Physalin B

Physalin B
Product Name Physalin B
CAS No.: 23133-56-4
Catalog No.: CFN92941
Molecular Formula: C28H30O9
Molecular Weight: 510.53 g/mol
Purity: >=98%
Type of Compound: Steroids
Physical Desc.: Powder
Targets: Bcl-2/Bax | Caspase | Antifection | PAFR | JNK | ERK | TNF-α
Source: The herbs of Physalis alkekengi
Solvent: Chloroform, Dichloromethane, Ethyl Acetate, DMSO, Acetone, etc.
Physalin B shows antimalarial, anti-Trypanosoma cruzi, anti-bacterial, anti- leukemia activities, it has the potential to be developed as an effective chemotherapeutic lead compound for the treatment of malignant melanoma, it inhibits androgen-independent prostate cancer cell growth through activation of cell apoptosis and downregulation of androgen receptor expression. Physalin B exhibits a minimum inhibitory concentration value (MIC) against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H(37)Rv strain of 32 microg/mL. Physalin B also presents antinociceptive properties associated with central.
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Providing storage is as stated on the product vial and the vial is kept tightly sealed, the product can be stored for up to 24 months(2-8C).

Wherever possible, you should prepare and use solutions on the same day. However, if you need to make up stock solutions in advance, we recommend that you store the solution as aliquots in tightly sealed vials at -20C. Generally, these will be useable for up to two weeks. Before use, and prior to opening the vial we recommend that you allow your product to equilibrate to room temperature for at least 1 hour.

