Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 45, Issue 6, pp 2563–2570 | Cite as

Antimycobacterial activity of an anthracycline produced by an endophyte isolated from Amphipterygium adstringens

  • Miriam Trenado-Uribe
  • Mayra Silva-Miranda
  • José F. Rivero-Cruz
  • Karol Rodríguez-Peña
  • Clara I. Espitia-Pinzón
  • Romina Rodríguez-Sanoja
  • Sergio SánchezEmail author
Original Article


The search for new compounds effective against Mycobacterium tuberculosis is still a priority in medicine. The evaluation of microorganisms isolated from non-conventional locations offers an alternative to look for new compounds with antimicrobial activity. Endophytes have been successfully explored as source of bioactive compounds. In the present work we studied the nature and antimycobacterial activity of a compound produced by Streptomyces scabrisporus, an endophyte isolated from the medicinal plant Amphipterygium adstringens. The active compound was detected as the main secondary metabolite present in organic extracts of the streptomycete and identified by NMR spectroscopic data as steffimycin B (StefB). This anthracycline displayed a good activity against M. tuberculosis H37Rv ATCC 27294 strain, with MIC100 and SI values of 7.8 µg/mL and 6.42, respectively. When tested against the rifampin mono resistant M. tuberculosis Mtb-209 pathogen strain, a better activity was observed (MIC100 of 3.9 µg/mL), suggesting a different action mechanism of StefB from that of rifampin. Our results supported the endophyte Streptomyces scabrisporus as a good source of StefB for tuberculosis treatment, as this anthracycline displayed a strong bactericidal effect against M. tuberculosis, one of the oldest and more dangerous human pathogens causing human mortality.


Anthracyclines Endophytes Streptomyces scabrisporus Steffimycin B Mycobacterium tuberculosis Amphipterygium adstringens Rifampin Tuberculosis 



This work was partially supported by the NUATEI program from Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas, and by PAPIIT (IN202216), DGAPA UNAM, México. We are indebted to Beatriz Ruiz-Villafán and Erika Segura Salinas for technical assistance in this work. The help of Marco A. Ortiz-Jiménez for strain preservation studies is recognized. We thank the support of CONACYT Project Number INFR-2017-01 279880, which allowed the acquisition of an HPLC masses.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.

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This article does not contain any studies with human participants performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miriam Trenado-Uribe
    • 1
  • Mayra Silva-Miranda
    • 1
  • José F. Rivero-Cruz
    • 2
  • Karol Rodríguez-Peña
    • 1
  • Clara I. Espitia-Pinzón
    • 1
  • Romina Rodríguez-Sanoja
    • 1
  • Sergio Sánchez
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Instituto de Investigaciones BiomédicasUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Ciudad UniversitariaMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Facultad de QuímicaUNAM, Ciudad UniversitariaMexico CityMexico

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