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J Nat Prod. 1992 Mar;55(3):340-6.

Anti-aids agents, 6. Salaspermic acid, an anti-HIV principle from Tripterygium wilfordii, and the structure-activity correlation with its related compounds.

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Natural Products Laboratory, School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 27599.


Salaspermic acid [1], an inhibitor of HIV reverse transcriptase and HIV replication in H9 lymphocyte cells, was isolated from the roots of Tripterygium wilfordii for the first time. The structure of 1 derived from spectral data was established unequivocally by an X-ray analysis of crystals of the monohydrate. A structure-activity correlation of 1 with ten related compounds indicated that the acetal linkage in ring A and the carboxyl group in ring E of 1 may be required for the anti-HIV activity.

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