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Brazilian Journal of Botany

On-line version ISSN 1806-9959

Rev. bras. Bot. vol.29 no.3 São Paulo July/Sept. 2006

http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-84042006000300012 

Sulfated bromophenols from Osmundaria obtusiloba (C. Agardh) R. E. Norris (Rhodophyta, Ceramiales)

 

Bromofenóis sulfatados de Osmundaria obtusiloba (C. Agardh) R. E. Norris (Rhodophyta, Ceramiales)

 

 

Luciana Retz de CarvalhoI, 1; Silvia M.P. de Beauclair GuimarãesI; Nidia Franca RoqueII

IInstituto de Botânica, Seção de Ficologia, Caixa Postal 4005, 01061-970 São Paulo, SP, Brasil
IIInstituto de Química, Universidade Federal da Bahia, 40170-290 Salvador, BA, Brasil

 

 


ABSTRACT

Two new sulfated oligobromophenols from the marine red algae Osmundaria obtusiloba, 4-(1'-potassium sulfate, 2,3-dibromo, 1',4,5-trihydroxybenzyl) - 4''-(1'''-potassium sulfate, 2'',3''-dibromo, 1''',4'',5''-trihydroxybenzyl) sulfate and 1'-(2, 3-dibromo, 4-potassium sulfate, 1', 4, 5-trihydroxybenzyl) - 4''-(1''' potassium sulfate, 2'', 3''-dibromo, 1''', 4'', 5'' trihydroxybenzyl) sulfate, are herein reported. Besides them it was obtained 2, 2', 3, 3'-tetrabromo-4, 4', 5, 5'-tetrahydroxydiphenylmethane, 2, 3-dibromo-p-hydroxybenzyl methyl ether (methyl lanosol), dipotassium 2,3-dibromo-5-hydroxybenzyl 1',4-disulfate, 24-methylenecolest-5-en-3-b-ol and a-D-mannopyranosyl-(1®2')-glycerate (digeneaside). The structures were determined by analysis of the spectroscopic data (IR, NMR and MS) and comparison with the literature. The 13CNMR data for dipotassium 2,3-dibromo-5hydroxybenzyl-1',4-disulfate are described here for the first time. The present study also suggests a mild method to isolate and to purify sulfated compounds.

Key words: digeneaside, lanosol, Osmundaria obtusiloba, Rhodophyta, sulfated bromophenols


RESUMO

O estudo químico de Osmundaria obtusiloba (Rhodophyta, Ceramiales) resultou no isolamento de dois novos oligobromofenóis sulfatados, o 4''-(1'''-sulfato de potássio, 2'',3''-dibromo, 1''',4'',5''-trihidroxibenzil) sulfato de 4-(1'-sulfato de potássio, 2,3-dibromo, 1',4,5-trihidroxibenzila) e o 4''-(1'''-sulfato de potássio, 2'',3''-dibromo, 1''',4'',5''-trihidroxibenzil) sulfato de 1'-(2,3-dibromo, 4-sulfato de potássio, 1',4,5-trihidroxibenzila), além dos já conhecidos 2, 2', 3, 3'-tetrabromo-4, 4', 5, 5'-tetraidroxidifenilmetano, éter metílico do álcool 2, 3-dibromo-4, 5-diidroxibenzílico (metilato de lanosol), 1',4-dissulfato de potássio do 2,3-dibromo-1',4, 5-trihidroxibenzila, 24-metilenocolest-5-en-3-b-ol e ácido a-D-manopiranosil-(1®2')-glicérico (digeneasídeo). As análises estruturais dessas substâncias foram efetuadas com base nos dados espectroscópicos (IV, RMN e EM) e comparação com aqueles existentes na literatura. Os dados de RMN de 13C para o 1',4-dissulfato de potássio do 2,3-dibromo-1',4, 5-trihidroxibenzila estão sendo descritos aqui pela primeira vez. O presente trabalho também sugere um método brando para isolamento e purificação de substâncias sulfatadas.

