Journal of Antibiotics, vol. 58, no. 3, pp. 210-213
Glucose-regulated protein 78 (GRP78) resides in endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and plays a role in protecting tumor cells against the toxic effects of anticancer agents. During the search for down-regulators of GRP78 using a reporter gene (luciferase) assay system, we isolated a novel compound designated as deoxyverrucosidin (1), a congener of verrucosidin (2), from Penicillium sp. and identified it as a down-regulator of the grp78 gene. The structure of 1 was determined by mainly ESI-mass and two-dimensional NMR spectra. 1 dose-dependently inhibited the expression of GRP78 promoter with an IC 50 of 30 nM.