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Authors: Jonathan BissonORCID , James McAlpine, J. Brent Friesen, Shao-Nong Chen, James Graham, Guido F. PauliORCID
Journal: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (RoMEO status: White)
Subjects: Pharmacognosy Phytochemistry Perspectives Fundamental research IMP bioactivity data mining NAPRALERT
High-throughput biology has contributed a wealth of data on chemicals, including natural products (NPs). Recently, attention was drawn to certain, predominantly synthetic, compounds that are responsible for disproportionate percentages of hits but are false actives. Spurious bioassay interference led to their designation as pan-assay interference compounds (PAINS). NPs lack comparable scrutiny, which this study aims to rectify. Systematic mining of 80+ years of the phytochemistry and biology literature, using the NAPRALERT database, revealed that only 39 compounds represent the NPs most reported by occurrence, activity, and distinct activity.
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Minimizing the problems with “PIMPs”

A recent article by Baell(1) on the problems experienced by medicinal chemists with pan-assay interference compounds (PAINS) and Shoichet’s work(2) on the impact of aggregation occurring in high throughput screening libraries, prompts a consideration of how these and other similar problems are experienced by pharmacognosists with promiscuous invalid metabolites as panaceas (PIMPs). Contrary to the classical definition of secondary metabolites as being species specific (or near specific), several natural products, particularly in the more extensively investigated plant kingdom, are common across species, genera, and even families (e.
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Authors: Merian Nassra, Stéphanie Krisa, Yorgos Papastamoulis, Gilbert Deccaux Kapche, Jonathan BissonORCID , Caroline André, Jan-Pieter Konsman, Jean-Marie Schmitter, Jean-Michel Mérillon, Pierre Waffo-Téguo
Journal: Planta Medica (RoMEO status: Blue)
Subjects: Pharmacognosy Phytochemistry Vine Wine Stilbenoids Polyphenols Bioactivity
Microglia-driven inflammatory processes are thought to play an important role in ageing and several neurological disorders. Since consumption of a diet rich in polyphenols has been associated with anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects, we studied the effects of twenty-five stilbenoids isolated from Milicia excelsa, Morus alba, Gnetum africanum, and Vitis vinifera. These compounds were tested at 5 and 10 µM on BV-2 microglial cells stimulated with bacterial lipopolysaccharide. Ten stilbenoids reduced lipopolysaccharide-induced nitric oxide production at 5 and/or 10 µM.
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Authors: Carole Lambert, Jonathan BissonORCID , Pierre Waffo-Téguo, Yorgos Papastamoulis, Tristan Richard, Marie-France Corio-Costet, Jean-Michel Mérillon, Stéphanie Cluzet
Journal: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (RoMEO status: White)
Subjects: Pharmacognosy Phytochemistry Vine Wine Stilbenoids Polyphenols Bioactivity Antifungal
The interaction between Vitis vinifera and trunk disease fungi requires better understanding. We studied the role of phenolics as possible plant defense compounds in this context. The impact of 24 grapevine phenolic compounds was determined on 6 major wood decay fungi by an in vitro agar plate assay. Hydroxystilbenoids, especially oligomers such as miyabenol C, isohopeaphenol, and vitisin A and B, greatly reduced the growth of the fungi, except that of Phaeoacremonium aleophilum.
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