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The diterpenoid 7-keto-sempervirol, derived from Lycium chinense, displays anthelmintic activity against both Schistosoma mansoni and Fasciola hepatica.

Edwards J, Brown M, Peak E, Bartholomew B, Nash RJ, Hoffmann KF - PLoS Negl Trop Dis (2015)

Bottom Line: This anti-schistosomula effect translates into activity against both adult male and female schistosomes cultured in vitro where 7-keto-sempervirol negatively affects motility/behaviour, surface architecture (inducing tegumental holes, tubercle swelling and spine loss/shortening), oviposition rates and egg morphology.As assessed by the HFB and microscopic phenotypic scoring matrices, 7-keto-sempervirol also effectively kills in vitro cultured F. hepatica newly excysted juveniles (NEJs, LD50 = 17.7 μM).Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) evaluation of adult F. hepatica liver flukes co-cultured in vitro with 7-keto-sempervirol additionally demonstrates phenotypic abnormalities including breaches in tegumental integrity and spine loss. 7-keto-sempervirol negatively affects the viability and phenotype of two related pathogenic trematodes responsible for significant human and animal infectious diseases.

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Affiliation: Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom.

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Background: Two platyhelminths of biomedical and commercial significance are Schistosoma mansoni (blood fluke) and Fasciola hepatica (liver fluke). These related trematodes are responsible for the chronic neglected tropical diseases schistosomiasis and fascioliasis, respectively. As no vaccine is currently available for anti-flukicidal immunoprophylaxis, current treatment is mediated by mono-chemical chemotherapy in the form of mass drug administration (MDA) (praziquantel for schistosomiasis) or drenching (triclabendazole for fascioliasis) programmes. This overreliance on single chemotherapeutic classes has dramatically limited the number of novel chemical entities entering anthelmintic drug discovery pipelines, raising significant concerns for the future of sustainable blood and liver fluke control.

Methodology/ principle findings: Here we demonstrate that 7-keto-sempervirol, a diterpenoid isolated from Lycium chinense, has dual anthelmintic activity against related S. mansoni and F. hepatica trematodes. Using a microtiter plate-based helminth fluorescent bioassay (HFB), this activity is specific (Therapeutic index = 4.2, when compared to HepG2 cell lines) and moderately potent (LD50 = 19.1 μM) against S. mansoni schistosomula cultured in vitro. This anti-schistosomula effect translates into activity against both adult male and female schistosomes cultured in vitro where 7-keto-sempervirol negatively affects motility/behaviour, surface architecture (inducing tegumental holes, tubercle swelling and spine loss/shortening), oviposition rates and egg morphology. As assessed by the HFB and microscopic phenotypic scoring matrices, 7-keto-sempervirol also effectively kills in vitro cultured F. hepatica newly excysted juveniles (NEJs, LD50 = 17.7 μM). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) evaluation of adult F. hepatica liver flukes co-cultured in vitro with 7-keto-sempervirol additionally demonstrates phenotypic abnormalities including breaches in tegumental integrity and spine loss.

Conclusions/ significance: 7-keto-sempervirol negatively affects the viability and phenotype of two related pathogenic trematodes responsible for significant human and animal infectious diseases. This plant-derived, natural product is also active against both larval and adult developmental forms. As such, the data collectively indicate that 7-keto-sempervirol is an important starting point for anthelmintic drug development. Medicinal chemistry optimisation of more potent 7-keto-sempervirol analogues could lead to the identification of novel chemical entities useful for future combinatorial or replacement anthelmintic control.

