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Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacology of Traditional Chinese Medicines

Associate Dean

School of Traditional Chinese Medicines

Phone: +86-25-8415 5947

Email: nhtan@mail.kib.ac.cn

Research Summary

Professor TAN is one of famous scientists in the field of plant cyclopeptides in the world. Her researches involve into chemistry, pharmacology and R&D of Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs). Most of her projects focus on the resources, chemistry, pharmacology, anti-cancer drug R&D of plant cyclopeptides, particularly in TCMs, others on chemical and effective constituents of anti-tussive and immunosuppressive TCMs. Her lab has established a substantial cooperationand exchangewith some famous labs, i.e. Professors David Craik (University of Queensland, Australia), Clara Bik-San Lau (Chinese University of Hongkong), Li-juan Chen (Sichuan University), Chen Wang (Institute of Biology and Cell Biology, CAS).


1993       Ph.D., Natural Medicinal Chemistry, China Pharmaceutical University

1990       M.S., Natural Medicinal Chemistry, China Pharmaceutical University

1984       B.S., Pharmacy, Guiyang Medical College

Academic Experience

2015-      Professor of Chemistry and Pharmacology of Traditional Chinese Medicines, China Pharmaceutical University

2008-2009Visiting Professor of Natural Medicinal Chemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA

2006Visiting Professor of Natural Medicinal Chemistry, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

1998Visiting Scholar of Natural Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology, National Cancer Institute, Friedrick, USA

1998-2015  Professor of Natural Medicinal Chemistry, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1996        Visiting Scholar of Pharmacology, BAYER AG, Wuppertal, Germany

1996Visiting Scholar of Pharmacology, BAYER AG, West Haven, USA

1996-1997  Associate Professor of Phytochemistry, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1993-1995  Post-doctoral of Phytochemistry, Kunming Institute of Botany, Chinese Academy of Sciences

1984-1987   Associate Lecturer of Phytochemistry and Organic Chemistry, Guiyang Medical College

Awards and Honors

1997   “Young Academic Leaders”, the Fund of Yunnan Province

2006   First-class Prize, Awards for Natural Sciences, the Yunnan Province

2006   Special Allowance of the State Council, Chinese Central Government

2007   the National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars, the National Natural Science Foundation of China

2008   Wang Kuancheng Western Scholars Outstanding Contribution Award, Chinese Academy of Sciences

2008   “West Light Programs”, the Fund of Chinese Academy of Sciences

2008  "Yunnan Ten Nvjie" Award Nomination, Yunnan Province

2008  "Three Eight" Red Banner Pacesetter Title, Yunnan Province

2012  “Hundred Talents Program”, the Fund of Chinese Academy of Sciences

2015   “Advanced Talent Program”, the Fund of China Pharmaceutical University


Published over 300 papers, book chapters and patents. Selected SCI papers (2006-2015) as follows:

  1. Ning-Hua Tan* and Jun Zhou. Plant cyclopeptides. Chemical Reviews, 2006, 106: 840-895

  2. Yu-Mei Zhang, Ning-Hua Tan*, Yang Lu, Ying Chang, Rui-Rui Jia. Chamobtusin A, a novel skeleton diterpenoid alkaloid from Chamaecyparis obtusa cv. tetragon. Organic Letters, 2007, 9: 4579-4581

  3. Wen-Yan Xu, Jun Tang, Chang-Jiu Ji, Wen-Jun He, Ning-Hua Tan*. Application of a TLC chemical method to detection of cyclotides in plants. Chinese Science Bulletin, 2008, 53: 1671-1674

  4. He Yan, Xu-Lin Pan, Ning-Hua Tan*, Jun-Ting Fan, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Hong-Jin Han. 2D- and 3D-QSAR studies on 54 anti-tumor Rubiaceae-type cyclopeptides. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 2009, 44: 3425-3432

