Synthesis of variously oxidized abietane diterpenes and their antibacterial activities against MRSA and VRE

Zhixiang Yang, Yoshikazu Kitano, Kazuhiro Chiba, Naohiro Shibata, Hiroshi Kurokawa, Yohei Doi, Yoshichika Arakawa, Masahiro Tada

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Variously oxidized 12 natural abietanes, 6,7-dehydroferruginol methyl ether (3), ferruginol (5), 11-hydroxy-12-oxo-7,9(11),13-abietatriene (7), royleanone (9), demethyl cryptojaponol (12), salvinolone (14), sugiol methyl ether (16), sugiol (17), 5,6-dehydrosugiol methyl ether (19), 5,6-dehydrosugiol (20), 6β-hydroxyferruginol (23), and taxodione (25) were synthesized. Antimicrobial activities of synthesized phenolic diterpenes and their related compounds against MRSA and VRE were evaluated. Phenols (12-hydroxyabieta-8,11,13-trien-6-one 22 and 23), catechols (12 and 14) and taxodione 25 showed potent activity with 4-10 μg/mL of MIC against MRSA and 4-16 μg/mL of MIC against VRE. (-)-Ferruginol showed more potent activity than natural type (+)-ferruginol. Quinone methide 7 showed the most potent activity with 0.5-1 μg/mL of MIC against both MRSA and VRE.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)347-356
Number of pages10
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10-04-2001
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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