Globosumones A-C, cytotoxic orsellinic acid esters from the sonoran desert endophytic fungus Chaetomium globosum

Bharat P. Bashyal, E. M. Kithsiri Wijeratne, Stanley H. Faeth, Leslie Gunatilaka

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Three new esters of orsellinic acid, globosumones A-C (1-3), and three known compounds, orsellinic acid (4), orcinol, and trichodion (5), were isolated from Chaetomium globosum endophytic on Ephedra fasciculata (Mormon tea). The structures of the new compounds 1-3 were established spectroscopically, which included 2D NMK experiments and 1H NMK studies on Mosher's ester derivatives. All compounds were evaluated for inhibition of cell proliferation in a panel of four cancer cell lines, NCI-H460 (non-small cell lung cancer), MCF-7 (breast cancer), SF-268 (CNS glioma), and MIA Pa Ca-2 (pancreatic carcinoma), and normal human fibroblast cells (WI-38). Only globosumones A (1) and B (2) were found to be moderately active.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)724-728
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Natural Products
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Plant Science
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Pharmacology

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