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Magnolia bark is a highly aromatic herbal material obtained from Magnolia officinalis (and other species)of the family Magnoliaceae. In traditional oriental herbal medicine, particularly Chinese medicine, thisdrug is used for many purposes, especially as a mild tranquillizer. The principal active compounds are thebiphenol compounds, magnolol and honokiol, together with other biologically active compounds, whichexert numerous and diverse pharmacological actions. Recent research has produced further evidence forthe mechanism of their anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, and antitumour activities, andthese will be outlined in this review.
J. Appl. Biomed.
4: 171–178, 2006
ISSN 1214-0287
Expectations of biologically active compounds of the genus
Magnolia in biomedicine
Jiří Patočka 1, Jiří Jakl 2, Anna Strunecká 3
1 Department of Radiology and Toxicology, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, University of South Bohemia,
České Budějovice, Czech Republic
2 Department of Dendrology and Forest Tree Breeding, Faculty of Forestry and Environment of the Czech
University of Agriculture Prague, Czech Republic
3 Department of Physiology and Developmental Biology, Faculty of Science, Charles University, Prague, Czech
Received 18th July 2006.
Published online 20th October 2006.
Magnolia bark is a highly aromatic herbal material obtained from Magnolia officinalis (and other species)
of the family Magnoliaceae. In traditional oriental herbal medicine, particularly Chinese medicine, this
drug is used for many purposes, especially as a mild tranquillizer. The principal active compounds are the
biphenol compounds, magnolol and honokiol, together with other biologically active compounds, which
exert numerous and diverse pharmacological actions. Recent research has produced further evidence for
the mechanism of their anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antimicrobial, and antitumour activities, and
these will be outlined in this review.
Keywords: herbal tranquillizer – honokiol – Magnolia – magnolol – obovatol – pharmacology
The genus Magnolia is representative of the ancient
family Magnoliaceae, which has been in existence
since the Tertiary period and consists of 120–130
species. Magnolia bark is a traditional Chinese
medicine, known under the name houpu (from
Magnolia officinalis), that has been used for
Jiří Patočka, Department of Radiology and
Toxicology, Faculty of Health and Social Studies,
University of South Bohemia České Budějovice,
370 01 České Budějovice, Czech Republic
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thousands of years to treat "stagnation of qi" (low
energy), asthma, digestive problems, and emotional
distress. Magnolia bark is used as a general anti-
stress and anti-anxiety agent. Magnolia has also
been traditionally used to treat breast cancer.
Houpu is an official herb in the Pharmacopoeia
of the People's Republic of China (Pharmacopoeia
1988); the herb is sometimes called chuan houpu,
because it originally came from the Sichuan area of
China. Because traditional Chinese medicine is
becoming increasingly popular in many medical
contexts in other parts of the world, particularly
among patients with cancer, it is important that
recent research demonstrates the relevant
pharmacological effects of various magnolias and
the main pharmacologically active compounds
(Ikeda et al. 2003, Yang et al. 2003). Based on the
Patočka et al.: Expectations of biologically active Magnolia compounds
experimental evidence available so far, it seems
likely that Magnolia might be helpful in modern
medicine (Patočka et al. 2002).
Various magnolias are distinguished by their many
interesting biological features. Current research
raises basic questions as to the definition of the
genus itself. The genus Magnolia consists of about
120-130 species and in the Tertiary period
Magnolias were common in Europe (Azuma et al.
2001, Kim et al. 2001, Hunt et al. 1998). The
majority of Magnolia species grow in the temperate
and tropical zones of southeastern Asia, while other
species grow in the New World. Magnolia
officinalis is not the only recognised source of
magnolia bark; other closely related Asian species
of the section Rytidospermum Spach are also used
in traditional medicine, such as the Japanese
Magnolia obovata 'Wakoboku' (Ito et al. 1982) or
the Chinese Magnolia rostrata. However,
according to the IUCN Red List these are
vulnerable species due to over-harvesting of the
bark and habitat destruction (IUCN 2004).
Magnolia bark was a common ingredient in many
formulas, for example ‘Saiboku-to’ (Maruyana et
al. 1998), ‘Xiao Zhengqi Tang’, ‘Maziren Wan’,
‘Ping Wei San’ and ‘Shenmi Tang’ (Hong-Yen
1980). Some species of Magnolia contain magnolol
and honokiol, and others lignanoids (Hegnauer
1990). The best-known magnolia, Magnolia
grandiflora, is a popular plant utilised in Mexican
traditional medicine (Bastidas Ramírez et. al.
1998). Another form of Magnolia used in medicine
is derived from the flower buds (Hu 2000).
Currently, China produces about 200 tons of
Magnolia bark per year (Jinping 2000).
The principal substantial compounds present in
plants of the Magnoliaceae family are different
phenolic compounds and terpenoids. Many
phenolic compounds have been found in the leaves
and bark; for example gallic acid, sennosides A and
B, hesperidin, naringin, syringin, and especially
two neolignan compounds, magnolol (I) and
honokiol (II) (Fig.1). The magnolol content of
magnolia bark is generally in the range of 2-10 %,
while honokiol tends to occur naturally at 1-5
percent in the dried bark. Magnolol and honokiol
are without question pharmacologically the most
meaningful constituents of magnolia bark
(Watanabe et al. 1983, Liu et al. 2006). From the
leaves and bark of M. obovata, the novel biphenyl
ether lignans, obovatol (III) (Fig. 1) and obovatal
were isolated (Ito et al. 1982), together with some
sesquiterpene-neolignans, eudesobovatols A and B,
eudesmagnolol, eudeshonokiols A and B,
clovanemagnolol, and caryolanemagnolol
(Fukuyama et al. 1992).
