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Chemical Constituents from Turnip and Their Effects on α-Glucosidase

Swastika Paul1,3, Xuemei Zhang1, Yongping Yang2, Changan Geng1,*

1 State Key Laboratory of Phytochemistry and Plant Resources in West China, Yunnan Key Laboratory of Natural Medicinal Chemistry, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, 650201, China
2 Key Laboratory of Biodiversity and Biogeography, Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research at Kunming, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Kunming, 650201, China
3 University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100049, China

* Corresponding Author: Changan Geng. Email: email

Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany 2020, 89(1), 131-136.


Brassica rapa var. rapa (turnip) is an important crop in Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) with anti-hypoxic effect. Turnip is rich in glucosinolates, isothiocyanates and phenolic compounds with diverse biological activities, involving anti-oxidant, anti-tumor, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, hypolipidemic, cardioprotective, hepatoprotective, nephroprotective and analgesic properties. In this study, the ethyl acetate (EtOAc) and butanol parts of Brassica rapa were first revealed with inhibitory effects on α-glucosidase, whereas the water part was inactive. Subsequent bioassay-guided isolation on the EtOAc and butanol parts yielded 12 compounds, involving three indole derivatives, indole-3- acetonitrile (1) 4-methoxyindole-3-acetonitrile (2) and indole-3-aldehyde (3) two flavonoids, liquiritin (4) and licochalcone A (5) two phenylpropanoids, sinapic acid (6) and caffeic acid (7) two phenylethanol glycosides, 2-phenylethyl β- glucopyranoside (8) and salidroside (9) and three other compounds, syringic acid (10) adenosine (11) and (3β, 20E)-ergosta-5, 20 (22)-dien-3-ol (12) Licochalcone A (5) and caffeic acid (7) showed α-glucosidase inhibitory activity with IC50 values of 62.4 ± 8.0 μM and 162.6 ± 3.2 μM, comparable to the positive control, acarbose (IC50 = 142 ± 0.02 μM). Docking study suggested that licochalcone A (5) could well align in the active site of α-glucosidase (docking score = -52.88) by forming hydrogen bonds (Gln1372, Asp1420, Gln1372, Arg1510), hydrophobic effects (Tyr1251, Tyr1251, Trp1355, Phe1560, Ile1587, Trp1355, Phe1559, Phe1559) and π-π stacking interaction (Trp1355). This study provides valuable information for turnip as a new resource in searching anti-diabetic candidates.


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Paul, S., Zhang, X., Yang, Y., Geng, C. (2020). Chemical constituents from turnip and their effects on <i>α</i>-glucosidase. Phyton-International Journal of Experimental Botany, 89(1), 131-136.
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Paul S, Zhang X, Yang Y, Geng C. Chemical constituents from turnip and their effects on <i>α</i>-glucosidase. Phyton-Int J Exp Bot. 2020;89(1):131-136
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S. Paul, X. Zhang, Y. Yang, and C. Geng "Chemical Constituents from Turnip and Their Effects on <i>α</i>-Glucosidase," Phyton-Int. J. Exp. Bot., vol. 89, no. 1, pp. 131-136. 2020.


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