Palavras-chave: bromofenóis sulfatados, digeneasídeo, lanosol, Osmundaria obtusiloba, Rhodophyta


 

 

Introduction

Sulfated compounds are common in the marine environment but among the metabolites of red seaweeds there are few known sulfated molecules other than polysaccharides (Kornprobst et al. 1998). Specifically in the family Rhodomelaceae, besides these polysaccharides produced as cell wall constituents, the only sulfated metabolites reported until now are dipotassium 2,3-dibromo-5-hydroxy benzyl-1',4-disulfate and disodium 2, 3, 6-tribromo-5-hydroxy-1',4-disulfate (Faulkner 1984, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, Higa 1981, Kurata & Amiya 1980). The first one was isolated from Halopithys, Odonthalia, Polysyphonia, Rhodomela and Osmundaria and the second was found only once, in Symphyocladia latiuscula. These two compounds are considered the precursors of the C-7 dihydroxylic bromophenols like 2, 3-dibromo-p-hydroxybenzyl alcohol (lanosol) and of oligobromophenols built-up of lanosol units (Higa 1981, Carvalho & Roque 2000); these bromophenols constitute the single group of secondary metabolites produced by Halopithys, Odonthalia, Polysyphonia, Rhodomela, Osmundaria and Symphyocladia.

These compounds are considered a chemical defense mechanism against marine herbivorous animals (Kurata et al. 1997) but only few of them were isolated, unequivocally identified and evaluated for biological activities (Carvalho & Roque 2000, Smit 2004). Of these substances that have been studied, lanosol shows antialgal and anti-inflammatory properties, it influences growth and morphology of marine macroalgae and stimulates seeds growth (Carvalho & Roque 2000); the diarylmethane-type bromophenol of Odonthalia corymbifera has potent feeding-deterrent activity, and from the same species, two oligomeric bromophenols were found to be inactivators of a-glycosidase (Kurata et al. 1997, Kuhiraha et al. 1999). Vidalol A and vidalol B are two anti-inflammatory oligobromophenols from Osmundaria obtusiloba (Wiemer et al. 1991).

Previous phytochemical investigations performed on species of Osmundaria resulted on the isolation of a halogenated diol (Kazlauskas et al. 1982), p-hydroxy benzyl alcohol, lanosol and vidalenone (Yoo 2002), Smethyl and N- methyl compounds (Patti & Morrone 1992) besides vidalol A and vidalol B (Wiemer et al. 1991).

The genus Osmundaria (Rhodophyta, Rhodomelaceae) comprises tropical, subtropical and warm temperate marine species. Osmundaria obtusiloba is distributed from the northeastern coast of Brazil up to Rio de Janeiro State.

Plant of Osmundaria obtusiloba (C. Agardh) R. E. Norris are characterized as follow: robust erect plants, 10-15 cm tall, axes flattened 3-4 mm wide, color dark red. Attached to the substratum by a discoid holdfast, ca. 1 cm diameter, giving rise to several flattened axes, ribbon-like, alternately-irregularly branched, with midrib conspicuous, margins smooth, apices involute. Internal structure composed of a central axial cell surrounded by 8 periaxial cells, 2 layers of medullary cells and a single-layered cortex. Midrib extensively corticated. Tetrasporangia structures borne in branchelets on the margins or on midrib proliferations.

The algae was found growing in the intertidal rock substratum in wave exposed sites at Parati beach, Anchieta County, Espírito Santo, forming a conspicuous population.

