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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1-6

Kigelia africana fruit: Constituents, bioactivity, and reflection on composition disparities

1 National Center for Natural Products Research, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 38655, USA
2 National Center for Natural Products Research; Department of BioMolecular Sciences, Division of Pharmacognosy, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS, 38655, USA

Date of Submission21-Jan-2017
Date of Acceptance13-Mar-2017
Date of Web Publication9-Jan-2018

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Ikhlas A Khan
National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi, University, MS, 38677
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DOI: 10.4103/wjtcm.wjtcm_15_17

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Objective: Kigelia africana, a tropical tree, which has long been used in African traditional medicine. The objective of the current study has been identifying the constituents of K. africana and verifying its utilities in traditional medicine. Materials and Methods: The methanol extract of K. africana fruits was subjected to chromatographic fractionation utilizing different techniques. The methanol extract together with the isolated compounds were tested for their bioactivities in a series of cell-based assays. Results: The current work led to isolation and characterization of nine constituents including iridoid glycosides, phenylpropanoid derivatives, and a eucommiol derivative. The hexanes extract caused inhibition of the opportunistic yeast; Cryptococcus neoformans Pinh. The chloroform extract exhibited substantial antileishmanial activity of Leishmania donovani. Verminoside (1) showed weak inhibition of the CB1, CB2, and Kappa opioid receptors. Compound 4 exhibited weak inhibition of the Kappa and Mu opioid receptors. The hexanes and the chloroform extracts of K. africana exhibited inhibitory activity against the pathogenic parasite Trypanosoma brucei. The ethyl acetate extract showed the same activity. Conclusions: This is the first report on the isolation of coniferyl 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (7), a eucommiol derivative (crescentin IV) (6), and 6-feruloylcatalpol (4) from the genus Kigelia. It is also the first report on the separation of ajugol (2), catalpol (3), and specioside (5) from the fruits of K. africana. Revision of the 1H and 13C-NMR spectra of 6-feruloylcatalop (4) and 6-p-hydroxycinnamoylcatalpol (5, specioside) is described. Further, the results of the in vitro assays corroborate the traditional utility of this plant in medicine.

Keywords: Anticryptoccocal, antileishmanial, cannabinoid receptors, Kigelia africana, opioid receptors

How to cite this article:
Osman AG, Ali Z, Chittiboyina AG, Khan IA. Kigelia africana fruit: Constituents, bioactivity, and reflection on composition disparities. World J Tradit Chin Med 2017;3:1-6

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Osman AG, Ali Z, Chittiboyina AG, Khan IA. Kigelia africana fruit: Constituents, bioactivity, and reflection on composition disparities. World J Tradit Chin Med [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Oct 3];3:1-6. Available from: https://www.wjtcm.net/text.asp?2017/3/4/1/222605

  Introduction Top

Kigelia africana (Lam.) Benth., syn. Kigelia pinnata (Jacq.) D. C. or sausage tree is a tropical tree belonging to the family Bignoniaceae and is endemic to different regions in Africa. Kigelia is a highly variable (chemically and morphologically) but monospecific genus and grows over a wide region that extends from Senegal to Ethiopia to the northern parts of South Africa. The fruits are the most popularly used plant part in traditional medicine.[1]

K. africana fruit has been used in traditional medicine for gynecological disorders, skin illnesses, tumors, male infertility, topical application for wound healing,[2] bacterial infections,[3] fungal infection,[4],[5] psoriasis, eczema, dysentery, malaria, diabetes, pneumonia, ulcers, rheumatism, and as anti-inflammatory [6],[7] and for cancer.[8],[9]K. africana fruit extract exhibited also a moderate antioxidant activity.[10] In South Africa, the fruits of K. africana are used topically in the treatment of sores, ulcers, and skin inflammation/infections.[11] The ethanol extract of fruits reportedly displayed anticancer activity in vitro and in animal models.[12] Moreover, the methanol extract exhibited antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects in a dose-dependent manner in animal models.[6] Furthermore, the methanolic extract showed mild antimicrobial activity.[13] In some African countries, the fruit infusion is used as a remedy for rheumatism and back pain,[1] whereas in South Africa, it is used against skin cancer that often develops upon excessive exposure to the sun.[14]Kigelia extract demonstrated an ability to protect the liver against hepatotoxicity induced by acetaminophen.[15]

