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  • 1.
    Co, Michelle
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry.
    Fagerlund, Amelie
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry.
    Engman, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC.
    Sunnerheim, Kerstin
    Department of Natural Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics, Mid Sweden University.
    Sjöberg, Per J. R
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry.
    Turner, Charlotta
    Dept of Organic Chemistry, Lund University.
    Extraction of Antioxidants from Spruce (Picea abies) Bark using Eco-Friendly Solvents2012In: Phytochemical Analysis, ISSN 0958-0344, E-ISSN 1099-1565, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 1-11Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction-Antioxidants are known to avert oxidation processes and they are found in trees and other plant materials. Tree bark is a major waste product from paper pulp industries; hence it is worthwhile to develop an extraction technique to extract the antioxidants.

    Objective- To develop a fast and environmentally sustainable extraction technique for the extraction of antioxidants from bark of spruce (Picea abies) and also to identify the extracted antioxidants that are abundant in spruce bark.

    Methodology- A screening experiment that involved three different techniques, was conducted to determine the best technique to extract antioxidants.The antioxidant capacity of the extracts was determined with DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-2’-picrylhydrazyl) assay. Pressurised fluid extraction (PFE) turned out to be the best technique and a response surface design was therefore utilised to optimise PFE. Furthermore, NMR and HPLC-DAD-MS/MS were applied to identify the extracted antioxidants.

    Results- PFE using water and ethanol as solvent at 160 and 180°C, respectively, gave extracts of the highest antioxidant capacity. Stilbene glucosides such as isorhapontin, piceid and astringin were identified in the extracts.

    Conclusion-The study has shown that PFE is a fast and environmentally sustainable technique, using water and ethanol as solvent for the extraction of antioxidants from spruce bark.

  • 2. Cui, Jian-Fang
    et al.
    Eneroth, Peter
    Bruhn, Jan G
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy.
    Arihara, Shigenobu
    Yoshikawa, Kazuko
    Alkaline cleavage of gypenosides and characterization of dammarane-type aglycones by gas chromatography mass spectrometry1998In: Phytochemical Analysis, ISSN 0958-0344, E-ISSN 1099-1565, Vol. 9, no 3, p. 128-133Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Five dammarane-type aglycones, released from gypenosides following an alkaline cleavage procedure previously developed for ginsenosides, were separated and characterized by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) after trimethylsilylation. A satisfactory identification among isomers of 20(S)-protopanaxadiol or 20(S)-protopanaxatriol was obtained.

  • 3. Stenholm, A.
    et al.
    Göransson, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy.
    Bohlin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy.
    Bioassay-guided Supercritical Fluid Extraction of Cyclooxygenase-2 Inhibiting Substances in Plantago major L.2013In: Phytochemical Analysis, ISSN 0958-0344, E-ISSN 1099-1565, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 176-183Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction - Selective extraction of plant materials is advantageous for obtaining extracts enriched with desired constituents, thereby reducing the need for subsequent chromatography purification. Such compounds include three cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitory substances in Plantago major L. targeted in this investigation: alpha-linolenic acid (alpha-LNA) (18:3 omega-3) and the triterpenic acids ursolic acid and oleanolic acid. Objective - To investigate the scope for tuning the selectivity of supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) using bioassay guidance, and Soxhlet extraction with dichloromethane as solvent as a reference technique, to optimise yields of these substances. Method - Extraction parameters were varied to optimise extracts' COX-2/COX-1 inhibitory effect ratios. The crude extracts were purified initially using a solid phase extraction (SPE) clean-up procedure and the target compounds were identified with GC-MS, LC-ESI-MS and LC-ESI-MS2 using GC-FID for quantification. Results - alpha-LNA was preferentially extracted in dynamic mode using unmodified carbon dioxide at 40 degrees C and 172 bar, at a 0.04% (w/w) yield with a COX-2/COX-1 inhibitory effect ratio of 1.5. Ursolic and oleanolic acids were dynamically extracted at 0.25% and 0.06% yields, respectively, with no traces of (alpha-LNA) and a COX-2/COX-1-inhibitory effect ratio of 1.1 using 10% (v/v) ethanol as polar modifier at 75 degrees C and 483 bar. The Soxhlet extracts had ursolic acid, oleanolic acid and alpha LNA yields up to 1.36%, 0.34% and 0.15%, respectively, with a COX-2/COX-1 inhibitory effect ratio of 1.2. Conclusion - The target substances can be extracted selectively by bioassay guided optimisation of SFE conditions.

  • 4.
    Strömstedt, Adam A.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy.
    Felth, Jenny
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy.
    Bohlin, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Division of Pharmacognosy.
    Bioassays in Natural Product Research: Strategies and Methods in the Search for Anti-inflammatory and Antimicrobial Activity2014In: Phytochemical Analysis, ISSN 0958-0344, E-ISSN 1099-1565, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 13-28Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Introduction: Identifying bioactive molecules from complex biomasses requires careful selection and execution of relevant bioassays in the various stages of the discovery process of potential leads and targets.

    Objective: The aim of this review is to share our long-term experience in bioassay-guided isolation, and mechanistic studies, of bioactive compounds from different organisms in nature with emphasis on anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity.

    Methods: In the search for anti-inflammatory activity, in vivo and in vitro model combinations with enzymes and cells involved in the inflammatory process have been used, such as cyclooxygenases, human neutrophils and human cancer cell lines. Methods concerning adsorption and perforation of bacteria, fungi, human cells and model membranes, have been developed and optimised, with emphasis on antimicrobial peptides and their interaction with the membrane target, in particular their ability to distinguish host from pathogen.

    Results: A long-term research has provided experience of selection and combination of bioassay models, which has led to an increased understanding of ethnopharmacological and ecological observations, together with in-depth knowledge of mode of action of isolated compounds.

    Conclusion: A more multidisciplinary approach and a higher degree of fundamental research in development of bioassays are often necessary to identify and to fully understand the mode of action of bioactive molecules with novel structure-activity relationships from natural sources. 

    Selection and execution of relevant bioassays are critical in the various stages of the discovery process of potential drug leads and targets from natural sources. The aim of this review is to share our long-term experience in bioassay-guided isolation of bioactive compounds from different organisms in nature with emphasis on anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial activity. We conclude that an increased multidisciplinary approach and a higher degree of fundamental research in development of bioassays are essential to discover complex structure-activity relationships.

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