We here report the isolation of the two novel sulfated bromophenols 1 [4-(1'-potassium sulfate, 2,3-dibromo, 1',4,5-trihydroxybenzyl) - 4''-(1'''-potassium sulfate, 2'',3''-dibromo, 1''',4'',5''-trihydroxybenzyl) sulfate] and 2 [1'-(2, 3-dibromo, 4-potassium sulfate, 1', 4, 5-trihydroxybenzyl) - 4''-(1''' potassium sulfate, 2'', 3''-dibromo, 1''', 4'', 5'' trihydroxybenzyl) sulfate], besides the known substances 3 (2, 2', 3, 3'-tetrabromo-4, 4', 5, 5'-tetrahydroxydiphenylmethane), 4 (2, 3-dibromo-p-hydroxybenzyl methyl ether) and 5 (dipotassium 2,3-dibromo-5-hydroxybenzyl 1',4-disulfate), in addition to 24-methylenecolest-5-en-3-b-ol (6) and a-D-mannopyranosyl-(1®2)-glycerate (7), from Osmundaria obtusiloba (Rhodomelaceae, Ceramiales) (figure 1). The substance 5 was first characterized in 1975 based only on the 1H NMR and IR spectroscopy data (Weinstein et al. 1975). Herein, we had provided its 13C NMR and mass spectra.

 

Material and methods

Plant material – Plants of Osmundaria obtusiloba (C. Agardh) R.E. Norris were collected from the intertidal rocks of Parati beach, Anchieta County, Espírito Santo State, in September 03, 1994 and authenticated by Dr. Silvia M. P. B. Guimarães of the Seção de Ficologia, Instituto de Botânica (SP, Brazil). A voucher specimen (SP 317880) was deposited in the herbarium of Instituto de Botânica (SP, Brazil).

Extraction and isolation of the compounds 1 to 7 – The dried algal material (278 g) was extracted with MeOH (4 × 1.5 L), the combined extracts were concentrated under vacuum. The residue (23 g) was suspended in MeOH/H2O and partitioned successively with n-hexane and CH2Cl2. When n-hexane was added to the methanolic suspension, a precipitate was formed. This precipitate (4.3 g) was removed and dried.

The n-hexane fraction (5.4 g) was applied onto a silica gel column, which was eluted with CH2Cl2/MeOH (gradient) to yield 100 fractions. Fraction 33 (168 mg) was further chromatographed on a Florisil column eluting with CH2Cl2MeOH (gradient) to give compound 6 (16 mg).

The CH2Cl2 phase (3.2 g) was submitted to silica gel column chromatography using a step-wise gradient of CH2Cl2/EtOAc/MeOH. Material eluting with CH2Cl2 - 100% (340 mg) was further purified by Sephadex LH-20 to give 161 mg of methyl lanosol (4). Chromatography on Sephadex LH20 of the fractions eluted with CH2Cl2/EtOAc/MeOH (88:10:2) afforded substance 3 (3 mg).

The hydroalcoholic phase from the partition was evaporated to remove MeOH and freeze-dried. It was obtained 7 g of dried material that was applied onto a column of Amberlite XAD-2 and fractionated according to Piertrzyk (1989). Material eluting with H2O was purified by passing through a Sephadex G-10 column to yeld 5 (9 mg).

The precipitate was fractioned by Amberlite XAD-2 (Piertrzyk 1989); the first fraction, eluted with H2O, was further purified by Sephadex G-10 column, leading to the isolation of compounds 1 (120 mg), 2 (193 mg), and 7 (3.9 mg).

Acid hydrolysis of 2: compound 2 (100 mg) was refluxed with 2 M HCl (20 mL) on a steam bath (70-80 ºC) for 1 h. The reaction mixture was cooled, filtered, washed with water and dried. The hydrolysate 2a was analyzed by 1H NMR.

Methylation of 2a and 4: hydrolysate 2a (50 mg) was treated with excess of diazomethane prepared according to the procedure described by Haraguchi (1991). The methylated product was submitted to preparative tlc in CH2Cl2/meoh (99:1, v/v) to obtain 2b (3.1 mg) that was analyzed by 1H NMR. Compound 4 (10 mg) was treated by the same procedure described for 2a to obtain 4a (0.7 mg).