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    The antimalarial activities of Physalin B, physalin D, physalin F, and physalin G (1-4), isolated from Physalis angulata, were investigated. In silico analysis using the similarity ensemble approach (SEA) database predicted the antimalarial activity of each of these compounds, which were shown using an in vitro assay against Plasmodium falciparum. However, treatment of P. berghei-infected mice with 3 increased parasitemia levels and mortality, whereas treatment with 2 was protective, causing a parasitemia reduction and a delay in mortality in P. berghei-infected mice.
    The exacerbation of in vivo infection by treatment with 3 is probably due to its potent immunosuppressive activity, which is not evident for 2.
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    Physalins B and F were isolated and characterized from the ethanolic extract of the whole plant of Physalis angulata L. (Solanaceae). Both Physalin B and physalin F inhibited the growth of several human leukemia cells: K562 (erythroleukemia), APM1840 (acute T lymphoid leukemia), HL-60 (acute promyelocytic leukemia), KG-1 (acute myeloid leukemia), CTV1 (acute monocytic leukemia) and B cell (acute B lymphoid leukemia). Physalin F showed a stronger activity against these leukemia cells than Physalin B, especially against acute myeloid leukemia (KG-1) and acute B lymphoid leukemia (B cell).
    From the structural features, the active site seems to be the functional epoxy group for physalin F and the double bond for Physalin B located at carbon 5 and 6; the former is much more active than the latter as regards anti-leukemic effects.
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    Physalins B and F, seco-steroids isolated from Physalis angulata L., strongly inhibit proliferation, ultrastructure and infectivity of Trypanosoma cruzi.[Pubmed: 24001147]
    We previously observed that physalins have immunomodulatory properties, as well as antileishmanial and antiplasmodial activities.
    Here, we investigated the anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activity of Physalin B, Physalin D, physalin F and physalin G. We found that Physalin B and physalin F were the most potent compounds against trypomastigote and epimastigote forms of T. cruzi. Electron microscopy of trypomastigotes incubated with Physalin B showed disruption of kinetoplast, alterations in Golgi apparatus and endoplasmic reticulum, followed by the formation of myelin-like figures, which were stained with MDC to confirm their autophagic vacuole identity. Physalin B-mediated alteration in Golgi apparatus was likely due to T. cruzi protease perturbation; however physalins did not inhibit activity of the trypanosomal protease cruzain. Flow cytometry examination showed that cell death is mainly caused by necrosis. Treatment with physalins reduced the invasion process, as well as intracellular parasite development in macrophage cell culture, with a potency similar to benznidazole. We observed that a combination of physalins and benznidazole has a greater anti-T. cruzi activity than when compounds were used alone.
    These results indicate that physalins, specifically B and F, are potent and selective trypanocidal agents. They cause structural alterations and induce autophagy, which ultimately lead to parasite cell death by a necrotic process.
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    Crude extracts and fractions from aerial parts of Physalis angulata have been bioassayed for antimycobacterial activity.
    Fraction A1-29-12 containing Physalin B,physalin F and physalin D exhibited a minimum inhibitory concentration value (MIC) against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H(37)Rv strain of 32 microg/mL. Purified Physalin B and physalin D were also tested showing MIC values against Mycobacterium tuberculosis H(37)Rv strain of > 128 microg/mL and 32 microg/mL respectively, suggesting that physalin D plays a relevant role in the antimycobacterial activity displayed.
    Structural elucidation of both physalin D and Physalin B was based on detailed (13)C and (1)H NMR spectral analysis with the aid of 2D-correlation spectroscopy ((1)H-(1)H, COSY, HSQC and HMBC). The assignment of the (13)C chemical shift for physalin D is reported here for the first time.
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    Androgen deprivation therapy is a common treatment strategy for advanced prostate cancer. Though effective initially, the tumor often progresses to androgen independent stage in most patients eventually after a period of remission. One of the key factors of development of resistance is reflected in expression of androgen receptor (AR).
    In this study, we showed that two natural compounds, physalins A and B, both secosteriods from Physalisalkekengi var. franchetii, significantly inhibited the growth of two androgen-independent cell lines CWR22Rv1 and C42B, induced apoptosis via c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and/or extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) activation, and decreased AR expression. In addition, physalin A and Physalin B down-regulated the expression of prostate specific antigen (PSA) in C42B cells which is a target gene of AR.
    Our results suggest that physalin A and Physalin B might be useful agents in preventing the growth of androgen-independent prostate cancer (AI-PCa).
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    These results indicate that Physalin B can induce apoptosis of melanoma cancer cells via the NOXA, caspase-3, and mitochondria-mediated pathways, but not of human skin fibroblast cells and myoblastic cells. Thus, Physalin B has the potential to be developed as an effective chemotherapeutic lead compound for the treatment of malignant melanoma.
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    The effects of Physalin B (a natural secosteroidal chemical from Physalis angulata, Solanaceae) on phagocytosis and microaggregation by hemocytes of 5th-instar larvae of Rhodnius prolixus were investigated. In this insect, hemocyte phagocytosis and microaggregation are known to be induced by the platelet-activating factor (PAF) or arachidonic acid (AA) and regulated by phospholipase A(2) (PLA(2)) and PAF-acetyl hydrolase (PAF-AH) activities.
    Phagocytic activity and formation of hemocyte microaggregates by Rhodnius hemocytes were strongly blocked by oral treatment of this insect with Physalin B (1mug/mL of blood meal). The inhibition induced by Physalin B was reversed for both phagocytosis and microaggregation by exogenous arachidonic acid (10microg/insect) or PAF (1microg/insect) applied by hemocelic injection. Following treatment with Physalin B there were no significant alterations in PLA(2) activities, but a significant enhancement of PAF-AH was observed.
    These results show that Physalin B inhibits hemocytic activity by depressing insect PAF analogous (iPAF) levels in hemolymph and confirm the role of PAF-AH in the cellular immune reactions in R. prolixus.
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    Systemic pretreatment with 1-4 produced dose-related antinociceptive effects on the writhing and formalin tests, traditional screening tools for the assessment of analgesic drugs. On the other hand, only 3 inhibited inflammatory parameters such as hyperalgesia, edema, and local production of TNF-α following induction with complete Freund's adjuvant. Treatment with 1, 3, and 4 produced an antinociceptive effect on the tail flick test, suggesting a centrally mediated antinociception. Reinforcing this idea, 2-4 enhanced the mice latency reaction time during the hot plate test. Mice treated with physalins did not demonstrate motor performance alterations.
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