated to be a versatile precursor to different fused β-carboline derivatives via simple synthetic transformations. PMID:27159615

  12. An Improved Synthesis of 2-Methoxy Rutaecarpine%2-甲氧基吴茱萸次碱合成工艺改进

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    王学成; 朱建民

    2013-01-01

    以吲哚为起始原料,与丙烯酸发生Michael 加成反应制得吲哚丙酸,然后通过酰化、叠氮化、Curtius重排、环合反应得到咔啉,最后与2-氨基-4-甲氧基苯甲酸在脱水剂作用下环合制成2-甲氧基吴茱萸次碱。%Indole propionic acid was prepared from indole via Michael addition reaction with acylic acid, then Carboline was synthesized through Acylation, azido reaction, Curtius rearrangement, cyclization reaction, finally the cyclization of Carboline with 2-amino-4-methoxy benzoic acid in the presence of dewatering agent provided the target compound 2-methoxy rutaecarpine.

  13. A general catalytic reaction sequence to access alkaloid-inspired indole polycycles.

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    Danda, Adithi; Kumar, Kamal; Waldmann, Herbert

    2015-05-01

    A catalytic two-step reaction sequence was developed to access a range of complex heterocyclic frameworks based on biorelevant indole/oxindole scaffolds. The reaction sequence includes catalytic Pictet-Spengler cyclization followed by Au(I) catalyzed intramolecular hydroamination of acetylenes. A related cascade polycyclization of a designed β-carboline embodying a 1,5-enyne group yields the analogues of the alkaloid harmicine. PMID:25846800

  14. From Cyclic CF3-ketimines to a Family of Trifluoromethylated Nazlinine and Trypargine Analogues.

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    Shmatova, Olga I; Khrustalev, Victor N; Nenajdenko, Valentine G

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    An efficient (one- and two-step) synthesis of trifluoromethylated derivatives of the natural alkaloids nazlinine, trypargine, and homotrypargine was elaborated. Trifluoromethyl-substituted 5-7-membered cyclic imines were used as a masked carbonyl component in the Pictet-Spengler reaction with various tryptamines. As a result, this approach opens access to a family of alkaloid-like compounds bearing a CF3 group at position 1 of tetrahydro-β-carboline. PMID:27554267

  15. Effects of harmane, norharmane and harmine on apomorphine-induced pecking behavior in chick

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    Davood Farzin

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    Full Text Available .(Received 3 January, 2009; Accepted 27 May, 2009AbstractBackground and purpose: -carboline alkaloids, also known as harmala's alkaloids have a wide spectrum of pharmacological actions including a stimulatory action on release of dopamine and other catecholamines in several brain regions and an inhibitory action on monoamine oxidase (MAO. These findings suggest that -carbolines should alleviate at least some of the dopaminergic stereotyped behaviors. The purpose of present study is to determine the effects of -carbolines harmane, norharmane and harmine on apomorphine-induced pecking behavior in chick.Materials and methods: All experiments were carried out on male/female chicks (40-60 g. The modulatory effects of -Carbolines on stereotyped behavior were assessed using the pecking behavior induced by apomorphine. Subcutaneous (s.c. injection of apomorphaine (0.025 mg/kg, mixed agonist of dopamine D1/D2 receptors induced pecking. The pecking response was counted by direct observation and recorded for a 40-minute period.Results: S.C. injection of harmane (2.5-10 mg/kg and harmine (1.25-5 mg/kg significantly decreased the pecking behavior induced by apomorphine (0.25 mg/kg. The norharmane (2.5-15 mg/kg, i.p. response was biphasic. The inhibitory effects of harmane, norharmane and harmine were blocked by flumazenil (5 mg/kg, i.e., 30 minutes before the test or reserpine (5 mg/kg, i.e., 18 hours before the test.Conclusion: Results suggest that the modulatory effect of harmane, norharmane and harmine on the pecking behavior may be mediated through an inverse agonistic/monoaminergic mechanism.J Mazand Univ Med Sci 2009; 19(70: 1-8 (Persian

  16. Daytime Ayahuasca administration modulates REM and slow-wave sleep in healthy volunteers

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    Manel J Barbanoj; Riba, J.; Clos, S; Gimenez, S.; Grasa, E; Romero Lafuente, Sergio

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    Ayahuasca is a traditional South American psychoactive beverage and the central sacrament of Brazilianbased religious groups, with followers in Europe and the United States. The tea contains the psychedelic indole N, N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and β-carboline alkaloids with monoamine oxidase-inhibiting properties that render DMT orally active. DMT interacts with serotonergic neurotransmission acting as a partial agonist at 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A/2C receptor sites. Given the...

  17. The Therapeutic Potentials of Ayahuasca: Possible Effects against Various Diseases of Civilization

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    Frecska, Ede; Bokor, Petra; Winkelman, Michael

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    Ayahuasca is an Amazonian psychoactive brew of two main components. Its active agents are β-carboline and tryptamine derivatives. As a sacrament, ayahuasca is still a central element of many healing ceremonies in the Amazon Basin and its ritual consumption has become common among the mestizo populations of South America. Ayahuasca use amongst the indigenous people of the Amazon is a form of traditional medicine and cultural psychiatry. During the last two decades, the substance has become inc...

  18. An unusual hydrogen addition of indolo-2,3-quinodimethanes to dimethylindoles in the presence of 1,3-azoles

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    Indolo-2,3-quinodimethane generated in situ from bis-(bromomethyl)indole with NaI/DMF at 70°C was expected to undergo cycloaddition with 1,3-azoles to give carboline derivatives, which form the backbone of many indole alkaloids. However, the reaction did not give the anticipated product but proceeded via hydrogen addition to exocyclic methylene groups, furnishing dimethylindoles in good yields.

  19. Toxic cocaine- and convulsant-induced modification of forced swimming behaviors and their interaction with ethanol: comparison with immobilization stress

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    Hayase, Tamaki; Yamamoto, Yoshiko; Yamamoto, Keiichi

    2002-01-01

    Background Swimming behaviors in the forced swimming test have been reported to be depressed by stressors. Since toxic convulsion-inducing drugs related to dopamine [cocaine (COC)], benzodiazepine [methyl 6,7-dimethoxy-4-ethyl-β-carboline-carboxylate (DMCM)], γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) [bicuculline (BIC)], and glutamate [N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)] receptors can function as stressors, the present study compared their effects on the forced swimming behaviors with the effects of immobilization...

  20. Spectrofluorimetric determination of stoichiometry and association constants of the complexes of harmane and harmine with beta-cyclodextrin and chemically modified beta-cyclodextrins.

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    Martín, L; León, A; Olives, A I; Del Castillo, B; Martín, M A

    2003-06-13

    The association characteristics of the inclusion complexes of the beta-carboline alkaloids harmane and harmine with beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) and chemically modified beta-cyclodextrins such as hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HPbeta-CD), 2,3-di-O-methyl-beta-cyclodextrin (DMbeta-CD) and 2,3,6-tri-O-methyl-beta-cyclodextrin (TMbeta-CD) are described. The association constants vary from 112 for harmine/DMbeta-CD to 418 for harmane/HPbeta-CD. The magnitude of the interactions between the host and the guest molecules depends on the chemical and geometrical characteristics of the guest molecules and therefore the association constants vary for the different cyclodextrin complexes. The steric hindrance is higher in the case of harmine due to the presence of methoxy group on the beta-carboline ring. The association obtained for the harmane complexes is stronger than the one observed for harmine complexes except in the case of harmine/TMbeta-CD. Important differences in the association constants were observed depending on the experimental variable used in the calculations (absolute value of fluorescence intensity or the ratio between the fluorescence intensities corresponding to the neutral and cationic forms). When fluorescence intensity values were considered, the association constants were higher than when the ratio of the emission intensity for the cationic and neutral species was used. These differences are a consequence of the co-existence of acid-base equilibria in the ground and in excited states together with the complexation equilibria. The existence of a proton transfer reaction in the excited states of harmane or harmine implies the need for the experimental dialysis procedure for separation of the complexes from free harmane or harmine. Such methodology allows quantitative results for stoichiometry determinations to be obtained, which show the existence of both 1:1 and 1:2 beta-carboline alkaloid:CD complexes with different solubility properties.

  1. Metabolism and disposition of N,N-dimethyltryptamine and harmala alkaloids after oral administration of ayahuasca.

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    Riba, Jordi; McIlhenny, Ethan H; Valle, Marta; Bouso, José Carlos; Barker, Steven A

    2012-01-01

    Ayahuasca is an Amazonian psychotropic plant tea obtained from Banisteriopsis caapi, which contains β-carboline alkaloids, chiefly harmine, harmaline and tetrahydroharmine. The tea usually incorporates the leaves of Psychotria viridis or Diplopterys cabrerana, which are rich in N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), a psychedelic 5-HT(2A/1A/2C) agonist. The β-carbolines reversibly inhibit monoamine-oxidase (MAO), effectively preventing oxidative deamination of the orally labile DMT and allowing its absorption and access to the central nervous system. Despite increased use of the tea worldwide, the metabolism and excretion of DMT and the β-carbolines has not been studied systematically in humans following ingestion of ayahuasca. In the present work, we used an analytical method involving high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)/electrospray ionization (ESI)/selected reaction monitoring (SRM)/tandem mass spectrometry(MS/MS) to characterize the metabolism and disposition of ayahuasca alkaloids in humans. Twenty-four-hour urine samples were obtained from 10 healthy male volunteers following administration of an oral dose of encapsulated freeze-dried ayahuasca (1.0 mg DMT/kg body weight). Results showed that less than 1% of the administered DMT dose was excreted unchanged. Around 50% was recovered as indole-3-acetic acid but also as DMT-N-oxide (10%) and other MAO-independent compounds. Recovery of DMT plus metabolites reached 68%. Harmol, harmalol, and tetrahydroharmol conjugates were abundant in urine. However, recoveries of each harmala alkaloid plus its O-demethylated metabolite varied greatly between 9 and 65%. The present results show the existence in humans of alternative metabolic routes for DMT other than biotransformation by MAO. Also that O-demethylation plus conjugation is an important but probably not the only metabolic route for the harmala alkaloids in humans. PMID:22514127

  2. Characterization of the synthesis of N,N-dimethyltryptamine by reductive amination using gas chromatography ion trap mass spectrometry.

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    Brandt, Simon D; Moore, Sharon A; Freeman, Sally; Kanu, Abu B

    2010-07-01

    The present study established an impurity profile of a synthetic route to the hallucinogenic N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT). The synthesis was carried out under reductive amination conditions between tryptamine and aqueous formaldehyde in the presence of acetic acid followed by reduction with sodium cyanoborohydride. Analytical characterization of this synthetic route was carried out by gas chromatography ion trap mass spectrometry using electron- and chemical-ionization modes. Methanol was employed as a liquid CI reagent and the impact of stoichiometric modifications on side-products formation was also investigated. Tryptamine 1, DMT 2, 2-methyltetrahydro-β-carboline (2-Me-THBC, 3), N-methyl-N-cyanomethyltryptamine (MCMT, 4), N-methyltryptamine (NMT, 5), 2-cyanomethyl-tetrahydro-β-carboline (2-CM-THBC, 6) and tetrahydro-β-carboline (THBC, 7) have been detected under a variety of conditions. Replacement of formaldehyde solution with paraformaldehyde resulted in incomplete conversion of the starting material whereas a similar replacement of sodium cyanoborohydride with sodium borohydride almost exclusively produced THBC instead of the expected DMT. Compounds 1 to 7 were quantified and the limits of detection were 28.4, 87.7, 21.5, 23.4, 41.1, 36.6, and 34.9 ng mL(-1), respectively. The limits of quantification for compounds 1 to 7 were 32.4, 88.3, 25.4, 24.6, 41.4, 39.9, and 37.0 µg mL(-1), respectively. Linearity was observed in the range of 20.8-980 µg mL(-1) with correlation coefficients > 0.99. The application holds great promise in the area of forensic chemistry where development of reliable analytical methods for the detection, identification, and quantification of DMT are crucial and also in pharmaceutical analysis where DMT might be prepared for use in human clinical studies. PMID:20648523

  3. The absolute configuration of (+)-oxopropaline D by theoretical calculation of specific rotation and asymmetric synthesis.

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    Kuwada, Takeshi; Fukui, Miyako; Hata, Toshiyuki; Choshi, Tominari; Nobuhiro, Junko; Ono, Yukio; Hibino, Satoshi

    2003-01-01

    The specific optical rotations of (R)-oxopropaline D calculated by two ab initio MO methods were +52+/-31 degrees and +61+/-29 degrees, respectively, and (+)-oxopropaline D (3) was presumed to have an R-configuration. On the basis of this theoretical result, the reaction of 1-litio-beta-carboline with (R)-glyceraldehyde acetonide followed by oxidation with MnO(2) gave (R)-oxopropaline D acetonide (4a), which was consistent with the previously synthesized (+)-oxopropaline D acetonide (4) in all respects. From the results of theoretical calculations and the experimental synthesis, we determined that natural (+)-oxopropaline D (3) has an R-configuration.

  4. Antiprotozoal alkaloids from Psychotria prunifolia (Kunth) Steyerm

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    Kato, Lucilia; Oliveira, Cecilia M.A. de; Faria, Emiret O.; Ribeiro, Laryssa C.; Carvalho, Brenda G., E-mail: lucilia@quimica.ufg.br [Instituto de Quimica, Universidade Federal de Goias, Campus II, Samambaia, Goiania, GO (Brazil); Silva, Cleuza C. da; Santin, Silvana M.O. [Departamento de Quimica, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Maringa, PR (Brazil); Schuque, Ivania T.A.; Nakamura, Celso V.; Britta, Elisandra A.; Miranda, Nathielle [Departamento de Farmacia e Farmacologia, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, PR (Brazil); Iglesias, Amadeu H. [Waters Technologies do Brasil LTDA, Barueri, SP (Brazil); Delprete, Piero G. [VHerbier de Guyane, Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement (IRD), UMR AMAP, French Guiana (France)

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    The continuity of the phyto chemical study of crude extracts of P. prunifolia's roots and branches led to the isolation of five indole-{beta}-carboline alkaloids. Among them, the 10-hydroxy-iso-deppeaninol and N-oxide-10-hydroxy-antirhine derivatives are described here for the first time. The structures were achieved through 1D and 2D NMR, IR and HRMS analyses. The branches and roots crude extracts and the alkaloids 14-oxoprunifoleine and strictosamide showed selective activity against L. amazonensis, with IC{sub 50} values of 16.0 and 40.7 {mu}g per mL, respectively. (author)

  5. Pictet-Spengler condensation reactions catalyzed by a recyclable H~+-montmorillonite as a heterogeneous BrΦnsted acid

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    Catalytic performance of different cation-exchanged montmorillonite clays has been investigated in the Pictet-Spengler C-C bond forming reaction.H+-Montmorillonite was found to be a very efficient and reusable catalyst for the endo cyclization of β-phenylethylamine derivatives with aldehydes under solvent-free conditions.In addition,an aqueous condensation version for the synthesis of tetrahydro-β-carbolines using the H+-montmorillonite catalyst has been developed.In these environmentally friendly processes,the use of organic solvents was avoided and the catalyst was recycled with maintenance of high catalytic activity.

  6. Constituintes químicos isolados de simira glaziovii (K. schum steyerm. e a atribuição dos deslocamentos químicos dos átomos de carbono e hidrogênio do alcalóide ofiorina e seus derivados Chemical constituents from simira glaziovii (K. schum steyerm. and ¹H and 13C NMR assignments of ophiorine and its derivatives

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    Ana Beatriz F. D' O. Bastos

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    Full Text Available Chromatographic fractionation of bark extracts from Simira glaziovii (Rubiaceae afforded the steroids beta-sitostenone, stigmastenone, beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol, methyl trans-4-hidroxy-3-methoxycinamate (1, the alkaloids harmane (2 and the new stereoisomer of ophiorine B (3. The structures were established by ¹H and 13C NMR, including 2D techniques and mass spectral analysis, of the natural products and pentaacetyllyalosidic acid (4a and beta-carboline monoterpene tetraacetylglucoside (5, 1,22-lactamlyaloside derivatives obtained by chemical transformations.

  7. American Chemical Society-239th national meeting--Investigating new therapeutic candidates: part 1. 21-25 March 2010, San Francisco, CA, USA.

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    Macauley, Donald

    2010-05-01

    The American Chemical Society 239th National Meeting, held in San Francisco, included topics covering developments related to the chemical optimization of therapeutics. This conference report highlights selected presentations on agents under investigation for the treatment of neurological disorders, malaria, HBV and diabetes. Investigational drugs discussed include PF-4888086, PF-4778574 and SAM-531 (all Pfizer Inc), a series of spirotetrahydro-beta-carbolines from Novartis AG, a series of biaryl ether analogs from Merck & Co Inc, and PF-04620110 (Pfizer Inc/Bristol-Myers Squibb Co).

