Chalcone derivatives from the fern Cyclosorus parasiticus and their anti-proliferative activity.Food Chem Toxicol. 2013 Oct; 60:147-52.FC
Three new chalcone derivatives, named parasiticins A-C (1-3), were isolated from the leaves of Cyclosorus parasiticus, together with four known chalcones, 5,7-dihydroxy-4-phenyl-8-(3-phenyl-trans-acryloyl)-3,4-dihydro-1-benzopyran-2-one (4), 2'-hydroxy-4',6'-dimethoxychalcone (5), 2',4'-dihydroxy-6'-methoxy-3',5'-dimethylchalcone (6), 2',4'-dihydroxy-6'-methoxy-3'-methylchalcone (7). The chemical structures of the new isolated compounds were elucidated unambiguously by spectroscopic data analysis. The cytotoxic activities of compounds 1-7 were evaluated against six human cancer cell lines in vitro. Compounds 3 and 6 exhibited substantial cytotoxicity against all six cell lines, especially toward HepG2 with the IC₅₀ values of 1.60 and 2.82 μM, respectively. Furthermore, we demonstrated that compounds 3 and 6 could induce apoptosis in the HepG2 cell line, which may contribute significantly to their cytotoxicity.