Phytochemistry 65 (2004) 865–873 Variation in pyrrolizidine alkaloid patterns of Senecio jacobaea Mirka Macel, Klaas Vrieling, Peter G.L. Klinkhamer Leiden University, Institute for Biology, Plant Ecology, PO Box 95162300 RA Leiden, The Netherlands Received 30 July 2003; accepted 10 February 2004 We studied the variation in pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA) patterns of lab-grown vegetative plants of 11 European Senecio jacobaea populations. Plants were classified as jacobine, erucifoline, mixed or senecionine chemotypes based on presence and absence of thePAs jacobine or erucifoline. Due to the presence of jacobine, total PA concentration in jacobine chemotypes was higher than inerucifoline chemotypes. Both relative and absolute concentrations of individual PAs differed between half-sib and clonal families,which showed that variation in PA patterns had a genetic basis. Within most populations relative abundance of PAs varied con-siderably between individual plants. Most populations consisted either of the jacobine chemotype or of the erucifoline chemotype,sometimes in combination with mixed or senecionine chemotypes.
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Keywords: Senecio jacobaea; Genetic variation; Geographic distribution; Pyrrolizidine alkaloids; Chemotypes; Jacobine; Erucifoline the jacobine type and the erucifoline type, based on PAcontent in inflorescences of plants collected in the field.
Plants from the genus Senecio (Asteraceae) are known Jacobine types were characterized by the PAs jacobine for the production of a wide variety of pyrrolizidine and jacozine and lacked erucifoline, while the erucifo- alkaloids (PAs) ) that have line types contained erucifoline and acetylerucifoline but hepatotoxic and carcinogenic properties hardly any jacobine (see for structures). The two In Senecio species PAs are pro- chemotypes did not differ in concentrations of other duced in the roots as senecionine N-oxides ( PAs such as senecivernine, senecionine, integerrimine and seneciphylline. Only rarely an intermediate chemo- N-oxide is transported via the phloem to the above type was found that contained both jacobine and eruci- ground plant organs (where it is foline. The patterns described by are transformed into several related PAs (Hartmann and interesting in relation to the evolution of diversity of Dierich, 1998). The transformation of senecionine into alkaloids. However, generally only one plant per popu- related PAs differs between Senecio species and hence lation was sampled and collected in its natural habitat.
species-specific PA patterns are produced (Hartmann Therefore, it is not possible to disentangle environmen- and Dierich, 1998). Senecio jacobaea can contain more tally induced patterns and genetic effects. Here, we than 10senecionine related alkaloids investigated the PA patterns in leaves of vegetative PA concentration in S. jacobaea is partly geneti- plants from 10European populations of S. jacobaea. To cally determined ( determine whether the different PA patterns have a described two PA chemotypes for S. jacobaea, genetic basis, we studied these patterns in cloned S.
jacobaea genotypes and half-sib families grown underidentical controlled conditions to minimize a possible * Present address: University of Fribourg, Department of Biology, effect of environment. To determine the variation within Ecology and Evolution, Chemin du Muse´e 10, CH-1700 Fribourg, and between the different populations, PAs from 5 Switzerland. Tel.: +41-26-3008849; fax: +41-26-3009698.
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doi:10.1016/j.phytochem.2004.02.009 M. Macel et al. / Phytochemistry 65 (2004) 865–873 Fig. 1. Structures and codes of PAs found in S. jacobaea. sv=senecivernine; sn=senecionine; sp=seneciphylline; in=integerrimine; jb=jacobine;jz=jacozine; jl=jacoline; jn=jaconine; er=erucifoline; fl=eruciflorine.
2. Results and discussion erucifoline (KW, df=9, for all PAs: P < 0.005). Varia-tion in PA composition within clonal families was small 2.1. Variation in PA composition within clonal families compared to variation among these families indicating astrong genetic component. Inheritance of PA patterns To show that variation in PA composition among could further be investigated by crossing genotypes with plants is genetically determined, we studied the varia- a different PA composition.
