• 1 Department of Chemistry and ‡Institute of Biological Sciences, University of Malaya , 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
J Nat Prod, 2014 Sep 26;77(9):2068-80.
PMID: 25211145 DOI: 10.1021/np500439u


A total of 20 new indole alkaloids comprising mainly oxidized derivatives of macroline- (including alstofonidine, a macroline indole incorporating a butyrolactone ring-F), pleiocarpamine-, and sarpagine-type alkaloids were isolated from the bark and leaf extracts of Alstonia angustifolia. The structures and relative configurations of these alkaloids were determined using NMR and MS analyses and in some instances confirmed by X-ray diffraction analyses. Alkaloids 3, 7, 35, and 41 showed moderate to weak activity, while 21 showed strong activity in reversing multidrug resistance in vincristine-resistant KB cells.

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