Isolation and characterization of two verrucarins from Myrothecium roridum

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In the course of a screening for compounds inhibiting the growth of two human breast cancer cells lines, two highly cytotoxic compounds were isolated from fermentations of Myrothecium roridum. The elucidation of their structures revealed that they are macrocyclic trichothecenes of the verrucarin type, 16-hydroxyverrucarin A (1), reported here as a natural product for the first time, and verrucarin X (2), a new compound. Both 1 and 2 exhibit moderate antifungal activity and pronounced cytotoxic activity, with IC50 values in the nanomolar (1) and micromolar (2) range. Both compounds preferentially inhibit in vivo protein biosynthesis.


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  • Organic Chemistry


  • Myrothecium roridum, 16-hydroxyverrucarin A, verrucarin X, protein, synthesis inhibitors
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-314
JournalZeitschrift fuer Naturforschung. Section C: A Journal of Biosciences
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Organic chemistry (S/LTH) (011001240)