  5. Jun-Ting Fan, Yi-Shan Chen, Wen-Yan Xu, Liangcheng Du, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Yu-Mei Zhang, Jia Su, Yan Li, Ning-Hua Tan*. Rubiyunnanin A and B, two novel cyclic hexapeptides from Rubia yunnanensis. Tetrahedron Letters, 2010, 51: 6810-6813

  6. Jun-Ting Fan, Jia Su, Yan-Min Peng, Yan Li, Jia Li, Yu-Bo Zhou, Guang-Zhi Zeng, He Yan, Ning-Hua Tan*. Rubiyunnanins C-H, cytotoxic cyclic hexapeptides from Rubia yunnanensis inhibiting nitric oxide production and NF-kB activation. Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry, 2010, 18: 8226-8234

  7. Jing Han, Chang-Jiu Ji, Wen-Jun He, Yu Shen, Ying Leng, Wen-Yan Xu, Jun-Ting Fan, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Ling-Dong Kong, Ning-Hua Tan*. Cyclopeptide alkaloids from Ziziphus apetala. Journal of Natural Products, 2011, 74: 2571-2575

  8. Jun-Ting Fan, Bin Kuang, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Si-Meng Zhao, Chang-Jiu Ji, Yu-Mei Zhang, Ning-Hua Tan*. Biologically active arborinane-type triterpenoids and anthraquinones from Rubia yunnanensis. Journal of Natural Products, 2011, 74: 2069-2080

  9. Grace GL Yue, Jun-Ting Fan, Julia KM Lee, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Tina WF Ho, Kwok-Pui Fung, Ping-Chung Leung, Ning-Hua Tan*, Clara BS Lau*. Cyclopeptide RA-V inhibits angiogenesis by down-regulating ERK1/2 phosphorylation in HUVEC and HMEC-1 endothelial cells. British Journal of Pharmacology, 2011, 164: 1883-1898

  10. Yan Shen, Qiong Luo, Hui-Min Xu, Gang-Yuan Gong, Xiao-Bin Zhou, Yang Sun, Xue-Feng Wu, Wen Liu, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Ning-Hua Tan*, Qiang Xu*. Mitochondria-dependent apoptosis of activated T lymphocytes induced by astin C, a plant cyclopeptide, for preventing murine experimental colitis. Biochemical Pharmacology, 2011, 82: 260-268

  11. Yi-Shan Chen, Xu-Lin Pan, He Yan, Ning-Hua Tan*. Multiple hydrogen-bonding interactions between macrocyclic triurea and F-, Cl-, Br-, I- and NO3-: A theoretical investigation. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2011, 13: 7384-7395

  12. Wen-Jun He, Zhao-Hui Fu, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Yu-Mei Zhang*, Hong-Jing Han, He Yan, Chang-Jiu Ji, Hong-Biao Chu, Ning-Hua Tan*. Terpene and lignan glycosides from the twigs and leaves of an endangered conifer, Cathaya argyrophylla. Phytochemistry, 2012, 8363-69

  13. Wen-Yan Xu, Hong-Tao Zhu, Ning-Hua Tan*, Jun Tang, Ying-Jun Zhang, Ron L. Cerny, Liangcheng Du*. Biosynthetic studies of plant cyclopeptide heterophyllin B from the Chinese medicinal plant Pseudostellaria heterophylla. Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture, 2012, 108: 137-14

  14. Xian-Ying Fang, Wei Chen, Jun-Ting Fan, Ran Song, Lu Wang, Yan-Hong Gu, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Yan Shen, Xue-Feng Wu, Ning-Hua Tan*, Yang Sun*, Qiang Xu*. Plant cyclopeptide RA-V kills human breast cancer cells by inducing mitochondria-mediated apoptosis through blocking PDK1-AKT interaction. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 2013, 267: 95-103

  15. Hui-Min Xu, Hua Yi, Wen-Bing Zhou, Wen-Jun He, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Wen-Yan Xu, Ning-Hua Tan*. Tataricins A-B, two novel cyclotetrapeptides from Aster tataricus, and their absolute configuration assignment. Tetrahedron Letters, 2013, 54: 1380-1383

