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Title:
PHARMACOLOGICALLY ACTIVE NOVEL DAUER PHEROMONE COMPOUND FOR CONTROLLING AGING AND STRESS AND METHOD FOR ISOLATING AND CHARACTERIZING THE SAME
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2004/043944
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention discloses a method for effectively isolating and purifying a physiological active dauer pheromone compound having the following structural formula I related to aging and stress of C. elegans, and determination of the structure of such material. First, ethanol extract is prepared by completely concentrating a liquid medium with ethanol after culturing C. elegans on a S. basal liquid medium, and then this ethanol fraction is further extracted with ethyl acetate. Then, impurities are removed from ethyl acetate extract by a silica-gel adsorption chromatography and a pheromone extract is isolated and purified by amine column chromatographic procedures using various solvents as eluent. Finally, a pheromone compound having structural formula I is completely isolated and characterized by size-exclusion HPLC.

Inventors:
Paik, Young Ki (Dusan Apartment, 472 Kaebong-Don, Kuro-Ku Seoul 152-090, 102-1807, KR)
Jeong, Pan Young (2-705, Miju Apartment Songnae-Don, Kangdong-Ku Seoul 134-030, KR)
Application Number:
PCT/KR2003/002059
Publication Date:
May 27, 2004
Filing Date:
October 07, 2003
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
KDR BIOTECH. CO., LTD. (506-4, Amsa 2-Dong Kangdong-Ku, Seoul 134-050, KR)
Paik, Young Ki (Dusan Apartment, 472 Kaebong-Don, Kuro-Ku Seoul 152-090, 102-1807, KR)
Jeong, Pan Young (2-705, Miju Apartment Songnae-Don, Kangdong-Ku Seoul 134-030, KR)
International Classes:
C07D309/12; C07D309/10; C07H15/04; (IPC1-7): C07D309/12
Foreign References:
JPH06345751A1994-12-20
Other References:
YOSHIKAWA K. ET AL: 'Four Acylated Triterpenoid Saponins from Albizia procera' JOURNAL OF NATURAL PRODUCTS vol. 61, no. 4, 1998, pages 440 - 445, XP003000828
RUSSA R. ET AL: 'Partial structure of lipopolysaccharides isolated from Rhizobium leguminosarum bv trifolii 24 and its GalA-negative exo-mutant AR20' SYSTEMATIC AND APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY vol. 19, no. 1, 1996, pages 1 - 8, XP003001408
ZWAAL R.R. ET AL: 'Two neuronal G proteins are involved in chemosensation of the Caenorhabditis elegans Dauer-inducing pheromone' GENETICS vol. 145, no. 3, March 1997, pages 715 - 727, XP003000829
VAN SWINDEREN B. ET AL: 'Caenorhabditis elegans pheromone antagonizes volatile anesthetic action through a go-coupled pathway' GENETICS vol. 161, no. 1, May 2002, pages 109 - 119, XP003000830
See also references of EP 1603894A1
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Park, Jong Man (Tomorrow Int'l Patent & Law Firm, 2nd Floor Kumma Building, 827-24, Yoksam-Don, Kangnam-Ku Seoul 135-080, KR)
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Claims:
[Claim]
1. A dauer pheromone compound or its salts, represented by the following structural formula 1.
2. Structural Formula I.
3. A dauer pheromone compound or its salts of claim 1 wherein the pheromone compound is 6 (3, 5dihydroxy6methyltetrahydropyran2yloxy) heptanoic acid.
4. A dauer pheromone compound or its salts of claim 1 wherein the salt is 6 (3, 5dihydroxy6methyltetrahydropyran2yloxy)heptanoic acid sodium salt.
5. A dauer pheromone compound or its salts of claim 1 wherein addition salts are further formed by allowing the 6 (3, 5dihydroxy6methyltetrahydro pyran2yloxy)heptanoic acid to react with alkali or alkali earth metal salt base.
6. A dauer pheromone compound or its salts of claim 1 wherein the dauer pheromone comprises extraction of C. elegans with one or more solvents selected from the group consisting of water, alcohols, and ethyl acetate and chromatographic separation with various solvents as eluent.
7. A pharmaceutical composition for dauer inducing activity, which comprises 6 (3, 5dihydroxy6methyltetrahydropyran2yloxy)heptanoic acid or the salts thereof, and a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier.
8. A pharmaceutical composition of claim 6 wherein the composition induces dauer state of C. elegans or controls aging state of animals.
9. A method for isolating and characterizing a dauer pheromone compound or its salts, represented by the following structural formula 1, comprising the steps of: extracting total culture broth of C. elegans with ethanol (Fraction A). extracting the Fraction A with ethyl acetate to prepare Fraction B after dissolving the ethanol extract in water; removing impurities from the Fraction B by a silicagel adsorption chromatography (Fraction C); isolating and purifying the Fraction C by HPLC using amine column to prepare Fraction D; and completely purifying the Fraction D to prepare a pure dauer pheromone compound by additional HPLC with molecular size exclusion column.
10. Structural Formula I.
11. A method of claim 8 wherein the step of removing comprises the steps of removing impurities by running on the silicagel adsorption column chromatography that is equilibrated with hexane: ethyl acetate: methanol = 7: 7: 1 and then eluting a partially purified pheromone fraction by the silicagel adsorption column chromatography that is eluted with methanol.
12. A method of claim 9 wherein a pheromone fraction is obtained by isolating and purifying the partially purified pheromone fraction by a HPLC with an amine column, by a gradient elution method with a solution composition of isopropanol and distilled water.
13. A method of claim 10 wherein a biologically active pheromone compound is isolated by a HPLC with a column (W251) isolating the pheromone fraction by a molecular weight through isocratic elution with a methanol solvent.
14. A use of a dauer pheromone compound or its salts for studying aging, signal transduction and stress, the dauer pheromone compound or its salts being represented by the following structural formula 1. Structural Formula I.
Description:
DESCRIPTION PHARMACOLOGICALLY ACTIVE NOVEL DAUER PHEROMONE COMPOUND FOR CONTROLLING AGING AND STRESS AND METHOD FOR ISOLATING AND CHARACTERIZING THE SAME TECHNICAL FIELD The present invention relates to a novel dauer pheromone and its structural determination, more specifically, to a dauer pheromone, which can induce C. elegans into a dauer larva stage. The present invention also relates to a novel method for efficiently isolating and purifying a physiologically active dauer pheromone, and determination of the structure of such material.

