Sunday, September 30, 2012

First Report on Honduran Propolis

Constituents of Honduran Propolis with Inhibitory Effects on Saccharomyces cerevisiae Multidrug Resistance Protein Pdr5p
J Agric Food Chem, 2012 Sep 25. [Epub ahead of print]
Chemical investigation of a propolis sample collected in Honduras has led to the isolation of the new (E,Z)-cinnamyl cinnamate (2) together with 14 known compounds: six cinnamic ester derivatives, two flavanones, a chalcone, two triterpenes and three aromatic acids. Structural determination was accomplished by spectroscopic analysis, particularly 2D NMR and ESI-MS/MS techniques. Futhermore, we checked the ability of propolis extract and the most representative compounds of each class (1, 5, 8 and 10) to inhibit the activity of Pdr5p, a protein responsible for a multidrug resistance phenotype in yeast.
The present study appears to be the first report on Honduras propolis. Isolated cinnamic ester derivatives indicated the possible relation between Honduras propolis and the genus Liquidambar.

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