Alkaloids from the sponge-associated fungus aspergillus sp.

Yaming Zhou, Abdessamad Debbab, Attila Mándi, Victor Wray, Barbara Schulz, Werner E.G. Müller, Matthias Kassack, Wenhan Lin, Tibor Kurtán, Peter Proksch, Amal H. Aly

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Seven new alkaloids including tryptoquivaline K (1) and fumiquinazolines K-P (2-7), bearing a rare 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid residue, together with six known compounds (8-13), were isolated from the fungus Aspergillus sp. obtained from the Mediterranean sponge Tethya aurantium. The structures of the new compounds were determined by extensive analysis by 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. The absolute configurations of tryptoquivaline K (1) and fumiquinazolines K and L (2, 3) were determined by TDDFT ECD calculations of their solution conformers, and the configurational assignment of the related fumiquinazolines M-P (4-7) was achieved by comparison of their ECD spectra with those of compounds 2 and 3. All compounds were evaluated for their cytotoxic activity by the MTT method. Compound 8 exhibited pronounced cytotoxicity against the mouse lymphoma cell line (L5178Y) with an IC50 value of 3.6 μM, but only moderate activity was observed against human ovarian cancer (A2780) and human Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myelogenous leukemia (K562) cell lines with IC50 values of 18.5 and 15.0 μM, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)894-906
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Organic Chemistry
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2013


  • Alkaloids
  • Circular dichroism
  • Configuration determination
  • Density functional calculations
  • Natural products
  • Structure elucidation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

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    Zhou, Y., Debbab, A., Mándi, A., Wray, V., Schulz, B., Müller, W. E. G., Kassack, M., Lin, W., Kurtán, T., Proksch, P., & Aly, A. H. (2013). Alkaloids from the sponge-associated fungus aspergillus sp. European Journal of Organic Chemistry, (5), 894-906.