  8. Hainanerectamines A–C, Alkaloids from the Hainan Sponge Hyrtios erecta

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    Wen-Fei He; Duo-Qing Xue; Li-Gong Yao; Jing-Ya Li; Jia Li; Yue-Wei Guo

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    Two new indole alkaloids, hainanerectamines A (1) and B (2), and one new β-carboline alkaloids, hainanerectamines C (4), along with five known related alkaloids (3, 5–8), have been isolated from the Hainan marine sponge Hyrtios erecta. The structures of new compounds 1, 2 and 4 were determined by detailed analysis of their 1D and 2D NMR spectra and by comparison of their spectroscopic data with those of related model compounds. Compounds 2–4 exhibited moderate inhibitory activity against Aur...

  9. Total Synthesis and Biological Activity of Marine Alkaloid Eudistomins Y1–Y7 and Their Analogues

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    Tao Jiang

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Eudistomin Y class compounds are a series of β-carbolines which was originally isolated from a marine turnicate or ascidian near the South Korea Sea. These compounds contain bromo-substituted groups, which is one of the typical characters of marine natural products. We report herein the chemical synthesis and biological evaluation of seven new β-carboline-based metabolites, Eudistomins Y1–Y7, and their hydroxyl-methylated phenyl derivatives. Using bromo-substituted tryptamines and bromo-substituted phenylglyoxals as the key intermediates, Eudistomins Y1–Y7 and their derivatives were synthesized via the acid-catalyzed Pictet-Spengler reaction and fully characterized by 1H- and 13C-NMR and mass spectroscopy. Biological studies revealed that all of the compounds showed moderate growth inhibitory activity against breast carcinoma cell line MDA-231 with IC50 of 15–63 μM and the inhibitory activities of hydroxyl-methylated phenyl products were higher than that of the corresponding natural products Eudistomins Y1–Y7.

  10. Isolation and chemical characterization of PwTx-II: a novel alkaloid toxin from the venom of the spider Parawixia bistriata (Araneidae, Araneae).

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    Cesar, Lilian M M; Mendes, Maria A; Tormena, Claudio F; Marques, Maurício R; de Souza, Bibiana M; Saidemberg, Daniel Menezes; Bittencourt, Jackson C; Palma, Mario S

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    Brazil has many species of spiders belonging to Araneidae family however, very little is known about the composition, chemical structure and mechanisms of action of the main venom components of these spiders. The main objective of this work was to isolate and to perform the chemical characterization of a novel beta-carboline toxin from the venom of the spider Parawixia bistriata, a typical species of the Brazilian 'cerrado'. The toxin was purified by RP-HPLC and structurally elucidated by using a combination of different spectroscopic techniques (UV, ESI-MS/MS and 1H NMR), which permitted the assignment of the molecular structure of a novel spider venom toxin, identified as 1-4-guanidinobutoxy-6-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline, and referred to here as PwTx-II. This compound is toxic to insects (LD50 = 12+/-3 etag/mg honeybee), neurotoxic, convulsive and lethal to rats (LD50 = 9.75 mg/kg of male Wistar rat). PMID:16183095

  11. Effects of Ayahuasca and its Alkaloids on Drug Dependence: A Systematic Literature Review of Quantitative Studies in Animals and Humans.

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    Nunes, Amanda A; Dos Santos, Rafael G; Osório, Flávia L; Sanches, Rafael F; Crippa, José Alexandre S; Hallak, Jaime E C

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    Recently, the anti-addictive potential of ayahuasca, a dimethyltryptamine(DMT)- and β-carboline-rich hallucinogenic beverage traditionally used by indigenous groups of the Northwest Amazon and currently by syncretic churches worldwide, has received increased attention. To better evaluate this topic, we performed a systematic literature review using the PubMed database to find quantitative studies (using statistical analysis) that assessed the effects of ayahuasca or its components in drug-related symptoms or disorders. We found five animal studies (using harmaline, harmine, or ayahuasca) and five observational studies of regular ayahuasca consumers. All animal studies showed improvement of biochemical or behavioral parameters related to drug-induced disorders. Of the five human studies, four reported significant reductions of dependence symptoms or substance use, while one did not report significant results. The mechanisms responsible for the anti-addictive properties of ayahuasca and its alkaloids are not clarified, apparently involving both peripheral MAO-A inhibition by the β-carbolines and central agonism of DMT at 5-HT2A receptors expressed in brain regions related to the regulation of mood and emotions. Although results are promising, controlled studies are needed to replicate these preliminary findings. PMID:27230395

  12. Harmol induces apoptosis by caspase-8 activation independently of Fas/Fas ligand interaction in human lung carcinoma H596 cells.

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    Abe, Akihisa; Yamada, Hiroyuki

    2009-06-01

    The beta-carboline alkaloids are naturally existing plant substances. It is known that these alkaloids have a wide spectrum of neuropharmacological, psychopharmacological, and antitumor effects. Therefore, they have been traditionally used in oriental medicine for the treatment of various diseases including cancers and malaria. In this study, harmol and harmalol, which are beta-carboline alkaloids, were examined for their antitumor effect on human lung carcinoma cell lines, and structure-activity relationship was also investigated. H596, H226, and A549 cells were treated with harmol and harmalol, respectively. Apoptosis was induced by harmol only in H596 cells. In contrast, harmalol had negligible cytotoxicity in three cell lines. Harmol induced caspase-3, caspase-8, and caspase-9 activities and caspase-3 activities accompanied by cleavage of poly-(ADP-ribose)-polymerase. Furthermore, harmol treatment decreased the native Bid protein, and induced the release of cytochrome c from mitochondria to cytosol. The apoptosis induced by harmol was completely inhibited by caspase-8 inhibitor and partially inhibited by caspase-9 inhibitor. The antagonistic antibody ZB4 blocked Fas ligand-induced apoptosis, but had no effect on harmol-induced apoptosis. Harmol had no significant effect on the expression of Fas. In conclusion, our results showed that the harmol could cause apoptosis-inducing effects in human lung H596 cells through caspase-8-dependent pathway but independent of Fas/Fas ligand interaction. PMID:19318910

  13. Further characterization of benzodiazepine receptor differences in long-sleep and short-sleep mice

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    Molecular and conformational characteristics of benzodiazepine (BZ) receptors in cortex and cerebellum from long-sleep and mice were investigated using heat inactivation and beta-carboline competition techniques. To investigate differences in the allosteric coupling between GABA and BZ receptors, the protection of BZ receptors from heat inactivation, by GABA, was also evaluated. The two genotypes do not differ in the affinity or number of BZ receptors in the cortex or cerebellum. They do, however, appear to differ in the molecular structure and/or regulation of the conformational state of the receptor in the cortex, as indicated by a greater sensitivity of LS mice to both heat inactivation and beta-carboline competition of 3H-flunitrazepam (FNZ) binding in this region. Evidence for differences in the nature of coupling between GABA and BZ receptors is provided by the finding in that in both regions, GABA protected BZ receptors from inactivation to a greater degree in LS mice. The relationship between these differences and the multiplicity of expression of BZ receptors is discussed

  14. Further characterization of benzodiazepine receptor differences in long-sleep and short-sleep mice

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    Marley, R.J.; Stinchcomb, A.; Wehner, J.M.

    1988-01-01

    Molecular and conformational characteristics of benzodiazepine (BZ) receptors in cortex and cerebellum from long-sleep and mice were investigated using heat inactivation and beta-carboline competition techniques. To investigate differences in the allosteric coupling between GABA and BZ receptors, the protection of BZ receptors from heat inactivation, by GABA, was also evaluated. The two genotypes do not differ in the affinity or number of BZ receptors in the cortex or cerebellum. They do, however, appear to differ in the molecular structure and/or regulation of the conformational state of the receptor in the cortex, as indicated by a greater sensitivity of LS mice to both heat inactivation and beta-carboline competition of /sup 3/H-flunitrazepam (FNZ) binding in this region. Evidence for differences in the nature of coupling between GABA and BZ receptors is provided by the finding in that in both regions, GABA protected BZ receptors from inactivation to a greater degree in LS mice. The relationship between these differences and the multiplicity of expression of BZ receptors is discussed.

  15. Ultraviolet-Mediated Activation of Photo toxins from Peganum Harmala L. Seedlings to Control both Human-and Phyto-Pathogenic Microorganisms and Tumor Cells

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    The medicinal plant Peganum harmala L. (zygophyllaceae) contains a number of Beta-carboline alkaloids, which are photosensitizers to bacteria, yeasts and eukaryotic cells in the presence of sunlight and artificial sources of long-wave UV radiation (365 nm). Ultraviolet irradiation of ten-day old aseptically germinated Peganum harmala inoculated on bacterial and yeast bioassay plates elicits strong phototoxic antimicrobials. Callus as well as crude methanol extracts of in vitro cultures were also investigated for the accumulation of photosensitizers. High performance liquid chromatographic analyses of irradiated and control tissues followed by fluorescent detection at 302 nm revealed the formation of serotonin (5-hydroxytryptamine) in irradiated tissues only. Eluted compounds detected at 330 nm revealed more than ten-fold accumulation of harmine, isoharmine and harmol in irradiated tissues. Moreover, several simple beta-carboline alkaloids were produced through irradiation with UV such as harmalanine and harmalacidine. UV-induced phototoxicity was proven against phyto pathogenic bacteria and human-pathogenic bacteria and yeasts. Photo-induced cytotoxicity was observed from two different toxicity bioassays, which are Artemia saline and potato discs tumor assay. The selective UV-dependent biological activities may imply a pharmacological potential of Peganum harmala in the control of infectious diseases and tumor tissues

  16. High density of benzodiazepine binding sites in the substantia innominata of the rat

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    Sarter, M.; Schneider, H.H.

    1988-07-01

    In order to study the neuronal basis of the pharmacological interactions between benzodiazepine receptor ligands and cortical cholinergic turnover, we examined the regional distribution of specific benzodiazepine binding sites using in vitro autoradiography. In the basal forebrain, the substantia innominata contained a high density of (/sup 3/H)lormetazepam (LMZ) binding sites (Bmax = 277 fmol/mg tissue; Kd = 0.55 nM). The label could be displaced by diazepam (IC50 = 100 nM), the benzodiazepine receptor antagonist beta-carboline ZK 93426 (45 nM) and the partial inverse agonist beta-carboline FG 7142 (540 nM). It is hypothesized that the amnesic effects of benzodiazepine receptor agonists are exerted through benzodiazepine receptors which are situated on cholinergic neurons in the substantia innominata and are involved in a tonic inhibition of cortical acetylcholine release. The benzodiazepine receptor antagonist ZK 93426 may exert its nootropic effects via benzodiazepine receptors in the substantia innominata and, consequently, by disinhibiting cortical acetylcholine release.

  17. A novel lead of P-selectin inhibitor: Discovery, synthesis, bioassays and action mechanism.

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    Wu, Jianhui; Zhao, Ming; Wang, Yuji; Wang, Yaonan; Zhu, Haimei; Zhao, Shurui; Peng, Shiqi

    2016-10-01

    By docking 126 derivatives of β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid, tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid and indoloquinolizine into the active pocket of P-selectin (2-(3-(hydroxymethyl)-9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indol-1-yl)ethyl)-l-phenylalanine (HMCEF) was assigned a novel inhibitor. ELISA and flow cytometry experiments showed that HMCEF effectively down-regulated P-selectin expression and supported the rationality of the computer assistant screening, while UV spectrum experiments demonstrated that HMCEF directly bound to P-selectin. In vivo HMCEF dose dependently inhibited the rats and mice to form thrombus and had a minimal effective dose of 20nmol/kg, dose dependently inhibited inflammatory response of mice and had a minimal effective dose of 20nmol/kg. The decrease of serum TNFα and IL-8 of the treated mice was proposed to be the action mechanism of HMCEF inhibiting thrombosis and inflammation. All data imply that HMCEF is a novel lead of P-selectin inhibitor.

  18. Ex vivo binding of t-( sup 35 S) butylbicyclophosphorothionate: A biochemical tool to study the pharmacology of ethanol at the gamma-aminobutyric acid-coupled chloride channel

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    Sanna, E.; Concas, A.; Serra, M.; Santoro, G.; Biggio, G. (Univ. of Cagliari (Italy))

    1991-03-01

    The effects of acute administration of ethanol on t-(35S)Butylbiclophosphorothionate (35S-TBPS) binding measured ex vivo in unwashed membrane preparations of rat cerebral cortex were investigated. Ethanol, given i.g., decreased in a dose-related (0.5-4 g/kg) and time-dependent manner the binding of 35S-TBPS. This effect was similar to that induced by the administration of diazepam (0.5-4 mg/kg i.p.). Scatchard plot analysis of this radioligand binding revealed that ethanol, differently from diazepam, decreased the apparent affinity of 35S-TBPS recognition sites whereas it failed to change the density of these binding sites. The effect of ethanol on 35S-TBPS binding could not be reversed by the previous administration to rats of the benzodiazepine receptor antagonist, Ro 15-1788 (ethyl-8-fluoro-5,6-dihydro-5-methyl-6-oxo-4H- imidazo (1,5a) (1,4) benzodiazepine-3-carboxylate). Vice versa, the benzodiazepine receptor partial inverse agonist, Ro 15-4513 (ethyl-8-azido-5,6-dihydro-5-methyl-6-oxo-4H- imidazo (1,5a) (4,4) benzodiazepine-3-carboxylate) (8 mg/kg i.p.), prevented completely ethanol-induced decrease of 35S-TBPS binding. The ability of Ro 15-4513 to prevent the action of ethanol was shared by the anxiogenic and proconvulsant beta-carboline derivatives, FG 7142 (N-methyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxamide) (12.5 mg/kg i.p.) and ethyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxylate (0.6 mg/kg i.v.), which, per se, enhanced this parameter. Moreover, ethanol (0.5-4 g/kg) was able to reverse the increase of 35S-TBPS binding elicited by the s.c. injection of isoniazid (350 mg/kg) and to clearly attenuate the severity of tonic-clonic seizures produced by this inhibitor of the GABAergic transmission.

  19. Synthesis of rigid tryptophan mimetics by the diastereoselective Pictet-Spengler reaction of β³-homo-tryptophan derivatives with chiral α-amino aldehydes.

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    Slupska, Marta; Pulka-Ziach, Karolina; Deluga, Edyta; Sosnowski, Piotr; Wilenska, Beata; Kozminski, Wiktor; Misicka, Aleksandra

    2015-12-01

    The Pictet-Spengler (PS) cyclizations of β(3)-hTrp derivatives as arylethylamine substrates were performed with L-α-amino and D-α-amino aldehydes as carbonyl components. During the PS reaction, a new stereogenic center was created, and the mixture of cis/trans 1,3-disubstituted 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carbolines was obtained. The ratio of cis/trans diastereomers depends on the stereogenic centre of used amino aldehyde and the size of substituents. It was confirmed by 1H and 2D NMR (ROESY) spectra. The conformations of cyclic products were studied by 2D NMR ROESY spectra. Products of the PS condensation after removal of protecting group(s) can be incorporated into a peptide chain as tryptophan mimetics with the possibility of the β-turn induction. PMID:26767743

  20. Chemical Constituents of the Roots of Anemone altaica Fisch. ex C. A. Mey.

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    Zhong-Jie ZOU; Yue-Sheng DONG; Jun-Shan YANG

    2005-01-01

    The roots of Anemone altaica Fisch. ex C. A. Mey. have been used in the treatment of epilepsia,neurasthenia, and arthritis in Chinese folk medicine for a long time. In order to find new and bioactive compounds, the chemical constituents of the roots of A. altaica were investigated and nine compounds were isolated from the EtOH extract of this plant. On the basis of spectroscopic methods, the structures of these compounds were elucidated as 4-(9H-β-carbolin-1-yl)-4-oxo-butyric acid (1), carboxymethyl isoferulate (2), isoferulic acid (3), cirsiumaldehyde (4), 5-hydroxy-4-oxo-pentanoic acid (5), triacontane (6), palmic acid (7), β-sitosterol (8), and daucosterol (9). Among them, 1 and 2 were new compounds, and 3 and 4 were obtained from this genus for the first time.

