Studies on the chemical composition of some marine orgnnisms collected from the 5th expedion aboard the R/V "Akademik Oparin" in Vietnam, to obtain bioactive compounds for biomedical research

Project leader's name
Dr. Nguyen Hoai Nam
Research hosting institution
Institute of Marine Biochemistry
Project duration
2016 - 2018
́Project’s budget
800 million VND
Goal and objectives of the project

- Isolation, structural elucidation and evaluation of biological activities of some compounds from the selected marine organnisms which were collected by the 5th expedion of the R/V “Akademik Oparin” in Vietnam;
- Contribution to training of young scientists in the research field.

Main results

+ Participated in the 5th expedion of the R/V "Akademik Oparin" in Vietnam. Three groups of marine organnisms, including soft corals, mollucks and echinoderms were collected by the expedition.
+ Successful isolation of 19 compounds, including 12 compounds from the soft coral Sinualria erecta and 7 compounds from the mollusk Neverita didyma. Successful identification of the structures of 19 isolated compounds, including a new eudesmene metabolite, 3β, 5α-dihydroxyeudesma-4(15),11-dien (SER8) and five analogs, four aromadendrane metabolites, and nine compounds belonging to steroid and other types.
+ Evaluated the cytotoxicity of the isolated compounds toward three human cancer cell lines, including lung carcinoma (A-549), cervical adenocarcinoma (HeLa) and pancreatic epithelioid carcinoma (PANC-1). The result showed that only the new compound 3β, 5α-dihydroxyeudesma-4(15), 11-dien (SER8) exhibits significant and selective cytotoxicity toward A549 cells (IC50 = 14.79 ± 0.91 μM). The inhibitory effects of the isolated compounds on nitric oxide (NO) overproduction were also examined. Unfortunately, all compounds were inactive at the experimental concentrations.
+ Sent one Vietnamese young scientist to Russia for scientific exchange.

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Novelty and actuality and scientific meaningfulness of the results

Isolation and structural elucidation of one new compound namely 3β, 5α-dihydroxyeudesma-4(15),11-dien (SER8) from the soft coral Sinularia erecta.

Products of the project

- Publications:
+ One ISI paper: Huong NT, Ngoc NT, Thanh NV, Dang NH, Cuong NX, Nam NH, Thung DC, The HV, Tuan VS, Kiem PV, Minh CV (2018), Eudesmane and aromadendrane sesquiterpenoids from the Vietnamese soft coral Sinularia erecta. Nat Prod Res. Vol. 32(15), pp.1798-1802.
+ One national paper: Nguyen Thi Huong, Ninh Thi Ngoc, Tran Manh Tri, Nguyen Van Thanh, Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Do Cong Thung, Nguyen Hoai Nam, Chau Van Minh (2017), Struture elucidation of eight known sesquiterpenoids from the soft coral Sinularia erecta, Vietnam Journal of Chemistry, Vol. 55 (6e), pp. 150-154.

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