Chalcones as novel influenza A (H1N1) neuraminidase inhibitors from Glycyrrhiza inflata

Trong Tuan Dao, Phi Hung Nguyen, Hong Sik Lee, Eunhee Kim, Junsoo Park, Seong Il Lim, Won Keun Oh

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The emergence of highly pathogenic influenza A virus strains, such as the new H1N1 swine influenza (novel influenza), represents a serious threat to global human health. During our course of an anti-influenza screening program on natural products, one new licochalcone G (1) and seven known (2-8) chalcones were isolated as active principles from the acetone extract of Glycyrrhiza inflata. Compounds 3 and 6 without prenyl group showed strong inhibitory effects on various neuraminidases from influenza viral strains, H1N1, H9N2, novel H1N1 (WT), and oseltamivir-resistant novel H1N1 (H274Y) expressed in 293T cells. In addition, the efficacy of oseltamivir with the presence of compound 3 (5 μM) was increased against H274Y neuraminidase. This evidence of synergistic effect makes this inhibitor to have a potential possibility for control of pandemic infection by oseltamivir-resistant influenza virus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-298
Number of pages5
JournalBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1

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Funding Information:
This study was supported in part by grants from a Korea Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF) Grant (No. M10642140004-06N4214-00410 ) funded by the Korean government (MOST) and by Technology Development Program for Agriculture and Forestry, Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Republic of Korea.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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