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Molecules 2008, 13(12), 2925-2934; doi:10.3390/molecules13122925

Cytotoxic Steroidal Saponins from the Flowers of Allium leucanthum

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Tbilisi State Medical University, Departement of Pharmacognosy, 33, Vazha Pshavela Ave., Tbilisi, 0177, Georgia
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Laboratoire de Pharmacognosie, Faculté de Pharmacie, Université de la Méditerranée; 27 Boul. Jean Moulin, 13385 Marseille, cedex 5, France
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Laboratoire LASEVE, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 555 Boul. de l’Université, Département des Sciences Fondamentales, Chicoutimi, Québec, Canada
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Received: 1 October 2008 / Revised: 17 November 2008 / Accepted: 24 November 2008 / Published: 26 November 2008
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Abstract

Allium leucanthum C. Koch is an endemic Caucasian species that grows in Georgia. The flowers are used in traditional medicine. Phytochemical investigation allowed the isolation of seven spirostanol type saponins from the flowers. Their structures were elucidated on the base of NMR and HRESIMS spectrometry data. A new compound, which we have named leucospiroside A (5), has been identified as (25R)-5α-spirostane-2α,3β,6β-triol 3-O-β-glucopyranosyl-(1→3)-β-glucopyranosyl-(1→2)-[β-glucopyranosyl-(1→3)]-β-glucopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-galactopyranoside. The six others were known substances, but are described in this plant for the first time. The crude extract, spirostanol and furostanol fractions, as well as isolated compounds, were evaluated for their in vitro cytotoxic activity. Compounds 1-3 and 5 were found to be the most active, with relatively similar IC50 values ranging from 3.7 to 5.8 μM for a lung cancer cell line (A549) and 5.6 to 8.2 μM for a colon cancer cell line (DLD-1).
Keywords: Allium leucathum; Spirostane saponins; Structure determination; Cytotoxic activity Allium leucathum; Spirostane saponins; Structure determination; Cytotoxic activity
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Mskhiladze, L.; Legault, J.; Lavoie, S.; Mshvildadze, V.; Kuchukhidze, J.; Elias, R.; Pichette, A. Cytotoxic Steroidal Saponins from the Flowers of Allium leucanthum. Molecules 2008, 13, 2925-2934.

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