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Phytother Res. 2011 Apr;25(4):615-8. doi: 10.1002/ptr.3342. Epub 2010 Nov 19.

20S proteasome inhibitory activity of flavonoids isolated from Spatholobus suberectus.

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School of Biotechnology, Yeungnam University, Gyeongsan 712-749, South Korea.


The promising biological role of the ubiquitin proteasome pathway (UPP) in cancer therapy has recently emerged. Inhibition of proteasome has been proposed as a new therapeutic target for treatment of cancer. Bioassay-guided fractionation of a MeOH extract of the stems of Spatholobus suberectus resulted in seven compounds, liquiritigenin (1), isoliquiritigenin (2), genistein (3), daidzein (4), medicarpin (5), 7-hydroxyflavanone (6) and formononetin (7), which were evaluated for the first time for their inhibitory effect on 20S proteasome. Among the isolated compounds, 2, 3 and 6 exhibited inhibitory activities on human 20S proteasome with IC(50) values of 4.88 ± 1.5, 9.26 ± 1.2 and 5.21 ± 1.5 µm, respectively.

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