Anti-inflammatory Cassane-Type Diterpenoids from the Seed Kernels of Caesalpinia sinensis.

Published on Aug 1, 2021in Journal of Natural Products3.779
· DOI :10.1021/ACS.JNATPROD.1C00233
Miao Wang9
Estimated H-index: 9
(SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University),
Siyu Yu (SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University)+ 4 AuthorsHuiyuan Gao12
Estimated H-index: 12
(SPU: Shenyang Pharmaceutical University)
Eighteen cassane diterpenoids, including five new lactam-type (4-8), 12 new lactone-type (1-3 and 9-17), and one known compound (18), were isolated from Caesalpinia sinensis. To our knowledge, this is the first study on the seed kernels of C. sinensis, and cassane derivatives were discovered in this plant for the first time. Their structures including absolute configurations were established by extensive spectroscopic methods complemented with single-crystal X-ray diffraction analyses and ECD calculations. Compounds 4-8 were identified as a group of rare cassane diterpenoids possessing a lactam D-ring instead of a typical lactone moiety. Biological evaluation revealed that compounds 4-6 exhibited effective inhibitory effects on NO production in the LPS-induced RAW 264.7 macrophages, with IC50 values in the range 8.2-11.2 μM. Compound 4 suppressed the excessive production of NO by down-regulating the expression of inducible nitric oxide synthase enzymes (iNOS) and reducing the enzymatic activity of iNOS. Moreover, the intermolecular interaction and binding mode between compound 4 and iNOS were elaborated by conducting a molecular docking study.
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