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Journal of the Brazilian Chemical Society

Print version ISSN 0103-5053On-line version ISSN 1678-4790

J. Braz. Chem. Soc. vol.14 no.1 São Paulo Jan./Feb. 2003 



New spectral data of some flavonoids from Deguelia hatschbachii A.M.G. Azevedo



Aderbal F. MagalhãesI; Ana M. G. A. TozziII; Eva G. MagalhãesI; Valéria R. de S. MoraesI

IInstituto de Química, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, CP 6154, 13084-971 Campinas, SP, Brazil
Instituto de Biologia, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, CP 6109, 13083-970 Campinas, SP, Brazil

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Entre os flavonóides isolados de Deguelia hatschbachii1 encontram-se escandenina (1), robustato de metila (2) e 4',5-diidroxi-6-(3,3-dimetilalila)-7-metoxiflavanona (3) que foram identificados pela comparação dos dados espectroscópicos previamente publicados. A obtenção de novos dados espectroscópicos (RMN, RMN-2D e EM/EM) permitiu a atribuição dos deslocamentos químicos de todos os hidrogênios e carbonos nos espectros de RMN 1H e 13C destas substâncias, assim como a elucidação dos caminhos de fragmentação de 1-3 no espectrômetro de massas.


From the roots of Deguelia hatschbachii, the known flavonoids scandenin (1), methyl robustate (2) and 4',5- dihydroxy-6-(3,3-dimethylalyll)-7-methoxy flavanone (3) were isolated and characterized by comparison of their spectroscopic data with those found in the literature. Now the inclusion of 1D- and 2D-NMR and MS/MS data has allowed the complete assignment of all hydrogen and carbon chemical shifts in their NMR spectra, as well as the elucidation of the fragmentation pathways of 1-3 in the mass spectrometer.

Keywords: Deguelia hatschbachii, Leguminosae, 4-hydroxy-3-phenylcoumarins, flavanone




Deguelia hatschbachii A. M. G. Azevedo (Leguminosae-Fabaceae) is a new species native to Brazil. It is a medium sized tree, 3-6 m in height, with pink flowers and can be found in the East-south of Minas Gerais State and in the region of Mata Atlântica along the states of Espírito Santo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

In a previous report1 we described the structural determination of five new compounds, which were isolated together with eight known ones from the roots of D. hatschbachii.

Since the 1H and 13C NMR literature data for compounds 1-3 are incomplete (Figure 1), in this paper we report the complete assignment of 1H and 13C NMR spectral data of 1-3 by using 1D- and 2D- NMR techniques as well as the fragmentation pathways of 1 and 3 in the mass spectrometer, based on MS/MS experiments.




General experimental procedures

1H NMR (300 and 500 MHz), 13C NMR (75 MHz), 1H-13C HETCOR J1CH and 1H-13C COLOC JnCH (n=2 and 3) spectra were recorded using BRUKER AC 300/P, GEMINI 2000 (VARIAN), GEMINI 300 BB (VARIAN) and INOVA 500 (VARIAN) spectrometers, with TMS as internal standard and CDCl3 as solvent. Chemical shifts (d) are in ppm and the coupling constants (J) in Hertz (Hz).

EIMS 70 eV, direct probe, MS/MS experiments were performed in a VG Auto Spec-Fisions Instrument by using electron ionization technique at 70 eV (linked scan at 8KeV collisions with Helium).

Plant material, extraction and isolation1

4,4'-dihydroxy-3-phenyl-5-methoxy-6-(3,3- dimethylallyl)-2",2"-dimethylchromene (5",6":8,7)-coumarin (1, Scandenin). 1H NMR spectral data (300 Mhz, CDCl3/TMS): Table 1. 13C NMR spectral data (75 MHz, CDCl3): Table 2. EIMS (probe) 70 eV, m/z (rel. int.): 434 [M]+ (100), 419 [M-Me]+ (70), 391 [M-Me-CO]+ (4), 379 [M-55]+ (3), 363 [M-Me-56]+ (3), 300 [M-134]+ (7), 285 [M-134-Me]+ (66), 245 [M-189]+ (12), 257 [M-134-Me-CO]+ (12).





4, 5, 4'-trimethoxy-3-phenyl-2", 2"-dimethylchromene (5", 6": 6,7) coumarin (2, Methyl robustate). 1H NMR spectral data (300 MHz, CDCl3/TMS): Table 1. 13C NMR spectral data (75 MHz, CDCl3): Table 2. EIMS (probe) 70 eV, m/z (rel. int.): 394 [M]+ (33), 379 [M-Me]+ (100), 366 [M-CO]+ (1), 351 [M-CO-Me]+ (2), 135 [M-CO-Me-216]+ (12).

5, 4'-dihydroxy-6-(3,3-dimethylallyl)-7-methoxyflavanone (3). 1H NMR spectral data (500 MHz, CDCl3/TMS): Table 1. 13C NMR spectral data (75 MHz, CDCl3): Table 2. EIMS (probe) 70 eV, m/z (rel. int.): 354 [M]+ (100), 339 [M-Me]+ (29), 311 [M-Me-CO]+ (28), 299 [M-55]+ (27), 234 [M-120]+ (11), 219 [M-120-Me]+ (43), 206 [M-120-CO]+ (20), 191 [M-120-CO-Me]+ (17), 179 [M-175] (56), 120 [M-234]+ (18), 119 [(M+H)- 234]+ (8), 91 [(M+H)- 234-CO]+ (13).


Results and Discussion

Scandenin 1 was previously isolated from Derris spruceana2 and Derris scandens.3 We now report, for the first time, its 13C NMR spectral data (Table 2). The carbon resonances were identified by extensive 2D- NMR correlation experiments [HETCOR and COLOC] (Table 3).



Based on MS/MS experiments selecting the ions of m/z 419 [391 (6%), 285 (100%)], m/z 300 [285 (100%), 269 (22%), 257 (48%), 245 (65%), 229 (17%)] e m/z 134 [106 (100%)] we can confirm the fragmentation pathway4 for this compound (Figure 2).



Methyl robustate 2 was previously isolated from Derris robusta5 when only UV, IR and low resolution 1H NMR (60 MHz) spectral data were reported. We now include 1H (300 MHz), 13C NMR data (Tables 1 and 2) and the fragmentation pathway for this compound (Figure 3).



The 1H NMR spectrum of compound 3 showed the same absorptions found for the flavanone previously isolated from Lonchocarpus minimiflorus,6 when only MS and low resolution 1H NMR (90 MHz) spectral data were reported. 1D- and 2D- NMR experiments allowed the full assignment of all hydrogen and carbon shift values (Tables 1, 2, 4 and 5).





Based on MS/MS experiments selecting the ions of m/z 339 [219 (26%)], m/z 206 [191 (27%)] and m/z 234 [219 (41%), 206 (11%), 191 (5%), 179 (24%)] we can suggest a fragmentation pathway for this compound (Figure 4).




The combination of 1D- and 2D-NMR techniques has allowed the complete assignment of the 1H and 13C spectral data of the known flavonoids 1-3, until now not found in the literature.

Our results will fill the gap in literature data for these compounds, which are rarely found in nature and can be used to facilitate further assignments of other analogous flavonoids.



The authors are grateful to Brazilian agencies CNPq and CAPES for scholarships awarded to Dr. V. R. S. M. and to FAPESP for financial support.



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Aderbal F. Magalhães

Received: August 27, 2001
Published on the web: October 29, 2002
FAPESP helped in meeting the publication costs of this article.

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