Ebenfurans IV-VIII from Onobrychis ebenoides: evidence that C-prenylation is the key determinant of the cytotoxicity of 3-formyl-2-arylbenzofurans.

@article{Halabalaki2008EbenfuransIF,
  title={Ebenfurans IV-VIII from Onobrychis ebenoides: evidence that C-prenylation is the key determinant of the cytotoxicity of 3-formyl-2-arylbenzofurans.},
  author={Maria Halabalaki and Xanthippi Alexi and Necktarios Aligiannis and Michael N. Alexis and A L Skaltsounis},
  journal={Journal of natural products},
  year={2008},
  volume={71 11},
  pages={1934-7}
}
Phytochemical investigation of a methanol extract of Onobrychis ebenoides yielded five new 3-formyl-2-arylbenzofurans, namely, ebenfurans IV-VIII (1-5), together with the known compounds ebenfurans I, II (6), and III (7). Only 1 and 7 exhibited growth inhibitory activity against MCF-7 and Ishikawa cells, suggesting that the prenyl moiety at position C-5 is the key determinant of the cytotoxic activity of this group of compounds.