||Chromatographic purification of a methylene chloride extract of Formosan soft coral Sarcophyton crassocaule (collected in Green island) led to the isolation of two new (1S*, 3R*, 4R*, 7E, 11E, 14R*)-3, 4-epoxycembra-7, 11, 15-trien-1, 14-olide (1) and (1R*, 3E, 7E,11R*, 12S*, 14R*)-11, 12-epoxycembra-3, 7, 15-trien-1, 14-olide (2) isomeric diterpenoids , a known cyclic peroxide diterpenoid (1R*, 2S*, 3E, 7S*, 8R*, 11S*, 12Z)-8, 11-epidioxy-7-acetoxycembra-3, 12, 15-trien-1, 2-olide (3), as well as two known (24S)-24-methylcholestane-3b, 5a, 6b-triol (4) and 24x-methyl-cholestane -3b, 5a, 6b, 25-tetrol 25-monoacetate (5) steroids.|
Chromatographic fractionation of a methylene chloride extract of two Formosan soft corals Sarcophyton elegans (collected in Green island) led to the isolation of a known 24x-methylcholestane -3b, 5a, 6b, 25-tetrol 25-monoacetate (5) steroid, the methylene chloride extract of Sarcophyton trocheliophorum, on the other hand, afforded a known diterpenoid, (+)-isosarcophine (6).
Purification of a methylene chloride extract of Octocorallia soft coral (unidentified) led to the isolation of two known steroids, cholesterol (7) and (22E, 24S)-24-methylcholesta-5, 22-dien-3b-ol (8).
Compounds 1-7 exhibited cytotoxicity against P388 cancer cell line. Compounds 2 and 5 were active against HT-29 cancer cell line.