Study on Secondary Metabolites of Endophytic Fungus, <em>Aspergillus fumigatus</em>, from <em>Crocus sativus</em> L. Guided byUHPLC-HRMS/MS-Based Molecular Network
Int J Anal Chem. 2022 May 9;2022:7067665. doi: 10.1155/2022/7067665. eCollection 2022.
As a traditional Chinese medicine, Crocus sativus Linn has been used for a long time in China. However, the studies on secondary metabolites of its endophytic fungi were not fully sufficient. Thus, the endophytic fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus, collected from the lateral buds of C. sativus, was here investigated. An approach combining UHPLC-HRMS/MS (ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry) with molecular network was carried out to construct a molecular network of crude EtOAc extract (CEE) of A. fumigatus, in which 32 chemical compounds were annotated. On the basis of analysis results, a total of 15 known natural compounds were isolated from CEE. Among them, compounds 11 and 12 were isolated for the first time from the genus Aspergillus. Moreover, CEE and compound 7 exhibited moderate inhibitory activity against Erwinia sp. with a MIC value of 100 μg/mL. This study provided a more convenient and rapid approach to investigating the crude extract with complex components of A. fumigatus, which is of great benefit to the further study and utilization of secondary metabolites of the genus Aspergillus.