  1. Ayahuasca Alters Structural Parameters of the Rat Aorta.

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    Pitol, Dimitrius L; Siéssere, Selma; Dos Santos, Rafael G; Rosa, Maria L N M; Hallak, Jaime E C; Scalize, Priscilla H; Pereira, Bruno F; Iyomasa, Melina M; Semprini, Marisa; Riba, Jordi; Regalo, Simone C H

    2015-07-01

    Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic brew traditionally used by Northwestern Amazonian indigenous groups for therapeutic purposes. It is prepared by the decoction of Banisteriopsis caapi with the leaves of Psychotria viridis. Banisteriopsis caapi contains β-carbolines that are inhibitors of monoamine oxidase and P. viris is rich in dimethyltryptamine, a 5-HT(1A/2A/2C) agonist. Acute ayahuasca administration produces moderate cardiovascular effects in healthy volunteers, but information regarding long-term use is lacking. This study investigated the effects of ayahuasca (2-4 mL/kg) in the rat aorta after acute and chronic (14 days) administration. Ayahuasca caused flattening and stretching of vascular smooth muscle cells and changes in the arrangement and distribution of collagen and elastic fibers. Chronic treatment with the higher dose significantly increased media thickness and the ratio of media thickness to lumen diameter. More research is needed on the cardiovascular function of long-term ayahuasca consumers. PMID:25714595

  2. A fatal intoxication following the ingestion of 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine in an ayahuasca preparation.

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    Sklerov, Jason; Levine, Barry; Moore, Karla A; King, Theodore; Fowler, David

    2005-01-01

    A case of a 25-year-old white male who was found dead the morning after consuming herbal extracts containing beta-carbolines and hallucinogenic tryptamines is presented. No anatomic cause of death was found at autopsy. Toxicologic analysis of the heart blood identified N,N-dimethyltryptamine (0.02 mg/L), 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (1.88 mg/L), tetrahydroharmine (0.38 mg/L), harmaline (0.07 mg/L), and harmine (0.17 mg/L). All substances were extracted by a single-step n-butyl chloride extraction following alkalinization with borate buffer. Detection and quantitation was performed using liquid chromatography-electrospray mass spectrometry. The medical examiner ruled that the cause of death was hallucinogenic amine intoxication, and the manner of death was undetermined. PMID:16356341

  3. Chemical constituents from stems of Simaba guianensis subesp. ecaudata (Cronquist); Constituintes quimicos dos galhos de Simaba guianensis subesp. ecaudata (Cronquist)

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    Nunomura, Rita de Cassia Saraiva [Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM), Manaus, AM (Brazil). Dept. de Quimica; Pinto, Angelo C. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica; Nunomura, Sergio Massayoshi; Pohlit, Adrian Martin [Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia (INPA), Manaus, AM (Brazil). Coordenacao de Tecnologia e Inovacao; Amaral, Ana Claudia Fernandes, E-mail: ritasn@ufam.edu.br [Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ/Farmanguinhos), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2012-07-01

    Simaba guianensis subesp. ecaudata (Simaroubaceae) is a tree found in the Brazilian Amazon. This work describes for the first time the fractionation of stems of this species that resulted in the isolation of the cytotoxic triterpene piscidinol A, the alkaloid 9-methoxycanthin-6-one, caryophyllene oxide, also isolated for the first time from this species and a new alkaloid (6-methoxy-(9H-{beta}-carbolin-1-il)- (Z)-2-propenoic acid). Quantification of 9-methoxycanthin-6-one in different extracts and fractions of stems of S. guianensis by high performance liquid chromatography was also performed. The concentration of 9-methoxycanthin-6-one in methanolic and aqueous extracts were inferior to the known cytotoxic concentration of this compound. (author)

  4. Isolation and Total Synthesis of Stolonines A-C, Unique Taurine Amides from the Australian Marine Tunicate Cnemidocarpa stolonifera.

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    Tran, Trong D; Pham, Ngoc B; Ekins, Merrick; Hooper, John N A; Quinn, Ronald J

    2015-07-01

    Cnemidocarpa stolonifera is an underexplored marine tunicate that only occurs on the tropical to subtropical East Coast of Australia, with only two pyridoacridine compounds reported previously. Qualitative analysis of the lead-like enhanced fractions of C. stolonifera by LC-MS dual electrospray ionization coupled with PDA and ELSD detectors led to the identification of three new natural products, stolonines A-C (1-3), belonging to the taurine amide structure class. Structures of the new compounds were determined by NMR and MS analyses and later verified by total synthesis. This is the first time that the conjugates of taurine with 3-indoleglyoxylic acid, quinoline-2-carboxylic acid and β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid present in stolonines A-C (1-3), respectively, have been reported. An immunofluorescence assay on PC3 cells indicated that compounds 1 and 3 increased cell size, induced mitochondrial texture elongation, and caused apoptosis in PC3 cells. PMID:26204949

  5. Isolation and Total Synthesis of Stolonines A-C, Unique Taurine Amides from the Australian Marine Tunicate Cnemidocarpa stolonifera.

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    Tran, Trong D; Pham, Ngoc B; Ekins, Merrick; Hooper, John N A; Quinn, Ronald J

    2015-07-22

    Cnemidocarpa stolonifera is an underexplored marine tunicate that only occurs on the tropical to subtropical East Coast of Australia, with only two pyridoacridine compounds reported previously. Qualitative analysis of the lead-like enhanced fractions of C. stolonifera by LC-MS dual electrospray ionization coupled with PDA and ELSD detectors led to the identification of three new natural products, stolonines A-C (1-3), belonging to the taurine amide structure class. Structures of the new compounds were determined by NMR and MS analyses and later verified by total synthesis. This is the first time that the conjugates of taurine with 3-indoleglyoxylic acid, quinoline-2-carboxylic acid and β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid present in stolonines A-C (1-3), respectively, have been reported. An immunofluorescence assay on PC3 cells indicated that compounds 1 and 3 increased cell size, induced mitochondrial texture elongation, and caused apoptosis in PC3 cells.

  6. Isolation and Total Synthesis of Stolonines A–C, Unique Taurine Amides from the Australian Marine Tunicate Cnemidocarpa stolonifera

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    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Cnemidocarpa stolonifera is an underexplored marine tunicate that only occurs on the tropical to subtropical East Coast of Australia, with only two pyridoacridine compounds reported previously. Qualitative analysis of the lead-like enhanced fractions of C. stolonifera by LC-MS dual electrospray ionization coupled with PDA and ELSD detectors led to the identification of three new natural products, stolonines A–C (1–3, belonging to the taurine amide structure class. Structures of the new compounds were determined by NMR and MS analyses and later verified by total synthesis. This is the first time that the conjugates of taurine with 3-indoleglyoxylic acid, quinoline-2-carboxylic acid and β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid present in stolonines A–C (1–3, respectively, have been reported. An immunofluorescence assay on PC3 cells indicated that compounds 1 and 3 increased cell size, induced mitochondrial texture elongation, and caused apoptosis in PC3 cells.

  7. Biochemical studies on certain biologically active nitrogenous compounds

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    Certain biologically active nitrogenous compounds such as alkaloids are widely distributed in many wild and medicinal plants such as peganum harmala L. (Phycophyllaceae). However, less literature cited on the natural compounds was extracted from the aerial parts of this plant; therefore this study was conducted on harmal leaves using several solvents. Data indicated that methanol extract was the inhibitoriest effect against some pathogenic bacteria, particularly Streptococcus pyogenus. Chromatographic separation illustrated that presence of four compounds; the most active one was the third compound (3). Elementary analysis (C, H, N) revealed that the primary chemical structure of the active antibacterial compound (C3) was: C17 H21 N3 O7 S with molecular weight 411. Spectroscopic analysis proved that coninical structure was = 1- thioformyl, 8?- D glucoperanoside- Bis- 2, 3 dihydroisopyridino pyrrol. This new compound is represented as a noval ?- carboline alkaloid compound

  8. Chemical Constituents of Evodia fargesii Dode%臭辣树化学成分

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    柳全文; 谭昌恒; 曲世津; 范晓; 朱大元

    2006-01-01

    AIM: To study the chemical constituents of Evodia fargesii Dode. METHODS: Silica gel column chromatography was used for the isolation of compounds, and spectroscopic techniques (NMR, IR, UV and MS) were used for the structural identification. RESULTS: Thirteen compounds, including six alkaloids: 2-methyl-6-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline (1), N,N-dimethyltryptamine (2), N-p-coumaroyltyramine (3), dictamnine (4), robustine (5), and haplophine (6), three limonoids: limonin (7), rutaevine (8), and evodol (9), two flavanoids: quercetin (10) and (+)-dihydroquercetin (11), as well as β-sitosterol (12) and daucosterol (13) were obtained from the titled plant. CONCLUSION: Compound 1 is new, the others are isolated from the plant for the first time.%目的: 研究臭辣树的化学成分.方法:采用硅胶柱层析的方法分离和纯化化合物,根据理化性质和波谱方法鉴定化合物结构.结果:从臭辣树中分离得到13个化合物,包括6个生物碱:2-methyl-6-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline(1), N,N-dimethyltryptamine(2), N-p-coumaroyltyramine(3), dictamnine(4), robustine(5), haplophine(6);3个柠檬苦素类化合物:limonin(7),rutaevine(8),和evodol(9); 2个黄酮类化合物:quercetin(10)和(+)-dihydroquercetin(11);以及β-sitosterol(12)和daucosterol(13).结论: 化合物1为新化合物,其它化合物均为首次从本植物中分离得到.

  9. Harmine promotes osteoblast differentiation through bone morphogenetic protein signaling

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    Yonezawa, Takayuki [Department of Nutriproteomics, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Research Institute for Biological Functions, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Lee, Ji-Won [Research Institute for Biological Functions, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Hibino, Ayaka; Asai, Midori [Department of Biological Chemistry, College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Hojo, Hironori [Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Cha, Byung-Yoon [Research Institute for Biological Functions, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Teruya, Toshiaki [Research Institute for Biological Functions, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Faculty of Education, University of the Ryukyus, 1 Senbaru, Nishihara, Okinawa 903-0213 (Japan); Nagai, Kazuo [Research Institute for Biological Functions, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Department of Biological Chemistry, College of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Chubu University, 1200 Matsumoto, Kasugai, Aichi 487-8501 (Japan); Chung, Ung-Il [Center for Disease Biology and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Yagasaki, Kazumi [Department of Nutriproteomics, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033 (Japan); Division of Applied Biological Chemistry, Institute of Agriculture, Tokyo Noko University, 3-5-8 Saiwai, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-8509 (Japan); and others

    2011-06-03

    Highlights: {yields} Harmine promotes the activity and mRNA expression of ALP. {yields} Harmine enhances the expressions of osteocalcin mRNA and protein. {yields} Harmine induces osteoblastic mineralization. {yields} Harmine upregulates the mRNA expressions of BMPs, Runx2 and Osterix. {yields} BMP signaling pathways are involved in the actions of harmine. -- Abstract: Bone mass is regulated by osteoblast-mediated bone formation and osteoclast-mediated bone resorption. We previously reported that harmine, a {beta}-carboline alkaloid, inhibits osteoclast differentiation and bone resorption in vitro and in vivo. In this study, we investigated the effects of harmine on osteoblast proliferation, differentiation and mineralization. Harmine promoted alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity in MC3T3-E1 cells without affecting their proliferation. Harmine also increased the mRNA expressions of the osteoblast marker genes ALP and Osteocalcin. Furthermore, the mineralization of MC3T3-E1 cells was enhanced by treatment with harmine. Harmine also induced osteoblast differentiation in primary calvarial osteoblasts and mesenchymal stem cell line C3H10T1/2 cells. Structure-activity relationship studies using harmine-related {beta}-carboline alkaloids revealed that the C3-C4 double bond and 7-hydroxy or 7-methoxy group of harmine were important for its osteogenic activity. The bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) antagonist noggin and its receptor kinase inhibitors dorsomorphin and LDN-193189 attenuated harmine-promoted ALP activity. In addition, harmine increased the mRNA expressions of Bmp-2, Bmp-4, Bmp-6, Bmp-7 and its target gene Id1. Harmine also enhanced the mRNA expressions of Runx2 and Osterix, which are key transcription factors in osteoblast differentiation. Furthermore, BMP-responsive and Runx2-responsive reporters were activated by harmine treatment. Taken together, these results indicate that harmine enhances osteoblast differentiation probably by inducing the expressions of

  10. Progress in Pictet-Spengler Reaction%Pictet-Spengler反应

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    程辟; 陈纪军

    2006-01-01

      Pictet-Spengler (P-S) reaction is a methodology to synthesize tetrahydroisoquinoline andβ-carboline derivatives effectively and plays an important role in the construction of N-containing heterocyclic system. In this paper, the catalytic system, reaction selectivity and the improvement of P-S reaction were reviewed together with an introduction of solid phase P-S reaction.%  Pictet-Spengler(P-S)反应是合成四氢异喹啉和β-咔啉衍生物的有效方法,在构建含氮杂环体系中占有非常重要的地位。本文对近年来P-S反应的催化体系、反应的选择性以及改进型的P-S反应进行了综述,并对固相P-S反应也作了相应的介绍。

  11. Mechanistic insights into a BINOL-derived phosphoric acid-catalyzed asymmetric Pictet-Spengler reaction.

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    Overvoorde, Lois M; Grayson, Matthew N; Luo, Yi; Goodman, Jonathan M

    2015-03-01

    The reaction of tryptamine and (2-oxocyclohexyl)acetic acid can be catalyzed by 3,3'-bis(triphenylsilyl)-1,1'-bi-2-naphthol phosphoric acid to give an asymmetric β-carboline. This reaction was first studied by Holloway et al. ( Org. Lett. 2010 , 12 , 4720 - 4723 ), but their mechanistic work did not explain the high stereoselectivity achieved. This study uses density functional theory and hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics calculations to investigate this reaction and provide a model to explain its outcome. The step leading to diastereo- and enantioselectivity is an asymmetric Pictet-Spengler reaction involving an N-acyliminium ion bound to the catalyst in a bidentate fashion. This interaction occurs via hydrogen bonds between the two terminal oxygen atoms of the catalyst phosphate group and the hydrogen atoms at N and C2 of the substrate indole group. These bonds hold the transition structure rigidly and thus allow the catalyst triphenylsilyl groups to influence the enantioselectivity. PMID:25654215

  12. Suggesting a possible role of CA1 histaminergic system in harmane-induced amnesia.

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    Nasehi, Mohammad; Mashaghi, Elham; Khakpai, Fatemeh; Zarrindast, Mohammad-Reza

    2013-11-27

    A number of tremorogenic β-carboline alkaloids such as harmane are naturally present in the human food chain. They are derived from medicinal plants such as Peganum harmala that have been used as folk medicine in anticancer therapy. In the present study, effects of the histaminergic system of the dorsal hippocampus (CA1) on harmane-induced amnesia were examined. One-trial step-down was used to assess memory retention in adult male mice. The results showed that pre-training intra-CA1 administration of histamine (5μg/mouse), ranitidine (H2 receptor antagonist; at the doses of 0.25 and 0.5μg/mouse) and pyrilamine (H1 receptor antagonist; at the dose of 5μg/mouse) decreased memory formation. Pre-training intraperitoneal (i.p.) administration of harmane (12mg/kg) also decreased memory formation. Moreover, pre-training intra-CA1 injection of a sub-threshold dose of histamine (2.5μg/mouse) could reverse harmane (12mg/kg, i.p.)-induced impairment of memory. On the other hand, pre-training intra-CA1 injection of sub-threshold doses of ranitidine (0.0625μg/mouse) and pyrilamine (2.5μg/mouse) increased harmane-induced impairment of memory. In conclusion, the present findings suggest the involvement of the CA1 histaminergic system in harmane-induced impairment of memory formation.

  13. Metabolites identification of harmane in vitro/in vivo in rats by ultra-performance liquid chromatography combined with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry.

