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Journal of the Chilean Chemical Society

On-line version ISSN 0717-9707

J. Chil. Chem. Soc. vol.60 no.3 Concepción Sept. 2015 





Laboratorio de Micologia, Facultad de Química y Biología, Universidad de Santiago de Chile. Alameda 3363, Santiago, Chile
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The antifungal activity of Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol, two labdane-type diterpenoids, on mycelial growth of the phytopathogenic fungus Botrytis cinerea was evaluated. Diterpenoid fungitoxicity was assessed using the radial growth test method. Both diterpenoids inhibited the mycelial growth of B. cinerea in solid medium; however the inhibitory activity of Sclareol was slightly higher than 13-epi-Sclareol with IC50 value of 237.6 μg/mL and 268.8 μg/mL, respectively. On the other hand, both labdane-type diterpenoids did not alter the plasmatic membrane integrity; however the oxygen consumption of B. cinerea germinating conidia was affected. The evidence suggests that action mechanism of these molecules would be related to the uncoupling of mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation. Finally, biotransformation of Sclareol by B. cinerea was analysed and the main biotransformed metabolite was identified as 3ß-hydroxysclareol.

Keywords: Sclareol, 13-epi-Sclareol, antifungal activity, Botrytis cinerea



Botrytis cinerea, the agent of gray mold, is a facultative phytopathogenic fungus that affects fruits, leaves, stems and flowers of more than 250 plant species1. Chilean climatic conditions such as high relative humidity, wind speed and low temperatures promote a high incidence of this disease, causing serious pre- and postharvest losses in the grape production in Chile2.

Currently, the B. cinerea control is realized with hydroxyanilides, anilinopyrimidines, dicarboximides, carboxamides, strobilurins, phenylpyrroles and some inhibitors of ergosterol synthesis3. These families of fungicides differ in their mechanism of action on the fungus. The prolonged use of these synthetic compounds in the field has caused the development of resistance to these botryticides4-6. Therefore, it is imperative to find new and effective molecules with antifungal activity. Secondary metabolites produced by plants are an alternative to control phytopathogenic fungi; some of these constitutive or inducible compounds have shown antimicrobial activity. Among them, diterpenoids are an interesting group of secondary metabolites due to their biological activities. These compounds are widely distributed in nature and it has been described that some have antibacterial7, antiviral8 and antifungal activities9.

Cotoras et al. (2001) reported the effect of the diterpenoid 3β -hydroxykaurenoic acid on the mycelial growth and conidia germination of B. cinerea10. Later, the same group reported that the mechanism of action of 3ß-hydroxykaurenoic acid was based on the permeabilization of plasmatic membrane11. On the other hand, Mendoza et al. (2009)12 investigated the inhibitory effect of the natural diterpenoids salvic acid, acetylsalvic acid, and three hemisynthetic diterpenoids against B. cinerea. All diterpenoids, with the exception of isopentenoylsalvic acid, inhibited the mycelial growth of B. cinerea in solid media. Studies on a possible action mechanism of natural diterpenoids, salvic acid and acetylsalvic acid, showed that these diterpenoids exerted their effect by a different mechanism. Salvic acid did not alter cytoplasmic membrane or cause respiratory chain inhibition. Instead, acetylsalvic acid affected the integrity of the cytoplasmic membrane12. These results suggest that compounds, as diterpenoids might be good candidates for the design of antifungal compounds.

On the other hand, B. cinerea has the ability to biotransform secondary metabolites, producing chemical changes in these compounds13. It has been reported that this fungus biotransforms different types of compounds as: steroids, sesquiterpenoids, flavones, diterpenoids, etc.13. The main biotransformation reactions involve oxidations and hydroxylations, when B. cinerea metabolizes phytoalexins or antifungal compounds as a detoxification mechanism, although reduction reactions have been also described13.

Labdane-type diterpenes are examples of natural products with important biological activities. Some ofthese compounds possess antifungal, antibacterial, antimutagenic, cytotoxic, anti-inflammatory or analgesic activities14. On the other hand, the fungal biotransformation of Sclareol has also been studied. The main formed products are 18-hydroxysclareol, 3ß-hydroxysclareol and 6α-hydroxysclareol14. It has been reported that B. cinerea biotransforms Sclareol to epoxysclareol, and this later to a halogenated product called 8-deoxy-14,15-dihydro-15-chloro-14-hydroxy-8,9-dehydro-Sclareol suggesting the epoxide formation as an reaction intermediate15.

