Structure-activity relationships of the estrogenic sesquiterpene ester ferutinin. Modification of the terpenoid core

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Esterification of p-hydroxybenzoic acid, a very weak estrogenic compound, with the daucane alcohol jaeschkeanadiol (1b) leads to a spectacular magnification of the estrogenic activity. To identify the structural elements responsible for this effect, the terpenoid core of jaeschkeanadiol p-hydroxybenzoate (ferutinin, 1a) was modified, capitalizing on the presence of two functionalities, the monoacylated, hydrogen-bonded 1,3-diol system and the double bond. The hydrogen bonding, while possibly useful, was not critical for activity, while hydrogenation and cyclopropanation of the double bond were tolerated. Conversely, oxidative modifications of the double bond that placed a hydroxyl on the a-face of the molecule proved detrimental. Taken together, these observations identified the substitution at C-8/C-9 as critical for activity.


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  • Organic Chemistry
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1557-1564
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2004
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: Organic chemistry (S/LTH) (011001240)