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Molecules 2014, 19(1), 1250-1257;

Two New Secondary Metabolites from Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468
Department of Pharmacy, Wuhan First Hospital, Wuhan 430022, Hubei, China
Hubei Key Laboratory of Natural Medicinal Chemistry and Resource Evaluation, School of Pharmacy, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430030, Hubei, China
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These two authors contributed equally to this work.
Received: 5 December 2013; in revised form: 15 January 2014 / Accepted: 15 January 2014 / Published: 20 January 2014


A new isocoumarin glycoside, 3R-(+)-5-O-[6'-O-acetyl]-α-d-glucopyranosyl-5-hydroxymellein (1), and a new phenylethanol glycoside, (−)-phenylethyl-8-O-α-l-rhamno-pyranoside (2), were isolated from the ethyl acetate extract of the fungus Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468, together with five known steroids, β-sitosterol (3), stigmast-4-en-3-one (4), ergosterol (5), (22E)-cholesta-4,6,8(14),22-tetraen-3-one (6), and 4α-methyl- ergosta-8(14),24(28)-dien-3β-ol (7). The structures of compounds 1 and 2 were elucidated by MS, extensive 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, and the circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy.
Xylaria; isocoumarin glycoside; phenylethanol glycoside; steroids

1. Introduction

Endophytes have proved to be an excellent source of new bioactive molecules [1,2]. The endophytic fungi of the genus Xylaria produce many types of secondary metabolites [3,4]. Isocoumarins are metabolites of limited distribution, which occur in bacteria, fungi and lichen [5]. The most recent article on the genus Xylaria described the isolation of cis-(3R,4R)-5-carbomethoxy-4-hydroxymellein from the fungus Xylaria sp. PSU-G12 [6], however, the secondary metabolites of the Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468 have not been investigated to date. As part of our ongoing efforts to find new bioactive natural products from the genus Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468, the chemical constituents of the EtOAc extract of Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468 cultures were investigated. This work resulted in the isolation of a new isocoumarin glycoside, a new phenylethanol glycoside, and five known steroids. In this paper, we describe the isolation and structure elucidation of these two new compounds, 3R-(+)-5-O-[6'-O-acetyl]-α-d-glucopyranosyl-5-hydroxymellein (1) and (−)-phenylethyl-8-O-α-l-rhamnopyranoside (2), and the five known compounds 37 (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Chemical structures of compounds 17 from Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468.
Figure 1. Chemical structures of compounds 17 from Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468.
Molecules 19 01250 g001

