Abstract: Adenovirus infections in immunocompromised patients are associated with high mortality rates. Currently, there are no effective anti-adenoviral therapies available. It is well known that actinobacteria can produce secondary metabolites that are attractive in drug discovery due to their structural diversity and their evolved interaction with biomolecules. Here, we have established an extract library derived from actinobacteria isolated from Vestfjorden, Norway, and performed a screening campaign to discover anti-adenoviral compounds. One extract with anti-adenoviral activity was found to contain a diastereomeric 1:1 mixture of the butenolide secondary alcohols 1a and 1b. By further cultivation and analysis, we could isolate 1a and 1b in different diastereomeric ratio. In addition, three more anti-adenoviral butenolides 2, 3 and 4 with differences in their side-chains were isolated. In this study, the anti-adenoviral activity of these compounds was characterized and substantial differences in the cytotoxic potential between the butenolide analogs were observed. The most potent butenolide analog 3 displayed an EC50 value of 91 μM and no prominent cytotoxicity at 2 mM. Furthermore, we propose a biosynthetic pathway for these compounds based on their relative time of appearance and structure.
Keywords: adenovirus; antiviral; natural products; secondary metabolites; marine actinobacteria; extract screening; butenolides
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Strand, M.; Carlsson, M.; Uvell, H.; Islam, K.; Edlund, K.; Cullman, I.; Altermark, B.; Mei, Y.-F.; Elofsson, M.; Willassen, N.-P.; Wadell, G.; Almqvist, F. Isolation and Characterization of Anti-Adenoviral Secondary Metabolites from Marine Actinobacteria. Mar. Drugs 2014, 12, 799-821.
Strand M, Carlsson M, Uvell H, Islam K, Edlund K, Cullman I, Altermark B, Mei Y-F, Elofsson M, Willassen N-P, Wadell G, Almqvist F. Isolation and Characterization of Anti-Adenoviral Secondary Metabolites from Marine Actinobacteria. Marine Drugs. 2014; 12(2):799-821.
Strand, Mårten; Carlsson, Marcus; Uvell, Hanna; Islam, Koushikul; Edlund, Karin; Cullman, Inger; Altermark, Björn; Mei, Ya-Fang; Elofsson, Mikael; Willassen, Nils-Peder; Wadell, Göran; Almqvist, Fredrik. 2014. "Isolation and Characterization of Anti-Adenoviral Secondary Metabolites from Marine Actinobacteria." Mar. Drugs 12, no. 2: 799-821.