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Sesquiterpene Lactones from Artemisia argyi: Absolute Configuration and Immunosuppressant Activity

Published inJournal of Natural Products, vol. 82, no. 6, p. 1424-1433
Publication date2019
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A library of extracts from plants used in Chinese Traditional Medicine was screened for inhibition of T lymphocyte proliferation. An ethyl acetate extract from aerial parts of Artemisia argyi showed promising activity and was submitted to HPLC-based activity profiling to track the active compounds. From the most active time window, three guaianolides (1, 2, and 5) and two seco-tanapartholides (3 and 4) were identified and, in a less active time window, five new sesquiterpene lactones (8–11, 17), along with six known sesquiterpene lactones and two known flavonoids. The absolute configurations of compounds 1, 2, 5–10, 13–15, 17, and 18 were established by comparison of experimental with calculated electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectra. For seco-tanapartholides B (3) and A (4), ECD yielded ambiguous results, and their absolute configurations were determined by comparing experimental and calculated vibrational circular dichroism (VCD) spectra. Compounds 1–5 showed significant, noncytotoxic inhibition of T lymphocyte proliferation, with IC50 values between 1.0 and 3.7 μM.

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REINHARDT, Jakob K. et al. Sesquiterpene Lactones from Artemisia argyi: Absolute Configuration and Immunosuppressant Activity. In: Journal of Natural Products, 2019, vol. 82, n° 6, p. 1424–1433. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.8b00791
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