In this study, the fungitoxic effect against B. cinerea of the natural diterpenoids Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol was characterized. Also, the effect of both diterpenoids on oxygen consumption and on plasmatic membrane integrity of B. cinerea was studied. Finally, biotransformation of Sclareol by B. cinerea was analysed.


2.1. General experimental procedures.

The NMR spectra were acquired using a Bruker Avance 400 MHz spectrometer (400,133 MHz for 1H, 100.624 MHz for 13C). All the measurement were done in CDCl3 to 300 K. Chemical shifts (in ppm) for 1H and 13C spectra, were calibrated to solvent signal, CHCl3 7.26 ppm (residual signal solvent) and 77.16 ppm, respectively, and reported relative to Me4Si. Thin-layer chromatography was performed on Merck Kiesegel 60 F254, 0.2 mm thick and semi-preparative thin layer chromatography on Merck Kieselgel 60 F254 20x 20cmx 0.25 mm. Silica gel (Merck) was used for column chromatography. The melting point uncorrected was determined on a Kofler hot-stage apparatus.

2.2. Chemicals reagents and compounds used in this study.

Technical grade fungicide iprodione [3-(3,5-dichlorophenyl)-N-isopropyl-2,4-dioxoimidazolidine-1-carboxamide] was provided from INIA (Santiago, Chile).

Diterpenoid structures used in this study are shown in Figure 1. Sclareol (Figure 1A) was obtained commercially, Sigma Chemical Co. (St. Louis, MO), whereas 13-epi-Sclareol (Figure 1B) was isolated and purified from resinous exudates of Pseudognaphalium cheiranthifolium as has been previously described with some modifications16. Briefly, the resinous exudates were obtained by dipping P. cheiranthifolium leaves and stems in CH2Cl2 during 30s at room temperature. Extracts were concentrated by solvent evaporation in a rotary evaporator to a sticky residue. Residue was redissolved in CH2Cl2 and applied to a silica gel column (30 x 200 mm). The column was eluted successively with hexane and hexane with increasing amount of ethyl acetate (9:1 to 1:1 hexane:ethyl acetate). 13-epi-Sclareol contained in the column fractions was further purified by thin layer chromatography using hexane:ethyl acetate 3:1. The last step of purification was by recrystallization using methanol as solvent. Finally, purified 13-epi-Sclareol was analyzed by comparison of their physical and spectroscopic (1H NMR) data with literature16.


Figure 1. Structure of labdane-type diterpenoids, Sclareol (1) and 13-epi-
Sclareol (2).


2.3. Fungal isolate and culture conditions.

During this study G29 isolate of B. cinerea was used. This strain was originally isolated from a naturally infected grape (Vitis vinifera) from Chile17 and was maintained on malt-yeast extract agar (2% (w/v) malt extract, 0.2% (w/v) yeast extract and 1.5% (w/v) agar) at 4 °C. The fungus was grown in the dark on malt-yeast extract agar medium [2% (w/v) malt extract, 0.2% (w/v) yeast extract and 1.5% (w/v) agar) or soft agar (2% (w/v) malt extract, 0.2% (w/v) yeast extract and 0.6 % (w/v) agar]. In studies related to action mechanism, liquid minimum medium was used. This medium was composed by KH2PO4 (1 g/L), K2HPO4 (0.5 g/L), MgSO4 x 7H2O (0.5 g/L), KCl (0.5 g/L), FeSO4 x 7H2O (0.01 g/L) pH 6.5, 25 (mol/L) ammonium tartrate as a nitrogen source, and supplemented with 1% (w/v) glucose as carbon source.

2.4. Effect of the compounds on the mycelial growth of B. cinerea in solid media.

Fungitoxicity of both diterpenoids and the commercial fungicide iprodione was assessed using the radial growth test on malt-yeast extract agar11. Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol were dissolved in methanol at different final concentrations (150, 200 and 250 μg/mL). The diterpenoids were completely soluble at all concentration tested. One hundred μL of this solution were added to 20 mL of malt-yeast extract agar. The final methanol concentration was identical in controls and treatment assays. The medium with or without diterpenoids or iprodione was poured into 9 cm diameter Petri dishes. Dishes were left open in a biosecurity hood for 40 min to remove methanol. After evaporation of the solvent, the Petri dishes were inoculated with 0.5 cm agar discs with thin mycelium of B. cinerea. Cultures were incubated in the dark at 22 °C during several days. Mycelial growth diameters were measured daily. Results were also expressed as IC50 (the concentration that reduced mycelial growth by 50%) determined by regressing the inhibition of radial growth values (percent control) against the values of compound concentration. Each experiment was done at least in triplicate.