Fig. 1. Chemical structures of three principal
magnolia lignans: magnolol (I), honokiol (II), and
obovatol (III)
Several monoterpenes and sesquiterpenoids
have been obtained from the leaves of Magnolia
grandiflora L, and, on the basis of spectral
evidence, their structures determined as α- and β-
pinenes, β-eudesmol and bornyl acetate
(Tachikawa 2000), 4α, 6α, 10α-trihydroxy-13-
acetoxyguaia-11-ene and 12,13-diacetoxyguaia-4α,
6α, 10α, 11-tetraol (Yang et al. 1994). In addition,
the known sesquiterpenoid magnograndiolide was
also obtained (Luo et al. 2001). Recently, a new
sesquiterpenoid was obtained from the leaves of
Magnolia delavayi. Its structure was determined as
8β-acetoxy-10α-ethyloxy-guaia-4α, 11-diol (Cao
et al. 2004). A new tricyclo [,8)] octane-
type neolignan, 6-allyl-7- (3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-
2,3-dimethoxy-8-methyl-tricyclo [,8)] oct-
3-en-5-one, together with 15 known lignan and
neolignan derivatives have been isolated from the
flower buds of Magnolia denudata DESR (Li et al.
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Pharmacology of magnolol and honokiol
Magnolol and honokiol, two major phenolic
constituents of Magnolia species which are
abundantly found in the medicinal plants M.
officinalis and M. obovata, show multiple
pharmacological effects (Chen et al. 2006).
Research has elucidated the underlying mechanism
of some of their anti-inflammatory and anti-
oxidative effects. It has been found, for example,
that magnolol is 1000-fold more potent than α-
tocopherol in inhibiting lipid peroxidation in rat
mitochondria (Chang et al. 2003). All active
Magnolia constituents (magnolol, honokiol,
obovatol) showed weak inhibition for inducible NO
synthase (iNOS) activity, but potent inhibition of
iNOS induction and activation of nuclear factor-
kappa B (Matsuda et al. 2001). They also inhibit rat
liver acyl-CoA: cholesterol acyltransferase (ACAT)
with IC50 values of 42, 71, and 86 µM, respectively
(Kwon et al. 1997). Honokiol may protect the
myocardium against ischemic injury and suppress
ventricular arrhythmia during ischemia (Tsai et al.
1999). The mechanism of anxiolytic activity of
various Magnolia extracts has been studied. The
observed antimicrobial activity demonstrates the
potential of Magnolias to be an adjunct in the
treatment of periodontitis (Ho et al. 2001).
Anti-inflammatory activity
The reactive oxygen species produced by
neutrophils contribute to the pathogenesis of focal
cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury and signal the
inflammatory response. Recently it was shown that
honokiol has a protective effect against focal
cerebral ischemia/reperfusion injury in rats that
paralleled a reduction in reactive oxygen species
production by neutrophils (Liou et al. 2003). To
elucidate the underlying mechanism(s) of the
antioxidative effect of honokiol, peripheral
neutrophils isolated from rats were activated with
phorbol-12-myristate-13-acetate (PMA) or N-
formyl-methionyl-leucyl-phenylalanine (fMLP) in
the presence or absence of honokiol. Liou et al.
(2003) suggested that honokiol inhibited PMA- or
fMLP-induced reactive oxygen species production
by neutrophils by three distinct mechanisms:
(i) honokiol diminished the activity of assembled-
NADPH oxidase, a major reactive oxygen species
producing enzyme in neutrophils by 40% without
interfering with its protein kinase C (PKC)-
dependent assembly; (ii) honokiol inhibited two
other important enzymes for reactive oxygen
species generation in neutrophils, i.e.,
myeloperoxidase and cyclooxygenase, by 20% and
70%, respectively; (iii) honokiol enhanced by 30%,
the activity of glutathione (GSH) peroxidase, an
enzyme that triggers the metabolism of hydrogen
peroxide (H2O2). These data suggested that
honokiol, acting as a potent reactive oxygen species
inhibitor/scavenger, could achieve its focal cerebral
ischemia/reperfusion injury protective effect by
modulating enzyme systems related to reactive
oxygen species production or metabolism,
including NADPH oxidase, myeloperoxidase,
cyclooxygenase, and GSH peroxidase in
Magnolol is hypothesized to suppress TNF-
alpha production after the endotoxin tolerance
induced by sublethal hemorrhage (SLH) and to
alter or attenuate subsequent endotoxin tolerance
(Liou et al. 2003). Recent results show that the
anti-inflammatory effects of magnolol and
honokiol are mediated through inhibition of the
downstream pathway of MEKK-1 in NF-kappaB
activation signalling (Lee et al. 2005). Plasma and
tissue TNF-alpha increased after sublethal
hemorrhage (SLH); this increase was significantly
suppressed by magnolol. Lipid peroxidation and
SOD activity increased after SLH; magnolol
suppressed the lipid peroxidation but not the SOD
activity. In conclusion, magnolol induces an anti-
inflammatory response and provides early
protection against endotoxin challenge following
SLH; however, magnolol attenuates the protraction
of endotoxin tolerance and inhibits late protection
against endotoxin challenge following SLH (Shih
et al. 2004). The anti-inflammatory and
neuroprotective effects of magnolol have been
demonstrated by other authors (Wang et al. 1995;
Lee et al. 2000, Park et al. 2004, Matsui et al. 2005,
Lin et al. 2006).
Magnolol inhibited mouse hind-paw oedema
induced by carrageenan, and polymyxin B, and
reversed the passive Arthus reaction. The recovered
myeloperoxidase activity in the oedematous paw
was significantly decreased in mice pretreated with
magnolol. Suppression of oedema was
demonstrated not only in normal mice but also in
adrenalectomized animals. Magnolol was less
potent in reducing PGD2 formation in rat mast cells
than indomethacin. Unlike dexamethasone,
magnolol did not increase the liver glycogen level.
