Publications by authors named "Rossana Pascale"

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Phytochemical analysis of a herbal tea from Artemisia annua L.

J Pharm Biomed Anal 2012 Mar 18;62:79-86. Epub 2012 Jan 18.

Dipartimento Farmaco-Chimico, Università Aldo Moro, Via Orabona 4, I-70125 Bari, Italy.

Strategies to control diffusion of malaria needs to account for the increase of resistance of the parasite to the conventional antimalarial drugs. It has been proposed that a traditional aqueous preparation from Artemisia annua, with a low content of the active compound, artemisinin, may reduce the risk of resistance of the protozoa and be relatively more effective in the treatment of the disease. The solubility properties of the molecule have been the matter of concern about the therapeutic usefulness of herbal teas from A. annua. The present study aimed at analysing the chemical profile of a tea infusion from A. annua. Tea from A. annua was prepared through infusion of the plant aerial parts in water for 1, 24 and 48 h. Content of artemisinin was determined by HPLC-ELSD. Overall chemical characterization of the extracts was carried out by a combination of metabolomic techniques. The artemisinin content varied only slightly in the three different extracts (about 0.12%). A series of mono-caffeoyl- and mono-feruloyl-quinic acids, di-caffeoyl- and di-feruloyl-quinic acids was identified as main components of the tea infusion, together with some flavonoids. Reconstitution of the same extracts in less polar or apolar solvents resulted in a different composition with no phenolics and a much lower concentration of artemisinin.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpba.2012.01.015DOI Listing
March 2012

New N-(phenoxydecyl)phthalimide derivatives displaying potent inhibition activity towards alpha-glucosidase.

Bioorg Med Chem 2010 Aug 1;18(16):5903-14. Epub 2010 Jul 1.

Dipartimento Farmaco-Chimico, Università degli Studi di Bari, 70126 Bari, Italy.

Several members of a new family of non-sugar-type alpha-glucosidase inhibitors, bearing a phthalimide moiety connected to a variously substituted phenoxy ring by an alkyl chain, were synthesized and their activities were investigated. The efficacy of the inhibition activity appeared to be governed by the chain length of the substrate. Substrates possessing 10 carbons afforded the highest levels of activity, which were one to two orders of magnitude more potent than the known inhibitor 1-deoxynojirimycin (dNM). Furthermore, structure-activity relationship studies indicated a critical role of electron-withdrawing substituents at the phenoxy group for the activity. Derivatives bearing a chlorine atom along with a strong electron-withdrawing group, such as a nitro group, were the most potent of the series.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bmc.2010.06.088DOI Listing
August 2010