2.5 Effect of the compounds on germination of B. cinerea conidia.

Conidial germination assays were carried out on microscope slides coated with soft agar medium (2 mm thickness). Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol were added dissolved in methanol at a final concentration of 40 μg/mL. Methanol was allowed to evaporate prior to inoculation. The slides were inoculated with dry conidia obtained from sporulated mycelia (1 week old), placed in a humid chamber (90% relative humidity), and incubated in the dark at 22 °C for 7 h. Conidial germination was determined directly on the slides at intervals of 1 hour. The percentage of germination was estimated by counting the number of germinated conidia in five microscope fields each containing approximately 40 conidia. Conidia were judged to have germinated when the germ tube length was equal to or greater than conidial diameter. Each experiment was done at least in triplicate.

2.6. Mode of action of both labdane-type diterpenoids on B. cinerea.

2.6.1. Determination of the effect of diterpenoids on the membrane integrity of B. cinerea. To analyze if Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol are able to produce alteration of the integrity of B. cinerea cytoplasmic membrane, SYTOX Green uptake assay according to described by Cotoras et al. (2011)10 was used. B. cinerea conidia at a final concentration of 1x105 conidia / mL were inoculated in 24-well plates (lined with 12-mm glass coverslips) containing 1 mL of liquid minimum medium. Cultures were incubated at 22 °C for 15 h to permit the germination of the conidia. After this time, liquid medium was removed and same medium with 70% (v/v) ethanol (positive control), 8% (v/v) methanol (negative control), or 150 μg/mL of compounds was added to each well. The mixtures were incubated at 22 °C for one or four hours in the case of diterpenoids and methanol or for 10 min when ethanol was used. B. cinerea hyphae adhered to glass coverslips were washed three times with liquid minimum medium and were stained with 50 nmol/L SYTOX Green. After 10 min of incubation, the hyphae were washed with minimum medium and glass coverslips containing hyphae were mounted in slides. For the assembly of the samples in the slides, 15 μL of DABCO (1,4-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]octane) (Sigma Chemical Co., St. Louis, MO, USA) was used. The fluorescence of B. cinerea hyphae stained with SYTOX Green was observed under a confocal microscope (Carl Zeiss LSM 510) at an excitation wavelength of 488 nm and an emission wavelength of 540 nm. These experiments were done at least in triplicate.

2.6.2. Determination of the effect of diterpenoids on the oxygen consumption of B. cinerea conidia. Oxygen consumption was determined polarographically at 25 °C with a Hansatech oxygen electrode by using germinating conidia in a total volume of 1 mL according the protocol previously described10. To obtain conidia in suspension, Murashige and Skoog's basal medium at 4.4 (g/L) (Phytotechnology Laboratories, Lenexa, KS, USA) was added to Petri dishes containing conidia. The conidia were harvested by scraping with a sterile spatula. To eliminate mycelium, the suspension was filtered through glass wool. The conidia concentration was adjusted to 1 x 107 conidia/mL with minimum liquid media, in the presence of 2% (w/v) glucose. Conidia were incubated for 2 hours at 22 °C. The measurement of basal oxygen consumption was carried out for 2 min in the same minimum liquid medium. After this time, 10 μg/mL carbonyl cyanide m-chloro-phenylhydrazone (CCCP), 650 μg/mL KCN or the diterpenoids, dissolved in methanol, at a final concentration of 150 and 250 μg / mL were added. Oxygen consumption was determined for eight more minutes.

Statistical Analyses. The effect of diterpenoids on mycelium growth and oxygen consumption by germinating conidia was evaluated using a one way analysis of variance (Genstat 5, Realease 4.1). Means were separated using the least significant difference test (P ≤ 0.05).

