Inhibitory constituents of Nardostachys chinensis on nitric oxide production in RAW 264.7 macrophages

Ji Sang Hwang, Seon A. Lee, Seong Su Hong, Xiang Hua Han, Chul Lee, Dongho Lee, Chong Kil Lee, Jin Tae Hong, Youngsoo Kim, Mi Kyeong Lee, Bang Yeon Hwang

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The activity-guided fractionation of the MeOH extract of the rhizomes and roots of Nardostachys chinensis led to the isolation of two new sesquiterpenoids, narchinol B (8) and narchinol C (9), along with 10 known compounds, ursolic acid (1), nardosinone (2), pinoresinol (3), desoxo-narchinol A (4), kanshone B (5), epoxyconiferyl alcohol (6), debilon (7), 4α,5-dimethyl-1,3-dioxo-1,2,3,4,4α,5,6,7-octahydronaphthalene (10), p-coumaric acid (11), and isoferulic acid (12). Their structures were determined using spectroscopic techniques, which included 1D- and 2D-NMR. Among the isolates, compounds 2, 4, 5, 8 and 9 showed inhibitory activity against LPS-induced NO production with IC 50 values of 4.6-21.6 μM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-708
Number of pages3
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jan 1

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MRC, 2010-0029480 ) and a grant from the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (The Regional Core Research Program/Chungbuk BIT Research-Oriented University Consortium).


  • Nardostachys chinensis
  • Nitric oxide inhibitor
  • Sesquiterpenoid
  • Valerianaceae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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