Romen Rodriguez Gil

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A MeOH extract of Swertia chirata found to inhibit the catalytic activity of topoisomerase I of Leishmania donovani was subjected to fractionation to yield three secoiridoid glycosides: amarogentin (1), amaroswerin (2), and sweroside (3). Amarogentin is a potent inhibitor of type I DNA topoisomerase from Leishmania and exerts its effect by interaction with(More)
The in vitro antioxidant and free radical scavenging properties in bark extracts of South American tree Copaifera reticulata Ducke. (Caesalpinaceae) were studied using different bioassays. Lipid peroxidation was assessed by means of the production of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) in rat liver homogenate. All the extracts tested were(More)
Compounds that inhibit aromatase activity are used for the treatment of breast cancer. A group of sesquiterpene lactones inhibit aromatase activity and also exert cytotoxicity through their reactive alpha-methylene-gamma-lactone group. To synthesize sesquiterpene lactones with greater specificity for aromatase inhibition and lower cytotoxicity, we(More)
The Turkish species Euphorbia myrsinites has yielded four new tetracyclic diterpene tetraesters from a cytotoxic acetone extract, in addition to the known cycloartane-type triterpenoids and betulin. The new compounds and their hydrolysis product have been extensively characterized by high field spectroscopic techniques, and were shown to be four new(More)
Chloroform-soluble extracts of the stems and of the mixed stems and stem bark of Lophopetalum wallichii were found to be inhibitory in a farnesyl protein transferase (FPTase) bioassay system. During the course of activity-guided fractionation, the known lupane-type triterpenes, ochraceolide A (1), ochraceolide B (2), betulin, and lupeol and the new lupane(More)
A group of eleven sesquiterpene lactones isolated from different Asteraceae species from north-western Argentina were investigated for their inhibitory action on the estrogen biosynthesis. Seven of them, of different skeleton types, were found to inhibit the aromatase enzyme activity in human placental microsomes, showing IC50 values ranging from 7 to 110(More)
The first flavone-xanthone C-glucoside, swertifrancheside, was isolated from Swertia franchetiana, and its structure was elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic analysis as 1,5,8-trihydroxy-3-methoxy-7-(5',7',3'',4''- tetrahydroxy-6'-C-beta-D-glucopyranosyl-4'-oxy-8'-flavyl)-xanthone . This compound was a moderately potent inhibitor of HIV reverse(More)