Norepinephrine transporter inhibitors from Polygala tenuifolia

Yun Lian Lin, Wan Ping Chen, Han Chieh Ko, Feng Nien Ko, Tian Shung Wu

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Using norepinephrine transporter binding assay-directed fractionation, polygalasaponin XXVIII (1) and 3-O-β-D-glucopyranosyl presenegenin 28-[O-β-D-galatopyranosyl (1→4)-β-D-xylopyranosyl- (1→4)-α-L- rhamnopyranosyl(1→2)- β-D-fucopyranosyl] ester (2), together with five xanthone glycosides, neolancerin (3), polygalaxanthone IX (4), sibiricaxanthone (5), polygalaxanthone III (6), and 7-O-methylmangiferin (7), five phenolic glycosides, tenuifoliside A (8), sibiricoses A3 (9), A5 (10), A6 (11) and 3′,6-disinapoyl sucrose (12), a triterpenoid, tenuifolin (13), methyl sinapoate (14), and adenosine (15) were isolated from the active fraction of an aqueous extract of the roots of Polygala tenuifolia. Their structures were elucidated by extensive NMR and mass spectroscopic analyses. Compounds 1 and 2 were shown to inhibit norepinephrine reuptake through blocking norepinephrine transport by 77% and 28% in the norepinephrine transporter binding assay at concentrations of 4.53 μM and 3.95 μM, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Food and Drug Analysis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science
  • Pharmacology


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