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Revista Brasileira de Farmacognosia

versión impresa ISSN 0102-695X

Rev. bras. farmacogn. vol.20 no.6 Curitiba dic. 2010  Epub 19-Nov-2010 

Structure elucidation of a flavonoid glycoside from the roots of Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon, Lamiaceae



S. S. BhujbalI, *; R. K. NandaI; R. S. DeodaI; Dinesh KumarI; S. M. KewatkarI; L. S. MoreI; M. J. PatilII

IDepartment of Pharmacognosy, Pad Dr D. Y. Patil Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Research, Pune-411018, India
IIMarathawada Mitra Mandal's, College of Pharmacy, Pune-411017, India




Apigenin-7-glucoside, C21H20O10 (7-(β-D-glucopyranosyloxy)-5-hydroxy-2-(4-hydroxyphenyl)-4H-1-benzopyran-4-one), was first time isolated from the roots of Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon, Lamiaceae. Structure elucidation of the compound was carried out by 1H NMR and FAB-MS studies.

Keywords: Apigenin, Clerodendrum serratum, FAB-mass spectroscopy.


Apigenin-7-glucosídeo, C21H20O10 (7-(β-D-glucopiranosiloxi)-5-hidroxi-2-(4-hidroxifenil)-4H-1-benzopiran-4-ona), foi isolado pela primeira vez das raízes de Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon, Lamiaceae. A elucidação estrutural da susbtância foi feita através de estudos de 1H NMR e FAB-MS.




Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon, Lamiaceae, is a deciduous shrub distributed in the forests of Western Ghats of India (Manjunatha et al., 2004). In Indian system of medicine, the plant is well known as Bharangi (Sanskrit) and commonly known as Blue glory (English). As per the traditional claims roots are potential source of drugs for ailments such as asthma, cholera, and rheumatism (Keshavamurthy, 1994). Phytochemically the root bark extract contain D-mannitol, stigmasterols and three triterpenoids - oleanolic acid, queretaric acid and cerratagenic acid (Banarjee, 1969). This communication reports the structure elucidation of apigenin-7-glucoside (1), a new flavonoid glycoside from the roots of the plant.




Melting points were measured on Buchi 545 B, UV Spectra was recorded on Shimadzu 1801, IR spectrum was recorded on Parkin Elmer FT-IR spectrophotometer, FAB-MS was recorded on a Jeol SX 102/Da-600 mass spectrophotometer and 1H-NMR spectra was recorded on Varian Mercury YH-300 MHz.

Plant material

Roots of Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon, Lamiaceae, were collected from foothills of Sinhagad Pune (India), and authenticated by Botanical Survey of India, Pune with voucher specimen no. SSBC1. A herbarium was also deposited for future reference.

Extraction and isolation

Roots were shade dried for a week and powdered. Powdered material (500 g) was extracted using sSoxhlet apparatus with 95% ethanol for about 36 h. The extract was filtered and concentrated in vacuum under reduced pressure using rotary flash evaporator. A dark brown colored viscous mass weighing 50 g (10.0% w/w) was obtained. The extract (10 g) was treated with lead acetate, resulting an yellow precipitate which was then suspended in methanol, treated with hydrogen sulphide to remove the lead and then filtered. After evaporating the filtrate, the residue was treated with boiling water and extracted with ether. The concentrated ether fraction was extracted with sodium hydrogen carbonate solution and acidified with hydrochloric acid. Recrystallization from alcohol-water resulted a yellowish brown amorphous solid (30 mg) which was further subjected to spectral analysis.



Apigenin-7-glucoside (1) was obtained as yellowish brown amorphous solid having the melting point 178-180 ºC. The compound also gave positive color reactions for a hydroxyl flavone with several reagents (Kaneta, 1971). Spectral data for apigenin-7-glucoside as UV-Vis: (ethanol) λmax; 247, 352. FT-IR: (KBR) (cm-1); 3402, 2920, 2850, 1631, 597. 1H-NMR (300 MHz, TMS, DMSO d6): δ (ppm); 3.5 (t, J=3.6, H-3, CH), 3.8 (t, J=1.8, 2-H, CH2OH), 4.0 (q, J=31.5,1-H, CH-O), 4.7 (t, J=19.5, 1-H, CH2OH), 4.9 (d, J=22.5, 3-H, OH), 6.0 (d, J=18.3, 1-H, CH-O), 6.7 (s, 3-H, Ar C-H), 7.1 (d, J=6.9 4-H, Ar C-H), 8.5 (s, 2-H, Ar-OH). FAB-MS: m/z; 433 [M+H]+; 432[M+], 271(glucose residue). Molecular formula: C21H20O10; Cal. C-58.282%, H-4.662% found; C-58.10%, H-4.59%. From these spectral studies the compound isolated thus confirms of apigenin-7-glucoside.




Flavonoids are benzo-pyrone derivatives, which resemble coumarin and are ubiquitous in photosynthesing cells. Their occurrence is therefore widespread in the plant kingdom and about 500 varieties of flavonoids are known (Hausteen, 1983). Previous studies suggests that apigenin-7-glucoside (1) has demonstrated anti-inflammatory (Fuchs & Milbradt, 1993), antimicrobial (Pereira et al., 2007), hepatoprotective (Barbenko & Shakhova, 2003) and antidiarrheal properties (Meite et al., 2009). The compound also showed significant protection against Alzheimer's disease in mice (Patil et al., 2003). The above literature review describes its importance and therapeutic significance. This communication highlights a new potential source of its occurrence in the roots of Clerodendrum serratum (L.) Moon, Lamiaceae that are widely available throughout the western ghats of India and also explores an opportunity for further research on the biological activity of this group of compounds. As a result, the chances of discovering new plant constituents that may be biologically active are promising.



Authors thank the Director and Principal, Pad. Dr. D. Y. Patil Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research, Pune (India) for providing excellent facilities to carry out the research work. Thanks are also due to Dept. of SAIF, Lucknow and Dept. of SATC, University of Pune, Pune, for their support during spectral analysis.



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