The results suggest that the anti-inflammatory
effect of magnolol was neither mediated by
glucocorticoid activity, nor through releasing
steroid hormones from the adrenal gland. It is
proposed that the action of magnolol is dependent
on reducing the level of eicosanoid mediators
(Wang et al. 1992).
Antioxidant activity
Magnolol induces apoptosis in rat vascular smooth
muscle cells (VSMCs) via the mitochondrial death
pathway. This effect is mediated through down-
regulation of Bcl-2 protein levels, both in vivo and
in vitro. Magnolol thus shows potential as a novel
therapeutic agent for the treatment of
atherosclerosis and re-stenosis (Chen et al. 2003).
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Magnolol suppressed thromboxane B2 (TXB2)
and leukotriene B4 (LTB4) formation in A23187-
stimulated rat neutrophils. Maximum inhibition
was obtained with about 10 µM magnolol.
Magnolol was more effective in the inhibition of
cyclooxygenase (COX) activity than in the
inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase (5-LO) activity, as
assessed by means of enzyme activity
determination in vitro and COX and 5-LO
metabolic capacity analyses in vivo. Magnolol
alone stimulated cytosolic phospholipase A2
(cPLA2) phosphorylation and the translocation of
5-LO and cPLA2 to the membrane, and evoked
arachidonic acid (AA) release. These results
indicate that magnolol inhibits the formation of
prostaglandins and leukotrienes in A23187-
stimulated rat neutrophils, probably through a
direct blockade of COX and 5-LO activities (Hsu et
al. 2004). The hepatoprotective effects of honokiol
and magnolol on oxidative stress induced by tert-
butylhydroperoxide were probably the result of
their antioxidant activity. Honokiol and magnolol
also had a protective effect against D-
galactosamine-induced hepatotoxicity, which was
used as an alternate model to oxidative stress,
acting by inhibiting intracellular GSH depletion
(Park et al. 2003). Recently a novel synthetically
prepared magnolol derivative, 3,3'-bis-allyl-
magnolol, was developed as a potential antioxidant
for certain diseases (Li et al. 2003).
Anxiolytic activity
The bark of the root and stem of various Magnolia
species has been used in Traditional Chinese
Medicine to treat a variety of disorders including
anxiety and nervous disturbances. Honokiol and
magnolol have been identified as modulators of the
GABA(A) receptors in vitro (Squires et al. 1999,
Ai et al. 2001). The possible selectivity of honokiol
and magnolol on GABA(A) receptor subtypes was
demonstrated in a study using 3H-muscimol and
3H-flunitrazepam binding assays on various rat
brain membrane preparations and human
recombinant GABA(A) receptor subunit
combinations. These results indicate that honokiol
and magnolol have some selectivity on different
GABA(A) receptor subtypes, which could be
responsible for the reported in vivo effects of these
two compounds.
The anxiolytic effect of honokiol, evaluated by
means of an elevated plus-maze test, was at least
5000 times more potent than the compound
preparation ‘Saiboku-to’ when mice were treated
orally for seven days, and was comparable with the
effect of benzodiazepines (Maruyama et al. 1998).
Kuribara et al. (1999) compared the anxiolytic
potentials of honokiol and water extracts of three
Magnolia samples using an improved elevated
plus-maze in mice. Their results suggest that
honokiol is the major constituent responsible for
the observed anxiolytic effect of the water extract
of Magnolia, and that the other components,
including magnolol, scarcely influence the effect of
Antiarrhythmic activity
Tsai et al. (1996) demonstrated that honokiol may
protect the myocardium against ischemic injury and
suppress ventricular arrhythmia during ischemia
and reperfusion. The experimental ventricular
arrhythmia induced by coronary ligation of rats for
30 min were significantly reduced after intravenous
pre-treatment (15 min before coronary ligation)
with 10-7 g/kg magnolol or 10-7 g/kg honokiol.
However, the antiarrhythmic effect of magnolol or
honokiol could be abolished with the pre-treatment
of 1 mg/kg nitric oxide inhibitor (L-NAME), but
not with pre-treatment of 100 mg/kg aspirin. The
abolishment of the beneficial effects of magnolol
and honokiol on the myocardium by L-NAME,
rather than aspirin, suggests the involvement of an
increased nitric oxide synthesis in the protection
offered by magnolol and honokiol against
arrhythmia during myocardial ischemia (Tsai et al.
Antimicrobial activity
Three phenolic constituents of Magnolia
grandiflora L. were shown to possess significant
antimicrobial activity using an agar well diffusion
assay. Magnolol, honokiol, and 3.5'-diallyl-2'-
hydroxy-4-methoxybiphenyl exhibited significant
activity against Gram-positive and acid-fast
bacteria and fungi (Clark et al. 1981). Magnolol
and honokiol have an antimicrobial activity against
numerous microorganisms such as Porphyromonas
gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, Actinobacillus
actinomycetemcomitans, Capnocytophaga
gingivalis, Veillonella disper, Micrococcus luteus,
and Bacillus subtilis (Chang et al. 1998, Ho et al.
Both biphenolic compounds, although less
potent than chlorhexidine, show a significant
antimicrobial activity against these
microorganisms, and a relatively low cytotoxic
effect on human gingival cells. Thus, it is suggested
that magnolol and honokiol might have a potential
therapeutic use as a safe oral antiseptic for the
prevention and the treatment of periodontal disease
(Chang et al. 1998, Ho et al. 2001). Magnolol from
Magnolia officinalis (cortex) potently inhibited the
growth of Helicobacter pylori (Bae et al. 1998).
