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During our search to discover new antitrypanosomal compounds, eight known plant compounds (three phenolic compounds and five kawa lactones) were evaluated for in vitro activity against Trypanosoma brucei brucei. Among them, we found two phenolic compounds and three kawa lactones possessing an α-pyrone influenced antitrypanosomal property. In particular,(More)
Pregnane glycosides previously isolated from genus Caralluma (C. Penicillata, C. tuberculata and C. russelliana) were tested for their antitrypanosomal activity. Penicilloside E showed the highest antitrypanosomal activity (IC(50) 1.01 microg/ml) followed by caratuberside C (IC(50) 1.85 microg/ml), which exhibited the highest selectivity index (SI 12.04).(More)
During the course of our screening program to discover new antitrypanosomal compounds, 17 known plant aromatic compounds [12 bis(bibenzyls)s and 5 bibenzyls] were evaluated for in vitro activity against Trypanosoma brucei brucei. Sixteen compounds were found to exhibit antitrypanosomal activity. In particular, three compounds, marchantin A (1), plagiochin A(More)
In the course of screening for new antitrypanosomal agents, several novel bioactive natural compounds have been discovered and reported by our group. 1–3 Recently, we have isolated two new trichosporin analogs, designated as trichosporins B-VIIa (1) and B-VIIb (2), together with five known trichosporins (3–7), 4 from the culture broth of Trichoderma sp.(More)
5-Nor stemmadenine alkaloids, isolated from the genus Tabernaemontana, display a range of bioactivity. 16-Hydroxy-16,22-dihydroapparicine, the active component of an extract from the Tabernaemontana sp. (dichotoma, elegans, and divaricate), exhibited potent antimalarial activity, representing the first such report of the antimalarial property of 5-nor(More)
By emulating the universal biosynthetic strategy, which employs modular assembly and divergent cyclizations, we have developed a four-step synthetic process to yield a collection of natural-product-inspired scaffolds. Modular assembly of building blocks onto a piperidine-based manifold 6, having a carboxylic acid group, was achieved through Ugi(More)
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