2.7. Biotransformation of Sclareol by B. cinerea.

The fungus was grown in liquid minimum medium for three days. Three days old mycelia were transferred to flasks with liquid minimum medium supplemented with 1% (w/v) glucose in the presence of 150 μg/mL Sclareol. As control, cultures containing only Sclareol at 150 μg /mL in the absence of the fungus and cultures of the fungus in the absence of Sclareol were used. All cultures were incubated during one week at 22 °C and stirred at 180 rpm. After this time, the mycelia were filtered and the fermentation broths were extracted three times with ethyl acetate, chloroform or hexane. The extracts were treated with sodium chloride to obtain a homogeneous solution and dried over anhydrous sodium sulphate, and the solvent was then evaporated. The extracts were analysed by thin layer chromatography (TLC) eluting with chloroform: ethyl acetate mixture (95:5, v/v). The purification of the main compound obtained from Sclareol biotransformation was carried out by using semi-preparative thin layer chromatography with chloroform:ethyl acetate (95:5) as an eluent system.

Labda-14-en-3ß, 8a, 13ß triol (compound 3, Figure 6) was obtained as a white solid, mp 162°. δ (CDCl3) 0.76 (3H, s, H-19), 0.80 (3H, s, H-20), 0.99 (3H, s, H-18),1.16 (3H, s, H-17), 1.28 (3H, s, H-16), 3.23 (1H, dd, J=4.2 and 11.2 Hz, H-3α), 5.04 (1H, dd, J=1.3 and 10.6 Hz, H-15), 5.23 (1H, dd, J=1.3 and 17.4 Hz, H-15), 5.94 (1H, dd, J=10.8 and 17.4 Hz, H-14). 13C NMR data (Table 1).


Table 1: 13C NMR data determined of Sclareol (Compound 1)
and its biotransformation product 3ß-hydroxysclareol
(Compound 3).



3.1 Antifungal activity of diterpenoids on B. cinerea.

The antifungal activity of Sclareol (Compound 1) and 13-epi-Sclareol (Compound 2) (Figure 1), two labdane-type diterpenoids, against B. cinerea was analyzed. The difference among these compounds is the configuration in the C-13. The Sclareol has configuration S and 13-epi-Sclareol configuration R.

To determine the antifungal activity of the diterpenoids, the effect of Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol on mycelium growth in solid media was evaluated (Figure 2).


Figure 2. Effect of Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol on the
mycelium growth of isolate G29 of B. cinerea. Sclareol (A)
and 13-epi-Sclareol (B) were dissolved in methanol and
were added at a final concentration of 150 μg/mL (dashed
line). As a control: G29 in the absence (black line) or
in presence of methanol (gray line) at the same
concentration that treatments were used. Every point
represents the average of three independent assays ±
standard deviation.


Both diterpenoids produced inhibition of the B. cinerea mycelium growth. In control, mycelium growth reached a maximum after seven days of incubation. Meanwhile, in the presence of Sclareol at 150 μg/mL maximum mycelium growth was reached after 11 days. On the other hand, in the presence of 13-epi-Sclareol at the same concentration (150 μg/mL) the maximum mycelium growth was reached after 12 days. Similar results were obtained when 200 or 250 μg/mL of Sclareol or 13-epi-Sclareol were used (data not shown). The diterpenoids decreased the rate of mycelium growth.

The inhibition percentages of myceliaum growth were calculated after four days of incubation and the concentration of the compounds that inhibited a 50% (IC50) the mycelial growth was calculated (Table 2). Sclareol was slightly more active than 13-epi-Sclareol, since it presented a lower IC50 value. Although both diterpenoids were able to reduce the hyphal growth, the IC50 values were highest than those obtained for the commercial fungicide, Iprodione.


Table 2: Effect of Sclareol and 13- epi-Sclareol on in vitro
mycelial growth of B. cinerea.

*Estimation of IC50 was based on colony diameter
measurements after 4 days of incubation. Different letters
represent significant differences (P ≤ 0.05)


Complementary to this, the effect of Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol on conidia germination was evaluated. The Figure 3 shows the kinetics of germination of B. cinerea conidia in the presence of both diterpenoids at 40 μg/mL.


Figure 3. Effect of the diterpenoids on conidia germination
of B. cinerea. Sclareol (A) and 13-epi-Sclareol (B) were
dissolved in methanol and added at a final concentration
of 40 μg/mL (dashed line). G29 incubated in the absence
(black line) or in the presence of methanol at the same
concentration that treatments were used (grey line) as
control. The germination kinetic was followed during 10
hours of incubation at 22 °C. Each point represents the
average of three independent assays ± standard deviation.


