Synthesis of Chrysin, Quercetin and Naringin Nitroderivatives: Antiproliferative, Anti-Inflammatory and Antioxidant Activity

(E-pub Ahead of Print)

Author(s): Rosario Tavera-Hernández, Manuel Jiménez-Estrada*, Jesús J. Alvarado-Sansininea, Antonio Nieto-Camacho, Hugo López-Muñoz, Luis Sánchez-Sánchez, María L. Escobar

Journal Name: Letters in Drug Design & Discovery

Become EABM
Become Reviewer
Call for Editor


Background: Flavonoids are an important group of natural products because they possess a variety of biological activities such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer; the modification of their structure could improve their biological activities. The nitro group is included in diverse pharmaceuticals with a variety of biological activities, such as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents.

Objective: The study aimed at introducing a nitro group into the structure of flavonoids in order to observe how their antiproliferative, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities change.

Methods: In this investigation, we established diverse conditions of aromatic nitration of chrysin (1), quercetin (2) and naringin (3) flavonoids using bismuth (III) nitrate, acetic acid or Silica gel and NOx gases. The antiproliferative activity in CaSki, MDA and SK-LU-1 cancer cell lines, and the anti-inflammatory activity and antioxidant activity of flavonoids and nitro derivatives were evaluated as well.

Results: As a result, mild nitration conditions were established, and 8-nitrochrysin, 5’nitroquercetin and 3’nitronaringin were obtained. The number and hydroxyl group position in the flavonoid are important to carry out the nitration reaction. Although chrysin showed a higher antiproliferative activity than quercetin and naringin, the introduction of the nitro group at C-8 did not improve its antiproliferative, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities. On the other hand, the introduction of the nitro group at C-5̍ in quercetin structure was important to improve its antioxidant and antiproliferative activities on cancer cell lines. The introduction of the nitro group at C-3’ in naringin improved its anti-inflammatory activity, but not its antioxidant and antiproliferative activities. Chrysin, 8-nitrochrysin, quercetin and 5’-nitroquercetin did not show necrotic activity.

Conclusion: The introduction of a nitro group into flavonoids structure improved their antiproliferative, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, and these results promote future investigations of structural modification on 2- phenylbenzopyran skeleton to optimize their biological activity.

Keywords: Aromatic nitration, quercetin, naringin, chrysin, antiproliferative, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory

Rights & PermissionsPrintExport Cite as

Article Details

(E-pub Ahead of Print)
DOI: 10.2174/1570180818666210122162313
Price: $95

Article Metrics

PDF: 63