Naphtho-γ-pyrone Dimers from an Endozoic Aspergillus niger and the Effects of Coisolated Monomers in Combination with Cisplatin on a Cisplatin-Resistant A549 Cell Line

J Nat Prod. 2021 Jul 23;84(7):1889-1897. doi: 10.1021/acs.jnatprod.0c01262. Epub 2021 Jun 22.


Chemotherapy resistance is one of the main causes of lung cancer treatment failure, and a combination regimen may be an effective way to overcome this. Here we report 5 new (1-3, 7, and 9) and 15 known polyketides, isolated from an endozoic Aspergillus niger. The structures of the new compounds were determined by the interpretation of IR, HRESIMS, NMR, and ECD spectra. The ESI-MS/MS fragmentation of the isolated naphtho-γ-pyrone isomers in positive mode is discussed. The effects of isolated compounds in combination with cisplatin (DDP) on a DDP-resistant A549 cell line (A459/DDP) are investigated. The most active compound, 12, could reduce the ratio of GSH/GSSG, promote the generation of intracellular ROS, and cooperate with DDP to down-regulated levels of Nrf2, Akt, HO-1, and NQO1, suggesting that inhibition of Nrf2 and Akt pathways might be involved in the combined effect of 12 and DDP in A549/DDP cells.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • A549 Cells
  • Aspergillus niger / chemistry*
  • Cisplatin / pharmacology*
  • Drug Resistance, Neoplasm / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Molecular Structure
  • Polyketides / pharmacology*
  • Pyrones / pharmacology*


  • Polyketides
  • Pyrones
  • Cisplatin