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    Li, Shuping; Liu, Wei; Teng, Liang; Cheng, Xuemei; Wang, Zhengtao; Wang, Changhong

    2014-04-01

    Harmane, a β-carboline alkaloid with a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities, is naturally present in the human diet, in numerous foodstuffs and in hallucinogenic plants such as Peganum harmala, Banisteriopsis caapi and Tribulus terrestris. However, the precise metabolic fate of harmane remains unknown. In order to know whether harmane is extensively metabolized, a rapid and sensitive method using ultra-performance liquid chromatography combined with electrospray ionization quadrupole time-of-flight tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-QTOF-MS) was used to analyze the metabolic profile of harmane in vitro and in vivo in rats. A total of 21 metabolites were identified from the rat liver microsomes and rat liver S9 (9), rat urine (11), feces (16), bile (16), and plasma (10) after a single oral administration of harmane using MetaboLynx™ and MassFragment ™ software tools. It indicated that the biliary and faecal clearance were the major excretion routes for harmane as well as its metabolites. The specific CLogP values combined with different acidic and alkaline mobile phase were helpful and useful for distinguishing N-oxidation and monohydroxylation metabolites. The metabolic transformation pathways of harmane included monohydroxylation, dihydroxylation, N-oxidation, O-glucuronide conjugation, O-sulphate conjugation, and glutathione conjugation. In conclusion, this study showed an insight into the metabolism of harmane. PMID:24486683

  14. Novel 2DG-based harmine derivatives for targeted cancer therapy

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    Wang, Aqin; Chen, Yuqi; Chen, Wei R.; Gu, Yueqing

    2013-02-01

    Harmine is a beta-carboline alkaloid from the plant Peganum harmala. These alkaloids were stimulated by their promising antitumor activities in the recent years. In this study, we designed and synthesized two harmine derivatives #1and #2 modified at position-9 of harmine with ethyl and phenylpropyl, respectively. To improve the tumor targeting capability, #1' and #2' were synthesized by conjugating 2-amino-2-deoxy-D-glucose (2DG) to the derivatives #1 and #2, respectively. The MTT assays of all these compounds in vitro against L02, HepG2 showed all compounds had low toxicity to normal cells (L02) and significantly enhanced carcinoma cell inhibitory rate compared to harmine. Cytotoxicity against liver cancer cell lines of compound #1' #2' is higher than #1 #2, and even the compound #2' is better than positive drug 5-FU. The compound #2', a novel 2DG-based harmine derivatives, could become a promising drug for targeted cancer therapy and combination therapy with other antitumor drugs.

  15. The Cytotoxic Constituents from Marine-derived Streptomyces 3320#

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    2006-01-01

    The present work studies the chemical constituents from marine-derived streptomyces 3320# and their antitumor activities. The n-BuOH extract of the ferment broth of 3320# was chromatographed on silica gel, Sephadex LH-20, ODS columns and HPLC to separate the compounds with antitoumor activities. Their structures were identified using IR, UV, NMR, MS spectroscopic techniques and compared with published data. The antitumor activities of the isolates were assayed using SRB method and flow cytometry assay, accompanied with the morphological observation of the cells under light microscope against mammalian tsFT210 cells. Ten compounds, cyclo-(Ala-Leu) 1, cyclo-(Ala-Ile) 2, cyclo-(Ala-Val) 3, cyclo-(Phe- Pro) 4, cyclo-(Phe-Gly) 5, cyclo-(Leu-Pro) 6, 1-methyl-1, 2, 3, 4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxylic acid 7, N-(4-hydroxyphenethyl) acetamide 8, 4-methyoxy-1-(2-hydroxy) ethylbenzene 9 and uridine 10, were isolated from the ferment broth of streptomyces 3320#. Among them, compounds 6, 7, 8 and 10 showed potent cytotoxicity against the tsFT210 cell with the IC50 values of 3 . 6, 7 . 2, 5 . 2 and 1 . 6 mmol L - 1, respectively. Compounds 8, 10 also exhibited apoptosis inducing activity under 2 . 0 mmol L - 1. Compounds 6, 7, 8 and 10 are the principle bioactive constituents responsible for the antitumor activities of marine streptomyces 3320# . Compound 7 was isolated from this species for the first time.

  16. Five New Cytotoxic Metabolites from the Marine Fungus Neosartorya pseudofischeri

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    Wen-Jian Lan

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    Full Text Available The marine fungus Neosartorya pseudofischeri was isolated from Acanthaster planci from the South China Sea. In a preliminary bioactivity screening, the crude methanol extract of the fungal mycelia showed significant inhibitory activity against the Sf9 cell line from the fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda. Five novel compounds, including 5-olefin phenylpyropene A (1, 13-dehydroxylpyripyropene A (4, deacetylsesquiterpene (7, 5-formyl-6-hydroxy-8-isopropyl-2- naphthoic acid (9 and 6,8-dihydroxy-3-((1E,3E-penta-1,3-dien-1-ylisochroman-1-one (10, together with eleven known compounds, phenylpyropene A (2 and C (3, pyripyropene A (5, 7-deacetylpyripyropene A (6, (1S,2R,4aR,5R,8R,8aR-1,8a-dihydroxy-2-acetoxy-3,8-dimethyl-5- (prop-1-en-2-yl-1,2,4a, 5,6,7,8,8a-octahydronaphthalene (8, isochaetominine C (11, trichodermamide A (12, indolyl-3-acetic acid methyl ester (13, 1-acetyl-β-carboline (14, 1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-6-hydroxyl-2-methyl-l,3,4-trioxopyrazino[l,2-a]-indole (15 and fumiquinazoline F (16, were obtained. The structures of these compounds were determined mainly by MS and NMR data. The absolute configuration of 9 was assigned by the single-crystal X-ray diffraction studies. Compounds 1–11 and 15 showed significant cytotoxicity against the Sf9 cells from S. frugiperda.

  17. Effect of six Chinese spices on heterocyclic amine profiles in roast beef patties by ultra performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry and principal component analysis.

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    Zeng, Maomao; He, Zhiyong; Zheng, Zongping; Qin, Fang; Tao, Guanjun; Zhang, Shuang; Gao, Yahui; Chen, Jie

    2014-10-01

    The effects of Chinese spices on the profiles of 17 heterocyclic amines (HAs) from seven HA categories were investigated in roast beef patties using Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) and principal component analysis. Three groups of HAs, imidazopyridines (PhIP, DMIP, and 1,5,6-TMIP), imidazoquinoxalines (MeIQx and 4,8-DiMeIQx), and β-carbolines (harman and norharman), were detected and quantified in all of the samples. The results demonstrated that the total HA and imidazopyridine profiles could clearly be affected by 1% pricklyash peel (14.1 ± 0.76 and 6.06 ± 0.32 ng/g), chilli (41.0 ± 0.01 and 23.0 ± 0.52 ng/g), and cumin (59.9 ± 2.44 and 31.1 ± 3.06 ng/g), in comparison with control values of 21.8 ± 2.40 and 14.3 ± 2.04 ng/g, respectively. The difference was only significant (p spices in meat processing to minimize HA formation.

  18. Metabolism and resistance of Fusarium spp. to the manzamine alkaloids via a putative retro pictet-spengler reaction and utility of the rational design of antimalarial and antifungal agents.

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    Kasanah, Noer; Farr, Lorelei Lucas; Gholipour, Abbas; Wedge, David E; Hamann, Mark T

    2014-08-01

    As a part of our continuing investigation of the manzamine alkaloids we studied the in vitro activity of the β-carboline containing manzamine alkaloids against Fusarium solani, Fusarium oxysporium, and Fusarium proliferatum by employing several bioassay techniques including one-dimensional direct bioautography, dilution, and plate susceptibility, and microtiter broth assays. In addition, we also studied the metabolism of the manzamine alkaloids by Fusarium spp. in order to facilitate the redesign of the compounds to prevent resistance of Fusarium spp. through metabolism. The present research reveals that the manzamine alkaloids are inactive against Fusarium spp. and the fungi transform manzamines via hydrolysis, reduction, and a retro Pictet-Spengler reaction. This is the first report to demonstrate an enzymatically retro Pictet-Spengler reaction. The results of this study reveal the utility of the rational design of metabolically stable antifungal agents from this class and the development of manzamine alkaloids as antimalarial drugs through the utilization of Fusarium's metabolic products to reconstruct the molecule.

  19. N,N-Dimethyltryptamine and dichloromethane: rearrangement of quaternary ammonium salt product during GC-EI and CI-MS-MS analysis.

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    Brandt, Simon D; Martins, Cláudia P B; Freeman, Sally; Dempster, Nicola; Wainwright, Mark; Riby, Philip G; Alder, John F

    2008-05-12

    N,N-Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) 1 is a simple tryptamine derivative with powerful psychoactive properties. It is abundant in nature and easily accessible through a variety of synthetic routes. Most work-up procedures require the use of organic solvents and halogenated representatives are often employed. DMT was found to be reactive towards dichloromethane, either during work-up or long term storage therein, which led to the formation of the quaternary ammonium salt N-chloromethyl-DMT chloride 2. Analysis of this side-product by gas chromatography ion trap mass spectrometry (GC-MS), both in electron and chemical ionisation tandem MS modes, gave only degradation products. For example, 2 could not be detected but appeared to have rearranged to 3-(2-chloroethyl)indole 3 and 2-methyltetrahydro-beta-carboline 4, whereas HPLC analysis enabled the detection of 2. GC-MS is a standard tool for the fingerprinting of drug products. The identification of a particular synthetic route is based on the analysis of impurities, provided these side products can be established to be route-specific. The in situ detection of both 3 and 4 within a DMT sample may have led to erroneous conclusions with regards to the identification of the synthetic route. PMID:18242916

  20. Halogenated solvent interactions with N,N-dimethyltryptamine: formation of quaternary ammonium salts and their artificially induced rearrangements during analysis.

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    Brandt, Simon D; Martins, Cláudia P B; Freeman, Sally; Dempster, Nicola; Riby, Philip G; Gartz, Jochen; Alder, John F

    2008-07-01

    The psychoactive properties of N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) 1a are known to induce altered states of consciousness in humans. This particular attribute attracts great interest from a variety of scientific and also clandestine communities. Our recent research has confirmed that DMT reacts with dichloromethane (DCM), either as a result of work-up or storage to give a quaternary N-chloromethyl ammonium salt 2a. Furthermore, this was observed to undergo rearrangement during analysis using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) with products including 3-(2-chloroethyl)indole 3 and 2-methyltetrahydro-beta-carboline 4 (2-Me-THBC). This study further investigates this so far unexplored area of solvent interactions by the exposure of DMT to other halogenated solvents including dibromomethane and 1,2-dichloroethane (DCE). The N-bromomethyl- and N-chloroethyl quaternary ammonium derivatives were subsequently characterised by ion trap GC-MS in electron and chemical ionisation tandem MS mode and by NMR spectroscopy. The DCE-derived derivative formed at least six rearrangement products in the total ion chromatogram. Identification of mass spectrometry generated by-products was verified by conventional or microwave-accelerated synthesis. The use of deuterated DCM and deuterated DMT 1b provided insights into the mechanism of the rearrangements. The presence of potentially characteristic marker molecules may allow the identification of solvents used during the manufacture of controlled substances, which is often neglected since these are considered inert. PMID:18455334

  1. Fermentation products of solvent tolerant marine bacterium Moraxella spp. MB1 and its biotechnological applications in salicylic acid bioconversion.

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    Wahidullah, Solimabi; Naik, Deepak N; Devi, Prabha

    2013-01-01

    As part of a proactive approach to environmental protection, emerging issues with potential impact on the environment is the subject of ongoing investigation. One emerging area of environmental research concerns pharmaceuticals like salicylic acid, which is the main metabolite of various analgesics including aspirin. It is a common component of sewage effluent and also an intermediate in the degradation pathway of various aromatic compounds which are introduced in the marine environment as pollutants. In this study, biotransformation products of salicylic acid by seaweed, Bryopsis plumosa, associated marine bacterium, Moraxella spp. MB1, have been investigated. Phenol, conjugates of phenol and hydroxy cinnamic acid derivatives (coumaroyl, caffeoyl, feruloyl and trihydroxy cinnamyl) with salicylic acid (3-8) were identified as the bioconversion products by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. These results show that the microorganism do not degrade phenolic acid but catalyses oxygen dependent transformations without ring cleavage. The degradation of salicylic acid is known to proceed either via gentisic acid pathway or catechol pathway but this is the first report of biotransformation of salicylic acid into cinnamates, without ring cleavage. Besides cinnamic acid derivatives (9-12), metabolites produced by the bacterium include antimicrobial indole (13) and β-carbolines, norharman (14), harman (15) and methyl derivative (16), which are beneficial to the host and the environment. PMID:24391802

  2. 海洋链霉菌S09的化学成分研究%Chemical Constituents from Marine Streptomycete sp.S09

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    宋丽华; 杨胜祥; 姜坤

    2013-01-01

    Six compounds were isolated from the fermented broth extract of the marine Streptomycete sp. S09. Their structures were identified as thymidine ( 1) , uracil ( 2) , 3-methyl-2 , 5-piperazinedione ( 3 ) , pyrrole-2-carboxylic acid ( 4 ) ,clarithromycin (5) and p-carboline (6) by spectral methods. The cytotoxic activities of the 6 compounds were tested by the brine shrimp bioassay. The mortality rate of brine shrimp was 87. 6% for clarithromycin (5) at the concentration of 10 μg/mL. It indicated that clarithromycin (5) had significant toxicity on brine shrimp.%从海洋链霉菌S09的发酵液提取物中分离得到6个化合物,通过波谱技术分别鉴定为:thymidine(1)、尿嘧啶(2)、3-甲基-2,5-哌嗪二酮(3)、2-吡咯甲酸(4)、卡拉霉素(5)和β-咔啉(6).海虾致死实验结果显示:化合物5在10μg/mL的浓度下对丰年虾的致死率为87.6%,显示出较强的细胞毒活性.

  3. Traditional Chinese Medicine for Senile Dementia

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    Zhihong Lin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM has a 3000 years' history of human use. A literature survey addressing traditional evidence from human studies was done, with key result that top 10 TCM herb ingredients including Poria cocos, Radix polygalae, Radix glycyrrhizae, Radix angelica sinensis, and Radix rehmanniae were prioritized for highest potential benefit to dementia intervention, related to the highest frequency of use in 236 formulae collected from 29 ancient Pharmacopoeias, ancient formula books, or historical archives on ancient renowned TCM doctors, over the past 10 centuries. Based on the history of use, there was strong clinical support that Radix polygalae is memory improving. Pharmacological investigation also indicated that all the five ingredients mentioned above can elicit memory-improving effects in vivo and in vitro via multiple mechanisms of action, covering estrogen-like, cholinergic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic, neurogenetic, and anti-Aβ activities. Furthermore, 11 active principles were identified, including sinapic acid, tenuifolin, isoliquiritigenin, liquiritigenin, glabridin, ferulic acid, Z-ligustilide, N-methyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxamide, coniferyl ferulate and 11-angeloylsenkyunolide F, and catalpol. It can be concluded that TCM has a potential for complementary and alternative role in treating senile dementia. The scientific evidence is being continuously mined to back up the traditional medical wisdom.

  4. Melatonin and pinoline prevent aluminium-induced lipid peroxidation in rat synaptosomes.

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    Millán-Plano, Sergio; García, Joaquin J; Martínez-Ballarín, Enrique; Reiter, Russel J; Ortega-Gutiérrez, Santiago; Lázaro, Rosa Maria; Escanero, Jesos Fernando

    2003-01-01

    The serum concentrations of aluminum, a metal potentially involved in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease, increase with age. Also, intense and prolonged exposure to aluminum may result in dementia. Melatonin and pinoline are two well known antioxidants that efficiently reduce lipid peroxidation due to oxidative stress. Herein, we investigated the effects of melatonin and pinoline in preventing aluminum promotion of lipid peroxidation when the metal was combined with FeCl3 and ascorbic acid in rat synaptosomal membranes. Lipid peroxidation was estimated by quantifying malondialdehyde (MDA) and 4-hydroxyalkenal (4-HDA) concentrations in the membrane suspension. Under the experimental conditions used herein, the addition of aluminum (0.0001 to 1 mmol/L) enhanced MDA + 4-HDA formation in the synaptosomes. Melatonin and pinoline reduced, in a concentration-dependent manner, lipid peroxidation due to aluminum, FeCl3 and ascorbic acid in the synaptosomal membranes. These results suggest that the indoleamine melatonin and the beta-carboline pinoline may potentially act as neuroprotectant agents in the therapy of those diseases with elevated aluminum concentrations in the tissues.

  5. Mass spectrometric dereplication of nitrogen-containing constituents of black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa L.)

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    Nikolić, Dejan; Gödecke, Tanja; Chen, Shao-Nong; White, Jerry; Lankin, David C.; Pauli, Guido F.; van Breemen, Richard B.

