Antiplasmodial flavanones and a stilbene from Carpha glomerata

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Bioassay-guided fractionation of an extract of Carpha glomerata (Cyperaceae) led to the isolation of seven compounds. Compounds 1 (carphorin A), 3 (carphorin C), 4(carphorin D), and 5 (carphabene) are new compounds, and compound 2 (8-(3″-hydroxyisoamyl)-naringenin) was isolated for the first time as a natural product. All structures were elucidated based on analyses of their HR-ESIMS and 1D and 2D NMR data. Compounds 12, and 6, which have prenyl or hydroxyprenyl side chains, exhibited antiplasmodial activities with IC50 values of 5.2 ± 0.6, 3.4 ± 0.4, and 6.7 ± 0.8 µM against the drug-resistant Dd2 strain of Plasmodium falciparum. In addition the prenylated stilbene 5 also showed good activity, with IC50 5.8 ± 0.7 µM.

Namki Cho, Ana Lisa Valenciano, Yongle Du, Jason Clement, Maria B. Cassera, Michael Goetz, David G. I. Kingston. 2018. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters; 28(20):3368-3371.

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