Antitumor activity
The neolignans magnolol and honokiol have been
reported to inhibit the growth of several tumour cell
lines, both in vitro and in vivo (Kong et al. 2005).
Magnolol has been reported to have anticancer
activity (Lin et al. 2001). Magnolol at very low
concentrations inhibited DNA synthesis and
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decreased cell number in cultured human cancer
cells (COLO-205 and Hep-G2) in a dose-dependent
manner, but not in human untransformed cells such
as keratinocytes, fibroblasts, and human umbilical
vein endothelial cells (HUVEC). Magnolol was not
cytotoxic at these concentrations and this indicates
that it may have an inhibitory effect on cell
proliferation in the subculture cancer cell lines (Lin
et al. 2002). Magnolol possesses the ability to
inhibit tumour growth due to the induction of
apoptosis with the activation of caspases (Ikeda and
Nagase 2002) and a strong antimetastatic effect
due to its ability to inhibit tumour cell invasion
(Ikeda et al. 2003). Magnolol induced the reduction
of mitochondrial transmembrane potential and the
release of cytochrome C into the cytoplasm.
Magnolol-induced apoptotic signalling appears to
be carried out through mitochondrial alternations to
caspase-9, and then downstream effector caspases
are activated sequentially. Magnolol could be thus
a potentially effective drug for the adjunctive
treatment of leukaemia, with low toxicity to normal
blood cells (Zhong et al. 2003). These findings
warrant further investigation.
Recently Fong et al., (2005) discovered that
magnolol and honokiol enhance HL-60 cell
differentiation initiated by low doses of 1.25-
dihydroxyvitamin D3 (VD3) and all-trans-retinoic
acid (ATRA). Cells expressing membrane
differentiation markers CD11b and CD14 were
increased from 4% in the non-treated control to 8-
16% after being treated with 10-30 µM magnolol or
honokiol. It is evident that both these neolignans
are potential differentiation enhancing agents,
which may allow the use of low doses of VD3 and
ATRA in the treatment of acute promyelocytic
leukaemia (Fong et al. 2005). Honokiol
demonstrated weak activity against HIV-1 in
human lymphocytes (Amblard et al. 2006).
Magnolol is a strong 11-beta-hydroxysteroid
dehydrogenase (11-beta-HSD) inhibitor and, like
glycyrrhetinic acid, another 11beta-HSD inhibitor
isolated from licorice, induces apoptosis of murine
thymocytes via the accumulation of corticosterone.
Magnolol has inhibited the enzyme activity in the
kidney (P < 0.0001) and thymus (P < 0.002), while
the activity in the liver was not affected. Blood
concentrations of corticosterone in the magnolol-
treated mice were unexpectedly lower than those in
the control animals (P < 0.002). This means that the
inhibition of 11beta-HSD by magnolol did not
increase the systemic level of corticosterone which
is relevant to thymocyte apoptosis (Horigome et al.
Pharmacology of obovatol
The biphenyl ether lignan obovatol from
M. obovata (Ito et al. 1982) is slightly different
from magnolol and honokiol not only chemically
but also pharmacologically. Obovatol inhibited the
chitin synthase 2 activity of Saccharomyces
cerevisiae with an IC50 of 38 µM. Its derivative,
tetrahydroobovatol, inhibited chitin synthase 2
activities under the same conditions with an IC50 of
59 µM. These compounds exhibited no inhibitory
activity for chitin synthase 3, and showed less
inhibitory activity for chitin synthase 1 than for
chitin synthase 2 (IC50 > 1 mM). These results
indicated that obovatol and tetrahydroobovatol are
specific inhibitors of chitin synthase 2.
Furthermore, obovatol and tetrahydroobovatol
showed antifungal activities against various
pathogenic fungi, with a particularly strong
inhibitory activity against Cryptococcus
neoformans (MIC 7.8 mg/L). The results indicate
that obovatol and tetrahydroobovatol can
potentially serve as antifungal agents (Hwang et al.
Magnolia extracts have a two thousand-year-old
safety record for use as a Chinese medicine,
(Bateman et al. 1998), and no significant toxicity or
adverse effects have been reported so far, although
no special chronic toxicological studies with
magnolol, honokiol, and obovatol have been
performed. Very small doses of magnolol and
honokiol appear to be safe and effective for anxiety
and depression. However, large doses may cause a
sedative effect and interact with alcohol, increasing
its effects, so driving or operating dangerous
equipment should be avoided when taking larger
doses of Magnolia extract. Further work on the
toxicology and potential drug interactions of the
constituents of Magnolia need to be performed, in
order that the useful properties of Magnolia species
can be realised.
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... Biphenols are an important structural motif in organic chemistry as they are part of many natural products and pharmaceuticals [1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8]. The outstanding importance of biphenols is probably due to their use as ligand building blocks in transition metal catalysis [9][10][11]. ...
... The outstanding importance of biphenols is probably due to their use as ligand building blocks in transition metal catalysis [9][10][11]. A particular representative of this is 3,3′,5,5'-tetramethyl-2,2′-biphenol (5). Therefore, the biphenol is used e.g. as phosphonamidite or phosphite ligands for the copper [12][13][14][15] or rhodium-catalyzed [16][17][18] asymmetric addition reaction of alkyl radicals to double bonds. ...
... The product was filtered off by suction and washed with cyclohexane and dried overnight in high vacuum (1•10 -3 mbar, 20°C). The mother liquor contains the supporting electrolyte and still some product (5). The solvent of the mother liquor was removed in vacuo (50°C, 200-20 mbar) and the residue was dissolved in ethyl acetate and washed three times by distilled water. ...