tion in PA profiles within 10clonal families of S. jaco-baea (16–34 plants per family). Each clonal family was 2.2. Variation in PA composition between half-sib from a different population (). In some plants 6 senecionine related PAs were found while other plantsonly contained two PAs. The PA composition (relative We analyzed the PA composition of offspring from 25 abundance) of each clonal family is shown in plants in two areas (in total 50half-sib families) of the Clonal families differed in relative percentages of sene- population in Meijendel (The Netherlands). All 413 cionine, seneciphylline, integerrimine, jacobine and eru- plants analyzed, except for one plant, contained mainly cifoline (KW, df=9, for all PAs: P < 0.005). The clonal jacobine, the percentage of jacobine ranged from 41 to families also differed in absolute concentrations of 100% of total PA. One plant contained mainly jacoline senecionine, seneciphylline, integerrimine, jacobine and (45%). The percentage of erucifoline ranged from 0to Table 1Origin of S. jacobaea plants used in this study. Source indicates number of plants of which seeds were used in our study Amsterdam, The Netherlands Burghaamstede, The Netherlands Driel, The Netherlands Slenaken, The Netherlands Meijendel, The Netherlands Mavellier, Switzerland Sundsvall, Sweden Ejby Adal, Denmark Schiermonnikoog, The Netherlands

M. Macel et al. / Phytochemistry 65 (2004) 865–873 Fig. 2. PA composition of S. jacobaea clonal families in average relative abundance of PAs (  S.D.). Most clonal families that contained jacobinealso contained small amounts of erucifoline. Origin is indicated in the right corner. Average PA concentration per clonal family (  SE) is given.

M. Macel et al. / Phytochemistry 65 (2004) 865–873 plants from the same population that we analyzed weresometimes half-sibs (and therefore the actualvariation in PA composition in a population might beeven greater than is shown by our data.
All plants contained the PAs senecionine or seneci- phylline. In contrast to the chemotypes described by, plants that contained jacobine had Fig. 3. PA composition of S. jacobaea from Meijendel in relativeabundance of PAs (  S.D.). n=413.
often also small amounts of erucifoline (Thejacobine types described by com- 19% of total PA. shows the mean relative abun- pletely lacked erucifoline. Here, we will consider (1) dance (%) of individual PAs over all 413 plants. The plants with mainly jacobine and no or little erucifoline percentage of senecionine, seneciphylline, integerrimine, as jacobine chemotypes, (2) plants that contained both jacobine and jacozine differed among the families (KW, jacobine and erucifoline in similar amounts as mixed df=49, for all PAs P < 0.005). Percentages erucifoline chemotypes and (3) plants without jacobine but with and jacoline did not differ among the families (er: KW erucifoline as erucifoline chemotypes. In addition, some w2=61.51, df=49, ns ; jl: KW w2=45.93, df=49, ns). In plants had only trace amounts of erucifoline and con- absolute concentrations senecionine, seneciphylline, tained no jacobine. We classified these plants as sene- integerrimine, jacobine and jacozine also differed cionine chemotypes. shows the PA composition between the families (KW, df=49, for all PAs of these chemotypes.
P < 0.002). Jacoline and erucifoline concentrations did Most populations consisted of either erucifoline che- not differ between the families (KW, ns). Families also motypes or jacobine chemotypes, sometimes in combi- did differ in their total PA concentration ranging from nation with mixed or senecionine chemotypes (, 1.57 mg/g (se  0.30) to 5.51 mg/g (se  0.97) (ANOVA ). In five of the ten populations we sampled (DRL, F=2.64, df=49, P < 0.001). PA concentration did not SUN, FIL, CHE, BUR) mixed chemotypes were found differ between plants from the two areas in Meijendel (Only in one population, CHE, plants of (ANOVA, F=1.79, df=1, P=0.18). These results show pure jacobine, mixed and pure erucifoline chemotype that although all plants contained mainly jacobine, were found It is possible, however, that more considerable (genetic) variation in both PA composition ‘mixed' populations exists because we may not have a and concentration existed within the Meijendel popula-tion.