The diterpenoids were not able to inhibit the germination. However, 13-epi-Sclareol produced a delay in germination between the 4 and 7 hours of incubation, but later, a 100 % of germination was obtained (Figure 3B). In presence of the diterpenoids, the appearance of cytological abnormalities was not observed (data not shown). This result was different to those obtained with resveratrol, a natural phytoalexin; since it has been reported that this compound produced curved germ tubes and cytological abnormalities in B. cinerea conidia18.

It is important to emphasize that this is the first work in which the antifungal effect against the fungus B. cinerea of two epimers was compared.

3.2 Mode of action of Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol on B. cinerea.

To analyze the possible mechanism of action of Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol on B. cinerea, the effect of these diterpenoids on the plasmatic membrane integrity or conidia oxygen consumption was determined.

To determine if the diterpenoids cause damage in the integrity of the fungal plasmatic membrane, the assay of SYTOX green uptake was performed. This assay is based in the uptake of the dye SYTOX green, that fluoresces upon interaction with nucleic acids and it is able to penetrate cells with compromised plasmatic membrane; but it does not cross the membranes of non-compromised living cells19. The results of these experiments are shown in the Figure 4.


Figure 4: Effects of Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol on plasmatic
membrane integrity of B. cinerea Conidia, at a final concentration of
1 × 105 conidia/ mL, were incubated in liquid minimum medium in the
presence of 10% (v/v) methanol (A), 70% (v/v) ethanol (B), 150
μg/mL of Sclareol during 4 h (C) or 150 μg/mL of 13-epi-Sclareol
during 4 h (D) The fluorescence of B. cinerea hyphae stained with
SYTOX Green was observed under a confocal microscope. These
photographs are representatives of three independent experiments


It is possible to observe that no fluorescence was detected in presence of methanol (negative control, Figure 4A), by the contrary, in presence of ethanol, a positive control, fluorescent nuclei were observed (Figure 4B). The fluorescence detected in presence of ethanol is due this compound generates dehydration of the cellular membrane producing damage in the membrane integrity of the fungus. In presence of Sclareol or 13-epi-Sclareol, fluorescence in the nuclei was not observed (Figure 4C y 4D). Therefore, it is possible to conclude that these diterpenoids did not alter plasmatic membrane integrity.

On the other hand, to analyse the effect of the diterpenoids on mitochondrial respiratory chain, the oxygen consumption by germinating conidia was determined. Both diterpenoids, at a concentration of 150 μg/mL, increased the oxygen consumption of germinating conidia respecting to the basal consumption, therefore these compounds would act as uncoupler of the oxidative phosphorylation. Indeed, the percentages of oxygen consumption in the presence of Sclareol or 13-epi-Sclareol were 156.7% or 162.2%, respectively. Similar results were obtained at a concentration of 250 μg/mL of both diterpenoids where the oxygen consumption in the presence of Sclareol or 13-epi-Sclareol increased to 155.7% or 140.8%, respectively (Figure 5).


Figure 5: Effect of the diterpenoids on oxygen consumption of B. cinerea
germinating conidia. Diterpenoids were aggregated at a final concentration
of 150 or 250 μg/mL to a conidia suspension (1x107 conidia/mL) in minimal
media with 2 % w/v glucose; the oxygen consumption were measured at
room temperature using a Clark electrode. Each bar represents the average
of at least three independent experiments ± standard deviation. The symbol
(*) represents significant differences P ≤ 0.05


In presence of CCCP, an uncoupler of oxidative phosphorylation, also an increase of the oxygen consumption was observed, reaching to 124%. Instead, in presence of KCN, a respiratory chain inhibitor, the oxygen consumption diminished to 15.9%.

These results suggest that the diterpenoids are able to cross the plasmatic membrane without alter it, then they reach to the mitochondria causing uncoupling of the oxidative phosphorylation. An overlapping study between Sclareol and cholesterol based on their corresponding polar and hydrophobic molecular segments, calculated from their lypophilic profiles, revealed their space similarities, both molecules are amphipathic and they possess lipophilic and hydrophilic segments that can be easily superimposed. It was shown that Sclareol was incorporated in phospholipid membrane model imitated the thermal effect from the cholesterol20. Based on the structural similarity among cholesterol and ergosterol, a fungal membrane steroid, it could be suggested that Sclareol or 13-epi-Sclareol would interact with the fungal mitochondrial membrane, being able to dissipate the protonic gradient indirectly, acting as uncoupler of the oxidative phosphorylation.