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3,3′,5,5’-Tetramethyl-2,2′-biphenol is well known as an outstanding building block for ligands in transition-metal catalysis and is therefore of particular industrial interest. The electro-organic method is a powerful, sustainable, and efficient alternative to conventional synthetic approaches to obtain symmetric and non-symmetric biphenols. Here, we report the successive scale-up of the dehydrogenative anodic homocoupling of 2,4-dimethylphenol ( 4 ) from laboratory scale to the technically relevant scale in highly modular narrow gap flow electrolysis cells. The electrosynthesis was optimized in a manner that allows it to be easily adopted to different scales such as laboratory, semitechnical and technical scale. This includes not only the synthesis itself and its optimization but also a work-up strategy of the desired biphenols for larger scale. Furthermore, the challenges such as side reactions, heat development and gas evolution that arose during optimization are also discussed in detail. We have succeeded in obtaining yields of up to 62% of the desired biphenol.
... The extracts of Magnolia spp. (mainly M. officinalis) have been employed for centuries in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to treat many diseases, including anxiety, allergy, or gastrointestinal disorders [3,4]. These extracts have shown to possess promising biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-depressant, and anti-platelet activity [4,5]. ...
... (mainly M. officinalis) have been employed for centuries in traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine to treat many diseases, including anxiety, allergy, or gastrointestinal disorders [3,4]. These extracts have shown to possess promising biological activities, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, anti-depressant, and anti-platelet activity [4,5]. Magnolol and honokiol are the main bioactive ingredients of these extracts [6] and have shown an array of biological properties, including antioxidant [6,7], anti-inflammatory [8], neuroprotective [9], and antitumor activity [10,11]. ...
... These experiments are reported in detail in the experimental section and the results are summarized in Table 1. 4 NaBr/oxone / acetone/water 5 1 If it is not indicated, the reactions were carried out at rt. 2 The yield was determined by HPLC-UV. 3 The reaction was carried out at 0 • C. 4 The reaction was performed at −10 • C. ...
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Honokiol (2) is a natural bisphenol neolignan showing a variety of biological properties, including antitumor activity. Some studies pointed out 2 as a potential anticancer agent in view of its antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic activity towards tumor cells. As a further contribution to these studies, we report here the synthesis of a small library of bisphenol neolignans inspired by honokiol and the evaluation of their antiproliferative activity. The natural lead was hence subjected to simple chemical modifications to obtain the derivatives 3–9; further neolignans (12a-c, 13a-c, 14a-c, and 15a) were synthesized employing the Suzuki–Miyaura reaction, thus obtaining bisphenols with a substitution pattern different from honokiol. These compounds and the natural lead were subjected to antiproliferative assay towards HCT-116, HT-29, and PC3 tumor cell lines. Six of the neolignans show GI50 values lower than those of 2 towards all cell lines. Compounds 14a, 14c, and 15a are the most effective antiproliferative agents, with GI50 in the range of 3.6–19.1 µM, in some cases it is lower than those of the anticancer drug 5-fluorouracil. Flow cytometry experiments performed on these neolignans showed that the inhibition of proliferation is mainly due to an apoptotic process. These results indicate that the structural modification of honokiol may open the way to obtaining antitumor neolignans more potent than the natural lead.
... Usušená a rozdrcená kůra magnólií (Magnoliaceae), zejména druhů M. obovata a M. officinalis, je po staletí využívanou drogou tradiční japonské herbální medicíny Kampo i tradiční čínské medicíny. Evropská a americká medicína se o tuto drogu začala zajímat poté, co v ní byly nalezeny bifenylové polyfenoly magnolol a honokiol a difenyletherický lignan obovatol (obr. 1) a byl zjištěn jejich anxiolytický účinek (Patočka et al., 2006). Anxiolytika jsou skupinou látek, které pozitivně ovlivňují afektivitu, odstraňují psychické napětí, strach a úzkost a zlepšují náladu. ...
... Protože jsou to látky snadno dostupné synteticky, staly se předmětem mnoha farmakologických studií a byly tak objeveny i další, dříve netušené biologické účinky (Patočka et al., 2006). Z dobře doložených farmakologických účinků magnololu, honokiolu a obovatolu lze kromě jejich anxiolytického účinku uvést: − schopnost tlumit akutní bolest při zánětu (Lin et al., 2007) OBOVATOL Praktickou aplikaci výzkumu magnólií by mohla být žvýkačka s obsahem extraktu z kůry, která inhibuje růst ústní patologické mikroflóry, omezuje pach z úst a zlepšuje hygienu ústní dutiny (Greenberg et al., 2007). ...
... Honokiol is a natural phenolic phytochemical and one of the main bioactive components widely contained in the seed cones and barks of the Magnolia species, which are traditionally used to treat a variety of diseases in Asian regions, including Korea [8,9]. According to many previous studies, honokiol has been found to have diverse biological activities besides cytotoxicity of cancer cells, including antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cardioprotective, liver protective and neuroprotective effects [10][11][12][13][14]. ...
Objective: To investigate the effect of honokiol on oxidative damage in HaCaT human keratinocytes. Methods: HaCaT cells were exposed to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), following pretreatment with various concentrations of honokiol. The alleviating effects of honokiol on HaCaT cell viability and cell death, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, DNA damage, mitochondrial dynamics, and inhibition of adenosine triphoaphate production against H2O2 were investigated. Western blotting analysis was used to analyze the expression levels of specific proteins. Results: Honokiol suppressed H2O2-induced cytotoxicity and DNA damage by blocking abnormal ROS accumulation. Honokiol also prevented apoptosis by inhibiting loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and release of cytochrome c from the mitochondria into the cytosol, decreasing the Bax/Bcl-2 ratio, and reducing the activity of caspase-3 in H2O2-stimulated HaCaT cells. In addition, honokiol attenuated H2O2-induced reduction of adenosine triphosphate content, and activation of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) was markedly promoted by honokiol in H2O2-stimulated cells. Importantly, the anti-apoptosis and anti-proliferative activity of honokiol against H2O2 was further enhanced by adding an activator of AMPK, indicating that honokiol activated AMPK in HaCaT keratinocytes to protect against oxidative damage. Conclusions: The present results indicate that honokiol may be useful as a potential therapeutic agent against various oxidative stress-related skin diseases.
