Abstract Title:

Isolation and characterization of an anticancer catechol compound from Semecarpus anacardium.

Abstract Source:

J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Apr 21;122(3):450-6. Epub 2009 Feb 10. PMID: 19429311

Abstract Author(s):

P K Raveedran Nair, Steven J Melnick, Stanislaw F Wnuk, Magdalena Rapp, Enrique Escalon, Cheppail Ramachandran

Article Affiliation:

Devaswom Board College, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.


ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The fruits and seeds of Semecarpus anacardium are used widely for the treatment of human cancers and other diseases in the Ayurvedic and Sidda systems of medicine in India. AIM OF THE STUDY: The principal aim of this investigation was to isolate and characterize the anticancer compound from the kernel of Semecarpus anacardium nut. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The bioactivity-tailored isolation and detailed chemical characterization were used to identify the active compound. Cytotoxicity, apoptosis, cell cycle arrest as well as synergism between the identified anticancer compound and doxorubicin in human tumor cell lines were analyzed. RESULTS: GC/MS, IR, proton NMR, carbon NMR and collisionally induced dissociation (CID) spectra analysis showed that the isolated active compound is 3-(8'(Z),11'(Z)-pentadecadienyl) catechol (SA-3C). SA-3C is cytotoxic to tumor cell lines with IC(50) values lower than doxorubicin and even multidrug resistant tumor cell lines were equally sensitive to SA-3C. SA-3C induced apoptosis in human leukemia cell lines in a dose-dependent manner and showed synergistic cytotoxicity with doxorubicin. The cell cycle arrest induced by SA-3C at S- and G(2)/M-phases correlated with inhibition of checkpoint kinases. CONCLUSION: SA-3C isolated from the kernel of Semecarpus anacardium can be developed as an important anticancer agent for single agent and/or multiagent cancer therapy.

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