2. Results and Discussion

Compound 1 was obtained as a colorless amorphous gum. Molecules 19 01250 i001 +60 (c = 1.33, CH3OH). A molecular formula of C18H22O10 was assigned based on the interpretation of HRESIMS peak at m/z 421.1097 [M+Na]+ (calcd. 421.1105). Its IR spectrum showed characteristic hydroxyl group (3397 cm–1), and two ester carbonyl group (1676 and 1737 cm–1) absorptions. The 1H-NMR data of 1 (Table 1) showed two aromatic proton signals at δH 6.83 (d, J = 9.2 Hz, 1H) and 7.45 (d, J = 9.2 Hz, 1H), two methyls at δH 1.98 (s, 3H) and 1.52 (d, J = 6.3 Hz, 3H), and an oxygenated proton at δH 5.35 (d, J = 3.7 Hz, 1H). The 13C-NMR and DEPT spectra of compound 1 displayed 18 carbon signals, including two methyls, two methylenes (one oxygenated methylene), six methines, six aromatic carbons (four quaternary carbons), and two ester carbonyl groups. One set of proton signals at δH 3.3–4.3, 5.35, and their corresponding carbons resonating at δC 64.9, 71.9, 72.1, 73.2, 74.8, and 100.5, suggested the presence of a hexosyl sugar moiety in the molecule. The 1H-NMR spectrum exhibited protons signals at δH 2.69 (dd, J = 17.0, 11.7 Hz, H-4a), 3.46 (dd, J = 17.0, 3.3 Hz, H-4b), and 4.72 (m, H-3).
Table 1. 1H-(400 MHz) and 13C-NMR (100 MHz) data of compounds 1 and 2 in CD3OD (δ in ppm).
Table 1. 1H-(400 MHz) and 13C-NMR (100 MHz) data of compounds 1 and 2 in CD3OD (δ in ppm).
Position 12
δH (J in Hz)δC δH (J in Hz)δC
1 171.4, s 140.4, s
2 7.26 (overlap, 1H)129.3, d
34.72 (m, 1H)77.8, d7.24 (overlap, 1H)129.9, d
43.46 (dd, J = 17.0, 3.3 Hz, 1H)29.4, t7.19 (overlap, 1H)127.2, d
2.69 (dd, J = 17.0, 11.7 Hz, 1H)
5 146.7, s7.24 (overlap, 1H)129.9, d
66.83 (d, J = 9.2 Hz, 1H)116.7, d7.26 (overlap, 1H)129.3, d
77.45 (d, J = 9.2 Hz, 1H) 126.7, d2.86 (t, J = 6.7 Hz, 2H)37.1, t
8 158.5, s3.85 (dt, J = 9.7, 6.9 Hz, 1H)69.4, t
3.63 (dt, J = 9.7, 6.7 Hz, 1H)
9 130.6, s
10 109.5, s
111.52 (d, J = 6.3 Hz, 3H)21.1, q
1'' 172.6, s
2''1.98 (s, 3H)20.7, q
1'5.35 (d, J = 3.7 Hz, 1H)100.5, d4.65 (d, J = 1.5 Hz, 1H)101.5, d
2'3.60 (dd, J = 9.7, 3.7 Hz, 1H)73.2, d3.77 (dd, J = 3.3, 1.7 Hz, 1H)72.2, d
3'3.82 (m, 1H)74.8, d3.60 (dd, J = 5.9, 3.2 Hz, 1H)72.4, d
4'3.36 (dd, J = 10.0, 8.9 Hz, 1H)71.9, d3.35 (d, J = 9.2 Hz, 1H)73.8, d
5'3.87 (m, 1H)72.1, d3.40 (dd, J = 9.4, 6.0 Hz, 1H)69.7, d
6'4.36 (dd, J = 11.8, 2.1 Hz, 1H)64.9, t1.19 (d, J = 6.0 Hz, 3H)17.9, q
4.18 (dd, J = 11.9, 6.7 Hz, 1H)
Furthermore, the HMBC correlations of H-4 (δH 2.46, 2.69) with C-3 (δC 77.8), C-5 (δC 146.7), C-9 (δC 130.6), and C-10 (δC 109.5); H-6 (δH 6.83) with C-5 (δC 146.7), C-8 (δC 158.5), and C-10 (δC 109.5); H-7 (δH 7.45) with C-5 (δC 146.7), C-8 (δC 158.5), and C-9 (δC 130.6) in the HMBC spectrum as well as the spin systems in the 1H–1H COSY spectrum (δH 1.52/4.72, δH 4.72/2.69, and δH 6.83/7.45) indicated the presence of a dihydroisocoumarin skeleton (Figure 1) [7,8]. In the HMBC spectrum of 1, the key HMBC correlation of H-1' (δH 5.35) with C-5 (δC 146.7) implied that the sugar unit was located at C-5 of the dihydroisocoumarin skeleton. In addition, the correlation of H-6' (δH 4.36, 4.18) to C-1' (δC 172.6) indicated that the acetyl group (δC 172.6, 20.7) was located at C-6' of the hexosyl sugar moiety (Figure 2). After hydrolysis of 1 with 4 M aqueous CF3COOH the sugar unit was confirmed to be α-d-glucose [9], as determined by GC analysis of its trimethylsilylated derivative and the coupling constant of its anomeric proton (J = 3.7 Hz) [10]. The linkage of the d-glucose to the dihydroisocoumarin skeleton was unambiguously established by the HMBC experiment that showed cross-peaks between δH 5.35 (H-1glc) and δC 146.7 (C-5).
Compound 1 has a CD spectrum that similar to that of (3R)-5-hydroxymellein with negative extrema at 226 and 255 nm [8]. Thus, compound 1 was identified to be 3R-(+)-5-O-[6'-O-acetyl]-α-d-glucopyranosyl-5-hydroxymellein.
Figure 2. Key 1H–1H COSY and the selected HMBC correlations of compounds 1 and 2.
Figure 2. Key 1H–1H COSY and the selected HMBC correlations of compounds 1 and 2.
Molecules 19 01250 g002
Compound 2 was obtained as a colorless gum with the molecular formula C14H20O5, as deduced from its HRESIMS peak at m/z 291.1200 [M+Na]+ (calcd. 291.1203). Molecules 19 01250 i001 −46 (c = 4.83, CH3OH). The IR spectrum of 2 showed absorptions due to hydroxyl (3398 cm−1) and aromatic (1452 and 1497 cm−1) functionalities. The 1H-NMR data of 2 (Table 1) showed a set of monosubstituted aromatic ring signals at δH 7.15–7.28 (5H, overlapped), and a methyl doublet at δH 1.19 (d, J = 6.0 Hz, 3H), and oxygenated proton at δH 4.65 (d, J = 1.5 Hz, 1H). The 13C-NMR and DEPT showed six aromatic carbons (one quaternary carbon), two methylenes (one oxygenated), five methine carbons (three oxygenated and one anomeric), and one methyl group. According to the signals of six aromatic carbons and 1H–1H COSY signal at H-8 (δH 3.63, 3.85) with H-7 (δH 2.86) indicated compound 2 was a phenylethanol derivative. A series of proton signals in the range of δH 3.3–3.8, 4.65 (d, J = 1.5 Hz, 1H), and 1.19 (d, J = 6.0 Hz, 3H), and their corresponding carbons at δC 69.7, 72.2, 72.4, 73.8, 101.5, and 17.9 were observed in the 1H- and 13C-NMR spectra, which indicated the existence of a α-rhamnose moiety. After acid hydrolysis of 2, the sugar moiety was identified to be α-l-rhamnose according to the GC analysis. In the HMBC spectrum, the correlation of H-8 (δH 3.63, 3.85) with C-1' (δC 101.5) showed that the α-rhamnose was attached to C-8 (Figure 2), hence compound 2 was identified as (−)-phenylethyl-8-O-α-l-rhamnopyranoside.
The known compounds 37 were identified as β-sitosterol (3) [11], stigmast-4-en-3-one (4) [12], ergosterol (5) [13], (22E)-cholesta-4,6,8(14),22-tetraen-3-one (6) [14] and 4α-methylergosta-8(14),24(28)-dien-3β-ol (7) [15], respectively, by comparison of their spectroscopic data with literature values.

