Re: Cyp hybrids for the production of the homeopathic remedy

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Abgeschickt von Bonaventure Magrys am 02 April, 2008 um 17:55:07

Antwort auf: Re: Cyp hybrids for the production of the homeopathic remedy von Michael Weinert am 02 April, 2008 um 08:58:39:

Dear Michael,

It's a pity these companies exploit wild populations for their homeopathic pseudoscience. They should just keep diluting out their stock solution, homeopathy right?

The compound cypripedin is an actual chemical entity, a phenanthrenequinone. What neurotransmitter receptor at the synaptic level does it stimulate or inhibit?

Bonaventure --------------------

1: Am J Contact Dermat. 2003 Jun;14(2):82-9.Links
Structure-activity relationships in allergic contact dermatitis. Part III. The sensitizing capacity of substituted phenanthrenequinones: a quantum-mechanical approach.Hausen BM, Elsässer B, Krohn K, Loock U.
Dermatology Center, Elbekliniken Buxtehude, Germany.

BACKGROUND: Nonterpenoid and diterpenoid phenanthrenequinones (PACs) have been found in the plant kingdom. Some of them occur in plants used in traditional Chinese medicine like Tan-Shen whereas others are constituents of orchids that are popular as ornamental plants. OBJECTIVE: Case reports and our own observations in orchid nurseries suggest that some or even all of these PACs possess a distinct sensitizing potency. Occasional exposure (particularly of botanists) to field-grown orchids, as well as occupational contact with sawdust of PAC-containing tropical timbers, caused allergic contact dermatitis. However, experimental studies in guinea pigs to determine the sensitizing capacity of PACs have not been performed so far. METHODS: Guinea pigs were sensitizied by a modified Freund's complete adjuvant method with four naturally occurring and 22 synthetic PACs in order to find out which and how many substituents at the carbons of the three rings of the PAC will influence the sensitizing power of the molecule. Subsequently, the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) coefficients were calculated to show whether a correlation exists between chemical reactivity and sensitizing capacity. RESULTS: Sensitizing capacity was found to be strong in two PACs, moderate in eight PACs, and weak in ten PACs. Five PACs were extremely weak in sensitizing capacity, and one PAC was completely negative.Two substituents on the left-hand carbons C-7 and C-8 of ring C were shown to be responsible for a strong sensitizing capacity. One methoxy group alone or three of them, especially when localized at C-5, decreased the sensitizing capacity to moderate. Substitution with a methoxy group at C-3 and/or at C-2 of the quinonoid ring itself (ring A) led to a weak sensitizing capacity. The ortho-quinones 1,2-PAC and 9,10-PAC were also weakly sensitizing. In fact, LUMO coefficient calculations corroborated a good correlation between chemical reactivity and sensitizing capacity. CONCLUSION: Substitution with methoxy groups at C-7 and/or at C-8 of ring C of 1,4-phenanthrenequinone increases the LUMO coefficients at the 2,3 double bond of ring A and thus facilitates nucleophilic substitution of protein nitrogen or sulfur nucleophiles at this electron-deficient double bond. The four naturally occurring PACs that were investigated--cypripedin, denbinobin, annoquinone-A, and latinone--do not fulfill these criteria and are thus only weak sensitizers. However, as-yet-unstudied phenanthrenequinones occurring in plants or trees and having no substituents at C-2 or C-3 of the quinonoid ring must be considered potentially strong allergens.

PMID: 14749026 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]


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