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New Resistance-Correlated Saponins from the Insect-Resistant Crucifer Barbarea vulgaris

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posted on 12.05.2010, 00:00 authored by Nikoline J. Nielsen, John Nielsen, Dan Staerk
Isolation and characterization of plant constituents responsible for insect resistance are of the utmost importance for better understanding of insect−host plant interactions, for selection and breeding of resistant plant varieties, and for development of natural insecticides to be used in future sustainable agriculture and food production. In this study, 3-O-cellobiosyl-cochalic acid (1), 3-O-cellobiosyl-gypsogenin (3), and 3-O-cellobiosyl-4-epihederagenin (4) were isolated from the glabrous type of Barbarea vulgaris var. arcuata exhibiting resistance to the flea beetle Phyllotreta nemorum. In addition to the new constituents, 3-O-cellobiosyl-hederagenin (2), a known insect repellant, was identified. The structures were established by one- and/or two-dimensional homo- and heteronuclear NMR experiments acquired at 800 MHz and by fragmentation and high-resolution mass spectrometric analysis. Compounds 1, 3, and 4 are glycosides of cochalic acid, gypsogenin, and 4-epihederagenin, respectively, none of which have previously been identified in Brassicaceae. Compounds 3 and 4 have both recently been targeted as unidentified constituents exhibiting correlation with P. nemorum resistance, but this is the first report of their structures.