3. Experimental

3.1. General Procedures

Optical rotations were measured on a Perkin-Elmer PE-341LC polarimeter (PerkinElmer, Waltham, MA, USA). UV spectra were recorded on a PerkinElmer Lambda 35 spectrophotometer (PerkinElmer, Waltham, MA, USA). IR spectra were recorded on a Bruker VERTEX 70 spectrometer (Bruker, Ettlingcn, Germany). CD spectrum was detected on Jasco J-810 spectrometer (Jasco, Hachioji, Japan). 1D and 2D NMR spectra were recorded on a Bruker AM-400 NMR spectrometer (Bruker, Ettlingcn, Germany) using CD3OD (δH 3.31/δC 49.0) signals as standard, and chemical shifts were recorded as values. HRESIMS data were acquired using a Thermo Fisher LC-LTQ-Orbitrap XL spectrometer (Thermo Fisher, Waltham, MA, USA). TLC was carried out using glass-precoated silica gel GF254 (Qingdao Marine Chemical, Inc., Qingdao, China) and visualized under UV light or by spraying with vanillin (contains H2SO4) ethanol reagent. Silica gel (100−200 mesh and 200−300 mesh, Qingdao Marine Chemical Inc.), ODS (50 μm, YMC, Kyoto, Japan), and Sephadex LH-20 (Pharmacia Biotech AB, Uppsala, Sweden) were used for column chromatography. Semi-preparative HPLC was performed on an Agilent 1100 liquid chromatography (Agilent, Santa Clara, CA, USA) with an YMC (10 × 250 mm, 5 μm) column. GC analysis was performed with a GC-14CPTF gas chromatography system (Shimadzu, Shimane, Japan) with an Agilent Innowax capillary column.

