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Bioorg Chem ; 100: 103921, 2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32464403


Enterococci are gram-positive, widespread nosocomial pathogens that in recent years have developed resistance to various commonly employed antibiotics. Since finding new infection-control agents based on secondary metabolites from organisms has proved successful for decades, natural products are potentially useful sources of compounds with activity against enterococci. Herein are reported the results of a natural product library screening based on a whole-cell assay against a gram-positive model organism, which led to the isolation of a series of anacardic acids identified by analysis of their spectroscopic data and by chemical derivatizations. Merulinic acid C was identified as the most active anacardic acid derivative obtained against antibiotic-resistant enterococci. Fluorescence microscopy analyses showed that merulinic acid C targets the bacterial membrane without affecting the peptidoglycan and causes rapid cellular ATP leakage from cells. Merulinic acid C was shown to be synergistic with gentamicin against Enterococcus faecium, indicating that this compound could inspire the development of new antibiotic combinations effective against drug-resistant pathogens.

Antibacterianos/farmacologia , Farmacorresistência Bacteriana/efeitos dos fármacos , Enterococcus faecium/efeitos dos fármacos , Gentamicinas/farmacologia , Sinergismo Farmacológico , Enterococcus faecium/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Enterococcus faecium/metabolismo , Infecções por Bactérias Gram-Positivas/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Bactérias Gram-Positivas/microbiologia , Humanos , Hidroxibenzoatos/farmacologia
Rev. bras. farmacogn ; 29(6): 715-719, Nov.-Dec. 2019. tab, graf
Artigo em Inglês | LILACS-Express | LILACS | ID: biblio-1057861


ABSTRACT Chemical investigation of the aqueous fraction of the ethanol extract from the Brazilian endemic marine sponge Clathria (Clathria) nicoleae Vieira de Barros, Santos & Pinheiro, 2013, Microcionidae, sampled from a 55 m deep rhodolith bed at the Amazon River mouth, led to the isolation of a new hexapeptide, clathriamide (1). HP-20 resin was used to capture compound 1 from the aqueous fraction, which was purified by additional chromatographic steps. The absolute configuration of the amino acids of 1 was determined by advanced Marfey's analysis using 5-fluoro-2,4-dinitrophenyl-Nα-L-tryptophanamide. The amino acid derivatives analyzed by ultra-performance liquid chromatography coupled to a mass spectrometry using a C8 column enabled a good chromatographic resolution of L-Ile and L-allo-Ile, previously unfeasible using C18 column.

Nat Prod Rep ; 36(7): 981-1004, 2019 07 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-31049509


Covering: up to 2019The discovery of new bioactive natural products gained momentum during the last few decades, resulting from instrumentation advances, from the expansion of genome mining and regulation, as well as by exploration of untapped biological sources. However, water-soluble, volatile, minor and photosensitive natural products are yet poorly known. This review discusses the literature reporting the isolation strategies for some of these metabolites. Analysis of minor metabolites at sub-milligram level are also presented, since analytical instrumentation enabling structure assignment in minute quantities is now routine. Major trends related to natural products discovery are discussed, under the light of further developments in biodiscovery.

Produtos Biológicos/isolamento & purificação , Produtos Biológicos/química , Produtos Biológicos/efeitos da radiação , Interações Hidrofóbicas e Hidrofílicas , Luz , Estrutura Molecular , Compostos Orgânicos Voláteis/química , Compostos Orgânicos Voláteis/isolamento & purificação , Compostos Orgânicos Voláteis/efeitos da radiação