Different results were obtained in Gram positive bacteria treated with 13-epi-Sclareol21 Tapia et al. (2004) reported that this compound inhibited oxygen consumption in intact Gram-positive. In addition, the authors described that the diterpenoid was able to inhibit NADH oxidase and cytochrome C reductases activities suggesting that the target site of 13-epi-Sclareol was located between coenzyme Q and cytochrome C of the bacterial respiratory chain21.

3.3 Biotransformation of Sclareol by B. cinerea.

In this work, the biotransformation of Sclareol was analyzed. For this, B. cinerea mycelium was incubated with Sclareol, at 150 μg/mL, in a culture medium supplemented with 1% glucose. After seven days of incubation, compounds were extracted from culture medium by liquid-liquid extraction using solvents with different polarity.

Thin layer chromatography analysis of the extracts revealed the presence of two main metabolites with higher polarities than Sclareol, but only one biotransformed compound was isolated. This compound was purified and analyzed through 1H and 13C, and HSQC, NMR spectroscopy, 1H NMR spectrum of the compound exhibited signals for H-3 (δ 3.23, dd J3-2a = 11.2 Hz, J3-2b = 4.2 Hz). The 13C NMR showed a resonance at δ 79.2 and a methylene resonance at δ 27.4. The signal corresponded to C-3 appears now displaced to lower fields suggesting that the original position at δ 42.2 and after at δ 79.2 was displaced by the presence of an (-OH) group in this carbon atom. The 2D spectrum, HSQC, displayed an important correlation between H-3 (δ 3.23)/ C-3 (δ 79.2). The 1H assignments of biotransformed compound were compared with the values of labda-14-en-3ß, 8α, 13-ß-triol obtained by fermentation of Sclareol with Cephalosporium aphidicola22 and it was concluded that Sclareol was transformed to labda-14-en-3ß, 8a, 13ß triol, commonly called 3ß-hydroxysclareol (Figure 6).


Figure 6: Product obtained by Sclareol biotransformation by B. cinerea.


It has been reported that Sclareol is biotransformed to more oxidized molecules by fungi and bacteria. Supporting this observation, Farooq and Tahara (2007)15 reported the biotransformation of two cytotoxic terpenes (α-santonin and Sclareol) by B. cinerea. Sclareol was metabolized to epoxysclareol and to 8-deoxy-14,15-dihydro-15-chloro-14-hydroxy-8,9-dehydrosclareol, a rare example of halogenation15. In addition, it has been reported that Sclareol can be biotransformed to 3ß-hydroxysclareol, 6α-hydroxysclareol or 18-hydroxysclareol by Aspergillus alliaceus, A. spergillus niger, A. spergillus ochraceus, Cunninghamella echinulata, Cunninghamella elegans, Cunninghamella species, C. urvularia lunata, M. ortierella ramanniana, M. ortierella isabellina, Rhizopus arrhizus, R. hizopus stolonifer, and Sporotrichum exile14. In addition, several oxidized metabolites were obtained in the biotransformation of Sclareol by the fungus Cephalosporium aphidicola. Among the main products, the compounds labda-14-en-8α,13-ß,18-triol, labda-14-en-3ß,8α,13ß triol were produced22. In the case of hydroxylation of Sclareol by Bacillus sphaericus the 3ß-hydroxysclareol was obtained with a 40% yield and 18-hydroxysclareol (10% yield). It has been informed that the hydroxylation in the C-3 position of the Sclareol it is the most frequently reaction23. However, this is the first study that reports that 3ß-hydroxysclareol was produced as biotransformation product from Sclareol by B. cinerea.

Finally, the results from this work contribute to the evaluation of natural products Sclareol as potential preventive treatments against B. cinerea.


It was possible to conclude that the diterpenoids, Sclareol and 13-epi-Sclareol were able to reduce the mycelial growth of B. cinerea. The inhibitory effect would be related to uncoupling of fungal oxidative phosphorylation. In addition, Sclareol was biotransformed by Botrytis to 3ß-hydroxysclareol.


This research was supported of the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, FONDECYT (1130389) and FONDEF (CA12i10054) Grants.



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