Table 2PA composition of plants from three S. jacobaea populations as an 2.3. Variation within and between populations example for the variation within and between populations From 10European S. jacobaea populations Alkaloid (% relative abundance) 4–5 plants were analyzed for their PA composition. Ten senecionine related PAs were found in some plants whileother plants contained only two or three of these PAs.
shows the average PA composition of the popu- lations. Populations differed significantly in the relative abundance of seneciphylline (KW w2=24.53, df=9, P < 0.001). Relative abundance of all other PAs did not differ between populations (KW, df=9, all P > 0.05). In absolute concentrations only jacobine differed among the populations (KW w2=24.98, df=9, P < 0.005), con- centrations of the other PAs did not differ between the populations (KW, df=9, all P > 0.05). Although a rela- tively small number of plants was used of each popula- tion, variation in PA composition within populationswas considerable and this variation confirms the more The AMS population consists of jacobine and senecionine chemo-types, SLK population consists of erucifoline chemotypes only and the extensive data from the Meijendel population above. As CHE popopulation consists of jacobine, erucifoline and mixed che- an example, shows the variation in PA compo- motypes based on the relative abundance of individual PAs. tr=trace sition of individual plants in three populations. The amounts < 1% of total PA

M. Macel et al. / Phytochemistry 65 (2004) 865–873 Fig. 4. PA compositions of S. jacobaea from European populations given as average relative abundance of PAs (  S.D.). Population is indicated inthe right corner. Average PA concentration per populations in mg/g dry weight (  SE) is given. Letters indicate chemotypes of individual plants:S=senecionine type, E=erucifoline type, J=jacobine type, M=mixed type n=4–5.

M. Macel et al. / Phytochemistry 65 (2004) 865–873 Fig. 5. PA composition of the chemotypes in relative abundance of PAs (  SE).
complete overview of all the chemotypes present in a types (). Among the plants from the populations, population due to the limited number of genotypes of the mixed chemotype and senecionine chemotype had most populations. suggested that the intermediate PA concentrations (In the clonal distribution of the erucifoline chemotype was limited to families, senecionine chemotypes also had a lower total the Eastern and Southern Europe. However, in our PA concentration compared to the jacobine chemotypes study, plants of Northern European populations (Swe- (). The higher total PA concentration of the jaco- den, Denmark) were erucifoline chemotypes ( bine chemotype is due to the ‘‘addition'' of jacobine Furthermore, plants of some populations from The (If we compared the total concentration minus Netherlands also were erucifoline chemotypes. The PA jacobine we found no significant difference between the patterns found under uniform conditions may perhaps chemotypes for the populations (ANOVA, F=1.45, not accurately reflect differences in PA patterns between df=4, P=0.281). For the clones the total PA concen- populations in the field because plants may show differ- tration without jacobine was significantly higher in the ent norms of reaction for e.g. nutrient concentration, erucifoline and senecionine chemotypes (KW w2=23.93, water availability, day length. Our data do show that df=2, P < 0.001).
not only South-Eastern populations are geneticallyequipped to produce erucifoline chemotypes.
2.5. Natural selection? The total PA concentration of the jacobine chemo- types in both the clones and the populations was higher Our data for the clonal families show that differences than the PA concentration of the erucifoline chemo- in PA composition between populations of S. jacobaea

M. Macel et al. / Phytochemistry 65 (2004) 865–873 have a genetic basis. The variation in PA composition chemical range as studied in this paper, showed that between individual plants within the populations was there was considerable variation among different popu- considerable. In the population of Meijendel, half-sib lations. This molecular variation was not linked to the families differed in PA composition and concentration.
distribution of alkaloid patterns, although one marker Molecular genetic analyses (AFLP) of European S.
was directly linked with presence of jacobine (K. van jacobaea populations, with similar geographic and bio- den Hof, J. Joshi and K. Vrieling, unpublished data).
Fig. 6. Geographic distribution for the chemotypes of generative plants and vegetative plants of S. jacobaea in Europe.
Fig. 7. Average total PA concentrations of the chemotypes from plants of (A) clones or (B) populations. Letters indicate significant differences intotal PA concentration, Populations: ANOVA, Bonferroni post-hoc tests, Clonal families: Kruskal–Wallis, post-hoc Mann–Whitney tests withBonferroni correction.