BACKGROUND ART Pheromones are defined as substances that are used for communication between individuals of the same species. Pheromones are usually obtained in the form of mixtures through multiple separation steps including organic solvent extraction and liquid column chromatography.

In early 1980s, it was reported that C. elegans can secret a type of pheromone, termed'dauer pheromone', a constitutively secreted substance serving as an indicator of population density (Golden and Riddle 1982, Golden and Riddle 1984a, Golden and Riddle 1984c), which can induce C. elegans into dauer arrest phase when they are faced with adverse environmental conditions such as heat, lack of food, and crowdedness. Although its presence has been known for

more than two decades, its structure, molecular weight and physical properties are not known yet (Riddle, D. L., Science, 218: 578-580,1982).

According to the previous studies, pheromone secreted from C. elegans exists in extremely low concentration. Because of its potential in control of aging and stress in C. elegans, the dauer pheromone has been studied extensively. However, until now, because it was not available in a single molecule, most investigators have used the crude extracts of C. elegans that are believed to contain a dauer pheromone and other compounds as well.

Therefore, it is necessary to isolate a pure dauer pheromone from the extracts and characterize its structure for the studies of aging, stress and other cellular function of C. elegans. The dauer pheromone is likely to be detected by as yet unidentified pheromone receptor that couples to a cyclic GMP signaling pathway that includes daf-11 (Birnby et al. 2000). It has been known that the dauer pheromone of C. elegans is very stable and hydrophobic, and has chromatographic properties similar to those of hydroxylated fatty acids and bile acids.

