Isolation of a novel flavanonol and an alkylresorcinol with highly potent anti-trypanosomal activity from Libyan propolis

Siheri, W. et al. (2019) Isolation of a novel flavanonol and an alkylresorcinol with highly potent anti-trypanosomal activity from Libyan propolis. Molecules, 24(6), 1041. (doi: 10.3390/molecules24061041) (PMID:30884752)

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Twelve propolis samples from different parts of Libya were investigated for their phytochemical constituents. Ethanol extracts of the samples and some purified compounds were tested against Trypanosoma brucei, Plasmodium falciparum and against two helminth species, Trichinella spiralis and Caenorhabditis elegans, showing various degrees of activity. Fourteen compounds were isolated from the propolis samples, including a novel compound Taxifolin-3-acetyl-4′-methyl ether (4), a flavanonol derivative. The crude extracts showed moderate activity against T. spiralis and C. elegans, while the purified compounds had low activity against P. falciparum. Anti-trypanosomal activity (EC50 = 0.7 µg/mL) was exhibited by a fraction containing a cardol identified as bilobol (10) and this fraction had no effect on Human Foreskin Fibroblasts (HFF), even at 2.0 mg/mL, thus demonstrating excellent selectivity. A metabolomics study was used to explore the mechanism of action of the fraction and it revealed significant disturbances in trypanosomal phospholipid metabolism, especially the formation of choline phospholipids. We conclude that a potent and highly selective new trypanocide may be present in the fraction.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was funded by the Libyan government in the form of a PhD studentship to WS.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Biddau, Dr Marco and Lawrence, Dr Catherine and Ebiloma, Mr Godwin and Muller, Professor Sylke and De Koning, Professor Harry
Creator Roles:
De Koning, H. P.Conceptualization, Methodology, Software, Writing – review and editing, Supervision
Ebiloma, G. U.Conceptualization, Methodology, Software, Investigation, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Biddau, M.Investigation
Lawrence, C. E.Supervision
Muller, S.Supervision
Authors: Siheri, W., Ebiloma, G. U., Igoli, J. O., Gray, A. I., Biddau, M., Akrachalanont, P., Alenezi, S., Alwashih, M. A., Edrada-Ebel, R., Muller, S., Lawrence, C. E., Fearnley, J., Watson, D. G., and De Koning, H. P.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Molecules
ISSN (Online):1420-3049
Published Online:15 March 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Molecules 24(6): 1041
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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