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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16(8), 17668-17681;

Unveiling the Mode of Action of Two Antibacterial Tanshinone Derivatives

College of Science, Northwest A&F University, Yangling 712100, Shaanxi, China
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Academic Editor: Iolanda Francolini
Received: 18 June 2015 / Revised: 17 July 2015 / Accepted: 24 July 2015 / Published: 31 July 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Materials Science)
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In this study, 2-(N-pyrrolidine-alkyl) tanshinones bearing pyrrolidine groups were synthesized and the antibacterial mechanism was explored. These derivatives selectively elicited antibacterial activity against Gram-positive bacteria. Moreover, their antibacterial activities were time-, concentration-dependent and persistent. It appeared that Fenton-mediated hydroxyl radicals were involved, and the disruption of cell membranes was observed. This study indicates that 2-(N-pyrrolidine-alkyl) tanshinones might be potential candidates as antibacterial agents. View Full-Text
Keywords: tanshinone; pyrrolidine; antibacterial; reactive oxygen species (ROS); membrane tanshinone; pyrrolidine; antibacterial; reactive oxygen species (ROS); membrane

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Wang, D.; Zhang, W.; Wang, T.; Li, N.; Mu, H.; Zhang, J.; Duan, J. Unveiling the Mode of Action of Two Antibacterial Tanshinone Derivatives. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015, 16, 17668-17681.

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