Fungal biotransformation of diuretic and antihypertensive drug spironolactone withGibberella fujikuroi, Curvularia lunata, Fusarium lini,andAspergillus alliaceus

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Derivatives of spironolactone (1), a diuretic and antihypertensive drug, were synthesized by using fungal cells for the first time. Ten different fungi were screened for their ability to biotransform 1, four of which were able to produce metabolites 2–8. Gibberella fujikuroi produced canrenone (2), 1-dehydrocanrenone (3), Curvularia lunuta provided compound 2, and 7α-thio-spironolactone (4), Fusarium lini yielded compounds 2, 3, 1β-hydroxycanrenone (5), 1α-hydroxycanrenone (6), 1-dehydro-15α-hydroxycanrenone (7), and 15α-hydroxycanrenone (8), while Aspergillus alliaceus was able to produce all the seven metabolites. Metabolites 5, 6, and 7 were identified as new compounds. Their structures were elucidated by using different spectroscopic techniques. Substrate 1 and its metabolites 2, 3, and 5–8 were also evaluated for α-glucosidase inhibitory activity in vitro. Substrate 1 was found to be strongly active with IC50= 335 ± 4.3 μM as compared to the standard drug acarbose IC50= 840 ± 1.73 μM, whereas all of resulting metabolites were found to be inactive.

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