Asafoetida and the HIV virus
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Phytochemistry. 2000 Mar;53(6):689-97. Coumarins and bicoumarin from Ferula sumbul: anti-HIV activity and inhibition of cytokine release. Zhou P1, Takaishi Y, Duan H, Chen B, Honda G, Itoh M, Takeda Y, Kodzhimatov OK, Lee KH. 1Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Tokushima, Japan.
The methanol extract of the dried roots of Ferula sumbul afforded two furanocoumarin esters, fesumtuorin A, B, one bicoumarin, fesumtuorin C, five spirobicoumarins, fesumtuorin D, E, F, G and H, along with nineteen known coumarins. Their structures were established on the basis of spectroscopic studies. Some of the isolated compounds showed anti-HIV activity and very weak inhibition of cytokine release.