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      Soft coral Cespitularia stolonifera: New cytotoxic ceramides and gastroprotective activity

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          In the present study, a new ceramide, namely 2 S, 3 R-4 E, 8 E-2-(heptadecanoylamino)-heptadeca-4, 8-diene-1, 3-diol ( 1), along with four known steroids, including 24-methylcholesta-5, 24(28)-diene-3 β-ol ( 2), 24-methylcholesta-5, 24(28)-diene-3 β-acetate ( 3), 4-methyl-24-methylcholesta- 22-ene-3-ol ( 4), and cholesterol, was isolated and characterized from CH 2Cl 2/MeOH extract of Cespitularia stolonifera. A new acetate derivative of compound 1, termed 2 S, 3 R-4 E, 8 E-2-(heptadecanoylamino)-heptadeca-4, 8-diene-1, 3-diacetate ( 1a), was also prepared in the present study. All the structures were established on the basis of modern spectroscopic techniques, including FT-IR, 1D, 2D-NMR, HRESI-MS, and GC-MS, in addition of chemical methods. (–)-Alloaromadendren, ledane, (1)-alloaromadendren oxide, isoaromadendrene epoxide and (–)-caryophellen oxide were identified from the n-hexane fraction using GC-MS. The extract and the two ceramides ( 1) and ( 1a) exhibited significant cytotoxic activity against lung cancer A549 cells, while the extract and the two steroids ( 2) and ( 3) exhibited significant cytotoxic activity against breast cancer MCF-7 cells. The CH 2Cl 2/MeOH extract exhibited significant antiulcer activity in both ethanol and acetic acid induced ulcer models in rats, as evidenced by histopathological, histochemical, and biochemical examinations.

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                Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
                20 February 2017
                : 15
                : 2
                : 105-114
                1Natural Compounds Chemistry Department, National Research Centre, Giza 12622, Egypt
                2Pharmacology Department, National Research Centre, Giza 12622, Egypt
                3Pathology Department. National Research Centre, Giza 12622, Egypt
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                *Corresponding author: Abdelsamed I. Elshamy, Tel: 20-233370931, E-mail: elshamynrc@

                These authors have no conflict of interest to declare.

                Copyright © 2017 China Pharmaceutical University. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
                Funded by: Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF)
                Award ID: 6554
                This work was supported by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF) (No. 6554).


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