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  • Author: Leovigildo Quijano x
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From the hexane extract of the bark of the stems of Senna racemosa (syn. Cassia racemosa) a new dihydroanthracenone derivative, named racemochrysone, was isolated. Its structure was established as 8,9-dihydroxy-3-methoxy-2,2,6-trimethyl-(2H)-anthracen-1-one based on spectroscopical data, mainly 1D and 2D NMR experiments. In addition β-sitosterol, stigmasterol, chrysophanol and physcion were obtained. From the leaves extracts the piperidine alkaloid cassine and the hexitol pinitol were obtained.


The leaves of Tillandsia brachycaulos afforded two novel tetracyclic triterpenoids identified as (24S)-24-isopropenyl-29-nor-5α-lanosta-7-en-3β-ol (1) and (24S)-24-isopropenyl-29-nor- 5α-lanosta-7-en-3-one (2), in addition to the known isopimaric acid (3) and chlorogenic acid (4). Their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectral analysis, including homo- and heteronuclear correlation NMR experiments (COSY, ROESY, HMQC and HMBC) and by comparison with data in the literature. The antimicrobial and antifungal activities were studied. The compounds did not show significant activity.

The root bark of Hippocratea excelsa afforded a new derivative of β -amyrin, which was identified as its ferulate, together with components new in this species. They were identified as the rare 29-hydroxytaraxerol, 29-hydroxyglutinol, 29-hydroxyfriedelin and the sterol 6β -hydroxystigmast-4- en-3-one. The known triterpene quinone methides pristimerin and tingenone characteristics of this genus, β -sitosterol, trans-polyisoprene, squalene, β -amyrin, and the alditol galacticol characteristic of the Celastraceae were also isolated. The structures were established on the basis of spectral analysis, including homo- and heteronuclear correlation NMR experiments (COSY, DEPT, HMQC and HMBC) and by comparison with data reported in the literature. The structure of 29-hydroxytaraxerol was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The antimicrobial and antifungal activities of the compounds were studied, but no significant activity was found.

The rare lupene derivative named resinone has only been isolated before from Fluorensia resinosa. We now report the isolation of this compound from the bark of the new recently described Acacia cedilloi (Fabaceae), and the revision of its structure to 16β-hydroxylup-20(29)-en-3-one, based on NMR and MS spectral data. The detailed 1H and 13C NMR assignments of resinone and its acetate achieved by 1D and 2D NMR experiments (including DEPT, COSY, HMQC and HMBC) are reported. In addition, the study of A. cedilloi and A. gaumeri afforded the known related lupenes lupeol and lupenone, the acyclic squalene, the sterols β-sitosterol, stigmasta-7,22-dien-3β-ol (spinasterol) and stigmasta-5,22,25-trien-3β-ol (22-dehydroclerosterol) as well as α-tocopherol and β-carotene.