Thiaplakortones A-D: antimalarial thiazine alkaloids from the Australian marine sponge Plakortis lita

13 Sep 2013

Rohan A. Davis, Sandra Duffy, Sabine Fletcher, Vicky M. Avery, and Ronald J. Quinn

The Journal of Organic Chemistry
DOI: 10.1021/jo400988y

An article on work funded by MMV


A high-throughput screening campaign using a prefractionated natural product library and an in vitro antimalarial assay identified active fractions derived from the Australian marine sponge Plakortis lita . Bioassay-guided fractionation of the CH2Cl2/CH3OH extract from P. lita resulted in the purification of four novel thiazine-derived alkaloids, thiaplakortones A-D (1-4). The chemical structures of 1-4 were determined following analysis of 1D/2D NMR and MS data. Comparison of the chiro-optical data for 3 and 4 with literature values of related N-methyltryptophan natural products was used to determine the absolute configuration for both thiaplakortones C and D as 11S. Compounds 1-4 displayed significant growth inhibition against chloroquine-sensitive (3D7) and chloroquine-resistant (Dd2) Plasmodium falciparum (IC50 values <651 nM) and only moderate cytotoxicity against HEK293 cells (IC50 values >3.9 μM). Thiaplakortone A (1) was the most active natural product, with IC50 values of 51 and 6.6 nM against 3D7 and Dd2 lines, respectively.

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