Natural and semi-synthetic compounds are being studied as novel phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, pulmonary hypertension, and lower urinary symptoms. Maclura pomifera
is a source of flavonoids, one of the main classes of molecules investigated for these purposes. The extraction of the natural isoflavone osajin and its modification to obtain a semi-synthetic derivative are described in this short note. 1
H and 13
C-nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (NMR), mass spectrometry, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and spectroscopic characterization of the title compound are also hereby provided. Two-dimensional (2D) nuclear Overhauser effect spectroscopy (NOESY) NMR, supported by in silico conformational studies, was used to achieve a complete assignment of the proton signals, assessing the correct chemical structure of the compound. Heteronuclear single quantum coherence spectroscopy (HSQC) and heteronuclear multiple bond correlation (HMBC) NMR experiments were performed to assign 13
C chemical shifts. Calculated chemical properties and preliminary in silico docking suggest that this molecule might be a promising candidate as PDE5 inhibitor.
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