3.2. Fungal Material and Aphylogenetic Analysis of ITS 1–4 Gene Sequence

The strain of the fungus obtained from China Forestry Culture Collection Center (CFCC, Beijing, China) was isolated from Pinus tabuliformis (altitude: 789 m; longitude: 108°; latitude: 33°) by Xiaobin Song (Associate Researcher at the College of Forestry, Northwest A&F University) in Shanxi Province at August 2008. It is available to specialists from the CFCC, Preservation Serial number: cfcc 87468. A voucher specimen of the culture (No. 2013–0820) was deposited in the herbarium of Hubei Key Laboratory of Natural Medicinal Chemistry and Resource Evaluation, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Technology and Science, Wuhan, China.
Fungal genomic DNA was extracted by the CTAB method [16]. ITS gene fragments were amplified by general primers ITS1 (5'-TCCGTAGGTGAACCTGCGG-3') and ITS4 (5'-TCCTCCGCTTATTGA TATGC-3'). The PCR conditions used were as follows: initial denaturation at 94 °C for 5 min, followed by 35 cycles of 94 °C for 1 min, 55 °C for 40 s, 72 °C for 1 min, and a final extension at 72 °C for 10 min. PCR reaction mixtures (20 μL) contained 100 ng genomic DNA, 2 μL 10 × PCR reaction buffer, 2 µL 10 μM MgCl2, 0.5 μL 10 μM forward and reverse primers, 0.5 μL deoxyribonucleotide triphosphate (2.5 μM each), and 0.3 μL 5 U of Taq DNA polymerase. All the reagents for sequencing were from Hubei Bios Biological Technology Co, Ltd, Wuhan, China. The amplified products were sequenced and aligned with the sequences in GenBank by the BLASTN program. The results showed that the gene sequences of fungus were belonging to the Xylaria sp.
The closest matches in Genbank were obtained from sequences that were declared to be “Xylaria sp”. However, the highest homology with a properly identified species was that of Nemania diffusa. The corresponding sequence showed 98% homology in BLAST [17]. Therefore, the identity of this fungus with a member of the genus Xylaria is not absolutely certain. As outlined by Stadler et al. [18], much work remains to be done until the endopyhtic Xylariaceae can be identified on the basis of ITS DNA sequences. The gene sequence of Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468 has been deposited in GenBank, with GenBank accession number KJ 139985.

3.3. Fermentation and Isolation

The fungus Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468 maintained in potato dextrose agar (PDA) was directly inoculated on plates of nutrient agar media kept at 28 °C for 9 days. Fermentation was carried out in 30 Erlenmeyer flasks (500 mL), each containing 100 g of rice and 0.3% peptone. Distilled H2O (100 mL) was added to each flask, and the rice was soaked overnight before autoclaving at 121 °C under 15 psi for 30 min. After cooling to room temperature, each flask was inoculated with the fresh mycelium and incubated at 28 °C for 35 days. The fermented solid rice medium (3.0 kg) was soaked with ethyl acetate (6 L × 3, 2 days for each time) at room temperature. The solvent was evaporated in vacuo to afford a residue (32.0 g).
The crude residue (32.0 g) was subjected to silica gel (200−300 mesh) column chromatography, with a step gradient elution with petroleum ether–ethyl acetate (40:1→10:1→5:1→2:1→1:1→0:1) to yield four fractions (A–D). Fraction C (12.9 g) was chromatographed on an ODS column eluted with MeOH–H2O (70:30→0:100) to provide four subfractions (Ca–Cd). Subfraction Cc was further separated over Sephadex LH-20 eluting with CHCl3–MeOH (1:1) to give three subfractions (Cca–Ccc). Subfraction Cca was further purified by semi-preparative HPLC eluted with MeOH–H2O (100:0, flow rate: 2 mL/min) to give compounds 3 (5.8 mg, tR 28 min) and 4 (6.0 mg, tR 37 min), as well as compound 5 (2.7 mg, tR 25 min) from subfraction Ccb. Fraction D (2.7 g) was subjected to ODS column chromatography eluted with MeOH–H2O (50:50→0:1) to provide three subfractions (Da–Dc). The subfraction Da was further purified by semi-preparative HPLC eluted with MeOH–H2O (45:55, flow rate: 2 mL/min) to afford compounds 1 (9.2 mg, tR 24 min) and 2 (38.0 mg, tR 20 min). Fraction Dc was separated over Sephadex LH-20 eluting with CHCl3–MeOH (1:1), then subjected to semi-preparative HPLC eluted with MeOH–H2O (100:0, flow rate: 2 mL/min) to give compounds 6 (7.4 mg, tR 45 min) and 7 (27.0 mg, tR 39 min).

