School of Traditional Chinese Materia Medica; Liaoning Province Key Laboratory of Computational Chemistry-Based Natural Antitumor Drug Research & Development, Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Shenyang, 110016, PR China. Electronic address: [Email]
Screening assays showed that total glycoside-rich fraction (TG) of rhizomes of Polygonatum sibiricum unveiled remarkable anti-proliferative activities against three cancer cell lines (A549, HepG2, and Caco2). Activity-guided isolation of TG afforded seven undescribed steroidal glycosides (polygonosides 1-7), along with 24 known glycosides. Their structures were established by 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic analyses, high-resolution mass spectrometry, and chemical evidence. The isolated steroidal glycosides were tested for their antiproliferative activities against A549, HepG2, and Caco2 cells. Compounds 8, 10, 11, and 16 possessed stronger anticancer activities against A549 cells than the positive control Bay (25.8 μM), with IC50 values ranging from 5.8 to 24.2 μM. Compound 10 reduced the expression of Blc-2 and pro-caspase3 and increased the production of Bax as determined by western blotting. Molecular docking experiment suggested that 10 bound stably to the BH3-binding groove of the Bcl-2 protein by hydrogen bond interactions. These compounds could be candidates for anticancer agents with cytotoxic activity.