In this article, we describe purification, identification, and molecular characterization of C. e/egans-specific dauer pheromone.

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION The present inventors have conducted an extensive research for many years in order to isolate a novel class of dauer pheromone, which can be widely used for studies on aging, stress, signal transduction and various biological

problems. As a result, the inventors have discovered that an extract obtained from C. elegans, which has been studied as a good animal model for various diseases, contains a novel dauer pheromone and purification of this extract by stepwise separation procedures results in pure dauer pheromone. Based on this finding, it is possible to provide a novel dauer pheromone.

It is therefore an object of the present invention to provide a novel dauer pheromone, which comprises extraction of C. elegans with one or more solvents selected from the group consisting of water, alcohols, and ethyl acetate and chromatographic separation with various solvents as eluent.

Further object of the present invention is to provide 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6- methyl-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic acid or the salts thereof, which can be represented by formula I as set forth below.

Structural Formula I

Still another object of the present invention is to provide to a composition for dauer inducing activity, which comprises 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6-methyl-tetrahydro- pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic acid or the salts thereof, and a pharmaceutical acceptable carrier.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a pharmaceutical composition for inducing dauer state of C. elegans or controlling aging state of animals.

Still another object of the present invention is to provide a method for isolating and purifying a dauer pheromone using the several chromatographic procedures.

The method includes the steps of 1) ethanol extraction of C. elegans that have been grown on a S. basal liquid medium by feeding Escherichia coli ; 2) ethyl acetate extraction of ethanol extracts as prepared in the step 1; 3) efficient removal of impurities from ethyl acetate fractions by a silica-gel adsorption chromatography; 4) separation and purification of a dauer pheromone by high performance chromatography (HPLC) using various amine columns.

Further objects and advantages of the invention will become apparent through the remainder of the specification.

The foregoing has outlined some of the more pertinent objects of the present invention. These objects should be constructed to be merely illustrative of some of the more pertinent features and applications of the invention. Many other beneficial results can be obtained by applying the disclosed invention in a different manner or modifying the invention within the scope of the disclosure.

Accordingly, other objects and a more through understanding of the invention may be given by referring to the detailed description of the preferred embodiment in

addition to the scope of the invention defined by the Claims.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a schematic view, which illustrates a stepwise method for isolating and purifying an inventive pheromone compound from C. elegans ; FIG. 2 is a typical chromatogram, which illustrates enrichment of active fractions by HPLC with amine columns employing gradient elution with distilled water and isopropanol as a solvent ; FIG. 3 represents a chromatogram of HPLC separated by molecular weight (W251), which was run on the isocratic elution condition using methanol as a solvent; FIG. 4 is a graph of a hydrogen nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum (1 H-NMR) measured by using deuterio methanol (CD30D) as a solvent ; FIG. 5 is a graph of a carbon nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum (13C- NMR) measured by using deuterio methanol (CD30D) as a solvent ; FIG. 6 is a graph illustrating molecular mass spectrum measured in a positive mode using a quadruple type mass spectrometer; FIG. 7 is a graph illustrating a result of a mass spectrum of pheromone measured in the presence of sodium acetate during the measurement process in a positive mode using a quadruple type mass spectrometer; and FIG. 8 is a graph illustrating a result of a mass measured in a negative mode using a quadruple type mass spectrometer.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING THE INVENTION Herein below, the application will be illustrated in more detail.

An isolated pheromone for the purpose of the present invention is 6- (3, 5- dihydroxy-6-methyl-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic acid or the salts thereof which can be represented by the formula I below. The compound of formula I markedly induce the worm into dauer phase.

Structural Formula I

The compound of formula I may be formulated into a pharmaceutical composition with pharmaceutical acceptable recipients or carriers. Especially, the composition can be desirably used as various experimental reagents for controlling dauer phase of animals and for studying the mechanisms of aging, stress, signal transduction, neurological disease and metabolic diseases.

