Isolation, structure determination and cytotoxicity studies of tryptophan alkaloids from an Australian marine sponge Hyrtios sp. Academic Article uri icon

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  • Mass-guided fractionation of the MeOH extract from a specimen of the Australian marine sponge Hyrtios sp. resulted in the isolation of two new tryptophan alkaloids, 6-oxofascaplysin (2), and secofascaplysic acid (3), in addition to the known metabolites fascaplysin (1) and reticulatate (4). The structures of all molecules were determined following NMR and MS data analysis. Structural ambiguities in 2 were addressed through comparison of experimental and DFT-generated theoretical NMR spectral values. Compounds 1-4 were evaluated for their cytotoxicity against a prostate cancer cell line (LNCaP) and were shown to display IC50 values ranging from 0.54 to 44.9 μM.


  • Khokhar, Shahan
  • Feng, Yunjiang
  • Campitelli, Marc R
  • Ekins, Merrick G
  • Hooper, John NA
  • Beattie, Karen
  • Sadowski, Martin C
  • Nelson, Colleen C
  • Davis, Rohan A

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  • August 2014

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