• Macrooxazoles A-D, New 2,5-Disubstituted Oxazole-4-Carboxylic Acid Derivatives from the Plant Pathogenic Fungus .

      Matio Kemkuignou, Blondelle; Treiber, Laura; Zeng, Haoxuan; Schrey, Hedda; Schobert, Rainer; Stadler, Marc; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (MDPI, 2020-11-24)
      In our ongoing search for new bioactive fungal metabolites, four previously undescribed oxazole carboxylic acid derivatives (1-4) for which we proposed the trivial names macrooxazoles A-D together with two known tetramic acids (5-6) were isolated from the plant pathogenic fungus Phoma macrostoma. Their structures were elucidated based on high-resolution mass spectrometry (HR-MS) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The hitherto unclear structure of macrocidin Z (6) was also confirmed by its first total synthesis. The isolated compounds were evaluated for their antimicrobial activities against a panel of bacteria and fungi. Cytotoxic and anti-biofilm activities of the isolates are also reported herein. The new compound 3 exhibited weak-to-moderate antimicrobial activity as well as the known macrocidins 5 and 6. Only the mixture of compounds 2 and 4 (ratio 1:2) showed weak cytotoxic activity against the tested cancer cell lines with an IC50 of 23 µg/mL. Moreover, the new compounds 2 and 3, as well as the known compounds 5 and 6, interfered with the biofilm formation of Staphylococcus aureus, inhibiting 65%, 75%, 79%, and 76% of biofilm at 250 µg/mL, respectively. Compounds 5 and 6 also exhibited moderate activity against S. aureus preformed biofilm with the highest inhibition percentage of 75% and 73% at 250 µg/mL, respectively.
    • Synthesis and Bioactivity of a Macrocidin B Stereoisomer.

      Weber, Stefanie E; Gaß, Juliane; Zeng, Haoxuan; Erb-Brinkmann, Maike; Schobert, Rainer; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (ACS, 2021-10-11)
      A stereoisomer of macrocidin B, a presumed metabolite of the fungus Phoma macrostoma, was synthesized in 18 steps and 2.7% yield from protected l-tyrosine that was N-β-ketoacylated with a fully functionalized octanoyl Meldrum's acid. Dieckmann condensation gave a 3-acyltetramic acid, which was macrocyclized via Williamson etherification between the phenol and epi-bromohydrin termini. This macrocidin B stereoisomer showed a weaker herbicidal effect than macrocidin A and no similar inhibitory effect on biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus.
    • Synthesis and Bioactivity of Ancorinoside B, a Marine Diglycosyl Tetramic Acid

      Soliga, Kevin J; Bär, Sofia I; Oberhuber, Natalie; Zeng, Haoxuan; Schrey, Hedda; Schobert, Rainer; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (MDPI, 2021-10-19)
      The sponge metabolite ancorinoside B was prepared for the first time in 16 steps and 4% yield. It features a β-d-galactopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-d-glucuronic acid tethered to a d-aspartic acid-derived tetramic acid. Key steps were the synthesis of a fully protected d-lactose derived thioglycoside, its attachment to a C20-aldehyde spacer, functionalization of the latter with a terminal N-(β-ketoacyl)-d-aspartate, and a basic Dieckmann cyclization to close the pyrrolidin-2,4-dione ring with concomitant global deprotection. Ancorinoside B exhibited multiple biological effects of medicinal interest. It inhibited the secretion of the cancer metastasis-relevant matrix metalloproteinases MMP-2 and MMP-9, and also the growth of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms by ca 87% when applied at concentrations as low as 0.5 µg/mL. This concentration is far below its MIC of ca 67 µg/mL and thus unlikely to induce bacterial resistance. It also led to a 67% dispersion of preformed S. aureus biofilms when applied at a concentration of ca 2 µg/mL. Ancorinoside B might thus be an interesting candidate for the control of the general hospital, catheter, or joint protheses infections.
    • Synthesis of the fungal macrolide berkeleylactone A and its inhibition of microbial biofilm formation.

      Schriefer, Manuel G; Schrey, Hedda; Zeng, Haoxuan; Stadler, Marc; Schobert, Rainer; HZI,Helmholtz-Zentrum für Infektionsforschung GmbH, Inhoffenstr. 7,38124 Braunschweig, Germany. (Royal Society of Chemistry, 2021-05-03)
      The fungal macrolide berkeleylactone A was synthesised in 13 steps and 24% yield using (R)-propylene oxide and an asymmetric Noyori hydrogenation of a β-ketoester to install the stereogenic centres. A domino addition-Wittig olefination of a 13-hydroxytetradecanal intermediate with the cumulated ylide Ph3PCCO closed the macrocyle by establishing the α,β-unsaturated ester group, necessary for the attachment of the sidechain thiol via a thia-Michael reaction. The synthetic berkeleylactone A inhibited the formation of Staphylococcus aureus biofilms and showed significant dispersive effects on preformed biofilms of Candida albicans by at least 45% relative to untreated controls at concentrations as low as 1.3 μg mL-1.