Several constituents have been isolated from kigelia, and their structures were assigned on the basis of spectroscopic analysis. The reported compounds include iridoids,[16],[17],[18] isocoumarins,[19] naphthoquinones,[20] phenylpropanoids and phenylethanoids,[21] furanone derivatives,[17] flavonoids,[22] and sterols.[23]

In the current work, a phytochemical investigation was conducted aiming at the isolation and characterization of the constituents of a collection of K. africana fruits acquired from Fairchild Botanic Garden, Florida, USA. The study resulted in the separation and identification of nine compounds, five iridoid glucosides, namely, verminoside (1),[18],[19],[20],[21],[22],[23],[24] ajugol (2),[25] catalpol (3), 6-feruloylcatalpol (4),[26] and specioside (5),[27] one eucommiol derivative, crescentin IV (6),[28] and three phenylpropanoids including coniferyl 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (7),[29] caffeic acid (8), and verbascoside (9).[30]

  Materials and Methods Top

General experimental procedures

An Agilent Technologies 6200 series mass spectrometer was employed for MS. 1D- and 2D-NMR experiments were recorded on a Varian Dual Broadband Probe 400 MHz or Bruker DRX-500 or Bruker Avance III 600 MHz spectrometer using C5D5N or CD3 OD as solvents, with the solvent peaks serving as an internal standard. The specific rotation was measured on an AUTOPOL IV Automatic Polarimeter (Rudolph, Hackettstown, NJ, USA). UV spectra were recorded on a Varian Cary 50 Bio UV-visible spectrophotometer. IR spectra were recorded on an Agilent Technologies Cary 630 FTIR. Column chromatography (CC) was performed over flash silica gel (32–63 μm, dynamic adsorbents, Inc.) and reversed-phase C-18 (Polar bond, J. T. Baker). Analytical thin-layer chromatography (TLC) was performed on silica gel F254 aluminum sheet (20 cm × 20 cm, Fluka) or Silica 60 RP-18 F254S aluminum sheet (20 cm × 20 cm, Merck). The detection was performed at UV-254 nm. Spots were visualized by spraying with 1% vanillin (Sigma) in conc. H2 SO4-EtOH (10:90) followed by heating for 2 min. Analytical grade solvents (Fischer chemicals) were used for isolation and purification procedures.

Plant materials

The plant material was acquired from Fairchild Botanic Garden, Florida, in October 2012, voucher NCNPR #13050, and the identity of K. africana was confirmed by Dr. Vijayasankar Raman, a botanist at National Center for Natural Products Research, School of Pharmacy, University of Mississippi.


The milled air-dried fruits of K. africana (1.0 kg) were extracted with MeOH (2.5 L × 10) at room temperature. The solvent was evaporated to dryness under reduced pressure. The dried extract (115 g) was shaken with CHCl3 (200 mL) to remove lipophilic substances (28 g). Then, the MeOH extract (82 g) was suspended in H2O (150 mL) and partitioned sequentially with hexanes, EtOAc, and n-BuOH to afford 190 mg, 2.69 g, and 20.5 g of dried extracts, respectively.

Isolation of the constituents of Kigelia africana fruits

Fractionation/isolation of the n-BuOH extract

The n-BuOH extract (20.0 g) was subjected to normal phase silica gel CC (113 cm × 2.7 cm) using gradients of EtOAc/MeOH (10:1 → 10:1.5). The resulting fractions were pooled on the basis of TLC profiles to provide four combined subfractions (A-D). Fraction A (181 mg) was further segregated on normal phase silica gel CC, using gradients of MeOH in EtOAc (5% → 100%) to yield verminoside (1) (37 mg). Fraction B (72 mg) was purified on reversed phase (C18) silica column, using PK16 Supelco LC-18 10 g/60 mL, and gradients of H2O in MeOH (95% → 5%) to yield coniferyl 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (7) (8.5 mg). Fraction C (376 mg) was fractionated on normal phase silica gel CC (113 cm × 2.7 cm), using ClCH3:MeOH:H2O (9:1:0.1), followed by ClCH3:MeOH:H2O (8:2:0.25) for elution to yield the iridoid glucoside (2) (80 mg), eucommiol derivative (6) (6 mg), and catalpol (3) (30 mg).