  16. Hui-Min Xu, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Wen-Bing Zhou, Wen-Jun He, Ning-Hua Tan*. Astins K-P, six new chlorinated cyclopentapeptides from Aster tataricus. Tetrahedron, 2013, 69: 7964-7969

  17. Wen-Jun He, Lai Yue Chan, Richard J. Clark, Jun Tang, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Octavio L. Franco, Cinzia Cantacessi, David J. Craik, Norelle L. Daly*, Ning-Hua Tan*. Novel inhibitor cyctine knot peptides from Momordica charantia. PLoS ONE, 2013, 8: e75334

  18. Na-Na Liu, Si-Meng Zhao, Jing-Feng Zhao, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Ning-Hua Tan*, Jian-Ping Liu*. Synthesis and conformation studies of rubiyunnanin B analogs. Tetrahedron, 2014, 70: 6630-6640

  19. Si-Meng Zhao, Zhe Wang, Guang-Zhi Zeng*, Wei-Wu Song, Xiao-Qiang Chen, Ning-Hua Tan*. Novel cytotoxic naphthohydroquinone dimers from Rubia alata. Organic Letters, 2014, 16: 5576-5579

  20. Wen-YanXu,BoWang,Yuan Lin*, Yu-Hua Li, Zhao-Hui Su, Wen-JunHe, Ning-HuaTan*, Qian Wang. Emulsion stabilized by mini cyclic proteins for bioactive compounds delivery. RSC Advances, 2014, 4: 48000-48003

  21. Clara Bik-San Lau*, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Kwok-Pui Fung, Ning-Hua Tan, Ping-Chung Leung. The potential roles of Chinese herbal medicines in cancer management. Science, 2015, 347 (6219 suppl): S45-S47

  22. Hoi-Wing Leung, Zhe Wang, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Si-Meng Zhao, Julia Kin-Ming Lee, Kwok-Pui Fung, Ping-Chung Leung, Clara Bik-San Lau*, Ning-Hua Tan*. Cyclopeptide RA-V inhibits cell adhesion and invasion in both estrogen receptor positive and negative breast cancer cells probably via PI3K/AKT and NF-B signaling pathways. BBA Molecular Cell Research, 2015, 1853: 1827-1840

  23. Hoi-Wing Leung, Si-Meng Zhao, Grace Gar-Lee Yue, Julia Kin-Ming Lee, Kwok-Pui Fung, Ping-Chung Leung, Ning-Hua Tan*, Clara Bik-San Lau*. RA-XII inhibits tumour growth and metastasis in breast tumour bearing mice via reducing cancer cell adhesion and invasion and promoting matrix degradation. Scientific Reports, 2015, 5:16985

  24. Zeng-Ying Qiao, Di Zhang, Chun-Yuan Hou, Si-Meng Zhao, Ya Liu, Yu-Juan Gao, Ning-Hua Tan*, Hao Wang*. A PH-responsive natural cyclopeptide RA-V drug formulation for improved breast cancer therapy. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 2015, 3: 4514-4523

  25. Zhe Wang, Si-Meng Zhao, Li-Mei Zhao, Xiao-Qiang Chen, Guang-Zhi Zeng*, Ning-Hua Tan*. Rubipodanin A, the first natural N-desmonomethyl Rubiaceae-type cyclopeptide from Rubia podantha, indicating an important role of the N9-methyl group in the conformation and bioactivity. PLoS ONE, 2015, 5: e144950

  26. Xiao-Qiang Chen, Si-Meng Zhao, Guang-Zhi Zeng, Mao-Bo Huang, Zhe Wang, Ning-Hua Tan*. Rubicordiforlins A-C, new cytotoxic cyclopeptides from Rubia cordiforlia. Tetrahedron, 2015, 71: 9673-9678