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Investigations into Bioactive Secondary Metabolites Produced by Marine Cyanobacteria /

  • Author(s): Mevers, Emily
  • et al.

Marine cyanobacteria are prolific producers of structurally intriguing and biologically important secondary metabolites, many of which are of mixed NRPS/PKS biosynthetic origins, and have a broad range of biological activity, including ion channel modulation, cancer cell toxicity, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, anti- inflammatory, brine shrimp toxicity, and molluscicidal. Presently, there is one clinically approved drug that is an analog of the cyanobacterial natural product, dolastatin 10, while there are several agents in clinical trial, including soblidotin and synthadotin, which are analogs of dolastatin 15 and 10, respectively. Additionally, others are currently undergoing preclinical evaluation as anti-cancer agents, including apratoxin F, curacin A, desmethoxymajusculamide C (DMMC) and somacystinamide. The primary research objective of the research herein was to isolate and elucidate the structures of biologically active secondary metabolites from tropical marine cyanobacteria. In total, fifteen novel compounds from either Oscillatoria or Moorea were isolated and characterized. These include thirteen highly modified peptides (veraguamides A-C and H-L, precarriebowmide, tasiamides C-E, and lyngbyabellin N) and two alkyl amides (parguerene and mooreamide). The planar structure elucidation of each of these metabolites involved the use of 2D NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry techniques, including a mass spectrometry based dereplication algorithm to deduce the planar structure of several of the modified peptides. Absolute stereochemical analysis involved many techniques, such as Marfey's analysis, semi-synthesis, ³J coupling constant analysis, circular dichroism, ¹³C NMR comparisions, NOE correlations, and chiral GCMS analysis. Many of these compounds were biologically evaluated with veraguamide A and lyngbyabellin N exhibiting cancer cell cytotoxicity [IC₅₀ = 141 nM (H-460) and IC₅₀ = 40.9 (HCT-116), respectively], and mooreamide exhibiting cannabinoid receptor binding activity (Ki = 0.47 [mu]M). A secondary research objective has been the structure-activity relationship (SAR) study to investigate the active pharmacophore in the lyngbyamide family of compounds, which consist of a cyclopropyl fatty acid (tail) and an amide head group. In total, 50 analogs were synythesized, designed to probe the importance of several structural characteristics of the lyngbyamides. These compounds were tested in a wide array of biological assays, and a subset were found to possess strong activity in the stabilization of cathepsin L-mediated proteolysis, brine shrimp toxicity, and surface tension suppression

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