Fraction D (1.64 g) was separated employing normal phase silica CC (113 cm × 2.7 cm), using ClCH3:MeOH: H2O (9:1:0.1) followed by ClCH3:MeOH:H2O (8:2:0.25) for elution to afford additional amounts of catalpol (3) (200 mg).

Fractionation/isolation of the EtOAc extract

A portion of the EtOAc extract (1.7 g) was subjected to silica gel (33 g) CC, using a gradient of MeOH in CH2 Cl2 (10% → 30%) to yield 16 pooled fractions. Caffeic acid (30.0 mg) (8) was found in pure state in fraction 2. Fr. 7 (62 mg) was further purified on C18 reversed-phase silica CC employing PK16 Supelco LC-18 10 g/60 mL and using a gradient of H2O in MeOH (95% → 5%) to yield 6-feruloycatalpol (4) (5.3 mg). Verminoside (1, 215 mg) was found in pure state in fraction 7. Verbascoside (9, 32.3 mg) was purified from fraction 13 (172 mg) by chromatographing over C18 reversed-phase silica employing PK16 Supelco LC-18 10 g/60 mL and using gradient of H2O in MeOH (95% → 5%). Fraction 9 (59 mg) was further purified using centrifugal circular chromatography over silica gel with a gradient of MeOH in CH2 Cl2 (5% → 15%) to yield specioside (5, 5.7 mg).


Antifungal activity

In vitro antimicrobial assay

All organisms used for the biological evaluation were obtained from the American Type Culture Collection (Manassas, VA) and include the fungi Candida albicans ATCC 90028, Candida glabrata ATCC 90030, Candida krusei ATCC 6258, Cryptococcus neoformans ATCC 90113, and Aspergillus fumigatus ATCC 90906 and the bacteria methicillin-resistant S. aureus ATCC 43300 (MRS),  Escherichia More Details coli ATCC 35218, Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853, and Mycobacterium intracellulare ATCC 23068. Susceptibility testing was performed using a modified version of the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (formerly National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards) methods.[31]M. intracellulare was tested using a modified method.[32] Samples were serially diluted in 20% DMSO/saline and transferred in duplicate to 96-well flat bottom microplates. Microbial inocula were prepared by correcting the OD630 of microbe suspensions in incubation broth to yield final target inocula. Ciprofloxacin (ICN Biomedicals, Ohio) for bacteria and amphotericin B (ICN Biomedicals, Ohio) for fungi are included as positive controls in each assay. All organisms were read at either 630 nm using the EL-340 Biokinetics Reader (Bio-Tek Instruments, Vermont) or 544ex/590em, (M. intracellulare and A. fumigatus) using the Polarstar Galaxy Plate Reader (BMG LabTechnologies, Germany) before and after incubation. Percent growth was plotted versus test concentration to yield the IC50.

Antileishmanial activity

In vitro antileishmanial and antitrypanosomiasis activity

The different extracts and purified compounds of K. Africana were tested for their antiprotozoal activity against Leishmania donovani promastigotes. They were also examined against T. brucei trypomastigotes forms. The in vitro antileishmanial and antitrypanosomal assays were done on cell cultures of L. donovani promastigotes, axenic amastigotes, THP1-amastigotes, and T. brucei trypomastigotes by Alamar Blue assays as described elsewhere.[33] The promastigotes were grown in RPMI 1640 medium supplemented with 10% fetal calf serum (Gibco Chem., Co.) at 26°C. A 3-day-old culture was diluted to 5 × 105 promastigotes/mL. Drug dilutions were prepared directly in cell suspension in 96-well plates. The plates were incubated at 26°C for 48 h and the growth of leishmania promastigotes was determined by the Alamar blue assay as described earlier. Standard fluorescence was measured on a Fluostar Galaxy plate reader (BMG Lab Technologies). Extracts are tested at concentrations of 80 μg/mL in duplicate and the percent inhibitions (% inhibition) are calculated relative to negative and positive controls. Pentamidine and Amphotericin B were used as the standard antileishmanial agents. IC50 values were computed from dose-response curves as above.