    2011-01-01

    Black cohosh preparations are popular dietary supplements among women seeking alternative treatments for menopausal complaints. For decades, triterpene glycosides and phenolic acids have dominated the phytochemical and biomedical research on this plant. In this study, we provide evidence that black cohosh contains an unexpected and highly diverse group of secondary nitrogenous metabolites previously unknown to exist in this plant. Using a dereplication approach that combines accurate mass measurements, database searches and general knowledge of biosynthetic pathways of natural products, we identified or tentatively identified 73 nitrogen-containing metabolites, many of which are new natural products. The identified compounds belong to several structural groups including alkaloids, amides or esters of hydroxycinnamic acids and betains. Among the alkaloids, several classes such as guanidino alkaloids, isoquinolines and β-carbolines were identified. Fragmentation patterns for major compound classes are discussed, which provides a framework for the discovery of these compounds from other sources. Identification of alkaloids as a well-known group of bioactive natural products represents an important advance in better understanding of the pharmacological profile of black cohosh. PMID:22178683

  6. Production of Induced Secondary Metabolites by a Co-Culture of Sponge-Associated Actinomycetes, Actinokineospora sp. EG49 and Nocardiopsis sp. RV163

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    Yousef Dashti

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Two sponge-derived actinomycetes, Actinokineospora sp. EG49 and Nocardiopsis sp. RV163, were grown in co-culture and the presence of induced metabolites monitored by 1H NMR. Ten known compounds, including angucycline, diketopiperazine and β-carboline derivatives 1–10, were isolated from the EtOAc extracts of Actinokineospora sp. EG49 and Nocardiopsis sp. RV163. Co-cultivation of Actinokineospora sp. EG49 and Nocardiopsis sp. RV163 induced the biosynthesis of three natural products that were not detected in the single culture of either microorganism, namely N-(2-hydroxyphenyl-acetamide (11, 1,6-dihydroxyphenazine (12 and 5a,6,11a,12-tetrahydro-5a,11a-dimethyl[1,4]benzoxazino[3,2-b][1,4]benzoxazine (13a. When tested for biological activity against a range of bacteria and parasites, only the phenazine 12 was active against Bacillus sp. P25, Trypanosoma brucei and interestingly, against Actinokineospora sp. EG49. These findings highlight the co-cultivation approach as an effective strategy to access the bioactive secondary metabolites hidden in the genomes of marine actinomycetes.

  7. Amazonian ethnobotany and the search for new drugs.

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    Schultes, R E

    1994-01-01

    Tropical rain forests offer enormous prospects for the discovery of new drugs for use in Western medicine. The Amazon supports 80,000 species of higher plants and a diverse Indian population. Focusing attention on those plants used as medicines by indigenous peoples is the most efficient way of identifying the plants that contain bioactive compounds. There is an urgent need for more ethnobotanists and ethnopharmacologists to be trained to document as much information as possible before it and the plants are lost through destruction of the rain forest and acculturation of the indigenous peoples. Ethnobotanical studies have identified plants documented by early travellers; these include Paullinia yoco and Ilex guayusa which are used as stimulants and have been shown to be rich in caffeine. Studies of the hallucinogen prepared from Banisterioposis caapi have shown that the native people know which plants to add to the mixture to lengthen and intensify the intoxication produced by the beta-carboline alkaloids in the plant. Three major snuffs are used in the Amazonia; the plants from which they are derived have been identified. One of the snuffs also has antifungal and curare-like activities; chemical analysis on the active principles has not been done. Several plants are considered as prime candidates for scientific study as sources of useful chemicals for medicine or industry. These include some used to prepare teas or other infusions for treatment of various symptoms of senile dementia. PMID:7736849

  8. Peganum harmala L. Intoxication in a Pregnant Woman

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    Mohamed Adnane Berdai

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Peganum harmala L. is a plant widely distributed in the Mediterranean region. It is commonly used in traditional medicine in Morocco as sedative and abortifacient but exposes users to the risk of overdose and poisoning. The pharmacologically active compounds of this plant include a number of β-carboline and quinazoline alkaloids responsible of its pharmacological and toxicological effects. We report the case of a 24-year-old woman, 22 weeks pregnant, intoxicated with the seeds of Peganum harmala L. On admission, she had disturbance of consciousness, uterine contraction, and oliguria. Laboratory tests revealed renal failure and liver injury, and she benefited then from hemodialysis. During hospitalization, she was intubated after deterioration of consciousness and presented a spontaneous expulsion of the fetus. After extubation, she kept unusual sequelae: cerebellar ataxia and peripheral polyneuropathy. Physicians in regions using Peganum harmala L. as traditional medicine must be able to detect symptoms of its toxicity, in order to establish early gastrointestinal decontamination. The prognosis of this intoxication is variable; most cases can be managed successfully; but in high doses of intoxication, evolution can be fatal.

  9. Research Progress of Alkaloids from Araceae%天南星科植物生物碱成分研究进展

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    刘芳; 王跃虎; 胡光万; 龙春林

    2012-01-01

    This review summed up that alkaloids in Araceae mainly contained pyrroles, pyrrolidines, pyridines, piperidines, cyclic dipeptides, pyrazines, indoles, β-carbolines, and homonojirimycins. These secondary metabolites had antitumor, antibiotic, antioxidant, anticoagulation, insects poison, anti-glycosidase and other activities. The relative proposals were provided to solve these problems during process of resources usage and these data might support basis for the further study and development of plant resources of this family.%总结了天南星科植物含有的生物碱类型主要包括吡咯和四氢吡咯类、吡啶和哌啶类、环二肽类、哌嗪类、吲哚和β-咔啉类、Homonojirimycin类生物碱,且此类次生代谢产物具有细胞毒与抗肿瘤、抗菌、抗氧化、抗凝血、昆虫毒杀以及糖苷酶抑制等活性,针对天南星科植物资源开发利用过程中存在的问题提出相应的建议,为该科植物资源的进一步研究与开发提供参考.

  10. Fermentation products of solvent tolerant marine bacterium Moraxella spp. MB1 and its biotechnological applications in salicylic acid bioconversion.

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    Wahidullah, Solimabi; Naik, Deepak N; Devi, Prabha

    2013-01-01

    As part of a proactive approach to environmental protection, emerging issues with potential impact on the environment is the subject of ongoing investigation. One emerging area of environmental research concerns pharmaceuticals like salicylic acid, which is the main metabolite of various analgesics including aspirin. It is a common component of sewage effluent and also an intermediate in the degradation pathway of various aromatic compounds which are introduced in the marine environment as pollutants. In this study, biotransformation products of salicylic acid by seaweed, Bryopsis plumosa, associated marine bacterium, Moraxella spp. MB1, have been investigated. Phenol, conjugates of phenol and hydroxy cinnamic acid derivatives (coumaroyl, caffeoyl, feruloyl and trihydroxy cinnamyl) with salicylic acid (3-8) were identified as the bioconversion products by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. These results show that the microorganism do not degrade phenolic acid but catalyses oxygen dependent transformations without ring cleavage. The degradation of salicylic acid is known to proceed either via gentisic acid pathway or catechol pathway but this is the first report of biotransformation of salicylic acid into cinnamates, without ring cleavage. Besides cinnamic acid derivatives (9-12), metabolites produced by the bacterium include antimicrobial indole (13) and β-carbolines, norharman (14), harman (15) and methyl derivative (16), which are beneficial to the host and the environment.

  11. Fermentation products of solvent tolerant marine bacterium Moraxella spp. MB1 and its biotechnological applications in salicylic acid bioconversion.

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    Solimabi Wahidullah

    Full Text Available As part of a proactive approach to environmental protection, emerging issues with potential impact on the environment is the subject of ongoing investigation. One emerging area of environmental research concerns pharmaceuticals like salicylic acid, which is the main metabolite of various analgesics including aspirin. It is a common component of sewage effluent and also an intermediate in the degradation pathway of various aromatic compounds which are introduced in the marine environment as pollutants. In this study, biotransformation products of salicylic acid by seaweed, Bryopsis plumosa, associated marine bacterium, Moraxella spp. MB1, have been investigated. Phenol, conjugates of phenol and hydroxy cinnamic acid derivatives (coumaroyl, caffeoyl, feruloyl and trihydroxy cinnamyl with salicylic acid (3-8 were identified as the bioconversion products by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry. These results show that the microorganism do not degrade phenolic acid but catalyses oxygen dependent transformations without ring cleavage. The degradation of salicylic acid is known to proceed either via gentisic acid pathway or catechol pathway but this is the first report of biotransformation of salicylic acid into cinnamates, without ring cleavage. Besides cinnamic acid derivatives (9-12, metabolites produced by the bacterium include antimicrobial indole (13 and β-carbolines, norharman (14, harman (15 and methyl derivative (16, which are beneficial to the host and the environment.

  12. The Pictet-Spengler Reaction Still on Stage.

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    Ingallina, Cinzia; D'Acquarica, Ilaria; Delle Monache, Giuliano; Ghirga, Francesca; Quaglio, Deborah; Ghirga, Patrizio; Berardozzi, Simone; Markovic, Violeta; Botta, Bruno

    2016-01-01

    Today, in spite of being older than a century (born in 1911), the Pictet-Spengler two component reaction (PS-2CR) is still one of the most popular reactions, not only for the synthesis of tetrahydroisoquinolines (THIQs), tetrahydro-β-carbolines (THBCs), or more complex structures containing these two privileged moieties, but also for the construction of novel scaffolds, available for structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies and/or for combinatorial libraries targeted at drug discovery. The prominence of the P-S cyclization is brought about by the inheritance from analogous enzyme-catalyzed reactions of the biogenetic pathways of natural products, mainly indole alkaloids, with a broad range of biological activities. This knowledge has been the starting point for the biomimetic synthesis or the bio-engineering production of pharmacologically important drugs. The long-lasting life of the P-S reaction depends on the discovery of its multiple facets, the modifications of its parameters and components, as well as the continuous renovation of solutions for the challenging stereochemical outcome of the transformation. This paper deals with an updated visit to the P-S reaction aiming to find the threads of the story without forgetting the numerous facets of the prism. It is organized as a theater piece, with a prologue and the main scene (namely, Act 1) where the readers can follow the parade of the two above-mentioned very recurring motifs (namely, THIQ and THBC) by moving from one step to another (a cyclization, an intramolecular attack, a stereoselective passage) to find the way out of the labyrinth of the P-S reaction. PMID:26719050

  13. Ethanol potently and competitively inhibits binding of the alcohol antagonist Ro15-4513 to α4/6β3δ GABAA receptors

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    Hanchar, H. Jacob; Chutsrinopkun, Panida; Meera, Pratap; Supavilai, Porntip; Sieghart, Werner; Wallner, Martin; Olsen, Richard W.

    2006-01-01

    Although GABAA receptors have long been implicated in mediating ethanol (EtOH) actions, receptors containing the “nonsynaptic” δ subunit only recently have been shown to be uniquely sensitive to EtOH. Here, we show that δ subunit-containing receptors bind the imidazo-benzodiazepines (BZs) flumazenil and Ro15-4513 with high affinity (Kd < 10 nM), contrary to the widely held belief that these receptors are insensitive to BZs. In immunopurified native cerebellar and recombinant δ subunit-containing receptors, binding of the alcohol antagonist [3H]Ro15-4513 is inhibited by low concentrations of EtOH (Ki ≈ 8 mM). Also, Ro15-4513 binding is inhibited by BZ-site ligands that have been shown to reverse the behavioral alcohol antagonism of Ro15-4513 (i.e., flumazenil, β-carbolinecarboxylate ethyl ester (β-CCE), and N-methyl-β-carboline-3-carboxamide (FG7142), but not including any classical BZ agonists like diazepam). Experiments that were designed to distinguish between a competitive and allosteric mechanism suggest that EtOH and Ro15-4513 occupy a mutually exclusive binding site. The fact that only Ro15-4513, but not flumazenil, can inhibit the EtOH effect, and that Ro15-4513 differs from flumazenil by only a single group in the molecule (an azido group at the C7 position of the BZ ring) suggest that this azido group in Ro15-4513 might be the area that overlaps with the alcohol-binding site. Our findings, combined with previous observations that Ro15-4513 is a behavioral alcohol antagonist, suggest that many of the behavioral effects of EtOH at relevant physiological concentrations are mediated by EtOH/Ro15-4513-sensitive GABAA receptors. PMID:16581914

  14. Low-dose alcohol actions on α4β3δ GABAA receptors are reversed by the behavioral alcohol antagonist Ro15-4513

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    Wallner, M.; Hanchar, H. J.; Olsen, R. W.

    2006-01-01

    Although it is now more than two decades since it was first reported that the imidazobenzodiazepine Ro15-4513 reverses behavioral alcohol effects, the molecular target(s) of Ro15-4513 and the mechanism of alcohol antagonism remain elusive. Here, we show that Ro15-4513 blocks the alcohol enhancement on recombinant “extrasynaptic” α4/6β3δ GABAA receptors at doses that do not reduce the GABA-induced Cl− current. At low ethanol concentrations (≤30 mM), the Ro15-4513 antagonism is complete. However, at higher ethanol concentrations (≥100 mM), there is a Ro15-4513-insensitive ethanol enhancement that is abolished in receptors containing a point mutation in the second transmembrane region of the β3 subunit (β3N265M). Therefore, α4/6β3δ GABA receptors have two distinct alcohol modulation sites: (i) a low-dose ethanol site present in α4/6β3δ receptors that is antagonized by the behavioral alcohol antagonist Ro15-4513 and (ii) a site activated at high (anesthetic) alcohol doses, defined by mutations in membrane-spanning regions. Receptors composed of α4β3N265Mδ subunits that lack the high-dose alcohol site show a saturable ethanol dose-response curve with a half-maximal enhancement at 16 mM, close to the legal blood alcohol driving limit in most U.S. states (17.4 mM). Like in behavioral experiments, the alcohol antagonist effect of Ro15-4513 on recombinant α4β3δ receptors is blocked by flumazenil and β-carboline-ethyl ester (β-CCE). Our findings suggest that ethanol/Ro15-4513-sensitive GABAA receptors are important mediators of behavioral alcohol effects. PMID:16698930

  15. Exploring the strength, mode, dynamics, and kinetics of binding interaction of a cationic biological photosensitizer with DNA: implication on dissociation of the drug-DNA complex via detergent sequestration.

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    Paul, Bijan Kumar; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2011-10-20

    The present study aims at exploring a detailed characterization of the binding interaction of a promising cancer cell photosensitizer, harmane (HM), with DNA extracted from herring sperm. The polarity-sensitive prototropic transformation of HM, a naturally occurring, fluorescent, drug-binding alkaloid, β-carboline, is remarkably modified upon interaction with DNA and is manifested through significant modulations on the absorption and emission profiles of HM. From the series of studies undertaken in the present program, for example, absorption; steady-state emission; the effect of chaotrope (urea); iodide ion-induced steady-state fluorescence quenching; circular dichroism (CD); and helix melting from absorption spectroscopy; the mode of binding of HM into the DNA helix has been substantiated to be principally intercalative. Concomitantly, a discernible dependence of the photophysics of the DNA-bound drug on the medium ionic strength indicates that electrostatic attraction should not be ignored in the interaction. Efforts have also been delivered to delineate the dynamical aspects of the interaction, such as modulation in time-resolved fluorescence decay and rotational relaxation dynamics of the drug within the DNA environment. In view of the prospective biological applications of HM, the issue of facile dissociation of intercalated HM from the DNA helix also comprises a crucial prerequisite for the functioning as an effective therapeutic agent. In this context, our results imply that the concept of detergent-sequestered dissociation of the drug from the drug-DNA complex can be a prospective strategy through an appropriate choice of the detergent molecule. The utility of the present work resides in exploring the potential applicability of the fluorescence property of HM for studying its interactions with a relevant biological target, for example, DNA. In addition, the methods and techniques used in the present work can also be exploited to study the interaction of

  16. Effects of harmine, an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, on spatial learning and memory of APP/PS1 transgenic mice and scopolamine-induced memory impairment mice.