3.4. Hydrolysis and Determination of the Absolute Configuration of the Sugar Moiety

A solution of 1 (1.5 mg) in 4 M aqueous CF3COOH (2.0 mL) was heated at 100 °C for 3 h in a water bath. The reaction mixture was diluted in H2O (4.0 mL) and extracted with EtOAc (4.0 mL × 3), then the aqueous layer was concentrated to remove CF3COOH. The residue was dissolved in pyridine (1.0 mL), to which l-cysteine methyl ester hydrochloride (1.5 mg) in pyridine (1.0 mL) was added. Then, the mixture was kept at 60 °C for 2 h. The reaction mixture was concentrated to dryness and then trimethylsilylimidazole (0.2 mL) was added to the residue, followed by stirring at 60 °C for 1 h in a water bath. Finally, the mixture was partitioned between hexane and H2O (0.3/4.0 mL) and the hexane extract was analyzed by gas-chromatography (GC) under the following conditions: GC-14CPTF gas chromatography system; Agilent Innowax capillary column (30 m × 0.53 mm × 1.0 μm); column temperature, 205 °C; injection temp, 250 °C; detector FID, detector temp, 250 °C; carrier N2 gas; flow rate 2.5 mL/min; hydrogen flow, 25 mL/min; air flow, 250 mL/min; make up gas flow, 20 mL/min; injection volume, 2 μL. In compound 1, d-glucose was confirmed by comparison of the retention times of the derivative with those of d-glucose and l-glucose derivatives prepared in a similar way, which showed retention times of 3.090 min and 3.632 min, respectively. As described above, the sugar in compound 2 was determined to be l-rhamnose with a retention time of 2.607 min.

3.5. Spectroscopic Data

3R-(+)-5-O-[6'-O-Acetyl]-α-d-glucopyranosyl-5-hydroxymellein (1). A colorless amorphous gum; Molecules 19 01250 i001 +60 (c = 1.33, CH3OH); CD (MeOH): λmax nm (Δε)= 205.0 (+2.33), 209.0 (+2.24), 226.6 (−2.02), 255.0 (−3.75); UV (MeOH) λmax (lg ε) 213 (4.47), 258 (3.70) nm; IR (film) vmax 3397, 2921, 1737, 1676, 1476, 1390, 1248, 1128, 1050, 910, 872 cm−1; 1H and 13C-NMR data, see Table 1; HRESIMS m/z 421.1097 [M + Na]+ (calcd for C18H22O10Na, 421.1105).
()-Phenylethyl-8-O-α-l-rhamnopyranoside (2). A colorless gum; Molecules 19 01250 i001 −46 (c = 4.83, CH3OH); UV (MeOH) λmax (lg ε) 218 (2.85), 333 (2.13) nm; IR (film) νmax 3398, 2930, 1497, 1542, 1130, 1092, 1053, 981, 806, 749, 699 cm−1; 1H and 13C-NMR data, see Table 1; HRESIMS m/z 291.1200 [M+Na]+ (calcd for C14H20O5Na, 291.1203).

4. Conclusions

In this study, we investigated for the first time the chemical constituents of the ethyl acetate extract of Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468. Extensive spectroscopic analysis, chemical methods, and comparison with spectroscopic data in the literature resulted in the isolation of a new isocoumarin glycoside, 3R-(+)-5-O-[6'-O-acetyl]-α-d-glucopyranosyl-5-hydroxymellein (1), and a new phenylethanol glycoside, (−)-phenylethyl-8-O-α-l-rhamnopyranoside (2), along with five known steroids, β-sitosterol (3), stigmast-4-en-3-one (4), ergosterol (5), (22E)-cholesta-4,6,8(14),22-tetraen-3-one (6) and 4α-methylergosta-8(14),24(28)-dien-3β-ol (7). Compounds 37 were reported from Xylaria sp. cfcc 87468 for the first time.

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This work was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 31270395) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (2013TS018).

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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  • Sample Availability: Samples of the compounds 17 are available from the authors.
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