Phenanthrenes from Juncus inflexus with Antimicrobial Activity against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Barbara Tóth, Erika Liktor-Busa, Norbert Kúsz, Ádám Szappanos, Attila Mándi, T. Kurtán, Edit Urbán, Judit Hohmann, Fang Rong Chang, A. Vasas

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The present study has focused on an investigation of the antibacterial effects of Juncus inflexus and the isolation and identification of its active compounds. Eleven phenanthrenes were isolated from a methanolic extract of the roots. Four compounds (jinflexins A-D, 1-4) are new natural products, while seven phenanthrenes [juncuenins A (5), B (6), and D (8), juncusol (7), dehydrojuncuenins A (9) and B (11), and dehydrojuncusol (10)] were isolated for the first time from the plant. Jinflexin D (4) is a dimer with an unprecedented heptacyclic ring system. The absolute configurations of the new compounds were determined by TDDFT-ECD calculations, and their enantiomeric purity was checked by chiral HPLC analysis. Extracts of different polarity (n-hexane, dichloromethane, and ethyl acetate) were evaluated for their antimicrobial effects against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Citrobacter freundii, Escherichia coli, Enterobacter cloacae, Klebsiella pneumoniae, multiresistant Acinetobacter baumannii, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The MIC values of the isolated compounds were determined by a microdilution method. Jinflexin B (2), juncusol (7), juncuenin D (8), and dehydrojuncuenin B (11) showed significant activity (MIC value range 12.5-100 μg/mL) against MRSA strains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2814-2823
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 23 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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