M. Macel et al. / Phytochemistry 65 (2004) 865–873 This seems to indicate that the geographical distribution DB-17 80kPa, split mode 1-20 , detectors: FID and of the chemotypes in Europe is not caused by common NPD. Structure of the PAs was verified by GC–MS ancestry but by similar selection pressures in a certain (Total PA concentration was deter- region. The genetic variation in PA composition pro- mined spectrophotometrically, by a method modified vides a basis upon which natural selection, by e.g. her- after Heliotrine (Latoxan) was used as bivores or pathogens, may act. It is unlikely that the ref. compound. The concentration of individual PAs specialist herbivore Tyria jacobaeae plays a role in the was calculated by total PA concentrationfraction of evolution of the different chemotypes because larval individual PA measured by GC analysis.
performance and oviposition preference of this specia-list moth was not affected by chemotype of S. jacobaea 3.4. Statistical analysis However, other herbivores may Statistics were performed in SPSS 8.0(SPSS Inc, have been sensitive to difference in PA composition. It 1998). Total PA concentrations of the 413 plants from has been shown that the relative effect of a PA can differ the half-sib families in Meijendel were log-transformed, between insect species (and therefore dif- after log-transformation differences in PA concentration ferences in herbivore community in S. jacobaea popula- among families were tested with a one-way ANOVA.
tions could have led to the evolution of the different Differences between individual PAs were tested with a Kruskal–Wallis test. Differences in PA composition andconcentrations among the clonal families and popula-tions were also tested with a Kruskal–Wallis test.
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Ginecology with ultrasound (3d) & color dopller, Mamography, Internal medicine, Pediatrics, Ortopedy CASE STUDY OF (DERMATITIS ATOPICA) TREATED WITH NEW DIETETIC PRODUCT MEGAMIN ACTIV (TMA-Z) (Preliminary results) INTRODUCTION Latin names of dermatitis atopica (AD in further text), like eczema infantum, neurodermitis, pruridermatitis allergica chronica constitutionalis Kogoj, are used. Disease with dominant recidival chronical inflamation of the skin starts usually very early, after delivery and continues in a childhood. It is usually joined with other allergic disease of child or hereditary present in a family. Neurodermitis appears in 95% of cases beore year, with first manifestations between 1-4th month of life. Clinical manifestation starts with a tiny eflorescencia like eryitema and red papulas with a strong impact of pruritus and discomfort, which leads to scratching with ecscoriation and bleeding of the skin. Tipical locations are on face, around the ears, back of head, occipital, pelvic region, extremitas (knees and elbows especially extensiors side. In some havy cases, proces can be spread over the all body. Vet manifestations on skin like vesikulas and pustulas and later appearance of crusts lead to secondary infection (bacterial, viral, rarely fungal). Manifestations on the skin show chronical progresion, lihenificated papulas mainly localised on joints, pelvic region, on neck, or diseminated. Pruritus often makes situation worse with traumatic bleeding and erosions of the skin which havilly disturb a good mud and sleeping. When signs of respiration alergy (asthma) occure, the situation becomes worse and worse. Later in adolescent faze and after, neurodermitis is present in latent form or more often recidival manifestations occure. Tipical locations of recidival dermatitis are present on flexuras or in front of lower leg or nuchal few lichenificated centers. Skin lesions can be located only on eyebrows and that could be the only clinic sign of the disease. PATOGENESIS It is not yet comletelly explained. There are few hypotesis which are trying to describe the causes of this illness. Today, one theory is mostly accepted: *allergic-immune mechanism which explains the disturbance in production of antibody (IgE, IgG4, IgA) and cell immunity. Importance of feeding in postnatal period is today of great interest in therapy, because some of the nutritive agents are considered as a 'strong alergens' like proteins of a natural milk and eggs, in relationship with the skin manifestations. Varios conservans and aditives, perorally taken drugs, inhalatory alergens are now the often subject of investigation. *Transepidermal way is also described but can not always be explained as a cause of neurodermitis because the IgE antibody can not be approved in 20-40% of cases (Buscino and all). *The other hipotesis like this which includes abnormality of beta-adrenergic receptors can not explain complete patogenesis of disease. Important role in patogenesis, which is accepted today, plays the function of Langerhans cells, which is the important factor in immune system. This cells, are members of macrofag-monocites, have the role in intracelular way of superficial antigens. Pancreatic cells carry CD1 i CD4 antigens and also Fc receptors for IgE and C3b. Beside this cells, like in a different allergic reactions, mastocites in skin release histamin which leads to eritema and pruritus (Ruzicka and all, 1983.) But, manifestations of neurodermitis can not

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