Isolation and identification from Salvia officinalis of two diterpenes which inhibit t-butylbicyclophosphoro[35S]thionate binding to chloride channel of rat cerebrocortical membranes in vitro

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Ethanolic extracts from dried leaves of sage (Salvia officinalis) showed inhibition of [35S]tertiary-butylbicyclophosphorothionate ([35S]TBPS) binding to rat brain membranes in vitro. This ligand is considered to bind to the chloride channel of the GABA/benzodiazepine receptor complex in brain tissue. Substances having inhibitory activity were purified and their chemical structure identified as the diterpenes carnosic acid and carnosol (IC50 values of 33 +/- 3 microM and 57 +/- 4 microM, respectively). The two compounds did not affect binding of the ligands [3H]muscimol and [3H]diazepam to the GABA/benzodiazepine complex in vitro. Saturation experiments of [35S]TBPS binding indicated that carnosic acid decreases the binding affinity.


Research areas and keywords

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  • Neurosciences


  • γ-Aminobutyric acid, Benzodiazepine receptor, [35S]TBPS binding, Salvia officinalis, Diterpenoid, Carnosol, Carnosic acid
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-226
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Department of Dermatology and Venereology (Lund) (013006000), Organic chemistry (S/LTH) (011001240)