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    He, Dandan; Wu, Hui; Wei, Yue; Liu, Wei; Huang, Fei; Shi, Hailian; Zhang, Beibei; Wu, Xiaojun; Wang, Changhong

    2015-12-01

    Harmine, a β-carboline alkaloid present in Peganum harmala with a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities, has been shown to exert strong inhibition against acetylcholinesterase in vitro. However, whether it can rescue the impaired cognition has not been elucidated yet. In current study, we examined its effects on scopolamine-induced memory impairment mice and APP/PS1 transgenic mice, one of the models for Alzheimer's disease, using Morris Water Maze test. In addition, whether harmine could penetrate blood brain barrier, interact with and inhibit acetylcholinesterase, and activate downstream signaling network was also investigated. Our results showed that harmine (20mg/kg) administered by oral gavage for 2 weeks could effectively enhance the spatial cognition of C57BL/6 mice impaired by intraperitoneal injection of scopolamine (1mg/kg). Meanwhile, long-term consumption of harmine (20mg/kg) for 10 weeks also slightly benefited the impaired memory of APP/PS1 mice. Furthermore, harmine could pass through blood brain barrier, penetrate into the brain parenchyma shortly after oral administration, and modulate the expression of Egr-1, c-Jun and c-Fos. Molecular docking assay disclosed that harmine molecule could directly dock into the catalytic active site of acetylcholinesterase, which was partially confirmed by its in vivo inhibitory activity on acetylcholinesterase. Taken together, all these results suggested that harmine could ameliorate impaired memory by enhancement of cholinergic neurotransmission via inhibiting the activity of acetylcholinesterase, which may contribute to its clinical use in the therapy of neurological diseases characterized with acetylcholinesterase deficiency. PMID:26526348

  17. Secondary Metabolites of Endophytic Cladosporium sp.J6 from Endangered Chrysosplenium carnosum%濒危肉叶金腰内生真菌Cladosporium sp.J6次级代谢产物研究

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    马延红; 蒋思萍; 徐爱国; 普布多吉; 陈彬; 王军

    2015-01-01

    To study the secondary metabolites of endophytic Cladosporium sp.J6 from endangered Chry-sosplenium carnosum from Tibet.The chemical constituents were isolated and purified by silica gel,Seph-adex LH -20,ODS -18 column chromatography,and HPLC;their structures were identified by NMR and MS analysis,or comparison with literatures.Five compounds were isolated from the fermentation products of Cladosporium sp.J6;their structures were identified as alternariol (1),alternariol 5-O-methyl ether (2),β-carboline (3),uracil (4),and uridine (5).This report was about secondary me-tabolites of endophytic fungus from Chrysosplenium Tourn.ex L.for the first time.%研究濒危藏药肉叶金腰内生真菌 Cladosporium sp.J6次级代谢产物。采用硅胶、LH -20凝胶、C -18反相硅胶及 HPLC 等柱色谱技术对 Cladosporium sp.J6的次级代谢产物进行研究;采用波谱分析及与文献比对等方法进行化合物结构鉴定;结果从肉叶金腰内生真菌 Cladosporium sp.J6的发酵提取物中分离得到5个化合物,分别鉴定为 alternariol (1)、alternariol 5-O-methyl ether (2)、β-咔啉(3)、尿嘧啶(4)和尿嘧啶核苷(5)。关于金腰属植物内生真菌次级代谢产物研究是首次报道。

  18. The correlation between CYP2D6 isoenzyme activity and haloperidol efficacy and safety profile in patients with alcohol addiction during the exacerbation of the addiction

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    Sychev, Dmitry Alekseevich; Zastrozhin, Mikhail Sergeevich; Smirnov, Valery Valerieevich; Grishina, Elena Anatolievna; Savchenko, Ludmila Mikhailovna; Bryun, Evgeny Alekseevich

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    Background Today, it is proved that isoenzymes CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 are involved in metabolism of haloperidol. In our previous investigation, we found a medium correlation between the efficacy and safety of haloperidol and the activity of CYP3A4 in patients with alcohol abuse. Objective The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between the activity of CYP2D6 and the efficacy and safety of haloperidol in patients with diagnosed alcohol abuse. Methods The study involved 70 men (average age: 40.83±9.92 years) with alcohol addiction. A series of psychometric scales were used in the research. The activity of CYP2D6 was evaluated by high-performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry using the ratio of 6-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline to pinoline. Genotyping of CYP2D6 (1846G>A) was performed using real-time polymerase chain reaction. Results According to results of correlation analysis, statistically significant values of Spearman correlation coefficient (rs) between the activity of CYP2D6 and the difference of points in psychometric scale were obtained in patients receiving haloperidol in injection form (Sheehan Clinical Anxiety Rating Scale =−0.721 [P<0.001] and Udvald for Kliniske Undersogelser Side Effect Rating Scale =0.692 [P<0.001]) and in those receiving haloperidol in tablet form (Covi Anxiety Scale =−0.851 [P<0.001] and Udvald for Kliniske Undersogelser Side Effect Rating Scale =0.797 [P<0.001]). Conclusion This study demonstrated the correlations between the activity of CYP2D6 isozyme and the efficacy and safety of haloperidol in patients with alcohol addiction. PMID:27695358

  19. Clinical investigations of the therapeutic potential of ayahuasca: rationale and regulatory challenges.

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    McKenna, Dennis J

    2004-05-01

    Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic beverage that is prominent in the ethnomedicine and shamanism of indigenous Amazonian tribes. Its unique pharmacology depends on the oral activity of the hallucinogen, N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), which results from inhibition of monoamine oxidase (MAO) by beta-carboline alkaloids. MAO is the enzyme that normally degrades DMT in the liver and gut. Ayahuasca has long been integrated into mestizo folk medicine in the northwest Amazon. In Brazil, it is used as a sacrament by several syncretic churches. Some of these organizations have incorporated in the United States. The recreational and religious use of ayahuasca in the United States, as well as "ayahuasca tourism" in the Amazon, is increasing. The current legal status of ayahuasca or its source plants in the United States is unclear, although DMT is a Schedule I controlled substance. One ayahuasca church has received favorable rulings in 2 federal courts in response to its petition to the Department of Justice for the right to use ayahuasca under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. A biomedical study of one of the churches, the Uñiao do Vegetal (UDV), indicated that ayahuasca may have therapeutic applications for the treatment of alcoholism, substance abuse, and possibly other disorders. Clinical studies conducted in Spain have demonstrated that ayahuasca can be used safely in normal healthy adults, but have done little to clarify its potential therapeutic uses. Because of ayahuasca's ill-defined legal status and variable botanical and chemical composition, clinical investigations in the United States, ideally under an approved Investigational New Drug (IND) protocol, are complicated by both regulatory and methodological issues. This article provides an overview of ayahuasca and discusses some of the challenges that must be overcome before it can be clinically investigated in the United States. PMID:15163593

  20. The endozepine ODN stimulates [3H]thymidine incorporation in cultured rat astrocytes

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    High concentrations of diazepam-binding inhibitor (DBI) mRNA have been detected in astrocytoma, suggesting that DBI-derived peptides may play a role in glial cell proliferation. In the present study, we have investigated the effect of a processing product of DBI, the octadecaneuropeptide ODN, on DNA synthesis in cultured rat astrocytes. At very low concentrations (10-14 to 10-11 M), ODN caused a dose-dependent increase of [3H]thymidine incorporation. At higher doses (10-10 to 10-5 M), the effect of ODN gradually declined. The central-type benzodiazepine receptor antagonist flumazenil (10-6 M) completely suppressed the stimulatory action of ODN whereas the peripheral-type benzodiazepine receptor ligand, PK11195 (10-6 M) had no effect. The ODN-induced stimulation of [3H]thymidine incorporation was mimicked by methyl 6,7-dimethoxy-4-ethyl-β-carboline-3-carboxylate (DMCM). The GABAA receptor antagonist bicuculline (10-4 M) suppressed the effect of both ODN and DMCM on DNA synthesis. Exposure of cultured astrocytes to the specific GABAA agonist 3APS (10-10 to 10-4 M) also induced a dose-related increase of [3H]thymidine incorporation. The present study indicates that ODN, acting through central-type benzodiazepine receptors associated with the GABAA receptor complex, stimulates DNA synthesis in rat glial cells. These data provide evidence for an autocrine role of endozepines in the control of glial cell proliferation. (Copyright (c) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  1. Inhibition of alpha oscillations through serotonin-2A receptor activation underlies the visual effects of ayahuasca in humans.

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    Valle, Marta; Maqueda, Ana Elda; Rabella, Mireia; Rodríguez-Pujadas, Aina; Antonijoan, Rosa Maria; Romero, Sergio; Alonso, Joan Francesc; Mañanas, Miquel Àngel; Barker, Steven; Friedlander, Pablo; Feilding, Amanda; Riba, Jordi

    2016-07-01

    Ayahuasca is an Amazonian psychotropic plant tea typically obtained from two plants, Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis. It contains the psychedelic 5-HT2A and sigma-1 agonist N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) plus β-carboline alkaloids with monoamine-oxidase (MAO)-inhibiting properties. Although the psychoactive effects of ayahuasca have commonly been attributed solely to agonism at the 5-HT2A receptor, the molecular target of classical psychedelics, this has not been tested experimentally. Here we wished to study the contribution of the 5-HT2A receptor to the neurophysiological and psychological effects of ayahuasca in humans. We measured drug-induced changes in spontaneous brain oscillations and subjective effects in a double-blind randomized placebo-controlled study involving the oral administration of ayahuasca (0.75mg DMT/kg body weight) and the 5-HT2A antagonist ketanserin (40mg). Twelve healthy, experienced psychedelic users (5 females) participated in four experimental sessions in which they received the following drug combinations: placebo+placebo, placebo+ayahuasca, ketanserin+placebo and ketanserin+ayahuasca. Ayahuasca induced EEG power decreases in the delta, theta and alpha frequency bands. Current density in alpha-band oscillations in parietal and occipital cortex was inversely correlated with the intensity of visual imagery induced by ayahuasca. Pretreatment with ketanserin inhibited neurophysiological modifications, reduced the correlation between alpha and visual effects, and attenuated the intensity of the subjective experience. These findings suggest that despite the chemical complexity of ayahuasca, 5-HT2A activation plays a key role in the neurophysiological and visual effects of ayahuasca in humans. PMID:27039035

  2. Behavioural and neurotoxic effects of ayahuasca infusion (Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis) in female Wistar rat.

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    Pic-Taylor, Aline; da Motta, Luciana Gueiros; de Morais, Juliana Alves; Junior, Willian Melo; Santos, Alana de Fátima Andrade; Campos, Leandro Ambrósio; Mortari, Marcia Renata; von Zuben, Marcus Vinicius; Caldas, Eloisa Dutra

    2015-09-01

    Ayahuasca, a psychoactive beverage used by indigenous and religious groups, is generally prepared by the coction of Psychotria viridis and Banisteriopsis caapi plants containing N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and β-carboline alkaloids, respectively. To investigate the acute toxicity of ayahuasca, the infusion was administered by gavage to female Wistar rats at doses of 30X and 50X the dose taken during a religious ritual, and the animals observed for 14 days. Behavioural functions were investigated one hour after dosing at 15X and 30X using the open field, elevated plus maze, and forced swimming tests. Neuronal activation (c-fos marked neurons) and toxicity (Fluoro-Jade B and Nissl/Cresyl staining) were investigated in the dorsal raphe nuclei (DRN), amygdaloid nucleus, and hippocampal formation brain areas of rats treated with a 30X ayahuasca dose. The actual lethal oral dose in female Wistar rats could not be determined in this study, but was shown to be higher than the 50X (which corresponds to 15.1mg/kg bw DMT). The ayahuasca and fluoxetine treated groups showed a significant decrease in locomotion in the open field and elevated plus-maze tests compared to controls. In the forced swimming test, ayahuasca treated animals swam more than controls, a behaviour that was not significant in the fluoxetine group. Treated animals showed higher neuronal activation in all brain areas involved in serotoninergic neurotransmission. Although this led to some brain injury, no permanent damage was detected. These results suggest that ayahuasca has antidepressant properties in Wistar female at high doses, an effect that should be further investigated. PMID:26049017

  3. Autonomic, neuroendocrine, and immunological effects of ayahuasca: a comparative study with d-amphetamine.

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    Dos Santos, Rafael G; Valle, Marta; Bouso, José Carlos; Nomdedéu, Josep F; Rodríguez-Espinosa, José; McIlhenny, Ethan H; Barker, Steven A; Barbanoj, Manel J; Riba, Jordi

    2011-12-01

    Ayahuasca is an Amazonian psychotropic plant tea combining the 5-HT2A agonist N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) and monoamine oxidase-inhibiting β-carboline alkaloids that render DMT orally active. The tea, obtained from Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis, has traditionally been used for religious, ritual, and medicinal purposes by the indigenous peoples of the region. More recently, the syncretistic religious use of ayahuasca has expanded to the United States and Europe. Here we conducted a double-blind randomized crossover clinical trial to investigate the physiological impact of ayahuasca in terms of autonomic, neuroendocrine, and immunomodulatory effects. An oral dose of encapsulated freeze-dried ayahuasca (1.0 mg DMT/kg body weight) was compared versus a placebo and versus a positive control (20 mg d-amphetamine) in a group of 10 healthy volunteers. Ayahuasca led to measurable DMT plasma levels and distinct subjective and neurophysiological effects that were absent after amphetamine. Both drugs increased pupillary diameter, with ayahuasca showing milder effects. Prolactin levels were significantly increased by ayahuasca but not by amphetamine, and cortisol was increased by both, with ayahuasca leading to the higher peak values. Ayahuasca and amphetamine induced similar time-dependent modifications in lymphocyte subpopulations. Percent CD4 and CD3 were decreased, whereas natural killer cells were increased. Maximum changes occurred around 2 hours, returning to baseline levels at 24 hours. In conclusion, ayahuasca displayed moderate sympathomimetic effects, significant neuroendocrine stimulation, and a time-dependent modulatory effect on cell-mediated immunity. Future studies on the health impact of long-term ayahuasca consumption should consider the assessment of immunological status in regular users. PMID:22005052

  4. Quantitative analysis of substituted N,N-dimethyl-tryptamines in the presence of natural type XII alkaloids.

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    Ivanova, Bojidarka; Spiteller, Michael

    2012-10-01

    This paper reports the qualitative and quantitative analysis (QA) of mixtures of hallucinogens, N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT) (1), 5-methoxy- (la) and 5-hydroxy-N,N-dimethyltryptamine (1b) in the presence of beta-carbolines (indole alkaloids of type XII) ((2), (3) and (5)}. The validated electronic absorption spectroscopic (EAs) protocol achieved a concentration limit of detection (LOD) of 7.2.10(-7) mol/L {concentration limit of quantification (LOQ) of 24.10(-7) mol/L) using bands (lambda max within 260+/-0.23-262+/-0.33 nm. Metrology, including accuracy, measurement repeatability, measurement precision, trueness of measurement, and reproducibility of the measurements are presented using N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMA) as standard. The analytical quantities of mixtures of alkaloids 4, 6 and 7 are: lambda max 317+/-0.45, 338+/-0.69 and 430+/-0.09 for 4 (LOD, 8.6.10(-7) mol/L; LOQ, 28.66(6), mol/L), as well as 528+/-0.75 nm for 6 and 7 (LOD, 8.2.10(-7) mol/L; LOQ, 27.33(3), mol/L), respectively. The partially validated protocols by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), electrospray ionization (ESI), mass spectrometry (MS), both in single and tandem operation (MS/MS) mode, as well as matrix/assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) MS are elaborated. The Raman spectroscopic (RS) protocol for analysis of psychoactive substances, characterized by strong fluorescence RS profile was developed, with the detection limits being discussed. The known synergistic effect leading to increase the psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties and the reported acute poisoning cases from 1-7, make the present study emergent, since as well the current lack of analytical data and the herein metrology obtained contributed to the elaboration of highly selective and precise analytical protocols, which would be of interest in the field of criminal forensic analysis. PMID:23156988

  5. Effects of Spider Venom Toxin PWTX-I (6-Hydroxytrypargine on the Central Nervous System of Rats

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    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The 6-hydroxytrypargine (6-HT is an alkaloidal toxin of the group of tetrahydro-b-carbolines (THbC isolated from the venom of the colonial spider Parawixia bistriata. These alkaloids are reversible inhibitors of the monoamine-oxidase enzyme (MAO, with hallucinogenic, tremorigenic and anxiolytic properties. The toxin 6-HT was the first THbC chemically reported in the venom of spiders; however, it was not functionally well characterized up to now. The action of 6-HT was investigated by intracerebroventricular (i.c.v. and intravenous (i.v. applications of the toxin in adult male Wistar rats, followed by the monitoring of the expression of fos-protein, combined with the use of double labeling immunehistochemistry protocols for the detection of some nervous receptors and enzymes related to the metabolism of neurotransmitters in the central nervous system (CNS. We also investigated the epileptiform activity in presence of this toxin. The assays were carried out in normal hippocampal neurons and also in a model of chronic epilepsy obtained by the use of neurons incubated in free-magnesium artificial cerebro-spinal fluid (ACSF. Trypargine, a well known THbC toxin, was used as standard compound for comparative purposes. Fos-immunoreactive cells (fos-ir were observed in hypothalamic and thalamic areas, while the double-labeling identified nervous receptors of the sub-types rGlu2/3 and NMR1, and orexinergic neurons. The 6-HT was administrated by perfusion and ejection in “brain slices” of hippocampus, inducing epileptic activity after its administration; the toxin was not able to block the epileptogenic crisis observed in the chronic model of the epilepsy, suggesting that 6-HT did not block the overactive GluRs responsible for this epileptic activity.

