Original Article
Nat Prod Ind J, Volume: 14( 1)

Cinnamate Flavone-β-D-Glucoside of Leaves and Twigs from Congea tomentosa Roxb

Apisantiyakom S, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science and Technology, Valaya-Alongkorn Rajabhat University, 13180 Patumthani, Thailand, Tel: +66-89441748; E-mail: [email protected]

Received: April 20, 2018; Accepted: May 10, 2018; Published: May 16, 2018

Citation: Apisantiyakom S, Chaino K , Pompimon W, et al. Cinnamate Flavone-β-D-Glucoside of Leaves and Twigs from Congea tomentosa Roxb. Nat Prod Ind J. 2018;14(1):118.


Cinnamate flavone-β-D-glucoside(congeatomentoside) (1), was isolated from the leaves and twigs of CongeatomentosaRoxb. Together with two stigmasterrol (2) and Myo-inositol (3).Their structures were identified by spectroscopic analysis and X-rays diffractrometer. Compound was secluded from the genus Congea for the first time.


Congea tomentosa; Lamiacea; Cinnamate flavone-β-D-glucoside


Congea tomentosa is a large tropical evergreen vine, commonly referred to as wooly Congea, shower orchid, or shower of orchid [1]. Despite the name, it is not closely related to orchids. It is called lluvia de orquideas or terciopelo in Spanish, krua on in Thai, and rong bao teng in Chinese. Native to Myanmar and Thailand, it can be found elsewhere in South Asia, including Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia (Kedah), China (Yunnan), Bangladesh, and India (Assam, Manipur, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal). Its native habitat is mixed forests 600-1200 meters above sea level. Extensive survey of the genus Congea by Smittinand indicated the presence of 6 species in Thailand that is connata, griffithiana, rockii, siamensis, tomentosa and velutina [2]. The vine of C. tomentosa is used in folk medicine for the treatment of poisonous animals, drink cough and diuretic [3]. Furthermore, we herein report the isolation, purification and structure elucidation of these three compounds on the basis of extensive spectroscopic analysis (UV, IR, MS, 1H NMR, 13C NMR and X-rays diffractometer) as well as by comparison of their spectral data with previously reported values.

Materials and Methods

The leaves and twigs of C. tomentosa were collected from Lampang Province in Thailand, in March 2017 and were identified by N. Nuntasaen. A voucher specimen (BKF No.130455) was deposited at the Forest Herbarium, Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Bangkok, Thailand.

Dried leaves and twigs of C. tomentosa (4.5 kg) were milled and then defatted successively with hexane, ethyl acetate, and methanol for 10 times each (10 × 19 L). Removal of the solvent from each extract under reduced pressure gave the crude hexane (95.3 g), crude ethyl acetate (115.1 g) and crude methanol (40.1 g) extracts, respectively. The hexane extract was further separated by open CC over silica gel (Merck 7734, Mesh 70-230, and 520 g). Gradient elution was conducted initially with hexane, gradually enriched with ethyl acetate, followed by increasing amount of methanol in ethyl acetate and finally with methanol to afford nine fractions, F1-F9. Fraction F3 (4.57 g) was re-chromatographed by CC over silica gel eluted with gradient system between hexane, ethyl acetate to give two sub fractions, A1-A4. The white solid precipitate in sub fraction A4 was recrystallized from ethanol to obtain compound 2 (0.88 g). The crude ethyl acetate extract (115.0 g) was separated by open column chromatography (CC) over silica gel (360 g) eluted with gradient systems of ethyl acetate: hexane and methanol: ethyl acetate. Based on TLC patterns were combined to give 18 fractions, F1-F18. Fraction F15 (4.08 g), obtained from 60% ethyl acetate: hexane, was further purified by precipitation to green solid yield 0.82 g. Moreover, that solid was acetylated by Ac2O/CH2Cl2/K2CO3 1 h. to afford brown solid 30 mg after that recrystallization with ethanol to obtain brownish needles 20 mg of compound 1. The crude methanol extract (40.1 g) was separated by open column chromatography (CC) over silica gel (250 g) eluted with gradient systems of ethyl acetate: hexane and methanol: ethyl acetate to give 12 fractions, F1-F12. Fraction F9+F10 (11.55 g) were acetylated by Ac2O/CH2Cl2/K2CO3 6 h. to afford colorless solid. The solid precipitate was recrystallized from ethanol to give colorless needles, compound 3 (1.02 g).

