Herbicidal Polyketides and Diketopiperazine Derivatives from Penicillium viridicatum

June 29, 2020


Herbicidal Polyketides and Diketopiperazine Derivatives from Penicillium viridicatum


Zhao-Fu Wang, Ze-Chun Sun, Lin Xiao, Yuan-Ming Zhou, Feng-Yu Du




Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry


Herbicidal activity-guided isolation from the fermentation extract of Penicillium viridicatum had obtained two herbicidal series of polyketides (1–7) and diketopiperazine derivatives (8–11), especially including three novel polyketides (1–3). The structures and absolute configurations of new polyketides 1–3 were elucidated by extensive spectroscopic analyses, as well as comparisons between measured and calculated ECD spectra. Novel polyketides 1–3 and known 4, all bearing the heptaketide skeleton with a trans-fused decalin ring of 8-CH3 substitution, could significantly inhibit the radicle growth of Echinochloa crusgalli seedlings with a dose-dependent relationship. Especially at the concentration of 10 μg/mL, 1–4 exhibited the inhibition rates with 81.5% ± 2.0, 76.4% ± 0.8, 79.6% ± 1.1, and 80.0 ± 1.8%, respectively, even better than the commonly used synthetic herbicide of acetochlor with 76.1 ± 1.4%. Further greenhouse bioassay revealed that 4 showed pre-emergence herbicidal activity against E. crusgalli with the fresh-weight inhibition rate of 74.1% at a dosage of 400 g ai/ha, also better than acetochlor, while the other isolated metabolites (5–11) exhibited moderate herbicidal activities. The structure–activity differences of isolated polyketides indicated that the heptaketide skeleton, characterized by a trans-fused decalin ring with 8-CH3 substitution, should be the key factor of their herbicidal activities, which could give new insights for the bioherbicide developments.




Circular dichroism, Absolute configuration, Stereochemistry, Pharmaceutical, Agriculture and environmental