  6. New Indole Alkaloids from the Bark of Rauvolfia Reflexa and their Cholinesterase Inhibitory Activity

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    Mehran Fadaeinasab

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    Full Text Available Background/Aims: Rauvolfia reflexa is a member of the Apocynaceae family. Plants from the Apocynaceae family have been traditionally used in the treatment of age-related brain disorders Methods and Results: Two new indole alkaloids, rauvolfine C (1 and 3-methyl-10,11-dimethoxy-6-methoxycarbonyl-β-carboline (2, along with five known, macusine B (3, vinorine (4, undulifoline (5, isoresrpiline (6 and rescinnamine (7 were isolated from the bark of Rauvolfia reflexa. Cholinesterase inhibitory assay and molecular docking were performed to get insight of the inhibitory activity and molecular interactions of the compounds. The compounds showed good to moderate cholinesterase inhibitory activity with IC50 values in the range of 8.06 to 73.23 µM. Compound 7 was found to be the most potent inhibitor of both acetylcholinesterase (AChE and butyrylcholinesterase (BChE. Compounds 1, 2, 5 and 6 were found to be selective towards BChE, while compounds 3, 4 and 7 were dual inhibitors, having almost equal inhibitory activity on both AChE and BChE. Molecular docking revealed that compounds 6 and 7 interacted differently on AChE and BChE, by means of hydrophobic interactions and hydrogen bonding. In AChE, the indole moiety of both compounds interacted with the residues lining the peripheral anionic site, whereas in BChE, their methoxy groups are primarily responsible for the strong inhibitory activity via interactions with residues at the active site of the enzyme. Conclusion: Two new and five known indole alkaloids were isolated from R. reflexa. Among the compounds, 7 and 6 showed the most potent and promising cholinesterase inhibitory activity, worthy for further investigations.

  7. Effects of harmine, an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, on spatial learning and memory of APP/PS1 transgenic mice and scopolamine-induced memory impairment mice.

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    He, Dandan; Wu, Hui; Wei, Yue; Liu, Wei; Huang, Fei; Shi, Hailian; Zhang, Beibei; Wu, Xiaojun; Wang, Changhong

    2015-12-01

    Harmine, a β-carboline alkaloid present in Peganum harmala with a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities, has been shown to exert strong inhibition against acetylcholinesterase in vitro. However, whether it can rescue the impaired cognition has not been elucidated yet. In current study, we examined its effects on scopolamine-induced memory impairment mice and APP/PS1 transgenic mice, one of the models for Alzheimer's disease, using Morris Water Maze test. In addition, whether harmine could penetrate blood brain barrier, interact with and inhibit acetylcholinesterase, and activate downstream signaling network was also investigated. Our results showed that harmine (20mg/kg) administered by oral gavage for 2 weeks could effectively enhance the spatial cognition of C57BL/6 mice impaired by intraperitoneal injection of scopolamine (1mg/kg). Meanwhile, long-term consumption of harmine (20mg/kg) for 10 weeks also slightly benefited the impaired memory of APP/PS1 mice. Furthermore, harmine could pass through blood brain barrier, penetrate into the brain parenchyma shortly after oral administration, and modulate the expression of Egr-1, c-Jun and c-Fos. Molecular docking assay disclosed that harmine molecule could directly dock into the catalytic active site of acetylcholinesterase, which was partially confirmed by its in vivo inhibitory activity on acetylcholinesterase. Taken together, all these results suggested that harmine could ameliorate impaired memory by enhancement of cholinergic neurotransmission via inhibiting the activity of acetylcholinesterase, which may contribute to its clinical use in the therapy of neurological diseases characterized with acetylcholinesterase deficiency.

  8. Human pharmacology of ayahuasca: subjective and cardiovascular effects, monoamine metabolite excretion, and pharmacokinetics.

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    Riba, Jordi; Valle, Marta; Urbano, Gloria; Yritia, Mercedes; Morte, Adelaida; Barbanoj, Manel J

    2003-07-01

    The effects of the South American psychotropic beverage ayahuasca on subjective and cardiovascular variables and urine monoamine metabolite excretion were evaluated, together with the drug's pharmacokinetic profile, in a double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial. This pharmacologically complex tea, commonly obtained from Banisteriopsis caapi and Psychotria viridis, combines N,N-dimethyltryptamine (DMT), an orally labile psychedelic agent showing 5-hydroxytryptamine2A agonist activity, with monoamine oxidase (MAO)-inhibiting beta-carboline alkaloids (harmine, harmaline, and tetrahydroharmine). Eighteen volunteers with prior experience in the use of psychedelics received single oral doses of encapsulated freeze-dried ayahuasca (0.6 and 0.85 mg of DMT/kg of body weight) and placebo. Ayahuasca produced significant subjective effects, peaking between 1.5 and 2 h, involving perceptual modifications and increases in ratings of positive mood and activation. Diastolic blood pressure showed a significant increase at the high dose (9 mm Hg at 75 min), whereas systolic blood pressure and heart rate were moderately and nonsignificantly increased. Cmax values for DMT after the low and high ayahuasca doses were 12.14 ng/ml and 17.44 ng/ml, respectively. Tmax (median) was observed at 1.5 h after both doses. The Tmax for DMT coincided with the peak of subjective effects. Drug administration increased urinary normetanephrine excretion, but, contrary to the typical MAO-inhibitor effect profile, deaminated monoamine metabolite levels were not decreased. This and the negligible harmine plasma levels found suggest a predominantly peripheral (gastrointestinal and liver) site of action for harmine. MAO inhibition at this level would suffice to prevent first-pass metabolism of DMT and allow its access to systemic circulation and the central nervous system.

  9. Opposite effects of diazepam and beta-CCE on immobility and straw-climbing behavior of rats in a modified forced-swim test.

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    Nishimura, H; Ida, Y; Tsuda, A; Tanaka, M

    1989-05-01

    The present study was undertaken to examine how two ligands of the benzodiazepine receptor, which possess anxiolytic or anxiogenic actions, affect both the duration of immobility and the incidence of straw-climbing behavior in rats in a modified forced-swim test. Rats were injected IP with either vehicle, diazepam (0.5, 1, 5 mg/kg), or beta-carboline-3-carboxylic acid ethyl ester (beta-CCE; 0.5, 1, 2, 5 mg/kg), or a combination of diazepam at 1 mg/kg and beta-CCE at 2 mg/kg. In addition, Ro 15-1788 (1 mg/kg), a specific benzodiazepine antagonist, was injected IP 20 min after diazepam injection and immediately after beta-CCE injection, respectively. In the first 5-min period of the forced-swim test, diazepam at 5 mg/kg prolonged the duration of immobility, whereas beta-CCE at 1, 2 and 5 mg/kg reduced its duration. Immediately after the first 5-min test period, 4 straws were suspended above the surface of the water, and the number of straw-climbing attempts and the duration of immobility were measured for a subsequent 5-min test period. Straw-suspension elicited straw-climbing behavior in forced swimming rats, resulting in a shortening of the duration of immobility in this period. All doses of diazepam inhibited straw-climbing attempts and prolonged the duration of immobility in a dose-dependent manner. beta-CCE at 1 or 2 mg/kg enhanced straw-climbing attempts, but did not significantly affect the duration of immobility. Furthermore, the combined administration of diazepam and beta-CCE antagonized the respective drug effects on the duration of immobility and the number of straw-climbing attempts.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  10. The Therapeutic Potentials of Ayahuasca: Possible Effects against Various Diseases of Civilization.

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    Frecska, Ede; Bokor, Petra; Winkelman, Michael

    2016-01-01

    Ayahuasca is an Amazonian psychoactive brew of two main components. Its active agents are β-carboline and tryptamine derivatives. As a sacrament, ayahuasca is still a central element of many healing ceremonies in the Amazon Basin and its ritual consumption has become common among the mestizo populations of South America. Ayahuasca use amongst the indigenous people of the Amazon is a form of traditional medicine and cultural psychiatry. During the last two decades, the substance has become increasingly known among both scientists and laymen, and currently its use is spreading all over in the Western world. In the present paper we describe the chief characteristics of ayahuasca, discuss important questions raised about its use, and provide an overview of the scientific research supporting its potential therapeutic benefits. A growing number of studies indicate that the psychotherapeutic potential of ayahuasca is based mostly on the strong serotonergic effects, whereas the sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) agonist effect of its active ingredient dimethyltryptamine raises the possibility that the ethnomedical observations on the diversity of treated conditions can be scientifically verified. Moreover, in the right therapeutic or ritual setting with proper preparation and mindset of the user, followed by subsequent integration of the experience, ayahuasca has proven effective in the treatment of substance dependence. This article has two important take-home messages: (1) the therapeutic effects of ayahuasca are best understood from a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual model, and (2) on the biological level ayahuasca may act against chronic low grade inflammation and oxidative stress via the Sig-1R which can explain its widespread therapeutic indications. PMID:26973523

  11. The therapeutic potentials of ayahuasca: possible effects against various diseases of civilization

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    Ede eFrecska

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Ayahuasca is an Amazonian psychoactive brew of two main components. Its active agents are β-carboline and tryptamine derivatives. As a sacrament, ayahuasca is still a central element of many healing ceremonies in the Amazon Basin and its ritual consumption has become common among the mestizo populations of South America. Ayahuasca use amongst the indigenous people of the Amazon is a form of traditional medicine and cultural psychiatry. During the last two decades, the substance has become increasingly known among both scientists and laymen, and currently its use is spreading all over in the Western world. In the present paper we describe the chief characteristics of ayahuasca, discuss important questions raised about its use, and provide an overview of the scientific research supporting its potential therapeutic benefits. A growing number of studies indicate that the psychotherapeutic potential of ayahuasca is based mostly on the strong serotonergic effects, whereas the sigma-1 receptor agonist effect of its active ingredient dimethyltryptamine raises the possibility that the ethnomedical observations on the diversity of treated conditions can be scientifically verified. Moreover, in the right therapeutic or ritual setting with proper preparation and mindset of the user, followed by subsequent integration of the experience, ayahuasca has proven effective in the treatment of substance dependence. This article has two important take-home messages: 1 the therapeutic effects of ayahuasca are best understood from a bio-psycho-socio-spiritual model, and 2 on the biological level ayahuasca may act against chronic low grade inflammation and oxidative stress via the sigma-1 receptor which can explain its widespread therapeutic indications.

  12. Tempol treatment reduces anxiety-like behaviors induced by multiple anxiogenic drugs in rats.

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    Gaurav Patki

    Full Text Available We have published that pharmacological induction of oxidative stress (OS causes anxiety-like behavior in rats. Using animal models, we also have established that psychological stress induces OS and leads to anxiety-like behaviors. All evidence points towards the causal role of OS in anxiety-like behaviors. To fully ascertain the role of OS in anxiety-like behaviors, it is reasonable to test whether the pro-anxiety effects of anxiogenic drugs caffeine or N-methyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxamide (FG-7142 can be mitigated using agents that minimize OS. In this study, osmotic pumps were either filled with antioxidant tempol or saline. The pumps were attached to the catheter leading to the brain cannula and inserted into the subcutaneous pocket in the back pocket of the rat. Continuous i.c.v. infusion of saline or tempol in the lateral ventricle of the brain (4.3 mmol/day was maintained for 1 week. Rats were intraperitoneally injected either with saline or an anxiogenic drug one at a time. Two hours later all groups were subjected to behavioral assessments. Anxiety-like behavior tests (open-field, light-dark and elevated plus maze suggested that tempol prevented anxiogenic drug-induced anxiety-like behavior in rats. Furthermore, anxiogenic drug-induced increase in stress examined via plasma corticosterone and increased oxidative stress levels assessed via plasma 8-isoprostane were prevented with tempol treatment. Protein carbonylation assay also suggested preventive effect of tempol in the prefrontal cortex brain region of rats. Antioxidant protein expression and pro-inflammatory cytokine levels indicate compromised antioxidant defense as well as an imbalance of inflammatory response.

  13. The role of anxiety in vulnerability for self-injurious behaviour: studies in a rodent model.

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    Yuan, X; Devine, D P

    2016-09-15

    Self-injurious behaviour (SIB) is a debilitating characteristic that is highly prevalent in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Pathological anxiety is also common, and there are reports of comorbid anxiety and self-injury in some children. We have investigated potential interactions between anxiety and self-injury, using a rat model of pemoline-induced self-biting. In one experiment, rats were pre-screened for trait anxiety by measuring expression of anxiety-related behaviour on the elevated plus maze and open field emergence test. The rats were then treated with pemoline once daily for ten days, and vulnerability for pemoline-induced self-injury was evaluated. This revealed modest correlations between innate levels of anxiety-related behaviour in the open field test (time in the start box, and latency to enter the open field), and vulnerability for pemoline-induced self-biting (total duration of self-injurious oral contact, and total size of tissue injury). Measures in the elevated plus maze were not significantly correlated with vulnerability for pemoline-induced self-injury. In a second experiment, rats were treated with the beta-carboline FG 7142 twice daily, during 5days of treatment with pemoline. The rats that were treated with this anxiogenic drug exhibited greater duration of self-injurious oral contact, and larger injuries than vehicle-treated controls did. Overall, these results suggest that anxiety may contribute to the etiology and/or expression of self-injurious behaviour, and indicate that further research is warranted. PMID:27217100

  14. GABA(A) receptors implicated in REM sleep control express a benzodiazepine binding site.

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    Nguyen, Tin Quang; Liang, Chang-Lin; Marks, Gerald A

    2013-08-21

    It has been reported that non-subtype-selective GABAA receptor antagonists injected into the nucleus pontis oralis (PnO) of rats induced long-lasting increases in REM sleep. Characteristics of these REM sleep increases were identical to those resulting from injection of muscarinic cholinergic agonists. Both actions were blocked by the muscarinic antagonist, atropine. Microdialysis of GABAA receptor antagonists into the PnO resulted in increased acetylcholine levels. These findings were consistent with GABAA receptor antagonists disinhibiting acetylcholine release in the PnO to result in an acetylcholine-mediated REM sleep induction. Direct evidence has been lacking for localization in the PnO of the specific GABAA receptor-subtypes mediating the REM sleep effects. Here, we demonstrated a dose-related, long-lasting increase in REM sleep following injection (60 nl) in the PnO of the inverse benzodiazepine agonist, methyl-6,7-dimethoxy-4-ethyl-β-carboline (DMCM, 10(-2)M). REM sleep increases were greater and more consistently produced than with the non-selective antagonist gabazine, and both were blocked by atropine. Fluorescence immunohistochemistry and laser scanning confocal microscopy, colocalized in PnO vesicular acetylcholine transporter, a presynaptic marker of cholinergic boutons, with the γ2 subunit of the GABAA receptor. These data provide support for the direct action of GABA on mechanisms of acetylcholine release in the PnO. The presence of the γ2 subunit at this locus and the REM sleep induction by DMCM are consistent with binding of benzodiazepines by a GABAA receptor-subtype in control of REM sleep.

  15. Identification of Plant-derived Alkaloids with Therapeutic Potential for Myotonic Dystrophy Type I.

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    Herrendorff, Ruben; Faleschini, Maria Teresa; Stiefvater, Adeline; Erne, Beat; Wiktorowicz, Tatiana; Kern, Frances; Hamburger, Matthias; Potterat, Olivier; Kinter, Jochen; Sinnreich, Michael

    2016-08-12

    Myotonic dystrophy type I (DM1) is a disabling neuromuscular disease with no causal treatment available. This disease is caused by expanded CTG trinucleotide repeats in the 3' UTR of the dystrophia myotonica protein kinase gene. On the RNA level, expanded (CUG)n repeats form hairpin structures that sequester splicing factors such as muscleblind-like 1 (MBNL1). Lack of available MBNL1 leads to misregulated alternative splicing of many target pre-mRNAs, leading to the multisystemic symptoms in DM1. Many studies aiming to identify small molecules that target the (CUG)n-MBNL1 complex focused on synthetic molecules. In an effort to identify new small molecules that liberate sequestered MBNL1 from (CUG)n RNA, we focused specifically on small molecules of natural origin. Natural products remain an important source for drugs and play a significant role in providing novel leads and pharmacophores for medicinal chemistry. In a new DM1 mechanism-based biochemical assay, we screened a collection of isolated natural compounds and a library of over 2100 extracts from plants and fungal strains. HPLC-based activity profiling in combination with spectroscopic methods were used to identify the active principles in the extracts. The bioactivity of the identified compounds was investigated in a human cell model and in a mouse model of DM1. We identified several alkaloids, including the β-carboline harmine and the isoquinoline berberine, that ameliorated certain aspects of the DM1 pathology in these models. Alkaloids as a compound class may have potential for drug discovery in other RNA-mediated diseases. PMID:27298317

  16. Pictet-Spenglerases and their Related Biologyical Characteristics%Pictet-Spengler酶及其相关生物学特性

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    陈薛钗; 王睿; Abida Arshad; 邓玉林

    2011-01-01

    Pictet-Spengler (P-S) reaction plays an important role in the synthesis of isoquinoline and β-carboline derivatives.Being one of the most basic-steps in the syntheses of many alkaloids, it has attracted much attention in recent years.During P-S reaction, the original aldehyde carbon atoms become a new chiral center in the newly formed heterocyclic system.The products of simple P-S are racemic mixture, so searching catalyst for asymmetric reaction has been one of the hot topics.“Pictet-Spenglerases” which may generate products with high stereochemical purity, refer to the enzymes that catalyze P-S reactions.The enzymes which can catalyze P-S reactions are rare in nature and only a few of them had been purified and identified so far.Some recent isolated enzymes and their related biological characteristics are reviewed for providing some assistance to find new enzymes and research systems in this field.%Pictet-Spengler(P-S)反应在合成异唪啉和β-咔啉衍生物的过程中起着重要作用,它作为多种生物碱合成过程中最基础的一步反应,近年来受到人们广泛的关注.在新形成的杂环体系中,P-S反应催化醛基碳原子形成为新的手性中心.简单P-S反应得到的是外消旋混合物,但具有重要生物活性的物质通常具有立体专一性,因此寻找能催化不对称P-S反应的催化剂已成为该领域的研究热点."Pictet-Spenglerases"是指催化P-S反应的酶的总称,它能催化产生高立体化学纯度的产物.由酶催化的P-S反应在自然界中很少,至今只有少数几种酶得到纯化和鉴定.基于此,本文从P-S反应出发,综述了近年来分离鉴定得到的Pictet-Spengler酶及其相关的生物学特性,以期为将来该类新酶的发现及系统研究提供借鉴.

