Journal of Natural Medicines

, Volume 72, Issue 2, pp 433–438 | Cite as

Anti-oral common pathogenic bacterial active acetylenic acids from Thesium chinense Turcz

  • Chang Liu
  • Xiao-Tian Li
  • Rong-Rong Cheng
  • Zhu-Zhen Han
  • Li Yang
  • Zhong-Chen Song
  • Zheng-Tao WangEmail author
Original Paper


Discovery of agents for oral infectious diseases is always encouraged in natural products chemistry. A bioassay-guided isolation led to the isolation of two new acetylenic acids (1, 2) along with seven known ones (39) from the ethanol extract of Thesium chinense Turcz, a commonly used oral anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory herb. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic and chemical evidence. Exocarpic acid (3) demonstrated the most promising activity against three tested oral pathogenic bacterial strains, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Fusobacterium nucleatum, and Streptococcus mutans, with minimum inhibitory concentration values of 0.86, 3.43, and 13.70 μg/mL, respectively. Compounds 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 also showed potential activities against periodontal bacteria (P. gingivalis, F. nucleatum).


Acetylenic acids Thesium chinense Anti-oral pathogenic bacterial activity 



This work was financially supported by the Shanghai Science and Technology Development Foundation (17XD1403500).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chang Liu
    • 1
  • Xiao-Tian Li
    • 2
    • 3
  • Rong-Rong Cheng
    • 1
  • Zhu-Zhen Han
    • 1
  • Li Yang
    • 1
  • Zhong-Chen Song
    • 2
    • 3
  • Zheng-Tao Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.The MOE Key Laboratory for Standardization of Chinese Medicines and the SATCM Key Laboratory for New Resources and Quality Evaluation of Chinese Medicines, Institute of Chinese Materia MedicaShanghai University of Traditional Chinese MedicineShanghaiChina
  2. 2.Department of Periodontology, Ninth People’s HospitalShanghai Jiao Tong University School of MedicineShanghaiChina
  3. 3.Shanghai Key Laboratory of Stomatology & Shanghai Research Institute of StomatologyNational Clinical Research Center of StomatologyShanghaiChina

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