1 Department of Organic Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark2 Royal Danish School of Pharmacy3 Department of Chemistry, Technical University of Denmark
The aqueous extract of the leaves of Olea europea and Olea lancea both inhibited Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) in vitro. A bioassay-directed fractionation resulted in the isolation of a strong ACE-inhibitor namely the secoiridoid 2-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl)ethyl 4-formyl-3-(2-oxoethyl)-4E-hexenoate (oleacin)(IC50 = 26 myM). Five secoiridoid glucosides (oleuropein, ligstroside, excelsioside, oleoside 11-methyl ester, oleoside) isolated from Oleaceous plants showed no significant ACE-inhibition whereas, after enzymatic hydrolysis, the ACE-inhibition at 0.33 mg/ml was between 64% to 95%. Secoiridoids have not been described previously in the literature as inhibitors of ACE. Oleacin showed a low toxicity in the brine shrimp (Artemia salina) lethality test (LC50(24 h) = 969 ppm).