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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 30, Number 8
BKCSDE 30(8)
August 20, 2009 

Two New Antiinflammatory Triterpene Saponins from the Egyptian Medicinal Food Black Cumin (Seeds of Nigella sativa)
Mohamed Elbandy, Ok Hwa Kang, Dong Yeul Kwon, Jung Rae Rho*
Nigella sativa L, Sativosides A and B, 18-Ene triterpene, Pro-inflammatory cytokine
An extensive phytochemical investigation of the polar fractions of a methanolic extract of Egyptian medicinal food, black cumin (seeds of Nigella sativa L.) led to the isolation of two new triterpene saponins, named sativosides A and B (1-2), along with four known saponins (3-6). Sativoside A (1) is the first example of saponins containing 18-ene triterpene aglycon not only in this Nigella genus but also in the family Ranunculaceae. The structure of the new saponins was elucidated mainly by a combination of 1D and 2D NMR data, together with HRFABMS and acid hydrolysis. Three compounds (1-3) showed the significant inhibition effect of phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) plus calcium ionophore A23187-induced production of IL-6 in a human mast cell (HMC-1) line.
1811 - 1816
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