Inhibition of the cannabinoid and the opioid receptors

Cell lines and cell culture

Cell Culture

HEK293 cells (ATCC #CRC-1573) were stably transfected through electroporation with full-length human recombinant cDNA for cannabinoid receptor subtypes 1 and 2 (obtained from Origene). These cells were maintained in a Dulbecco's modified Eagles's medium/F-12 (50/50) nutrient mixture supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum, 1% penicillin/streptomycin, or 1% G418 sulfate (Geneticin), depending on the cell line. Percentages are based on a total media volume of 500 mL. Both cannabinoid cell lines were kept at 37°C and 5% CO2. Membranes were prepared by scraping the cells in a 50 mM Tris-HCl buffer, homogenized through sonication, and centrifuged for 40 min at 13,650 rpm at 4°C. These were kept at 80°C until used for binding and functional assays. Protein concentration was determined through Bio-Rad protein assay.

Radioligand binding for cannabinoid receptor subtypes

In the primary bioassay screen, compounds were tested at a final concentration of 10 μM for competitive binding to the respective receptor. For the cannabinoid receptor assays, test compounds were added into a 96-well plate followed by 0.6 nM [3H] CP-55,940 and 10 μg of cannabinoid membrane resuspended in 50 mM Tris (pH 7.4), 154 mM NaCl, and 20 mM Di-Na-EDTA supplemented with 0.02% BSA. For the opioid receptor assays, saturated experiments were performed to determine optimal radiolegand ([3 H] enkephalin and [3 H] DAMGO) and membrane concentrations. The cannabinoid assay was allowed to incubate at 37°C for 90 min. The reaction was then terminated by rapid filtration using GF/C (presoaked in 0.3% BSA) and washed with the buffer. Dried filters were then covered with scintillant and measured for the amount of radioligand retained using a Perkin-Elmer Topcount (Perkin-Elmer Life Sciences, Inc., Boston, MA, USA). Nonspecific binding, which was determined in the presence of 1 μM CP-55,940 for cannabinoid receptors, was subtracted from the total binding to yield the specific-binding values. Compounds showing competitive inhibition of the labeled ligand to bind to the receptor at 50% or greater were tested in a dose-response curve with concentrations of the test compound ranging from 300 μM to 1.7 nM.

Ajugol (2)

Resinous material, [α]22.5D= −81.1 (c 0.185, MeOH),1 H-NMR (400 MHz, CD3 OD)

  • 1 H-:δ 5.48 (1H, d, J = 2.2 Hz, H-1), 6.18 (1H, dd, J = 6.3. 2.1 Hz, H-3), 4.90 (1H, obscured under moisture, H-4), 2.57 (1H, dd, J = 9.4, 1.5 Hz, H-5), 3.95 (1H, m, H-6), 2.06 (1H, dd, J = 13.4, 5.6 Hz, H-7a), 1.82 (1H, dd, J = 13.4, 4.5 Hz, H-7b), 2.75 (1H, dd, J = 9.4, 2.2 Hz, H-9), 1.34 (3H, s, H-10), 4.67 (1H, d, J = 8.0 Hz, H-1′), 3.23 (1H, t, J = 8.0 Hz, H-2′), 3.32 (2H, overlapped, H-4′, 5′), 3.39 (1H, m, H-3′), 3.69 (1H, dd, J = 11.9, 5.4 H-6′a), 3.90 (1H, dd, J = 11.9, 1.6 Hz, H-6′b),13 C-NMR 13 C-NMR (100 MHz, CD3 OD)
  • 92.8 (C-1), 139.5 (C-3), 105.0 (C-4), 40.4 (C-5), 76.9 (C-6), 49.1 (C-7), 78.6 (C-8), 50.9 (C-9), 24.4 (C-10), 98.5 (C-1′), 73.9 (C-2′), 77.0 (C-3′), 70.8 (C-4′), 77.2 (C-5′), 61.9 (C-6′).

