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      Enzymatic biosynthesis of novel neobavaisoflavone glucosides via Bacillus UDP-glycosyltransferase

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          The present study was designed to perform structural modifications of of neobavaisoflavone (NBIF), using an in vitro enzymatic glycosylation reaction, in order to improve its water-solubility. Two novel glucosides of NBIF were obtained from an enzymatic glycosylation by UDP-glycosyltransferase. The glycosylated products were elucidated by LC-MS, HR-ESI-MS, and NMR analysis. The HPLC peaks were integrated and the concentrations in sample solutions were calculated. The MTT assay was used to detect the cytotoxic activity of compounds in cancer cell lines. Based on the spectroscopic analyses, the two novel glucosides were identified as neobavaisoflavone-4´- O- β-D-glucopyranoside ( 1) and neobavaisoflavone-4´, 7-di- O- β-D-glucopyranoside ( 2). Additionally, the water-solubilities of compounds 1 and 2 were approximately 175.1- and 4 031.9-fold higher than that of the substrate, respectively. Among the test compounds, only NBIF exhibited weak cytotoxicity against four human cancer cell lines, with IC50 values ranging from 63.47 to 72.81 μmol·L –1. These results suggest that in vitro enzymatic glycosylation is a powerful approach to structural modification, improving water-solubility.

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                Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
                20 April 2017
                : 15
                : 4
                : 281-287
                1School of Pharmacy, Bengbu Medical College, Bengbu 233030, China
                2Department of Biochemistry, Bengbu Medical College, Bengbu 233030, China
                3Department of Basic Medical Science, School of Medicine, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 321004, China
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                *Corresponding author: WU Cheng-Zhu, Tel: 86-552-3175232, Fax: 86-552-3171261, E-mail: wuchengzhu0611@ .

                ΔCo-first author

                These authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.

                Copyright © 2017 China Pharmaceutical University. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
                Funded by: National Natural Science Foundation of China
                Award ID: 81302671
                Funded by: Education Department of Anhui Natural Science Research Project China
                Award ID: KJ2015A273
                Funded by: Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China
                Award ID: LY13H10004
                This work was financially supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 81302671), the Education Department of Anhui Natural Science Research Project China (No. KJ2015A273) and Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (No. LY13H10004).


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