  17. The correlation between CYP2D6 isoenzyme activity and haloperidol efficacy and safety profile in patients with alcohol addiction during the exacerbation of the addiction

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    Sychev DA

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    Full Text Available Dmitry Alekseevich Sychev,1 Mikhail Sergeevich Zastrozhin,1–3 Valery Valerieevich Smirnov,4 Elena Anatolievna Grishina,1 Ludmila Mikhailovna Savchenko,1 Evgeny Alekseevich Bryun1,2 1Russian Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, 2Department of Public Health, Moscow Research and Practical Centre for Narcology, 3Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, 4National Research Center, Institute of Immunology Federal Medical-Biological Agency of Russia, Moscow, Russia Background: Today, it is proved that isoenzymes CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 are involved in metabolism of haloperidol. In our previous investigation, we found a medium correlation between the efficacy and safety of haloperidol and the activity of CYP3A4 in patients with alcohol abuse.Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between the activity of CYP2D6 and the efficacy and safety of haloperidol in patients with diagnosed alcohol abuse.Methods: The study involved 70 men (average age: 40.83±9.92 years with alcohol addiction. A series of psychometric scales were used in the research. The activity of CYP2D6 was evaluated by high-performance liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry using the ratio of 6-hydroxy-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-beta-carboline to pinoline. Genotyping of CYP2D6 (1846G>A was performed using real-time polymerase chain reaction.Results: According to results of correlation analysis, statistically significant values of Spearman correlation coefficient (rs between the activity of CYP2D6 and the difference of points in psychometric scale were obtained in patients receiving haloperidol in injection form (Sheehan Clinical Anxiety Rating Scale =-0.721 [P<0.001] and Udvald for Kliniske Undersogelser Side Effect Rating Scale =0.692 [P<0.001] and in those receiving haloperidol in tablet form (Covi Anxiety Scale =-0.851 [P<0.001] and Udvald for Kliniske Undersogelser Side Effect Rating Scale =0.797 [P<0.001].Conclusion

  18. Small molecule PZL318: forming fluorescent nanoparticles capable of tracing their interactions with cancer cells and activated platelets, slowing tumor growth and inhibiting thrombosis

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    Li S

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    Full Text Available Shan Li,1 Yuji Wang,1 Feng Wang,1 Yaonan Wang,1 Xiaoyi Zhang,1 Ming Zhao,1,2 Qiqi Feng,1 Jianhui Wu,1 Shurui Zhao,1 Wei Wu,3 Shiqi Peng11Beijing Area Major Laboratory of Peptide and Small Molecular Drugs, Beijing Laboratory of Biomedical Materials, Engineering Research Center of Endogenous Prophylactic of Ministry of Education of China, College of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Capital Medical University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Biomedical Science and Environmental Biology, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan; 3College of Basic Medicine of Capital Medical University, Beijing, People’s Republic of ChinaAbstract: Low selectivity of chemotherapy correlates with poor outcomes of cancer patients. To improve this issue, a novel agent, N-(1-[3-methoxycarbonyl-4-hydroxyphenyl]-β-carboline-3-carbonyl-Trp-Lys-OBzl (PZL318, was reported here. The transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and atomic force microscopy images demonstrated that PZL318 can form nanoparticles. Fluorescent and confocal images visualized that PZL318 formed fluorescent nanoparticles capable of targeting cancer cells and tracing their interactions with cancer cells. In vitro, 40 µM of PZL318 inhibited the proliferation of tumorigenic cells, but not nontumorigenic cells. In vivo, 10 nmol/kg of PZL318 slowed the tumor growth of S180 mice and alleviated the thrombosis of ferric chloride-treated ICR mice, while 100 µmol/kg of PZL318 did not injure healthy mice and they exhibited no liver toxicity. By analyzing Fourier transform–mass spectrometry and rotating-frame Overhauser spectroscopy (ROESY two-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance spectra, the chemical mechanism of PZL318-forming trimers and nanoparticles was explored. By using mesoscale simulation, a nanoparticle of 3.01 nm in diameter was predicted containing 13 trimers. Scavenging free radicals, downregulating sP-selectin expression and intercalating toward

  19. 25 Years of Natural Product R&D with New South Wales Agriculture

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    Full Text Available Following recent NSW Government restructuring, the Department of Agriculture now exists in a composite form along with Forestry, Fisheries and Minerals in the new NSW Department of Primary Industries. This paper outlines some of the highlights of secondary metabolite R&D accomplished in the 25 years since the essential oil research unit was transferred from the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney to NSW Agriculture’s Wollongbar Agricultural Institute on the NSW north coast. The essential oil survey was continued, typing the Australian flora as a suitable source of isolates such as myrtenal (Astartea, myrtenol (Agonis, methyl chavicol (Ochrosperma, α-phellandren-8-ol (Prostanthera, methyl myrtenate (Darwinia, methyl geranate (Darwinia, kessane (Acacia, cis-dihydroagarofuran (Prosthanthera, protoanemonin (Clematis, isoamyl isovalerate (Micromyrtus, methyl cinnamate (Eucalyptus and bornyl acetate (Boronia. Many of these components are used, or have potential use in the fragrance, flavour, medicinal plant or insect attraction fields. Two weeds toxic to livestock in the Central West of the State are also harvested commercially as medicinal plants. Measurement of hypericin concentrations in the various plant parts of St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum over two seasons has shown that the weed can be effectively managed by grazing sheep during the winter months when toxin levels are low. Syntheses of β-carbolines tribulusterine and perlolyrine have shown that the former alkaloid was misidentified in the literature and hence not the toxic principle responsible for Tribulus staggers in sheep. Poor quality (high 1,8-cineole – low terpinen-4-ol oil bearing tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia plantations have been established to the detriment of many a tea tree farmer. Analytical methods developed to check leaf quality at an early age indicated precursor sabinene constituents that convert to the

  20. Review on a Traditional Herbal Medicine, Eurycoma longifolia Jack (Tongkat Ali: Its Traditional Uses, Chemistry, Evidence-Based Pharmacology and Toxicology

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    Shaheed Ur Rehman

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    Full Text Available Eurycoma longifolia Jack (known as tongkat ali, a popular traditional herbal medicine, is a flowering plant of the family Simaroubaceae, native to Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and also Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. E. longifolia, is one of the well-known folk medicines for aphrodisiac effects as well as intermittent fever (malaria in Asia. Decoctions of E. longifolia leaves are used for washing itches, while its fruits are used in curing dysentery. Its bark is mostly used as a vermifuge, while the taproots are used to treat high blood pressure, and the root bark is used for the treatment of diarrhea and fever. Mostly, the roots extract of E. longifolia are used as folk medicine for sexual dysfunction, aging, malaria, cancer, diabetes, anxiety, aches, constipation, exercise recovery, fever, increased energy, increased strength, leukemia, osteoporosis, stress, syphilis and glandular swelling. The roots are also used as an aphrodisiac, antibiotic, appetite stimulant and health supplement. The plant is reported to be rich in various classes of bioactive compounds such as quassinoids, canthin-6-one alkaloids, β-carboline alkaloids, triterpene tirucallane type, squalene derivatives and biphenyl neolignan, eurycolactone, laurycolactone, and eurycomalactone, and bioactive steroids. Among these phytoconstituents, quassinoids account for a major portion of the E. longifolia root phytochemicals. An acute toxicity study has found that the oral Lethal Dose 50 (LD50 of the alcoholic extract of E. longifolia in mice is between 1500–2000 mg/kg, while the oral LD50 of the aqueous extract form is more than 3000 mg/kg. Liver and renal function tests showed no adverse changes at normal daily dose and chronic use of E. longifolia. Based on established literature on health benefits of E. longifolia, it is important to focus attention on its more active constituents and the constituents’ identification, determination, further development and most

  1. Occurrence of halogenated alkaloids.

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    Gribble, Gordon W

    2012-01-01

    Once considered to be isolation artifacts or chemical "mistakes" of nature, the number of naturally occurring organohalogen compounds has grown from a dozen in 1954 to >5000 today. Of these, at least 25% are halogenated alkaloids. This is not surprising since nitrogen-containing pyrroles, indoles, carbolines, tryptamines, tyrosines, and tyramines are excellent platforms for biohalogenation, particularly in the marine environment where both chloride and bromide are plentiful for biooxidation and subsequent incorporation into these electron-rich substrates. This review presents the occurrence of all halogenated alkaloids, with the exception of marine bromotyrosines where coverage begins where it left off in volume 61 of The Alkaloids. Whereas the biological activity of these extraordinary compounds is briefly cited for some examples, a future volume of The Alkaloids will present full coverage of this topic and will also include selected syntheses of halogenated alkaloids. Natural organohalogens of all types, especially marine and terrestrial halogenated alkaloids, comprise a rapidly expanding class of natural products, in many cases expressing powerful biological activity. This enormous proliferation has several origins: (1) a revitalization of natural product research in a search for new drugs, (2) improved compound characterization methods (multidimensional NMR, high-resolution mass spectrometry), (3) specific enzyme-based and other biological assays, (4) sophisticated collection methods (SCUBA and remote submersibles for deep ocean marine collections), (5) new separation and purification techniques (HPLC and countercurrent separation), (6) a greater appreciation of traditional folk medicine and ethobotany, and (7) marine bacteria and fungi as novel sources of natural products. Halogenated alkaloids are truly omnipresent in the environment. Indeed, one compound, Q1 (234), is ubiquitous in the marine food web and is found in the Inuit from their diet of whale

  2. Trichloroethylene and Parkinson's Disease%三氯乙烯与帕金森病

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    刘疏影; 王坚

    2013-01-01

    Trichloroethylene(TCE) is a widely-used industry solvent which has strong volatility and solubility and is ubiquitous in the environment. The epidemiology evidence showed that ever exposure to TCE may be associated with significantly increased risk of Parkinson' s disease (PD). TCE can selectively cause dopaminergic neurodegeneration, which may be mediated by mitochondrial dysfunction, inflammation, oxidative stress and gathering of a-synuclein. In the mean time, trichloroacetaldehyde, one of the metabolites of TCE, can be combined with tryptamine in human body. The reaction forms a new chemical substance, 1-trichloromethyl-l, 2, 3, 4-tetrvahydro-β-carboline(TaClo), which is similar with MPTP in structure. TaClo has the ability to inhibit mitochondria complex 1 and cause damage to dopaminergic neurons. In summary, TCE may have strong relationship with the development of PD and the mechanism is still under exploration.%三氯乙烯(TCE)是一种常用工业溶剂,具有高度挥发性和脂溶性,广泛存在于环境中.近期流行病学证据表明,接触TCE可能导致帕金森病(PD).其机制与抑制线粒体酶活性、氧化应激、炎性反应途径和诱导α-synuclein聚集引起黑质纹状体多巴胺能神经元损伤相关.TCE下游代谢物三氯乙醛可在体内与色胺结合产生1-甲基-4-苯基1,2,3,6-四氢吡啶(MPTP)类似物1-三氯甲基-1,2,3,4-四氢化-β-咔啉(TaClo)特异性抑制线粒体复合体I导致多巴胺能神经元受损.本文就TCE的一般性质、体内代谢过程、与PD发病的关系、可能机制、目前研究中的问题进行总结和展望.

  3. Ayahuasca: uma revisão dos aspectos farmacológicos e toxicológicos

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    ANA PAULA SALUM PIRES

    2010-06-01

    religious groups. Some of these groups have established themselves in the United States and European countries, attracting international research interest in the effects of ayahuasca. Studies suggest that it may have therapeutic applications, such as in the treatment of drug addiction, and that it can be used safely by healthy adults. However, too few studies have been performed for a good assessment of its properties to be made. The aim of this article is to present a review of the history of ayahuasca, up to the recent discoveries concerning its pharmacology and toxicology. Keywords: Ayahuasca. Hallucinogens. Dimethyltryptamine. Carbolines.

  4. Toxicological aspects of the South American herbs cat's claw (Uncaria tomentosa) and Maca (Lepidium meyenii) : a critical synopsis.

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    Valerio, Luis G; Gonzales, Gustavo F

    2005-01-01

    Recent exceptional growth in human exposure to natural products known to originate from traditional medicine has lead to a resurgence of scientific interest in their biological effects. As a strategy for improvement of the assessment of their pharmacological and toxicological profile, scientific evidence-based approaches are being employed to appropriately evaluate composition, quality, potential medicinal activity and safety of these natural products. Using this approach, we comprehensively reviewed existing scientific evidence for known composition, medicinal uses (past and present), and documented biological effects with emphasis on clinical pharmacology and toxicology of two commonly used medicinal plants from South America with substantial human exposure from historical and current global use: Uncaria tomentosa (common name: cat's claw, and Spanish: uña de gato), and Lepidium meyenii (common name: maca). Despite the geographic sourcing from remote regions of the tropical Amazon and high altitude Andean mountains, cat's claw and maca are widely available commercially in industrialised countries. Analytical characterisations of their active constituents have identified a variety of classes of compounds of toxicological, pharmacological and even nutritional interest including oxindole and indole alkaloids, flavonoids, glucosinolates, sterols, polyunsaturated fatty acids, carbolines and other compounds. The oxindole alkaloids from the root bark of cat's claw are thought to invoke its most widely sought-after medicinal effects as a herbal remedy against inflammation. We find the scientific evidence supporting this claim is not conclusive and although there exists a base of information addressing this medicinal use, it is limited in scope with some evidence accumulated from in vitro studies towards understanding possible mechanisms of action by specific oxindole alkaloids through inhibition of nuclear factor (NF)-kappaB activation. Although controlled clinical

  5. The characteristics and research progress of inverse agonists%反向激动剂的特性和研究进展

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    曹永孝; 于瑞红

    2015-01-01

    反向激动剂是一种新的作用于受体的药物类型,其研究经历了β-卡波啉乙酯的发现、活性研究、概念的提出、二态模型、固有活性几个阶段。多数 G 蛋白耦联受体具有固有活性,在无激动剂时,部分受体处于活化状态,能主动产生效应。反向激动剂对受体有亲和力,无内在活性,不激动受体,但能拮抗受体的固有活性,产生与激动剂相反的效应。反向激动剂和激动剂均能产生效应,但机制不同,激动剂激动受体,反向激动剂拮抗受体;反向激动剂和拮抗剂均拮抗受体,但反向激动剂拮抗受体的固有活性,而拮抗剂拮抗激动剂的效应。反向激动剂可以治疗受体固有活性增强性疾病,可上调和增敏固有活性受体,内源性反向激动剂可维持特定的生理功能。反向激动剂的研究对于完善受体学说有重要的理论意义,对于固有活性增强性疾病的诊断和治疗具有重要的临床意义。%Inverse agonist is a new type of drug acting on receptors.Its research has experienced several stages, including discovery of ethylβ-carboline 3-carboxylate,activity study,proposal of the concept,two-state model,and constitutive activity theory in succession.Most G protein-coupled receptors possess constitutive activity,i.e.a proportion of receptors are in active state and can produce effects without any agonist.Inverse agonist has an affinity to receptors,but no intrinsic activity,so it cannot activate receptors.However,it can antagonize the constitutive activity of receptors,and produce an opposite effect on the corresponding agonist.Both agonist and inverse agonist can produce their effect alone with different mechanisms.Agonist activates its receptors,but inverse agonist antagonizes them.Both inverse agonist and antagonist can antagonize receptors.However,inverse agonist and antagonist antagonize the constitutive activity of receptor and the agonist