During tumor invasion, tumor cells degrade the extracellular matrix. Basement membrane degradation is responsible for the production of peptides with anti-tumor properties. Type XIX collagen is associated with basement membranes in vascular, neuronal, mesenchymal and epithelial tissues. Previously, we demonstrated that the non-collagenous NC1, C-terminal,… (More)
BACKGROUND Naturally occurring flavonoids have been reported to possess various pharmacological properties. The aim of this study was to evaluate the antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of the MeOH extract and flavonoids from the leaves of Oncoba spinosa, a plant used for the treatment of syphilis, wounds and sexual impotence. METHODS The plant… (More)
Four steroidal saponins were isolated from the leaves of Yucca de-smetiana Baker. Their structures were established using one- and two- dimensional NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The structure of the new steroidal saponin was identified as: (25R)-3β-hydroxy-5α-spirostan-3-O-β-d-xylopyranosyl-(1 → 2)-β-d-galactopyranosyl-(1 →… (More)
Securigera varia (Fabaceae) is a common herbaceous perennial plant widely growing in Europe and Asia and purposely established for erosion control, roadside planting, and soil rehabilitation. The aim of this study was to determine the radical scavenging activity of a crude methanol extract of S. varia aerial parts by using the free radical DPPH… (More)
Mixtures of 2,4- and 2,5-disubstituted zirconacyclopentadienes were obtained by the reductive dimerisation of terminal alkynes using the Cp2ZrCl2/lanthanum system. Reactions of dihalophosphines with these mixtures afforded selectively the corresponding 2,4-disubstituted phospholes and 1,4-disubstituted butadienes. A new series of phospholes was… (More)
A key saggitamide intermediate corresponding to a rare sugar framework has been obtained. This approach should help to establish the overall configuration of more complex structures of the sagittamide family.