6-Feruloylcatalpol (4)

Resinous residue,1 H-NMR 1 H-NMR (400 MHz, CD3 OD)

  • δ 5.27 (1H, d, J = 9.2 Hz, H-1), 6.49 (1H, d, J = 4.3 Hz, H-3), 5.09 (1H, d, J = 5.8 Hz, H-4), 2.72 (1H, m, H-5), 5.14 (1H, d, J = 7.7 Hz, H-6), 3.80 (1H, s, H-7), 2.72 (1H, d, J = 8.7 Hz, H-9), 3.93 (1H, d, J = 13.2 Hz, H-10a), 4.27 (1H, d, J = 13.2 Hz, H-10b), 7.34 (1H, d, J = 1.8 Hz, H-2′), 6.93 (1H, d, J = 8.2 Hz, H-5′), 7.21 (1H, dd, J = 8.2, 2.0 Hz, H-6′), 4.87 (1H, d, (obscured under moisture, H-1′′), 3.37 (1H, m, H-2′′), 3.50 (1H, m, H-3′′), 3.37 (1H, br s, H-4″), 3.41 (1H, m, H-5″), 3.76 (1H, d, J = 6.4 Hz, H-6″a), 4.02 (1H, m, H-6″b), 6.54 (1H, d, J = 15.9 Hz, H-α), 7.77 (1H, d, J = 15.9 Hz, H-β), 3.89 (3H, s, OMe).13 C-NMR 13 C-NMR (100 MHz, CD3 OD)
  • δ 95.7 (C-1), 142.5 (C-3), 103.0 (C-4), 36.8 (C-5), 81.3 (C-6), 60.3 (C-7), 66.9 (C-8), 43.2 (C-9), 61.3 (C-10), 127.6 (C-1′), 111.9 (C-2′), 149.4 (C-3′), 150.8 (C-4′), 116.6 (C-5′), 124.4 (C-6′), 115.0 (C-α), 147.5 (C-β), 168.8 (C = O), 99.7 (C-1′′), 74.9 (C-2′′), 77.7 (C-3′′), 71.8 (C-4′′), 78.7 (C-5′′), 63.0 (C-6′′), 56.6 (OMe).

Specioside (5)

Resinous residue,1 H-NMR (500 MHz, CD3 OD): δ 5.16 (1H, d, J = 9.0 Hz, H-1), 6.36 (1H, d, J = 3.4 Hz, H-3), 4.97 (1H, d, J = 4.0 Hz, H-4), 2.62 (1H, m, H-5), 5.02 (1H, d, J = 7.05 Hz, H-6), 3.69 (1H, s, H-7), 2.60 (1H, m, H-9), 3.82 (1H, d, J = 13.4 Hz, H-10a), 4.16 (1H, d, J = 13.2 Hz, H-10b), 4.78 (1H, d, J = 7.9 Hz, H-1′′), 3.26 (1H, m, H-2′′), 3.41 (1H, m, H-3′′), 3.25 (1H, m, H-4″), 3.31 (1H, m, H-5″), 3.62 (1H, m, H-6″a), 3.92 (1H, m, H-6″b), 7.47 (2H, d, J = 8.3 Hz, H-2′, H-6′), 6.80 (2H, d, J = 8.6 Hz, H-3′, H-5′), 6.37 (1H, d, J = 16.2 Hz, H-α), 7.66 (1H, d, J = 16.0 Hz, H-β).13 C-NMR (125 MHz, CD3 OD): δ 95.0 (C-1), 142.4 (C-3), 102.9 (C-4), 36.7 (C-5), 81.3 (C-6), 60.2 (C-7), 66.8 (C-8), 43.1 (C-9), 61.3 (C-10), 127.0 (C-1′), 131.3 (C-2′, C-6′), 116.8 (C-3′, C-5′), 161.4 (C-4′), 114.6 (C-α), 147.2 (C-β), 168.9 (C = O), 99.7 (C-1′′), 74.8 (C-2′′), 77.7 (C-3′′), 71.7 (C-4′′), 78.6 (C-5′′), 62.9 (C-6′′).

  Results and Discussion Top

Several constituents of K. africana fruit collected from Fairchild Botanic Garden, Florida, have been identified as iridoids: Verminoside (1), ajugol (2), catalpol, (3), 6-feruloylcatalpol (4), and specioside (5), a eucommiol derivative: (crescentin IV) (6) and phenylpropanoids: coniferyl 4-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (7),[29] caffeic acid (8), and verbascoside (9) [Figure 1]. In the present work, K. africana has been shown to be a new plant source for compounds 7, 6, and 4. Moreover, this is the first report on the separation of catalpol and specioside from the fruits of K. africana.
Figure 1: Constituents from Kigelia africana collected from the Fairchild botanic garden in Florida

