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Authors: Joo-Won Nam, Rasika Phansalkar, David C. Lankin, Jonathan BissonORCID , James McAlpine, Ariene A. Leme, Cristina M.P. Vidal, Benjamin Ramirez, Matthias Niemitz, Ana Bedran-Russo, Shao-Nong Chen, Guido F. PauliORCID
Journal: Journal of Organic Chemistry (RoMEO status: White)
Subjects: Pharmacognosy Phytochemistry Dentistry OPAC NMR
The ability of certain oligomeric proanthocyanidins (OPACs) to enhance the biomechanical properties of dentin involves collagen cross-linking of the 1.3–4.5 nm wide space via protein–polyphenol interactions. A systematic interdisciplinary search for the bioactive principles of pine bark has yielded the trimeric PAC, ent-epicatechin-(4β→8)-epicatechin-(2β→O→7,4β→8)-catechin (3), representing the hitherto most potent single chemical entity capable of enhancing dentin stiffness. Building the case from two congeneric PAC dimers, a detailed structural analysis decoded the stereochemistry, spatial arrangement, and chemical properties of three dentin biomodifiers.
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