... (Magnoliaceae), a deciduous tree distributed in East Asia, has been traditionally used for the treatment of various disorders (e.g., gastrointestinal disorders, fever, anxiety and allergic diseases) in Northeast Asia [20][21][22]. Neolignans, particularly honokiol, magnolol, and obovatol, have been reported as the main substances responsible for various biological activities [23,24]. Additionally, diverse lignan derivatives (e.g., sesquiterpene-neolignans and dilignans) derived from major neolignans (magnolol and obovatol) have been discovered in M. obovata [22,[24][25][26]. ...
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Natural products have been fundamental materials in drug discovery. Traditional strategies for observing natural products with novel structure and/or biological activity are challenging due to large cost and time consumption. Implementation of the MS/MS-based molecular networking strategy with the in silico annotation tool is expected to expedite the dereplication of secondary metabolites. In this study, using this tool, two new dilignans with a 2-phenyl-3-chromanol motif, obovatolins A (1) and B (2), were discovered from the stem barks of Magnolia obovata Thunb. along with six known compounds (3–8), expanding chemical diversity of lignan skeletons in this natural source. Their structures and configurations were elucidated using spectroscopic data. All isolates were evaluated for their PCSK9 mRNA expression inhibitory activity. Obovatolins A (1) and B (2), and magnolol (3) showed potent lipid controlling activities. To identify transcriptionally controlled genes by 1 along with downregulation of PCSK9, using small set of genes (42 genes) related to lipid metabolism selected from the database, focused bioinformatic analysis was carried out. As a result, it showed the correlations between gene expression under presence of 1, which led to detailed insight of the lipid metabolism caused by 1.
... A acetylcholinesteráza 48,102,121,169,[175][176][177]180 adaptogen 36,37,[103][104][105][106][107][120][121][122]124,127,152,177,206 ADHD 28,29,90 afrodiziakum 57,70,110,120,124,126 ájurvéda 27,29,36,38,57,62,66,70,73,75,101,102,109,110,112,120,148 alergie 40,79,87,100,114,124 alkohol 15,17,18,22,51,63,73,122,127,157 Alzheimerova nemoc 15,45,[47][48][49]65,66,67,72,82,86,99,102,114,116,125,131,[169][170][171][172][173][174][175][176][177][178][179][180][181][182][183][184][185][186][187][188]195,197 ankylozující spondylitida 100 antidepresiva 17, 18, 27, 28, 36, 37, 43, 50, 51, 55, 63, 65, 69-74, 76, 86, 87, 92, 93, 99, 101, 102, 105, 109, 111, 114, 117 až 121, 125, 127, 136-139, 141, 142 30-35 B ß-amyloid 65, 71, 86, 102, 131, 171, 180, 181, 188 bakopa 27-29, 139, 167, 202 baktericidní 122, 151 baldrián 62 banisterie [30][31]137,139,167,176,197,202,205 BDNF (mozkový neurotrofní faktor) 159, 165 bisfenol 192 bolest 27, 33, 54, 56, 57, 65, 69, 77, 79, 85, 93, 95, 96, 99, 135, 145, 151, 186, 187, 193-197 -břicha 79, 109 -hlavy 36, 39, 41, 51, 62, 76, 84, 97, 103, 104, 109, 111, 126, 135, 145, 157, 191, 193-197 -svalová 76, 79 -žaludku 79, 108, 191 brahmi 27-29, 102, 148, 167, 176 bulimie 51 bušení srdce 135 C CBD 53-55, 143, 186-187 centrální nervová soustava 127, 138, 159 Crohnova nemoc 54 cukrovka 61, 76, 85, 93, 124, 129, 130 Č čajovník 139, 140 černý bez 138, 192 čokoláda 22, 196 D demence 15, 37, 47, 54, 67, 71, 82, 84, 159, 169-171, 175, 176, 178, 181 deprese 14, 17, 19, 21, 22, 28, 29, 33, 51, 55, 62, 69-73, 79-81, 93, 99, 102, 104, 105, 107, 110, 117-121, 124, 136, 139, 141-143, 148-149, 153-167, 183, 189, 193 devětsil 39-41, 194, 196 diabetes 58, 67, 99 18,118,152,158,167,172,176,184,186,84,136,140,143,[145][146][147][148][149]151,159 Galén 62,64,70,194 generalizovaná úzkostná porucha (GAD) 37,102,135,139,141,144,148 gerontopsychiatrie 178 glaukom 54 glykémie 87,123,127,167,177 guaifenesin 90,138, H hadinec 141 halucinace 32,68,69,111,184,186 halucinogen 31,[33][34][35]51,68 harmin 30,31 hepatitida 114,124 Hildegarda z Bingenu 42,75,194 Hippokratés 23,64,70,75,193 HIV 56 hliník 28,67,102,182 horečka 36,39,70,85,93,99,101,108,110,114,127,151 hořčík 190,195,196 hypertenze 36,57,58,76,114,124,127,129,171 Ch chlorela 22 chmel 42-44, 63, 84, 90, 137, 138, 146, 190, 192, 202 cholesterol 20, 37, 58, 66, 126, 181, 202, 203 I impotence 69, 104, 110 imunitní systém 19, 54, 56, 99, 100, 126, 159, 189, 192, 202-207 infekce 56, 57, 69, 79, 93, 97, 99, 101, 104, 114, 118, 122, 124, 127, 151 J játra 38, 66, 74, 87 jinan 45-47, 58, 72, 73, 137, 142, 151, 152, 166, 176, 178, 179, 194-195, 202 juliflorin 47-49, 176 K kanabidiol 53, 143, 186, 187 kanabinoid 53-55, 142, 143, 185-187 kanna 49-50, 137, 142, 157 Máte výkyvy nálady, stavy smutku či deprese, špatně usínáte nebo snad dokonce zapomínáte jména svých přátel? Navštívili jste lékaře a vaše potíže se dosud nezmírnily? ...
