3-Dehydro-ecdysone and 3-dehydro-20-hydroxyecdysone were prepared and characterized. Reduction of these compounds with NaBH4 gave 3-epi-ecdysone and 3-epi-20-hydroxyecdysone, which were characterized fully by mass and p.m.r. spectrometry as well as by derivative formation.
Ecdysteroids exert many pharmacological effects in mammals (including humans), most of which appear beneficial, but their mechanism of action is far from understood. Whether they act directly and/or after the formation of metabolites is still an open question. The need to investigate this question has gained extra impetus because of the recent development… (More)
We have reinvestigated the activity of 8-O-acetylharpagide, an iridoid glucoside, as an ecdysteroid agonist. Elbrecht et al. (Insect Biochem. Mol. Biol. 26 (1996) 519) isolated a preparation of this compound from Ajuga reptans L. and ascribed ecdysteroid agonist activity on the basis of the induction of an ecdysteroid-like response in Drosophila… (More)