Structural analysis – Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra were measured on spectrometers Bruker AC-200 (200 and 50 MHz), DPX-300 (300 and 75 MHz), and Bruker DRX-500 (500 and 125 MHz), in CD3OD, CHCl3 and D2O, with internal TMS reference.

ESI-MS analysis were carried out on a Q-TOF Micro (Micromass Ltd, Manchester, UK) mass spectrometer fitted with an electrospray ion source, operated in positive mode. The capillary voltage was 3-3.5 kV and the sample cone voltages were 20-100 V. MS2 experiments were performed using argon collision gas at a pressure of 3.3 × 10-3 mbar, and a collision energy between 30 and 50 eV.

The infrared spectra (KBr) were recorded with a FT-IR 1750 Perkin-Elmer spectrophotometer.

 

Results and Discussion

The seven substances identified in O. obtusiloba are three sulfated bromophenols (1, 2 and 5), two bromphenols (3 and 4), one sterol (6) and one glyceride (7) (figure 1).

Compounds 3, 4, 6 and 7 were identified by comparison of their spectral data with published values (Kurata & Amiya 1977, Kubo et al. 1990, Karsten et al. 1995, Della Greca et al. 1991), respectively.

Compound 5 was analyzed for C7H4O9Br2 S2K2 by elemental analysis and gave quasi molecular ion peaks (M+ 532.4; 534.5 and 536.4) by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI - MS). IR spectrum indicated the presence of absorption bands due to hydroxyl groups at 3336 cm-1, phenyl rings at 1634, 1569 and 878 cm-1 and sulfate esters at 1247, 1050, 821, 634 and 589 cm-1. Its 1H-NMR spectrum showed a pentasubstituted aromatic ring at d 7.0 (1H, s) and a benzylic methoxymethylene group at d 4.9, (2H, s) (table 1) (Katsui et al. 1967). The carbon signals observed were: d 135.3; 115.9; 122.9; 138.7; 149.7 and 118.1 and one at d 71.1 (table 2). The IR spectrum and the elemental analysis data indicated that the sulfur was present as two sulfate ester groups. The HMQC spectrum had established correlations between the signals at d 118.1 and 7.0 (s, 1H), and 71.1 and 4.9 (s, 2H), confirming the position of the aromatic hydrogen.

 

 

 

 

Assignment of the ring carbons was made by comparison with previously described bromophenol 2,3-dibromo-p-hydroxybenzyl methyl ether (4), whose NMR data are well established (tables 1 and 2) (Kubo et al. 1990).

The comparison of 13C chemical shifts in 4 and 5 (table 2) demonstrated similarity between the substitution pattern of both pentasubstituted rings, with the two bromosubstituents in the positions 2, 3 and the dihydroxy groups at carbons 4 and 5.

Based on these informations, only three structural alternatives represented by the models 1, 2 and 3 (table 3) were possible for the compound 5. To determine the most probable one, experimentally determined carbon chemical shifts of 5 were compared with calculated 13C NMR shifts obtained by replacement of OH- by OSO3K groups on 2, 3-dibromo-p-hydroxybenzyl methyl ether molecule. These substituent effects are: ipso -2.8; orto +7.8; meta +1.6 and para +7.4 (Jensen & Ragan 1978).

 

 

The calculated 13C NMR shifts are in good agreement with the observed ones for model 1, being within the accuracy of the employed method (Jensen & Ragan 1978). So, 5 is identified as 2,3-dibromo-5-hydroxybenzyl 1',4-disulfate (model 1).

Compound 1 was an amorphous brown powder that rapidly oxidizes in air. Its quasi molecular formula for C14H8O14Br4 S3K2 was deduced from the [M + H]+ ion at m/z 970.3 in the electrospray ionization mass spectra (ESI –MS), as well as from the elemental analysis data. The IR spectrum showed the presence of groups OH at 3434 cm-1, phenyl ring at 1469 cm-1 and sulfate groups at 1274, 1230, 1063, 852, 643 and 589 cm-1.

