Kenn Foubert

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BACKGROUND Arterial stiffness has been associated with an increased cardiovascular risk. The aim of this study was to investigate the interaction between arterial stiffness and atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS Mice with a mutation C1039G+/-) in the fibrillin-1 gene leading to fragmentation of the elastic fibers were crossbred with apolipoprotein(More)
Maesa saponins with the 13,28-epoxy-oleanane triterpene core skeleton were described recently to possess strong and selective in vitro and in vivo antileishmania activity. In the absence of direct chemical derivatization possibilities, a structure-based literature search was carried out to explore a structure-activity relationship. Crude alcohol extracts(More)
Triterpene saponins are a class of plant natural products with a wide range of bioactivities, which makes them an interesting research subject. The small tree Maesa lanceolata, growing in African countries, is used in traditional medicine against various diseases. In previous work a triterpenoid saponin mixture was isolated from the leaves of M. lanceolata(More)
A successful micropropagation system was developed for four different medicinal Maesa species. Multiple shoots were induced through both axillary bud formation and adventitious shoot regeneration from leaf explants. The explants were cultured on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium supplemented with 6-benzyladenine (BA), thidiazuron (TDZ) and/or α-naphthalene(More)
Nine cyclopeptide alkaloids (1-9), of which five (compounds 2, 3, 5, 8, and 9) are described herein for the first time, were isolated from roots of Ziziphus oxyphylla by means of conventional separation methods as well as semipreparative HPLC with DAD and ESIMS detection and LC-DAD-SPE-NMR. Structure elucidation was done by spectroscopic means.(More)
Saponins are high molecular weight glycosides which are known for their broad range of biological activities. In case of Maesa lanceolata, a tree growing in African countries, the maesasaponins showed virucidal, haemolytic, molluscicidal and anti-angiogenic activity. Since the different activities are dependent on the structure of the saponins, a method was(More)
Ziziphus oxyphylla and Cedrela Serrata plants have a folkloric use in Pakistan for treatments of different ailments, i.e., Jaundice, Hepatitis, Diabetes, and antimicrobial. Until now, none of the research studies have reported any phytochemical work on leaves of these two plants. This study aimed to isolate and perform phytochemical analysis in order to(More)
The extracts of two medicinal plants used in traditionalmedicine against malariawere characterized by means of an LC‑SPE‑NMR and LC‑MS platform. The structure of a series of major constituents from Bafodeya benna, as well as minor constituents from Ormocarpum kirkii, was determined. Bafodeya benna was found to contain (2R,3R)-taxifolin-3-O-α-L-rhamnoside or(More)
INTRODUCTION Saponins are natural products that are well known for a wide range of biological activities. For saponins of Maesa balansae, selective antileishmanial activity has been described. OBJECTIVE In view of their pharmacological interest, several Maesa species from the National Botanical Garden of Meise (Belgium) and wild-grown plants from Vietnam(More)
Bioassay-guided isolation was performed on the leaves of Apodytes dimidiata E. Mey. Ex Arn. (Icacinaceae), based on previously demonstrated activity against Leishmania. Six saponins never isolated from nature before were elucidated with LC-MS/MS, GC-MS and 1D and 2D NMR. The compounds apodytine A-F are responsible at least in part for the antiprotozoal(More)