Lignans and sesquiterpene lactones from Hypochaeris radicata subsp. neapolitana (Asteraceae, Cichorieae)

Phytochemistry. 2019 Sep;165:112047. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2019.05.020. Epub 2019 Jun 13.


Four undescribed lignans and two undescribed sesquiterpenic acids, together with three known compounds (hypochoeroside C, hypochoeroside D, and 5-O-caffeoylshikimic acid) were isolated from the roots of Hypochaeris radicata subsp. neapolitana (Asteraceae, Cichorieae). The lignans were identified as 4-(3,4-dihydroxybenzyl)-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)tetrahydrofuran-3-carboxy-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, 4-(3,4-dihydroxybenzyl)-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)tetrahydrofuran-3-carboxy-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl-2'-O-methacrylate, (7S,8R,8'R)-7-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-3',4'-dihydroxy-7,8,7',8'-tetrahydronaphtho [8,8'-c]furan-1(3H)-one, and (7S,8R,8'R)-7-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-3',4'-dihydroxy-8'-(hydroxymethyl)-7,8,7',8'-tetrahydronaphthalen-8-carboxylic acid. The two sesquiterpenic acids were identified as the ring open precursors of hypochoerosides C and D. Structures were elucidated using NMR and HRMS. Absolute configurations of (7S,8R,8'R)-7-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-3',4'-dihydroxy-7,8,7',8'-tetrahydronaphtho [8,8'-c]furan-1(3H)-one and (7S,8R,8'R)-7-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)-3',4'-dihydroxy-8'-(hydroxymethyl)-7,8,7',8'-tetrahydronaphthalen-8-carboxylic acid were determined using electronic circular dichroism (ECD) spectroscopy. 4-(3,4-dihydroxybenzyl)-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)tetrahydrofuran-3-carboxy-O-β-D-glucopyranoside was evaluated for its anti-proliferative activity against myeloma cell lines MM1S, U266, and NCI-H929 and showed cytotoxicity at 100 mM against MM1S strain. No neurotoxicity was observed for major compounds 4-(3,4-dihydroxybenzyl)-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)tetrahydrofuran-3-carboxy-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, hypochoeroside C, and hypochoeroside D in a fluorescence assay measuring neurite outgrowth in dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. Additionally, compounds 4-(3,4-dihydroxybenzyl)-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)tetrahydrofuran-3-carboxy-O-β-D-glucopyranoside, hypochoeroside C, hypochoeroside D, and hypochoerosidic acid D were quantified in unstressed and drought-stressed plants using HPLC-DAD. Drought-stressed plants were found to contain lower concentrations of the lignan 4-(3,4-dihydroxybenzyl)-2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)tetrahydrofuran-3-carboxy-O-β-D-glucopyranoside and sesquiterpene lactone hypochoeroside C.

Keywords: Botanical systematics; Cytotoxicity; Hypochaeris radicata subsp. neapolitana, Asteraceae; Neurotoxicity; Phenylpropanoids; Sesquiterpenoids; Stringhalt.

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / chemistry
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / isolation & purification
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic / pharmacology*
  • Asteraceae / chemistry*
  • Cell Line, Tumor
  • Cell Proliferation / drug effects
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Screening Assays, Antitumor
  • Humans
  • Lactones / chemistry
  • Lactones / isolation & purification
  • Lactones / pharmacology*
  • Lignans / chemistry
  • Lignans / isolation & purification
  • Lignans / pharmacology*
  • Molecular Structure
  • Multiple Myeloma / drug therapy*
  • Multiple Myeloma / pathology
  • Sesquiterpenes / chemistry
  • Sesquiterpenes / isolation & purification
  • Sesquiterpenes / pharmacology*
  • Structure-Activity Relationship


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Phytogenic
  • Lactones
  • Lignans
  • Sesquiterpenes