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J Nat Prod. 2006 May;69(5):842-4.

Anti-inflammatory neolignans from Piper kadsura.

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  • 1National Research Institute of Chinese Medicine, Taiwan, Republic of China.


Two new neolignans, piperkadsin A (1) and piperkadsin B (2), as well as 11 known neolignans, three known alkaloids, the highly oxygenated compound (+)-crotepoxide, and stigmasterol were isolated from the stems of Piper kadsura. The anti-inflammatory activities of these compounds were evaluated. Compounds 1, 2, futoquinol (3), piperlactam S (4), and N-p-coumaroyl tyramine (5) showed potent inhibition of PMA-induced ROS production in human polymorphonuclear neutrophils with IC(50) values 4.3 +/-1.0, 12.2 +/- 3.2, 13.1 +/- 5.3, 7.0 +/- 1.9, and 8.4 +/- 1.3 microM, respectively.

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