Results and Discussion

Compound 1 was purified as acetate derivatives by Ac2O/CH2Cl2/K2CO3, 3 h. which fully acetylation and obtained as brown needles. Its UV and IR spectra were characteristic for cinnamate flavone-β-D-glucoside. It retains a molecular formula of C40H36O17, as determined by the analysis of its HRESIMS (m/z 788.2025 [M+1]+, calcd for C40H37O17, 788.2038). Additionally, the EIMS fragmentation of compound 1 was clearly confirmed the flavonoid, apigenin which contain in the structure, fragment ion m/z 270 (100). Further, the EIMS fragmentation of compound 1 clearly indicated the location of cinnamoyl group, especially the fragment ion m/z 599 (7) and 627 (22) showed ester linked and α-cleavage of cinnamyl moiety, respectively. The 1H NMR spectra (Table 1) of displayed the presence of four aromatic proton signals at δH 7.17 (2H, d) and 7.57 (2H, d) and two olefinic proton doublets with coupling constant 16.0 Hz at 7.71 and 6.36 indicating the presence of cinnamoyl moiety which supported by 13C NMR (Table 1) four aromatic methine carbons at δC129.52 and 122.24, two quaternary carbons at δC131.53 and 152.60 and in addition, the ester carbonyl carbon at δC 165.15. The HMBC experiment revealed a long distance correlation between the carbonyl group (9''') with H-4'' (δH 5.32 ppm) indicating that the cinnamoyl group is locatated on C-4''of β-D-glucoside (Figure 1 and 2).


Figure 1: Chemical structure of compound 1.


Figure 2: X-ray ORTEP diagram of Myo-inositol (acetylated) 3.

Carbon δ 13C (DEPT) δ 1H (J Hz) HMBC COSY
1 - -    
2 163.57(C) -    
3 105.99(CH) 6.68 (s) C-1', C-2, C-4, C-5, C-10 -
4 182(C) -    
5 162.43(C) OH-12.73    
6 99.94(CH) 6.50(d=2.2) C-5, C-7, C-10, C-8  H-8
7 162.19(C)    
8 95.69(CH) 6.63 (d=2.2) C-4, C-6, C-7, C-9, C-10 H-6
9 157.36(C) -    
10 106.99(C) -    
1' 128.62(C) -    
2' 127.71(CH) 7.93 (d=9.6) C-2, C-3', C-4', C-6' H-3'
3' 122.44(CH) 7.30 (d=9.6) C-1', C-4', C-5' H-2'
4' 153.58(C) -    
5' 122.44(CH) 7.30 (d=9.6) C-1', C-3', C-4' H-6'
6' 127.71(CH) 7.93 (d=9.6) C-2, C-2', C-3', C-4' H-5'
4'-OAc COCH3, 21.11 COCH3 2.37 (s) 4'-OAc (COCH3), C-4' -
4'-OAc COCH3, 168.81 -    
1'' 98.21(CH) 5.26 (d=7.7) C-2'', C-3'', C-5'', C-7 H-2''
2'' 71.09(CH) 5.36 (d=7.7) C-1'', C-3'', 2''-OAc H-1'', H-3''
3'' 72.43(CH) 5.46 (t=9.4) C-2'', C-4'', 3''-OAc H-2'', H-4''
4'' 68.47(CH) 5.32 (m) C-3'', C-5'', C-6'', C-9''' H-3'', H-5''
5'' 72.63(CH) 4.05 (m) C-1'', C-4'' H-4'', H-6''
6'' 62.25(CH2) 4.30 (m) C-3'', C-4'', C-5'', 6''-OAc H-5''
2''-OAc COCH3, 20.64 COCH3 2.11 (s) 2''-OAc (COCH3), C-2'' -
2''-OAc COCH3, 169.23 -    
3''-OAc COCH3, 20.60 COCH3 2.04 (s) 3''-OAc (COCH3), C-3'' -
3''-OAc COCH3, 170.09 -    
6''-OAc COCH3, 20.55 COCH3 2.13 (s) 6''-OAc (COCH3), C-6'' -
6''-OAc COCH3, 170.52 -    
1''' 131.53(C) -    
2''' 129.52(CH) 7.57 (d=4.6) C-3''', C-4''', C-7''', C-6''' H-3'''
3''' 122.24(CH) 7.17 (d=4.6) C-1''', C-4''', C-5''' H-2'''
4''' 152.60(C) -    
5''' 122.24(CH) 7.17 (d=4.6) C-1''', C-3''', C-4''' H-6'''
6''' 129.52(CH) 7.57 (d=4.6) C-2''', C-4''', C-5''', C-7''' H-5'''
7''' 145.89(CH) 7.71 (d=16) C-1''', C-6''', C-8''', C-9''' H-8'''
8''' 116.21(CH) 6.36 (d=16) C-1''', C-7''', C-9''' H-7'''
9''' 165.15(C) -    
4'''-OAc COCH3, 21.10 COCH3 2.34 (s) 4'''-OAc (COCH3), C-4''' -
4'''-OAc COCH3, 168.97 -    
aChemical shift values in ppm, and J values (in Hz) are presented in parentheses

Table 1: 13C NMR, 1H NMR data of the cinnamate flavone-β-D-glucoside and 1H-13C,1H-1H correlations exhibited in the 2D NMR spectra in CDCl3.