Léčivé byliny jsou u nás tradičně velmi populární a není třeba přesvědčovat širokou laickou veřejnost o tom, že čaje, sirupy, koupele, masti, tinktury nebo i likéry připravené z léčivých bylin jsou prospěšné jak v prevenci pro udržení zdraví, tak i za situace, kdy se projeví nemoc. Fytoterapie je stará jako lidstvo samo. V českém lidovém léčitelství to byly především babky kořenářky, porodní báby nebo lazebnice, které uměly poradit a potřebné byliny poskytnout. Nejznámější byla patrně tzv. Radnická bába – Božena Kamenická (1898-1996), která působila v Radnicích v západních Čechách. Bohužel, povolání babek kořenářek se nikde nevyučuje a pro nové generace jsou názvy léčivých bylin mnohdy dost exotické. V obdobné situaci se mohou ocitnout i mladí lékaři, protože fytoterapii se v současné době nevěnuje patřičná pozornost ani ve výuce na lékařských fakultách.
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The universal epileptogenic cascade remains unknown and most modern treatments focus on the reduction of symptoms and the prevention of seizure recurrence. Experimental studies have demonstrated that herbal medicines may act as antiepileptogenic agents. In this study, the possibilities of plants with antiepileptic properties were reviewed and discussed on their structures and related mechanism of actions. This work constituted a literature review of medicinal plants showing antiepileptic properties by literature searching in Science Direct, PubMed and Wiley Online Library. The keywords of search included epilepsy, antiepileptogenesis, antiepilepsy, natural compounds, extract, herbal medicines and medicinal plants in epilepsy treatment. Only articles published in English were reviewed. Mechanism of action of the natural plants were described according to experimental studies. From the databases, we found 135 natural plants with antiepileptic properties. In this review, the highly studied natural plants were selected. These included Acorus calamus, Bacopa monnieri, Boerhaavia diffusa, Curcuma longa, Gastrodia elata, Ginseng, Uncaria rhynchophylla, Pinellia ternatae, Withania somnifera, Magnolia bark and Resveratrol-related products. From the evidences, natural products may potentially be developed as antiepileptic or antiepileptogenic agents. However, several issues in drug development should be considered such as safety, formulations, pharmacokinetic characteristics and possible interactions.
Anxiety is a disorder with known etiology and clinical symptoms which is managed by combination therapy or the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as psychopharmacotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and herbal medicine. The approach of scientists is to identify natural anxiolytics, based on their active components and their mechanism of action. So far, several medicinal plants have been identified and their effective components have been isolated and characterized as having cellular and molecular targets to the central nervous system (CNS). Despite the progress made in identification, application and drug interaction issues of such products, further studies should be planned to minimize their side effects and enhance their efficiency and specificity for a given health condition. The use of natural anxiolytics, either alone or in combination with other remedies can be improved by managing the preparation protocols, the route and the form of administration. In this context, natural drinks such as coffee with high levels of caffeine may exacerbate the clinical symptoms of anxiety. On the other hands, theanine (present in tea leaves) can alleviate the symptoms of the disorder. The current information available on traditional medicine and pharmacognosy is promising for formulation of nutraceuticals more specifically, with highest efficiency for prevention and treatment of anxiety. This review article attempts to introduce major herbs/plants recognized for their anti-anxiety effects and explain the feasibility for their specific application. The methods for the extract preparation and optimum condition for using such materials as traditional medicine or for their use in new formulations as nutraceuticals is suggested. The review also includes information about anxiety disorders, etiology, symptoms, types, neurobiology and different approaches to ameliorate anxiety conditions.
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Memory, one of the most vital aspects of the human brain, is necessary for the effective survival of an individual. ‘Memory’ can be defined in various ways but in an overall view, memory is the retention of the information that the brain grasps. Different factors are responsible for the disbalance in the brain’s hippocampus region and the acetylcholine level, which masters the memory and cognitive functions. Plants are a source of pharmacologically potent drug molecules of high efficacy. Recently herbal medicine has evolved rapidly, gaining great acceptance worldwide due to their natural origin and fewer side effects. In this review, the authors have discussed the mechanisms and pharmacological action of herbal bioactive compounds to boost memory. Moreover, this review presents an update of different herbs and natural products that could act as memory enhancers and how they can be potentially utilized in the near future for the treatment of severe brain disorders. In addition, the authors also discuss the differences in biological activity of the same herb and emphasize the requirement for a higher standardization in cultivation methods and plant processing. The demand for further studies evaluating the interactions of herbal drugs is mentioned.