The novel pheromone compound or its salt, which is a physiologically active material which in fact is able to induce C. elegans enter into the dauer larva stage when this pure pheromone is added onto the media. This is found to be a novel pheromone compound, which has the above structural formula 1, and its chemical formula is 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6-methyl-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic

acid.

The first goal of the present invention is to prepare highly purified single molecule of dauer pheromone of C. elegans in large quantities, which can be used for the studies of aging, signal transduction, metabolic regulation and stress. The second goal is to characterize its chemical structure and verify whether the isolated pure dauer pheromone is novel and contains biologically functional dauer inducing compound using various analytical techniques and biological assays.

The pheromone compound or its salt, which was isolated and characterized through the present invention is a compound secreted from C. elegans, exhibits dauer pheromone activity.

A pheromone activity fraction that is currently being used for studying on aging, signal transduction and stress by many researchers is a crude extract which is prepared by ethanol extraction of cultured C. elegans. Therefore, with availability of the pure dauer pheromone, it is now possible to study on aging, signal transduction and stress to which a dauer pheromone is involved.

Preferred embodiments of the present invention will be described more in detail in conjunction with the accompanying tables and drawings.

Although preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described in detail hereinabove, it should be clearly understood that many variations and/or modifications of the basic inventive concepts herein taught, which may applied to those skilled in the present art will still fall within the spirit and scope of the present invention, as defined in the appended claims.

Embodiment After C. elegans are cultured on a S. basal liquid medium for 5 days at a temperature of 20 °C by feeding Escherichia coli (OP50), they are further cultured for 10 more days by additional feeding.

A centrifugal separation is carried out to obtain a broth after over the 70% of the worms entered into the dauer larva stage. The liquid phase of culture media was obtained by a removal of the worms and Escherichia coli through membrane filtration using a membrane filter of 0.45 Qn.

The pure medium in a powder state can be obtained by completely dehydrating the media by vacuum evaporator.

Ethanol is added to the powder form of media and extraction of this solution with ethanol is performed. This process is repeated 3 times.

To examine whether this ethanol extract (A) can induce dauer larva phase, dauer test is performed on the worms that had been grown in the S medium.

Table 1 shows a dauer inducing activity of A. Once A shows the dauer inducing activity, it is further extracted with ethyl acetate. Briefly, the dried A was dissolved in double distilled water and extracted with the equal volume of ethyl acetate. This extraction procedure was repeated 5 times.

Table 2 shows an assay result of ethyl acetate extract (B) on the dauer inducing activity against C. elegans. After confirming the dauer inducing activity of B, extracts obtained by the above-described process are loaded onto a silica- gel absorption column which has been equilibrated with hexane: ethyl acetate: methanol = 7: 7: 1. An active form of dauer pheromone (C) that were adsorbed

onto the column was eluted with methanol.

Table 3 summarizes shows the result of dauer inducing assay with a fraction (C) obtained from a silica-gel column. To further purify C, HPLC separation is carried out using amine column. Briefly, the fraction C is dissolved in methanol and diluted with double distilled water (MeOH : ddH20= 1: 1). This solution containing C is loaded onto the amine column, which is equilibrated with isopropanol solution (isopropanol : water=1: 1). A dauer pheromone fraction bound to the column (Fraction D) was eluted with a gradient solution of the same solvent. Table 4 shows a pattern of elution profile with time obtained from an amine column chromatography.

Table 5 outlines the result of dauer inducing assay using the active fractions D from the amine column chromatography. Finally, a dauer pheromone (E) is completely isolated and purified refined by size exclusion column chromatography using methanol as an eluent solution.

Table 6 summarizes the assay results of a dauer inducing activity of the purified dauer pheromone. The pure dauer pheromone characterized by the above described procedures is defined as the structural formula 1, and its chemical formula is 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6-methyl-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic acid or its sodium salt.