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Inspection of the published reports revealed that there is a significant variation in the chemical composition of K. africana fruits. A sample of fruits collected in Maliwas analyzed by LC-MS. The analysis resulted in the identification of caffeic acid, ferulic acid, p-coumaric acid, caffeic acid glucoside, p-coumaroyl glucoside, verminoside, specioside, minecoside, and verbascoside.[34] Another collection of fruits, originated from Bamako, Mali contained the iridoid verminoside, and the phenylpropanoids verbascoside, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid, and caffeic acid methyl esters, while a fruit collection from Zimbabwe was found to contain isocoumarins, furanonaphthoquinones, and ferulic acid. On the other hand, a different fruits' collection from Zimbabwe was reported to contain pinnatal, a naphthoquinone aldehyde, norviburtinal, a degradation product of iridoids, and β-sitosterol. A fruit sample from Nigeria was investigated and found to contain the phenylpropanoids caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid. A fruits sample from Egypt was reported to contain furanone derivatives, the iridoid glucoside ajugol, and the phenylpropanoid 6-p-copumaryl-sucrose. In addition, a sample of Kigelia fruits collected in Egypt yielded, on chromatographic separation, flavonoids, β-sitosterol, and stigmasterol [Table 1].
Table 1: Literature compilation of the constituents of different collections of Kigelia africana fruits

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The aforementioned results led to the conclusion that there is variation in the chemical composition of K. africana fruits from one geographical region to another which is substantiated by the fact that Kigelia is a highly variable monospecific genus.[1]

It has been observed that menicoside (6-isoferuloylcatalpol) was confused with 6-feruloylcatalpol as a constituent of K. africana.[18] 6-Feruloylcatalpol was originally isolated from the roots of Picrorhiza kurroa, Plantaginaceae,[26] whereas minecoside was first separated from Veronica officinalis L., Scrophulariaceae.[24] To prove the existence of a feruloyl moiety rather than an isoferuloyl residue in compound 4, detailed heteronuclear multiple-bond correlation analysis was conducted and confirmed the presence of a feruloyl unit in compound 4 [Figure 2].
Figure 2: Important heteronuclear multiple-bond correlations of compound 4

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Revision of the 1 H and 13 C NMR values of 6-feruloylcatalop (4) and 6-p-hydroxy cinnamoylcatalpol (5), because these data have been erroneously reported in the literature, are described.

The hexanes extract of the Kigelia fruits exhibited inhibitory effect against the opportunistic yeast; C. neoformans Pinh at a level of 55% and IC50 42.5 μg/mL. The chloroform extract displayed considerable antileishmanial activity with 94.6% growth inhibition of L. donovani and IC50 35.1 μg/mL. Verminoside (1) had weak inhibitory effect on the CB1, CB2 cannabinoid, and Kappa opioid receptors at levels of 27.0, 23.6, and 45.4%, respectively. Compound 4 exhibited weak inhibition of the Kappa and Mu opioid receptors at levels of 32.9 and 35.4%, respectively. The hexanes and the chloroform extracts of K. africana had inhibitory activity against the pathogenic parasite Trypanosoma brucei, with IC50 6.8 and 12.9 μg/mL, respectively, and with IC90s 12.9 and 19.2 μg/mL, respectively. The ethyl acetate extract showed the same effect with an IC50 of 13.8 μg/mL.

  Conclusions Top

Phytochemical study of a collection of K. africana from The Fairchild Botanic Garden in Florida resulted in the identification of nine compounds. The characterized compounds include iridoid glucosides, an eucommiol derivative, iridoid glucosides esterified with phenolic acids, and phenylpropanoid glycosides. Separation of compounds 7, 6, and 4 represents the first report on their existence in the genus Kigelia, while isolation of compounds 3 and 5 represents the first proof on their existence in the fruit of K. africana.

Comparing the current results with the previously reported data shows the variability in the chemical composition of the samples of K. africana collected from different geographical regions. The most striking bioactivity of K. Africana is its antitrypanosomiasis and its antileishmanial effect against L. donovani.


The authors are grateful to Dr. Vijayasankar Raman, for assuring the identity of the plant material. They are also thankful to Dr. Stephen Cutler and Janet A. Lambert for conducting the cannabinoid and opioid receptors assays. Same gratitude for Dr. Melissa Jacob and Dr. Babu Tekwani, for carrying out the antimicrobial and the antileishmanial bioactivity assays, respectively.

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