The 13C NMR showed six aromatic carbons at d 150.7, 139.4, 136.4, 118.9 (CH), 116.6 and a methylenic one at 71.7 (table 2); the 1H NMR spectrum displayed two signals (each singlet) at d 7.0, due to an aromatic proton and at d 5.0 due to a methylenic group, the later band of double intensity in relation to the former (table 1). These NMR spectra showed the presence of a 2,3-dibromo-4,5-dihydroxy benzene moiety and were very similar to those of 5. However, there were some significant differences between them for mass spectra, which strongly suggested that 1 must contain two lanosol units put together in a symmetric way. Taking into account the existence of two potassium ions and three sulfur atoms in the molecule (two OSO3-K+ groups), symmetrical considerations require that one sulfur atom must pertain to the linkage between the two 2,3-dibromo-4,5-dihydroxy benzene moieties; therefore, the structure of this molecule should be represented by structure 1.

Compound 2 was also a solid soluble in water that oxidizes in air. Elemental analysis and mass spectrometric measures (ESI – MS) established molecular composition of C14H8O14Br4 S3K2 (M+ at m/z 966.43, 968.36, 970.42, 974.35 and 976.35) for this substance. The IR spectrum (KBr) (3479; 1450; 1256, 1196, 1051, 874, 656 and 577 cm-1) suggested the presence of phenolic ring and sulfate groups, similarly to compounds 5 and 1.

The 1H NMR spectrum of 2 (D2O) showed four peaks: d 7.2 (s, 1H), 7.0 (s, 1H), 4.9 (s, 2H) and 5.1 (s, 2H) (table 1); the 13C NMR spectra showed 12 aromatic and 2 methylenebenzylic peaks (table 2).

The examination of the 12 aromatic carbon NMR signals of 2 revealed two distinct sets of signals (each set belonging to an aromatic ring) that were nearly identical to the aromatic carbons of 5, leading to the conclusion that these two rings have the same substitution pattern (table 2).

The acid hydrolysis of compound 2 furnished 2a whose 1H NMR (CDCl3) spectrum showed only one peak in d 7.0 (aromatic region), suggesting that both aromatic rings became magnetically equivalent (table 1). Methylation of 2a gave the compound 2b which 1H NMR spectrum (CDCl3) presented a series of singlets at d 7.0 (aromatic), 4.5, 3.9 and 3.8 that matched with the signals observed in the 1H NMR spectrum for methylated lanosol (table1) (Katsui et al. 1967). These facts suggested that the compound 2 is constituted by two 2,3-dibromo-4,5-dihydroxybenzylic groups, arranged in an asymmetrical way.

According to elemental analysis, there are three sulfur atoms and two potassium ions in this molecule, and consequently two OSO3-K+ groups, besides a plain —OSO3. Carefully consideration of all these data allowed us to propose the structure 2 for this new bromophenol.

As previously suggested (Weinstein et al. 1975), sulfated bromophenols may currently exist in red algae and be responsible for the wide variety of bromophenols described in the literature that may arise as a result of either natural or artificial decomposition during the fractionation of the algal extracts.

We consider that it was possible to isolate 1 and 2 because of the mild conditions employed in the extraction and in the samples concentration and because of the use of the sorbent XAD-2; this polymer is applied for the isolation of sulfated substances from biological samples (Lingeman & Tjaden 1990) and considered efficient for the separation of phenolic polymers from algal extracts (Gregson & Daly 1982).

Compound 4 (2, 3-dibromo-p-hydroxybenzyl methyl ether) was previously reported to display antialgal and anti-inflammatory properties, to influence growth and morphology of algae and to stimulate lettuce and rice seeds growth (Carvalho & Roque 2000).

Acknowledgments - S.M.P.B. Guimarães thanks CNPq for the research fellow grant

 

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(received: November 10, 2005; accepted: July 27, 2006)

 

 

1 Corresponding author: lretz@uol.com.br