The 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6-methyl-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic acid may react with a base to make its salt form. The base can be one of alkaline or alkaline earth metal salt that is pharmaceutically applicable. For example, sodium, potassium, magnesium, or calcium can be used as the base.

The molecular weight of the pure dauer pheromone, 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6- methyl-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic acid is 276 Dalton, and a molecular formula thereof is C13H2406. However, the molecular weight of its isolated form turns out to be 299 Dalton because 1 molecule of sodium is bound to it by non- covalent bond in order to exhibit a biological activity.

The difference in molecular weight between the pure form and the isolated one is found by analyzing quadruple tandem mess spectrometer, from which 1 molecule of sodium is non-covalently bounded to the acidic form. In addition, the purified pheromone compound, 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6-methyl-tetrahydro-pyran-2- yloxy)-heptanoic acid, can also become an ammonium salt form, which leads to confirm its molecular weight 276 Dalton.

To determine the chemical structure of the inventive pheromone having the formula 1, a hydrogen nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum (1 H-NMR) is analyzed using deuterio methanol (CD30D) as a solvent. And a carbon nuclear magnetic resonance spectrum (13C-NMR) can also be analyzed using deuterio methanol (CD30D) as a solvent.

A chemical shift is set with a ppm unit. The definite 1H-and 13C-NMR chemical shift are obtained by using two-dimensional NMR technique such as 1 H- 1H DQF-COSY spectrums, 13C-1H HMBC. The results are shown in Table 7.

That is, spectrum analysis result of 1H NMR (MHz), 13C NMR (MHz) of a dauer pheromone confirmed that its molecular formula is 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6-methyl- tetrahydro-pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic acid.

Industrial Applicability As described above, from the present invention, we are able to obtain a novel dauer pheromone from C. elegans and to determine its chemical structure as 6- (3, 5-dihydroxy-6-methyl-tetrahydro-pyran-2-yloxy)-heptanoic acid, which can exist as its various salt forms. Now our invention can lead to research on the aging, signal transduction, stress, metabolism, obesity, and neurological disorders.

This invention further leads us to the development of the pharmacologically useful drug candidate molecule for broad types of many diseases.

[Table 1] Dauer inducing activity of ethanol extract Formation of dauer larva stage 100 (%) Population in dauer larva stage 173

[Table 2] Dauer inducing activity of ethyl acetate fraction Formation of dauer larva stage 100 (%) Population in dauer larva 194 stage [Table 3] Dauer inducing activity of the silica-gel bound fraction Formation of dauer larva stage 100 (%) Population in dauer larva stage 110

[Table 4] Time Flow rate Isopropanol (%) Distilled water (%) (Minute) (ml/min) 0 2 100 0 5 2 100 0 35 2 0 100 45 2 0 100

[Table 51 Dauer inducing activity of the amine column fractions Formation of dauer larva stage 100 (%) Population in dauer larva 92 stage

[Table 6] Dauer inducing activity of W251 column fraction (purified form) Formation of dauer larva stage 100 (%) Population in dauer larva stage 62 [Table 71 Atom DEPT 1H(ppm) 18C(ppm) DQF-COSY HMBC(H->C) 1 COOH 177.299 C-2,3 2 CH2 2.299 34.583 H-3 C-3 3 CH2 1.644 2.5 415 H-2 C-2,4,5,6,7 4 CH2 1,469 29.955 H-3,5 C-2,3,5 k s m 1.500 5 CH2 1.584 37.121 H-6 C-3,4,6,7 1. 584 6 CH Phero 6 CH 3.808 71.331 H-5.7 C-5.7 mone 7 CH6 1.145 18.327 H-6 C-5 2' CH 4.663 96.559 H-3' C-4' 3' CH 3.734 69.027 H-2'A' C-2'A' 4' CH2 @ 34.934 H-3',5' C-2', 5', 6' 1. 974 1s 5' CH 3.548 67.445 H-4',6' C-3', 4', 6', 7' 6' CH 3.644 70.218 H-5',7' C-4',5',7' 7' CH 1236 17125 H-6' C-5'6'