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The diterpenoid 7-keto-sempervirol induces damage, shortening and loss of adult Fasciola hepatica tegumental spines.SEM images of adult F. hepatica 48 hr post-treatment with culture media containing DMSO (1% v/v) or 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. A) Normal fluke ventral surface architecture including oral sucker (OS) and ventral sucker (VS) is unaffected after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. B) Fluke dorsal surface architecture is also unaffected after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. C) Fluke ventral spine phenotype after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. D) Dorsal spine sockets (ss) and folding (fo) after cultivation with 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. E) Ventral spines after cultivation with 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. F) Higher magnification of (ss) region outlined by black box in (D).
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pntd.0003604.g008: The diterpenoid 7-keto-sempervirol induces damage, shortening and loss of adult Fasciola hepatica tegumental spines.SEM images of adult F. hepatica 48 hr post-treatment with culture media containing DMSO (1% v/v) or 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. A) Normal fluke ventral surface architecture including oral sucker (OS) and ventral sucker (VS) is unaffected after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. B) Fluke dorsal surface architecture is also unaffected after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. C) Fluke ventral spine phenotype after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. D) Dorsal spine sockets (ss) and folding (fo) after cultivation with 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. E) Ventral spines after cultivation with 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. F) Higher magnification of (ss) region outlined by black box in (D).

Mentions: To assess 7-keto-sempervirol’s activity on F. hepatica NEJs, two complementary methodologies were employed (Fig. 7). The first methodology, using well-established motility and phenotypic metrics [31,32], indicated that 7-keto-sempervirol induced a negative concentration-dependent effect on NEJ movement and viability (Fig. 7A). This finding was supported by fluorescent microscopy of NEJs co-stained with the discriminatory viability dyes FDA and PI (Fig. 7A). The second methodology, using the HFB as a more objective method for determining NEJ viability [25], confirmed this concentration-dependent effect and established an LD50 of 17.7 μM for 7-keto-sempervirol against F. hepatica NEJs (Fig. 7B). When compared to the mammalian HepG2 cell line (S1 Fig.), 7-keto-sempervirol displayed an anti-NEJ therapeutic index of 4.5. To identify whether 7-keto-sempervirol also affected the surface integrity of F. hepatica adults, similar to S. mansoni (Fig. 4), SEM analyses were performed on adult liver flukes co-cultured with this diterpenoid (Fig. 8). Here, in comparison to control flukes incubated with 1% (v/v) DMSO (Fig. 8A-C), prolonged (48 hr) exposure to 7-keto-sempervirol (50 μM) induced substantial spine shortening and spine loss that was apparent on both dorsal and ventral sides of the organism (Fig. 8D-F).


The diterpenoid 7-keto-sempervirol, derived from Lycium chinense, displays anthelmintic activity against both Schistosoma mansoni and Fasciola hepatica.

Edwards J, Brown M, Peak E, Bartholomew B, Nash RJ, Hoffmann KF - PLoS Negl Trop Dis (2015)

The diterpenoid 7-keto-sempervirol induces damage, shortening and loss of adult Fasciola hepatica tegumental spines.SEM images of adult F. hepatica 48 hr post-treatment with culture media containing DMSO (1% v/v) or 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. A) Normal fluke ventral surface architecture including oral sucker (OS) and ventral sucker (VS) is unaffected after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. B) Fluke dorsal surface architecture is also unaffected after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. C) Fluke ventral spine phenotype after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. D) Dorsal spine sockets (ss) and folding (fo) after cultivation with 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. E) Ventral spines after cultivation with 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. F) Higher magnification of (ss) region outlined by black box in (D).
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pntd.0003604.g008: The diterpenoid 7-keto-sempervirol induces damage, shortening and loss of adult Fasciola hepatica tegumental spines.SEM images of adult F. hepatica 48 hr post-treatment with culture media containing DMSO (1% v/v) or 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. A) Normal fluke ventral surface architecture including oral sucker (OS) and ventral sucker (VS) is unaffected after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. B) Fluke dorsal surface architecture is also unaffected after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. C) Fluke ventral spine phenotype after cultivation with culture media containing 1% (v/v) DMSO. D) Dorsal spine sockets (ss) and folding (fo) after cultivation with 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. E) Ventral spines after cultivation with 100 μM 7-keto-sempervirol. F) Higher magnification of (ss) region outlined by black box in (D).
Mentions: To assess 7-keto-sempervirol’s activity on F. hepatica NEJs, two complementary methodologies were employed (Fig. 7). The first methodology, using well-established motility and phenotypic metrics [31,32], indicated that 7-keto-sempervirol induced a negative concentration-dependent effect on NEJ movement and viability (Fig. 7A). This finding was supported by fluorescent microscopy of NEJs co-stained with the discriminatory viability dyes FDA and PI (Fig. 7A). The second methodology, using the HFB as a more objective method for determining NEJ viability [25], confirmed this concentration-dependent effect and established an LD50 of 17.7 μM for 7-keto-sempervirol against F. hepatica NEJs (Fig. 7B). When compared to the mammalian HepG2 cell line (S1 Fig.), 7-keto-sempervirol displayed an anti-NEJ therapeutic index of 4.5. To identify whether 7-keto-sempervirol also affected the surface integrity of F. hepatica adults, similar to S. mansoni (Fig. 4), SEM analyses were performed on adult liver flukes co-cultured with this diterpenoid (Fig. 8). Here, in comparison to control flukes incubated with 1% (v/v) DMSO (Fig. 8A-C), prolonged (48 hr) exposure to 7-keto-sempervirol (50 μM) induced substantial spine shortening and spine loss that was apparent on both dorsal and ventral sides of the organism (Fig. 8D-F).

