Teus J. C. Luijendijk

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Seven novel macrocyclic polypeptides, designated as varv peptides B-H, have been isolated from the aerial parts of Viola arvensis. Their primary structures have been elucidated by automated Edman degradation and mass spectrometry. They all consist of 29 or 30 amino acid residues, covalently cyclized via the amide backbone and by three internal disulfide(More)
The involvement of the glucoalkaloid strictosidine in antimicrobial and antifeedant activity inCatharanthus roseus leaves was investigated. Strictosidine and its deglucosylation product, specifically formed by the enzyme strictosidine glucosidase, were shown to be active against several microorganisms. In contrast, neither the intact glucoside, nor the(More)
The roots of licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) are a rich source of flavonoids, in particular, prenylated flavonoids, such as the isoflavan glabridin and the isoflavene glabrene. Fractionation of an ethyl acetate extract from licorice root by centrifugal partitioning chromatography yielded 51 fractions, which were characterized by liquid chromatography-mass(More)
In order to develop an efficient large-scale extraction of secologanin from Symphoricarpos albus, different methods have been compared. Ultrasonication with organic solvents and water, microwave-assisted extraction and hot water extraction methods were evaluated for their efficiencies. Among the methods tested, ultrasonication with methanol showed the(More)
A multitarget functional bioassay was optimized as a method for detecting substances interacting with the inflammatory process of activated neutrophil granulocytes, mainly to release elastase detected by p-nitroanilide (pNA) formation. Using this bioassay, 100 fractionated extracts of 96 plants were screened, with results presented in a manner that links(More)
A fluorometric assay for acetylcholinesterase inhibitory activity was developed in a flow system using the fluorogenic substrate 7-acetoxy-1-methyl quinolinium iodide which is hydrolysed to the highly fluorescent 7-hydroxy-1-methyl quinolinium iodide. The detection limit of galanthamine is 0.5 microM, which is about 20 times more sensitive than in the(More)
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