In order to fulfill the principles of green chemistry, renewable magnolol and furfurylamine were taken to synthesize benzoxazine under microwave irradiation using poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) as the solvent. The reaction was monitored by the yield of target compound under varied conditions. Only in 5 min, the yield of target benzoxazine monomer (M-fa) could be high up to 73.5% in PEG 600 system, indicating the desired advantage of microwave irradiation for benzoxazine synthesis. After the chemical structure of M-fa was confirmed, its polymerization behavior, processability and thermo-mechanical properties were carefully evaluated. The cured resins presented a high glass transition temperature (Tg) of 303 °C and exceedingly good thermal stability with 5% and 10% weight loss temperature higher than 440 and 463 °C, respectively, and a char yield of 61.3%. In addition, M-fa demonstrated viscosity lower than 1 Pa·s during the temperature range from 100 to 194 °C, which indicated its good processability. This work provided us a strategy for the synthesis of high bio-based content high performance thermosets under environmental friendly conditions, i.e. microwave-assisted heating method and green solvent. Keywords: Magnolol, Furfurylamine, Bio-based polybenzoxazine, Microwave irritation, Green chemistry
Magnolia bark is a highly aromatic herbal material obtained from Magnolia officinalis, of the Family Magnoliaceae. In traditional oriental medicine this herbal drug is used for many purposes, especially as a mild tranquilizer. Principal substantial compounds of this drug are biphenol compounds, magnolol and honokiol, and some other biologically active compounds. They exert a lot of pharmacological actions, among which the most important are antioxidant and sedative effects and assertive influence on cognitive functions.
A new sesquiterpenoid was obstained from the leaves of Magnolia delavayi. Its structure was determined as 8β-acetoxy-10α-ethyloxy-guaia- 4α, 11-diol on the basis of spectral evidence.
Three phenolic constituents of Magnolia grandiflora L. were shown to possess significant antimicrobial activity using an agar well diffusion assay. Magnolol, honokiol, and 3,5′-diallyl-2′-hydroxy-4-methoxybiphenyl exhibited significant activity against Gram-positive and acid-fast bacteria and fungi. The minimum inhibitory concentrations were determined for each compound using a twofold serial dilution assay.
The antimicrobial activity of honokiol and magnolol, the main constituents of Magnolia officinalis was investigated. The antimicrobial activity was assayed by the agar dilution method using brain heart infusion medium and the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) were determined for each compound using a twofold serial dilution assay. The results showed that honokiol and magnolol have a marked antimicrobial effect (MIC = 25 µg/mL) against Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Prevotella intermedia, Micrococcus luteus and Bacillus subtilis, but did not show antimicrobial activity (MIC ≥ 100 µg/mL) for Shigella flexneii, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Enterobacter aerogenes, Proteus vulgaris, Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Our results indicate that honokiol and magnolol, although less potent than tetracycline, show a significant antimicrobial activity for periodontal pathogens. Hence we suggest that honokiol and magnolol might have the potential to be an adjunct in the treatment of periodontitis. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Novel sesquiterpene-neolignans, eudesobovatos A (1) and B (2), eudesmagnolol (3), eudeshonokiols A (4) and B (5), clovanemagnolol (6), and caryolanemagnolol (7), have been isolated from the bark of Magnoliaobovata. Their structures were elucidated to be sesquiterpenes (eudesmol, 4,4,8-trimethyltricyclo [,5] dodecane-1,9-diol, and clovanediol) combined through ether bond with neolignans such as obovatol, honokiol, and magnolol on the basis of spectral data, degradation, and/or synthesis. Compounds 1, 6, and 7 were found to exhibit interesting neurotrophic activity on a neuronal cell culture system derived from fetal rat hemisphere.
Magnolol has been reported to have anticancer activity. In this study we found that treatment with 100 μm magnolol induced apoptosis in cultured human hepatoma (Hep G2) and colon cancer (COLO 205) cell lines but not in human untransformed gingival fibroblasts and human umbilical vein endothelial cells. Our investigation of apoptosis in Hep G2 cells showed a sequence of associated intracellular events that included (a) increased cytosolic free Ca2+; (b) increased translocation of cytochrome c (Cyto c) from mitochondria to cytosol; (c) activation of caspase 3, caspase 8, and caspase 9; and (d) downregulation of bcl-2 protein. Pretreatment of the cells with the phospholipase C inhibitor 1-[6-[[(17β)-3-methoxyestra-1,3,5(10)-trien-17-yl]amino]hexyl]-1 H-pyrrole-2,5-dione (U73122) or the intracellular chelator of Ca2+ 1,2-bis(2-aminophenoxy)ethane-N,N,N′,N′-tetraacetic acid acetoxymethyl ester (BAPTA/AM) inhibited the subsequent magnolol augmentation of [Ca2+]i and also the activation of caspase-8 and caspase-9, so that the occurrence of apoptosis in those cells was greatly reduced. Pretreatment of the cells with ZB4 (which disrupts the Fas response mechanism) also decreased the subsequent magnolol-induced caspase-8 activation and reduced the occurrence of apoptosis. We interpreted these findings to indicate that the above-listed sequence of intracellular events led to the apoptosis seen in Hep G2 cells and that [Ca2+]i, Cyto c, and Fas function as intracellular signals to coordinate those events. © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
The pharmacological properties of magnolol and hõnokiol, neolignane derivatives, extracted from MAGNOLIA OFFICINALIS, used in Chinese and Japanese traditional medicine, for neurosis and gastrointestinal complaints, were investigated. Magnolol and hõnokiol produced sedation, ataxia, muscle relaxation and a loss of the righting reflex with an increase in dose of 50 to 500 mg/kg i.p. Magnolol and hõnokiol at a dose of 50 mg/kg suppressed spinal reflexes in young chicks in a similar manner, but with a much longer duration of action than mephenesin. Pretreatment of mice with magnolol 100 mg/kg inhibited tonic extensor convulsions and death produced by an intracerebroventricular injection of penicillin G potassium 50 microg. In rats, after an intraventricular injection of penicillin G 400 microg, magnolol suppressed the incidence of spike discharge, but not seizure discharge. Magnolol produced spindle discharges in sensory and motor cortex electroencephalograms and inhibited mid brain reticular formation- and hypothalamus-stimulated responses in the neo- and palaeo-cortex electroencephalograms, respectively. These results suggest that magnolol causes a depression of the ascending activating systems as well as of the spinal cord.