Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC)

, Volume 139, Issue 1, pp 119–129 | Cite as

Callus from Pyrostegia venusta (Ker Gawl.) Miers: a source of phenylethanoid glycosides with vasorelaxant activities

  • Antonio Reyes-Martínez
  • Juan Roberto Valle-Aguilera
  • Marilena Antunes-Ricardo
  • Janet Gutiérrez-Uribe
  • Carmen Gonzalez
  • María del Socorro Santos-DíazEmail author
Original Article


Pyrostegia venusta (Ker Gawl.) Miers is a plant used for the treatment of respiratory diseases, diarrhea, vitiligo, jaundice and to attenuate vomiting. However, the levels of the active principles exhibit great variation because of the type of soil, tissue, age and environmental conditions. An alternative to obtain a constant production of secondary metabolites is the plant tissue culture technology. In this work, callus from Pyrostegia venusta were exposed to 12.5 g L−1 polyethylene glycol, 50 g L−1 sucrose, or were irradiated with UV light to enhance the content of phenolic acids, flavonoids, and antioxidant activity. The biomass was doubled in the control and callus treated with PEG (240 mg dry weight, DW), and triplicated in the medium with 50 g L−1 sucrose (310 mg DW) in relation to the inoculum at day 21. The highest levels of phenolic acids and flavonoids were obtained in irradiated callus. Phenylethanoid glycosides, as verbascoside, isoverbascoside and leucosceptoside A were identified. The metabolites present in callus presented vasorelaxant activity (65 to 100%). The vasodilation was inhibited between 80 and 90%, in the presence of NG-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester, indomethacin or tetraethylammonium chloride but was not affected by atropine. Data suggest that vasorelaxation was mediated by nitric oxide, derivatives of arachidonic acid, and efflux potassium channels, and independent of muscarinic receptors. This is the first report that identified the metabolites present in P. venusta compact callus and described its vasorelaxant properties.

Key message

It was possible to enhance the metabolites production in Pyrostegia venusta callus. The compounds identified corresponded mainly to phenylethanoid glucosides, which exhibited important vasorelaxant activity in isolated rat aorta rings.


Callus Isoverbascoside Phenylethanoid glycosides Pyrostegia venusta Verbascoside 



We are grateful to CONACYT for the scholarship (no. 401860) to Reyes-Martínez A; grants C18-PFCE-08-01.01) and (C18-FAI-05-28.28). Thanks to Dr. Ricardo Espinosa-Tanguma for the technical support.

Author contributions

ARM realized the experimental work, participated on elaboration of tables and figures and manuscript. MAR and JGU were responsible of the experiments to identify and characterize the metabolites by HPLC and mass spectrometry, and participates in manuscript revision. JRVA and CG participates in the design of vasorelaxation experiments and discussion of results. MSSD is the leader of the group, designed the project and experimental work, participates in revision, discussion of results and wrote the paper.

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Conflict of interest

We declare that there is no conflict of interests.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonio Reyes-Martínez
    • 1
  • Juan Roberto Valle-Aguilera
    • 2
  • Marilena Antunes-Ricardo
    • 3
  • Janet Gutiérrez-Uribe
    • 4
  • Carmen Gonzalez
    • 1
  • María del Socorro Santos-Díaz
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Facultad de Ciencias QuímicasUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMéxico
  2. 2.Facultad de MedicinaUniversidad Autónoma de San Luis PotosíSan Luis PotosíMéxico
  3. 3.Tecnológico de Monterrey, Centro de Biotecnología-FEMSA, Escuela de Ingeniería y CienciasMonterreyMéxico
  4. 4.Department of Bioengineering and ScienceTecnológico de MonterreyPueblaMéxico

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