Cucurbalsaminones A-C, Rearranged Triterpenoids with a 5/6/3/6/5-Fused Pentacyclic Carbon Skeleton from Momordica balsamina, as Multidrug Resistance Reversers

Andreia Mónico, Cátia Ramalhete, Vânia André, Gabriella Spengler, Silva Mulhovo, M. Teresa Duarte, Maria José U. Ferreira

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Abstract

Three new triterpenoids, cucurbalsaminones A-C (1-3), featuring a unique 5/6/3/6/5-fused pentacyclic carbon skeleton, named cucurbalsaminane, were isolated from a methanol extract of Momordica balsamina. Their structures were elucidated by spectroscopic methods and corroborated, for 1, by structure solution using single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. A hypothetical biogenetic pathway for these compounds is proposed. Compounds 1-3 were evaluated for their P-glycoprotein (P-gp/ABCB1) modulation ability, using a mouse T-lymphoma MDR1-transfected cell model by the rhodamine-123 accumulation assay, and displayed potent multidrug resistance (MDR)-reversing activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2138-2143
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Volume82
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 23 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Organic Chemistry

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