Bottom Line: This anti-schistosomula effect translates into activity against both adult male and female schistosomes cultured in vitro where 7-keto-sempervirol negatively affects motility/behaviour, surface architecture (inducing tegumental holes, tubercle swelling and spine loss/shortening), oviposition rates and egg morphology.As assessed by the HFB and microscopic phenotypic scoring matrices, 7-keto-sempervirol also effectively kills in vitro cultured F. hepatica newly excysted juveniles (NEJs, LD50 = 17.7 μM).Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) evaluation of adult F. hepatica liver flukes co-cultured in vitro with 7-keto-sempervirol additionally demonstrates phenotypic abnormalities including breaches in tegumental integrity and spine loss. 7-keto-sempervirol negatively affects the viability and phenotype of two related pathogenic trematodes responsible for significant human and animal infectious diseases.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom.

ABSTRACT

Background: Two platyhelminths of biomedical and commercial significance are Schistosoma mansoni (blood fluke) and Fasciola hepatica (liver fluke). These related trematodes are responsible for the chronic neglected tropical diseases schistosomiasis and fascioliasis, respectively. As no vaccine is currently available for anti-flukicidal immunoprophylaxis, current treatment is mediated by mono-chemical chemotherapy in the form of mass drug administration (MDA) (praziquantel for schistosomiasis) or drenching (triclabendazole for fascioliasis) programmes. This overreliance on single chemotherapeutic classes has dramatically limited the number of novel chemical entities entering anthelmintic drug discovery pipelines, raising significant concerns for the future of sustainable blood and liver fluke control.

Methodology/ principle findings: Here we demonstrate that 7-keto-sempervirol, a diterpenoid isolated from Lycium chinense, has dual anthelmintic activity against related S. mansoni and F. hepatica trematodes. Using a microtiter plate-based helminth fluorescent bioassay (HFB), this activity is specific (Therapeutic index = 4.2, when compared to HepG2 cell lines) and moderately potent (LD50 = 19.1 μM) against S. mansoni schistosomula cultured in vitro. This anti-schistosomula effect translates into activity against both adult male and female schistosomes cultured in vitro where 7-keto-sempervirol negatively affects motility/behaviour, surface architecture (inducing tegumental holes, tubercle swelling and spine loss/shortening), oviposition rates and egg morphology. As assessed by the HFB and microscopic phenotypic scoring matrices, 7-keto-sempervirol also effectively kills in vitro cultured F. hepatica newly excysted juveniles (NEJs, LD50 = 17.7 μM). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) evaluation of adult F. hepatica liver flukes co-cultured in vitro with 7-keto-sempervirol additionally demonstrates phenotypic abnormalities including breaches in tegumental integrity and spine loss.

Conclusions/ significance: 7-keto-sempervirol negatively affects the viability and phenotype of two related pathogenic trematodes responsible for significant human and animal infectious diseases. This plant-derived, natural product is also active against both larval and adult developmental forms. As such, the data collectively indicate that 7-keto-sempervirol is an important starting point for anthelmintic drug development. Medicinal chemistry optimisation of more potent 7-keto-sempervirol analogues could lead to the identification of novel chemical entities useful for future combinatorial or replacement anthelmintic control.

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Related in: MedlinePlus