The D-glucosewas deduced β-form since the configuration of the glycosidic center for the glucose residue as beta because of the value of spin-coupling constant of anomeric proton is 7.7 Hz (Table 1). It is characteristic for beta-configuration [4].The 1H NMR spectrum showed that δH 5.26 (C-1'', Glu-anomeric proton) was correlated to δC 162.19 (C-7), indicating that β-glucopyranosyl group was attached to the C-7 position of flavonoid, apigenin. These compound moiety was clearly proved to have three hydroxyl groups because it afforded a monoacetate after acetylation with Ac2O/K2CO3/CH2Cl2 at position C-4', the second hydroxyl at C-7 was attached with D-glucose and the third hydroxyl group at δH12.73 (chelated OH). Beside these hydroxyl proton, an AB pattern at δH6.60 (d=2.2) and δ6.63 (d=2.2) were assigned to H-6 and H-8 of ring A. Ring B of this compound was assigned to have oxygen function at C-4', since an AA/BB/pattern of H-2', H-6', H-3' and H-5' was observed at δ 7.93 (d=9.6) and δ 7.30 (d=9.6), respectively. The δH 6.68 (s) of proton was assigned toH-3 which HMBC correlation with C-1', C-2, C-4, C-5 and C-10.Based on these spectroscopic data, the structure of 1 was elucidated as cinnamate flavone-β-D-glucoside, and named Congeatomentoside. The known compounds were characterized as stigmaterol (2) [5] and Myo-inositol (3) [6,7] by comparing their spectroscopic data with those published previously. To the best of our knowledge, Congeatomentoside (1) is the first example of rare cinnamate flavone-α-D-glucoside from the genus Congea, which contains cinnamateand flavonoid unit in its structure.

Congeatomentoside (1)

Brownish needles; m.p. 144.2-145.3°C; IR (KBr, cm-1) 3379, 3068, 2922,1753, 1662, 1718, 1653, 1626, 1506, 1417, 1369, 1230, 1203, 1164, 1149, 1074, 908; EIMS;97 (29), 109 (74), 127 (40), 147 (23), 169 (74), 211 (28), 242 (36), 270 (100), 313 (25), 330 (46), 371 (7), 388 (14), 416 (21), 458 (16), 515 (52), 599 (7), 627 (22).

Stigmasterol (2)

Colorless needles;m.p. 161.0-162.3°C; IR (KBr, cm-1) 3429, 2960, 2937, 2868, 1664, 1464, 1383, 1332, 1253, 1244, 1134, 1107, 1049, 970, 958EIMS;97 (29), EIMS; 79 (41),91 (100), 105 (83), 131 (50), 145 (73), 154 (40), 255 (49), 354 (131), 381 (30), 396 (62), 397 (38).

Myo-inositol (acetylated) (3)

Colorless needles; m.p.217.2-217.8°C; IR (KBr, cm-1)1751, 1367, 1234, 1043, 948, 931, 723, 597; EIMS;81(6), 126 (12), 168 (19), 210 (11), 372 (100), 557 (35), 599 (25), 864(22).


IR spectra in KBr disc were recorded on Shimadzu 8900 FTIR spectrophotometer. 1H and 13C NMR, 1H-1H COSY, HMQC and HMBC spectra were recorded with a Unity plus 500 spectrometer (Varian Inc, USA) operating at 500 MHz for 1H, and 125 MHz for 13C, respectively. Low resolution mass spectra were recorded on a Thermo Finnegan Polaris Q mass spectrometer at 70 eV (probe) for EIMS. HRESIMS was obtained by using a Finnigan LC-Q Advantage Thermoquest spectrometer equipped with Xcalibur software. UV spectrum was measured on a Shimadzu 1601 spectrophotometer. Melting points were recorded in degree Celsius (°C) and were measured on a digital Electrothermal melting apparatus. Column chromatography was conducted on silica gel 60 (Merck 7734, 70-230 mesh). TLC was performed on aluminum backed pre-coated silica gel 60 PF254 sheets and detection with using UV detector.


We are thankful to the PERCH-CIC and Valaya-Alongkorn Rajabhat University for financial support. Further, Mrs. Sutthiporn Chaichana for technical help and registering of NMR data and MS.