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Vinpocetine (ethyl apovincaminate) discovered during the late 1960s has successfully been used in the treatment of central nervous system disorders of cerebrovascular origin for decades. The increase in the regional cerebral blood flow in response to vinpocetine administration is well established and strengthened by new diagnostical techniques (transcranial(More)
beta-Iodo-enamines with an eburnane skeleton (5a and 5c) were obtained with the aid of iodine from compounds 2a and 2c and were then transformed into hydroxyl lactams (6a and 6c) with CuSO4.5H2O in a mixture of DMF and water. Lactams (6a and 6c) were reduced selectively with BH3.SMe2 to result in the first synthesis of (-)-vincapusine (4a) as well as its(More)
Although Artemisia gmelinii Webb. ex Stechm. has long been used in south and south-east Asia to treat many kinds of inflammatory diseases, up until now its bioactivity-coupled phytochemical characterization has not been reported. We identified one fraction of the methanolic extract of A. gmelinii as a hit in our antioxidant screening (DPPH) campaign. In(More)
The bisindole alkaloids vinblastine, vincristine, and N-formyl-leurosine were nitrated and subsequently converted to amino derivatives. In the case of compounds 5e and 5b cytotoxic activity has been found for non-small cell lung cancer and breast cancer in the concentration range tested (10(-5)-10(-9) M). 5b also showed potency in the screen for colon(More)
Vinblastine is a widely used anticancer drug with undesired side effects. Its conjugation with carrier molecules could be an efficient strategy to reduce these side effects. Besides this, the conjugate could exhibit increased efficiency against resistant cells, e.g., due to the altered internalization pathway. Oligoarginines, as cell-penetrating peptides,(More)
The alpha-adrenoceptor blocking properties of some berbanes have been studied and compared with those of idazoxan, yohimbine, phentolamine, and prazosin. Their effects on presynaptic alpha 2-adrenoceptors were studied on chemical neurotransmission of isolated rat vas deferens and longitudinal muscle strip of guinea pig ileum; xylazine or norepinephrine was(More)
(+)-Vincamine (1) and (+)-vinpocetine (2) were chlorosulfonylated and the resulting sulfonyl chloride isomers (3-6) were transformed into sulfonamides (7-10). The ester group of sulfonamides was modified by selective hydrolysis and transesterification. Apovincaminol derivatives (14-16) were also prepared by reduction. In addition to the known(More)
Herein we discuss the structure elucidation of a labile estradiol-related degradant, X1. X1 was detected at Gedeon Richter as an unknown trace impurity in a pharmaceutical formulation containing estradiol (1a) and norethisterone acetate (NA) as active ingredients. The structural identification of X1 proved to be an unusually complex task involving an(More)
In this review our aim is to look back on how the structure elucidation of bisindoles, especially with focus placed on vinblastine and vincristine analogues, has evolved alongside with the development of MS and NMR over the last 60 years from the perspective of our present-day use of state-of-the-art MS and NMR instrumentation and on the basis of our own(More)