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Molecules 2018, 23(11), 3003;

Natalenamides A–C, Cyclic Tripeptides from the Termite-Associated Actinomadura sp. RB99

School of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 16419, Korea
Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology—Hans-Knöll-Institute, Beutenbergstraße 11a, 07745 Jena, Germany
College of Bio-Nano Technology, Gachon University, Seongnam 13120, Korea
College of Korean Medicine, Gachon University, Seongnam 13120, Korea
College of Pharmacy and Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Seoul National University, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 08826, Korea
Forestry and Agriculture Biotechnology Institute, University of Pretoria, Pretoria 0028, South Africa
SKKU—Advanced Institute of Nanotechnology (SAINT), Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon 16419, Korea
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Received: 1 October 2018 / Revised: 11 November 2018 / Accepted: 12 November 2018 / Published: 16 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Natural Products Chemistry)
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In recent years, investigations into the biochemistry of insect-associated bacteria have increased. When combined with analytical dereplication processes, these studies provide a powerful strategy to identify structurally and/or biologically novel compounds. Non-ribosomally synthesized cyclic peptides have a broad bioactivity spectrum with high medicinal potential. Here, we report the discovery of three new cyclic tripeptides: natalenamides A–C (compounds 13). These compounds were identified from the culture broth of the fungus-growing termite-associated Actinomadura sp. RB99 using a liquid chromatography (LC)/ultraviolet (UV)/mass spectrometry (MS)-based dereplication method. Chemical structures of the new compounds (13) were established by analysis of comprehensive spectroscopic methods, including one-dimensional (1H and 13C) and two-dimensional (1H-1H-COSY, HSQC, HMBC) nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), together with high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HR-ESIMS) data. The absolute configurations of the new compounds were elucidated using Marfey’s analysis. Through several bioactivity tests for the tripeptides, we found that compound 3 exhibited significant inhibitory effects on 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine (IBMX)-induced melanin production. The effect of compound 3 was similar to that of kojic acid, a compound extensively used as a cosmetic material with a skin-whitening effect. View Full-Text
Keywords: fungus-growing termite; Actinomadura sp.; tripeptides; natalenamides A–C; skin-whitening effects fungus-growing termite; Actinomadura sp.; tripeptides; natalenamides A–C; skin-whitening effects

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Lee, S.R.; Lee, D.; Yu, J.S.; Benndorf, R.; Lee, S.; Lee, D.-S.; Huh, J.; de Beer, Z.W.; Kim, Y.H.; Beemelmanns, C.; Kang, K.S.; Kim, K.H. Natalenamides A–C, Cyclic Tripeptides from the Termite-Associated Actinomadura sp. RB99. Molecules 2018, 23, 3003.

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